Quality Supervisor

Job Locations US-IL-Elk Grove Village
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Company Overview

Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.


Leading to better.

Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!


Leading to better, together. 

Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage.  Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

  • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action
  • Empowering our people
  • Promoting diverse thinking
  • Investing in innovation
  • Acting on sustainability
  • Embracing our differences

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Description and Responsibilities

Human safety, food safety, adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices, and product quality are the highest priorities. Other duties may be assigned.


Hiring and Supervision of Quality and Sanitation staff, includes scheduling, approving time records, periodic evaluation, counseling, and performance documentation. Responsible for conducting departmental and job specific training. Responsible for driving improvements within the department and the plant.


  • Conduct laboratory analyses and investigations, develop and apply new techniques.
  • Notify key stakeholders of identified issues and ensure proper communication. Provide technical support for resolution of quality problems with operations.
  • Maintain files of test results and product dispositions. Support Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Maintain and update product specifications including customer specifications and raw material specifications to reflect any changes or product use requirements. Ensure finished product and raw materials are tested per Kerry specification. Monitor test results in relation to these specifications.
  • Development and adherence to Quality SOP’s.
  • Support the plant Food Safety & Quality System to produce safe quality food, acting as SQF Practitioner, including compliance to Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • Prepare test schedules, sampling methods, and procedures. Maintain Good Laboratory Procedures (GLP’s) including calibration. Order laboratory, sanitation, and production supplies as needed.
  • In conjunction with the Quality Manager, update and support food safety programs and food safety systems: HACCP/Food Safety Plan, sanitation, and environmental monitoring program. Maintain the quality systems for the plant. Ensure work instructions, SSOPs, procedures and other pertinent documentation is up to date. Recommend revisions plant work instructions as needed.
  • Participate in quality complaint investigations. Verify corrective action completion and continued conformance.
  • Perform and/or participate in internal and third party audits while ensuring compliance to internal quality policies and applicable local regulations through the audits, observations, process reviews, and development of corrective actions with site management.
  • Support facility during inspections, customer audits, communications, commercialization’s, inter plant transfers and other interactions with regulatory agencies or customers.
  • Provide technical assistance to quality assurance and operations.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.



  • Qualified background in food science, chemistry, biology, microbiology, sensory, food packaging systems and/or food engineering
  • 3-7 years practical experience in Food Safety or Management of Quality or Production, or Project Management in the food industry.
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement
  • Ability to affect change through indirect leadership
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Organized
  • Proficient at Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Must have strong critical thinking ability along with analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, coaching and conflict management skills
  • Ability to travel infrequently
  • Food quality systems including but not limited to SQF, HACCP, GMPs and other related prerequisites
  • SQF Practitioner preferred
  • HACCP certification
  • Writing and implementing policies and procedures



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