• Quality Manager

    Job Locations US-ME-Portland
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Full Time
    Posting Type
    Posting Type
  • 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

    Come and join our Portland, Maine team during this exciting time! Capital projects and automated processes! This site runs 24/5 and the QA Manager will be responsible primarily for the first shift with ~ 4 direct reports.




    The plant Quality Manager provides site leadership for Food Safety and Quality in alignment with the Kerry Corporate Policies. This position reports to the Plant Manager and has a functional reporting relationship to the Director of Quality Assurance for a business unit. Plant quality assurance personnel and quality supervisor will report to this position. This position requires 5-10% travel.


    • Food Safety: Ensure effective food safety compliance and work with plant management team to implement programs to mitigate risk. Manage and lead HACCP program and 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, acting as 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, 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: Track report and review agreed upon KPI’s. Develop and lead the plant Quality Improvement Plan. Partner cross-functionally in quality and process improvement.


    • Customer Satisfaction: Be proactive and responsive in addressing customer complaints, communicating effectively on technical issues and leading the root cause analysis. Develop and verify corrective action.


    • 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.


    Key Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an applicable field of study such as Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or similar Science/Engineering
    • Demonstrated success with relevant GFSI standards including SQF, BRC, IFS, or FS 22000
    • Proven knowledge and understanding of Food Safety regulations, FSMA, and industry and market trends
    • Achievement in assessing, developing and retaining top talent
    • Proven ability to lead with the following key competencies: Technical Expertise, Strategic Thinking & Influence, Process Optimization & Product Knowledge, and Leading & Managing Change



    Minimum 4-10 years of quality experience and/or training.

    Experience managing quality and food safety systems.

    Experience in a plant environment strongly preferred.

    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.



    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed