Quality Engineer

At Schwan's Company, we are driven to bring our customers delicious foods and reliable services. That's how we grew from a "one-man-and-a-truck" delivery business in rural Minnesota to a multibillion-dollar private company with thousands of team members nationwide. Our commitment to delicious foods shows in all we do, from careful ingredient selection and quality food making to delivering a great experience wherever you shop and eat.
The foods we make reach customers in many ways. We deliver directly to our customer's homes through our popular food-delivery business, offer well-known retail brands such as Red Baron?, Freschetta?, and Tony's? pizzas, Pagoda?snacks and appetizers, and Mrs. Smith's? and Edwards? desserts, and bring innovative food solutions to our customers in the food-service industry. To learn more, visit us at http://www.schwanscompany.com
As a Quality Engineer you will be responsible for technical and applied expertise and leadership in the areas of food science, food regulations, statistics problem solving, and continuous improvement projects to meet consumer and regulatory expectations. This role also has daily executional responsibilities, project management duties, and supervisory accountabilities to ensure proper food safety and product consistency for our famous Mrs. Smith's and Edward's frozen pie brands.
Executional Responsibilities:
Supervise testing procedures to ensure that analysis methods are accurately followed. Establish and maintain a systematic sampling of in- process and finished product using acceptable techniques. Assure daily monitoring of information and provide technical expertise in troubleshooting product quality and food safety issues. Keep records of all tests performed and provides management with copies of test records. Develop ability to utilize and master plant systems (e.g. InfinityQS HACCP etc.) to execute against this.
Work with Production, Maintenance, Engineering, and PI&D to solve in- house quality issues; review non-conforming product and recommend disposition.
Coordinate and facilitate training for all employees in the areas of HACCP, GMPs, food regulations, and quality system execution (e.g. InfinityQS GMPs etc.) to ensure execution and appropriate documentation of quality management systems.
Monitor established programs for incoming raw ingredients in the areas of product rotation, sampling frequency, sample, testing, and reporting of data to management to assure conformance to specifications.
Follow up with suppliers and/or buyers to ensure corrective action is taken and monitor programs to ensure compliance to finished good specifications.
Supervise, train, and develop subordinates as assigned.
Continuous Improvement Project Work:
Identify areas of need to drive greatest improvement in food safety quality and product consistency for the facility providing positive impact to plant driven metrics. Able to utilize and critically evaluate data from a variety of sources to identify root cause and lead teams towards resolution.
Partner with FSQ Manager and key stakeholders to maintain active work on prioritized list of projects focused on improving product quality consistency food safety & regulatory compliance with regular updates on progress. Effectively leads projects to completion in timely manner with demonstrated results.
Understand internal and external food safety & quality processes and report to facility leadership on quality issues trends and opportunities with the purpose of driving continuous improvement.
Apply continuous improvement tools (SPC Lean Six Sigma etc) in problem solving data analysis and implementation of process improvements to drive product consistency and reduce product defects (consumer complaints foreign material amount of held product etc.) Design and implement methods for process control process improvement testing and inspection. Plan and conduct the analysis inspection design test and/or integration of processes to assure the quality of ingredients packaging work in progress (WIP) or finished product.
Actively lead and support continuous improvement activities and projects deliver improved product consistency and increase efficiency to impact the broader company and the FSQ team.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Food Science or equivalent. Masters degree preferred.
Years of Related Experience: 3+ years related experience (Quality Engineering with Six Sigma Green Belt experience preferred)
Sound mathematical and basic food science understanding
Good knowledge of statistics and statistical process control (SPC)
Understanding of the manufacturing environment and basic production operation
Strong computer skills and ability to learn technical software. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of programs with strong Excel skills
The ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with demonstrated influence management skills. Comfortable in small group and large group settings.
Must be detail oriented take initiative and able to work with a sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment
Ability to solve problems ranging from basic to complex
Strong project management skills
Understanding of food safety HACCP and basic food regulatory requirements
Proven people management and delegation skills
Ability to develop positive relationships and work cross functionally
The employing subsidiaries of Schwan's Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.
Business Unit: SFC Global Supply Chain, Inc.
Req #: 18000367 Apply Now

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