• Quality Assurance Specialist (Frozen Foods)

    Job Locations US-IL-Elk Grove Village
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/9/2018 1:00 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Quality Assurance
  • Overview

    Topco Associates is currently seeking a QA Specialist for the QA-Product Management (Foods) team in Elk Grove Village, IL.


    Under guidance of QA management, promotes the delivery of optimal QA services and standards by ensuring all department protocols/procedures [including new product/facility approvals, plant inspection management, specification development, first production monitoring, product monitoring evaluations, reformulation activity, brand standard intelligence, information gathering/tracking/updating/storage, regulatory (withdrawals/recalls) compliance, and problem-solving/trouble-shooting/follow-up to closure] within assigned area of responsibility are properly carried out.


    Product Management

    • Evaluate/approve new products as warranted
    • Participate in the development of new products and reformulations of existing products
    • Assure First Production Monitoring protocol is executed
    • Establish product monitoring programs for assigned categories
    • Monitor products for assigned categories for compliance with Topco specs and with applicable government regulations
    • Prepare/participate in competitive product reviews

    Information Management

    • Write/maintain/update product specifications
    • Capture Brand Standard Intelligence via Product Monitoring protocol and competitive shopping evaluations
    • Gather/track/update/store information per established guidelines
    • Manage withdrawal/recall situations to gather information needed by the Regulatory team
    • Apply superior knowledge during product investigations and problem-solving circumstances, following-up to closure
    • Provide technical expertise and product knowledge to internal and external customers
    • Provide back-up to Senior QA Specialists

    Vendor Management

    • Evaluate/approve new supplier facilities as warranted
    • Manage vendors relative to assigned categories to GFSI certification and/or Third Party Audit compliance and advise QA Management of non-compliant suppliers.
    • All other duties as assigned



    • Foods: 4 Year College Degree, BS in in Food Science, Food Technology, Microbiology, Foods/Nutrition or related Field preferred
    • Non-Foods: 4 Year College Degree, BS in Science, Chemistry or related field preferred

    Technical skills:

    • Good verbal/written communication skills.
    • Knowledge of consumer product testing, laboratory procedures, product/quality measurement skills.
    • Ability to create and present QA information to broad audiences.
    • Knowledge of all Microsoft applications.
    • High member focus

    Previous Experience:

    • Minimum of two years of related industry experience


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