Food Safety & Quality Manager

  • Chickasha, OK
  • Food Safety & Quality
  • Full-time

We are looking for a skilled and experienced Food Safety and Quality Manager to join our team! The Food Safety and Quality Manager is responsible for providing technical quality and food safety leadership and expertise for the manufacturing/distribution of the MPF plant’s products and manufacturing facility. This position requires close interaction with outside vendors and other non-MPF contacts, corporate FSQ, and the plant’s day-to-day operations employees. 

The principal responsibility is to ensure that the MPF Food Safety and Quality Management System (FSQMS) is fully implemented and functional and that the facility and products meet safety and food regulatory requirements. The responsibility also encompasses assuring quality awareness as well as continuous improvement programs are in place to assure overall quality progress.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead integration of the current quality assurance and food safety processes into one integrated process which ties to business objectives.  This includes HACCP system (Food Safety Plan), regulatory audits, quality systems review process (QSR), standard operating procedures (SOP’s), incoming ingredient inspections, food safety audits, field complaints, managing Statistical Process Control system, calibration and preventive maintenance programs and standardized work instructions.
  • Develop and execute Plans to achieve/maintain safe food and SQF Certification at the facility and to meet all company requirements related to quality and food safety programs.
  • Oversee plant compliance, interactions, and relationships with SQF Certification Body and consultants.
  • Act as the facility’s main FDA contact and lead regulatory inspections and 3rd party audits with joint ownership and responsibility with the Plant Manager for driving associated corrective actions.
  • Develop and maintain systems to ensure the facility meets all SQF requirements including Commitment, Document Control and Records, Specifications, Attaining Food Safety, Verification, Product Identification Trace and Recall, Incident Management, Food Safety Fundamentals – Building and Equipment Design and Construction, and Food Safety Fundamentals – Pre-requisite Programs.
  • Manage finished product evaluation system and provide leadership to drive improvements in key customer/consumer Quality attributes.
  • Train personnel and maintain all training records on critical food safety and quality requirements.
  • Oversee monitoring, verification, and validation activities to ensure that all products leaving the facility meet the facility’s Food Safety and Quality Plans.
  • Provide guidance and leadership in situations where deviations have occurred or a potential risk has been identified related to food safety and/or quality attributes by assuring root causes are addressed through a corrective action process.
  • Manage and provide leadership in implementing an effective and efficient documented corrective action program.
  • Manage/ Oversee pest control contracts and microbiological testing to ensure compliance with SQF and Quality standards.
  • Reassess Quality and Safety Food plan(s) throughout the change management process which is required whenever there is a change to program, process, procedure, ingredient, equipment, industry philosophy, technology, etc.
  • Lead the development and implementation of statistical tools and systems to support continuous process and product improvement.
  • Act as an active contributor on the Facility Management Team to meet all business objectives. Manage and develop all QA personnel.
  • Support the development of a supplier quality management program to help ensure the procurement of quality raw materials and packaging components used in the manufacturing of products.
  • Assist with product and process improvement activities by supporting research and development manufacturing trials at the site.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Safety, Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, Engineering or related field.
  • 4+ years of food processing experience, with at least 2 years in a manufacturing environment under USDA and/or FDA and HACCP.
  • 2+ years facilitating food safety/quality-related training events.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the areas of food safety and plant regulatory affairs.
  • HACCP Certification from a nationally / internationally recognized and accredited HACCP training firm.
  • Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Certification.
  • Auditing/audit skills experience in quality or food safety management systems, including internal/external auditing for compliance.
  • Ability to analyze processes for Biological, Chemical, and Physical hazards with an understanding of the science and support behind each type of hazard and each step of a production process.
  • Experience with FDA and/or USDA Rules and Regulations.
  • Must have strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Experience implementing and using state-of-the-art statistical process control tools in a manufacturing environment.

Preferred Skills

  • Able to work with cross-functional departments within the organization.
  • Good problem-solving skills and corrective action/resolution skills.
  • Strong computer skills with experience using Word, Excel, Access, Power Point.
  • Ability to manage and develop personnel.
  • Knowledge of SQF, BRC, ISO 22000, and/or FSSC 22000 are a plus.

Additional Information

  • Reports to the Director of Food Safety and Quality with a dotted-line relationship to the Plant Manager.
  • Works directly with other Plant Staff Members.
  • Works directly with operators and mechanics in resolving issues.
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Work Location: Evansville, IN 47725


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Company Overview

Midwestern Pet Foods is a fourth generation, family-owned pet food manufacturer based out of Evansville, Indiana. What started as Nunn Milling Company in 1926, Midwestern Pet Foods has now grown to operate four kitchens in the USA, producing an impressive portfolio of excellent pet foods and treats for all kinds of furry friends. Join our family of quality pet food brands!

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