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Kerry QA Analyst in Manitowoc, Wisconsin

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Where you work:

Along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, our Manitowoc, WI location is part of our Smoke and Grill Division and creates condensed, natural smoke for our customers and brands. You’ll work in a state-of-the-art facility with a team that’s committed to helping each other succeed in their roles through structured training and a committed, engaged supervisor. Are you looking to build a career in manufacturing with a team you can have some fun with? With our engagement program, volunteer days and energetic culture, we might be the team for you.

What you'll do:

F ood Safety: Ensure effective food safety compliance and work with plant management team to implement programs to mitigate risk. Leads HACCP team at site level, ensuring that Good Manufacturing Practices, preventive controls and prerequisite programs are in place and effective. Manage the plant Food Safety & Quality System to produce safe quality food. Manage the plant Food Safety & Quality System to produce safe quality food, acting as a backup SQF Practitioner or equivalent GFSI manager (BRC, FS22000).

Quality Systems: Develop and maintain food safety and quality systems including QC & QA. Develop, review and align procedures will corporate policies, through GQMS (Global Quality Management System) with a drive towards best practice. Internally audit practices and procedures for improvement to prevent non-conformances. Quality system shall include food safety, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Quality Control in LIMS and SAP, material control, sanitation, and HACCP, as required by GQMS.

Compliance: Enforce Kerry standards in the areas of ingredient and product standards, process specifications, formula compliance, sanitation/GMP/pest control, and regulatory compliance. Ensure that the products released are compliant and safe foods. Be the point person at the site for regulatory inspections (FDA/CFIA), identify preserved (ie, organic, kosher) and customer audits.

Quality Improvement: Develop and lead the plant Quality Improvement Plan. Partner cross-functionally in quality and process improvement.

Customer Satisfaction: Investigates customer complaints in order to develop and verify corrective actions.

Managerial Responsibilities: Develop and maintain qualified personnel within the plant Quality department, through training, communication, and accountability. This involves recruitment, organizational development, personnel assessment, training, direction and motivation. Manage the department within budget and utilize resources effectively to meet needs of the business on a timely basis.

Technical Skills: Continuously improve knowledge of products and technology to investigate variation and resolve technical problems with the team. Apply a scientific approach with statistical analysis to data and problem solving. Act as the primary technical liaison with customers, vendors and regulatory agencies.

What you'll need:

Specific Skill Requirements




Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or similar Science/Engineering.

Knowledge and experience with relevant GFSI standards such as SQF, BRC, IFS or FS 22000.

3 years of quality experience and/or training.

Experience managing quality and food safety systems.

Experience in a plant environment strongly preferred.


Knowledge and understanding of Food Safety regulations, FSMA, and industry and market trends.

Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with a variety of stakeholders.

Effectively organize and manage numerous work tasks of a diverse nature.

Strong Computer Skills (Microsoft Office)

HACCP/food safety experience.

Experience in food, chemical, or

Pharmaceutical industry.

Knowledge and experience with quality management systems, GFSI audit standards, SSOPs, Environmental hygiene programs, prerequisite programs, and HACCP.