Quality Specialist

Job Locations US-MS-Vicksburg
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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

Primary Purpose:

This position provides leadership in quality and technical matters and oversees food safety and quality plans.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  1. Work closely with the Quality Manager to help develop and maintain qualified personnel within the plant. This involves organizational development, training, direction and motivation.
  2. Work with the Quality Manager to develop and maintain procedures which assure product and service quality including ingredient and packaging control, product testing and clearance, product disposition system and rework control, HACCP, weight control, manufacturing procedures, aged inventory policy and may include systems and sanitation audits.
  3. Communicate and enforce Kerry standards in the areas of ingredient and product standards, process specifications, formula compliance, sanitation/GMP/pest control and regulatory compliance.
  4. Assist with the technical support and direction to the plant to address process improvements and customer complaint corrective actions.
  5. Assist with the investigation and introduce opportunities for new technology and efficiencies in the Quality function.
  6. Assist Quality Manager with third party audits.
  7. Lead and assist plant self-inspection team and plant safety inspections.
  8. HACCP certification along with annual and continual HACCP reviews.
  9. Lead and assist in conducting mock recalls.
  10. Participate in Tier II meetings.
  11. Determine rework issues/plans.
  12. Assist Quality Manager in setting up Quality Improvement Plans (QIP).
  13. Prepare of key performance indicator (KPI) reports each period.
  14. Issuing, updating and training on plant specific work instructions, policies and procedures.
  15. Maintain the SQF system, Food Safety Programs, and Food Quality Programs.
  16. Ability to work with specific computer software and hardware.
  17. Familiarity with lab equipment and functionality.
  18. Other duties as assigned.








To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.


Bachelor's degree; or four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers and regulatory agencies. Ability to effectively present information to management.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability kneel, bend, squat,       stoop, carry, reach, stand, grip, push, pull, arm extensions and perform elevated work.  
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Abilility to work a flexible schedule
  • Working at heights / climbing ladders
  • Ability to work in hot, cold or wet environments.


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