Director of Quality & Food Safety

Chicago Permanent USD151,000 - USD185,000
  • Growing food manufacturer
  • Own all plant/factory with established team

About Our Client

The primary responsibility of this position is to lead and manage the Quality and Food Safety team for a global food & nutrition manufacturer. This role will report to the VP of Quality & Food Safety and oversee a team of 15+ individuals.

Job Description

MPI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or based on an individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. MPI encourages applications from minorities, women, the disabled, protected veterans and all other qualified applicants.


  • Oversees site level execution as well as business unit wide strategic direction
  • This includes monitoring and communication of KPIs, overseeing the project execution for improvement, and determining the direction of processes and procedures related to food safety and quality
  • Develop food safety compliance strategy to align with with local, city, state and federal requirements
  • Coordinate cross functional departments to achieve food safety and quality objectives with production procedures in cooperation with other directors to maximize compliance, product reliability and minimize costs
  • Lead and motivate a team of Food Safety and Quality Assurance Managers, senior managers and supervisors
  • Validate and verify the adherence of sites to HACCP plans and ensure compliance with all company FSQA requirements
  • Direct the development and implementation of corporate Food Safety and Quality Assurance plans
  • Champion continuous improvement within the teams, driving FSQA KPIs
  • Act as the primary contact for high-impact food safety and quality issues experienced by the company and industry
  • Provide the leadership team with updates on KPIs, projects and team dynamics

The Successful Applicant

  • The ideal candidate must be able to convey extensive experience in the food or pharmaceutical industries
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required as this person must work effectively across multiple functions and levels of the organization
  • B.A. or B.S. degree required in a food science related field
  • More than 10 years of experience in quality assurance/quality control methodology and processes, food safety plans, and Quality Management Systems
  • Knowledge of FDA and USDA regulations
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated, organized; record of driving change and building internal and external relationships
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to lead, coach, build consensus and lead change among a team of production/sales/QFS colleagues
  • Experience implementing and maintaining quality processes in off-site support function

What's on Offer

  • Competitive base salary depending on experience, between $165,000 and $185,000
  • Yearly bonus, based on metrics and performance circa 20%
  • Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental and vision through BCBS
  • Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • 401k Match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave
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Job summary

Engineering & Manufacturing
Sub Sector
Quality, Technical
FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
Contract Type
Consultant name
Josh Berg
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