Quality Assurance & Food Safety Manager
VG Meats
Simcoe, ON

VG Meats is a farm to fork meat company constantly striving to do better as an industry and community. The four brothers have been raised in the industry and will find improvements to traditional methods that are good for the environment, the producers, employees, and consumers. We make positive changes by focusing on our customer's wants and needs while developing the careers of the employees and giving the farmers a steady sales avenue for their products.

QUALITY ASSURANCE & FOOD SAFETY MANAGER

Brief Job Description:

The individual in this position will use the established Food Safety/Quality System to ensure compliance and quality is maintained while consistently evaluating the systems to ensure continuous improvement.

Detailed Job Description:

DAILY

  • QA checklist
  • Collect data logger
  • Refill knife sterilizer test strips (at noon)
  • Review recipe records and packaging logs (includes verifying BBD’s) and bundle recipe with corresponding packaging log
  • Maintain documentation filing to ensure traceability process is simple

WEEKLY

  • Sanitizer testing (1-2 hoses/week)
  • Foamer testing (1-2 hoses/week)
  • Kill floor acid testing (2 hoses/week – Wednesday afternoon)
  • Collect and file shipping/receiving logs from loading dock
  • Collect and file sanitation paperwork
  • Cut line acid testing (1 hose/week – Fridays before beef pushed from kill floor cooler to cutline cooler)
  • RTE inventory
  • Clean rationale oven
  • Check pre-operational checklists

MONTHLY

  • PawKit calibration
  • Perform Calibrations/Verifications:
  • Scales
  • pH meter
  • Wall thermometer
  • Probe thermometer
  • Collect, replace, and file pre-op logs for RTE, cutline, and sausage kitchen

ANNUALLY

  • Smokehouse cold spot check
  • Perform mock recall

ONGOING

  • Maintain all quality/food safety SOPs
  • Special projects (eg. yield measurement programs, near infrared spectrometry programs, system upgrades) as requested by management
  • Manage the customer return/credit program
  • Maintain traceability system
  • Maintain Tenderness Program
  • Perform regular internal audits of processes and procedures

Annual Audit(s)

  • All paperwork kept in order routinely in preparation for annual audit
  • Prepare for audit by continuously checking that we are up to date on all regulatory requirements
  • Execute annual audit alongside auditor
  • Post Audit – File prior years audit documentation and start all new paperwork ready for use month following audit

OMAFRA – Meat Regulations

  • Keep abreast of any changes to the Food Safety & Quality Act, 2001 and Ontario Regulation 31/05 - Meat
  • Maintain and annually change over the prior year’s documentation

Employee Orientation/Training

  • Perform food safety training for all new hires
  • Ensure food safety training requirements are performed and signed off on by employee
  • Perform and maintain all food safety training for all staff members on an ongoing basis

Quality Talks

  • Design, organize and perform regular quality talks with staff

Food Safety Talks

  • Design, organize and perform regular food safety talks with staff

Other

Reporting

  • Reporting as required by Plant Manager, Finance Manager, or Brothers

Skills and Competencies:

  • Critical thinking, decision making, and problem-solving skills
  • Organization skills with high attention to detail
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage diverse groups and individuals effectively
  • Experience with lean management an asset
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office and Google Documents

Licences/Certificates:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Degree in Food Science or related discipline preferred
  • HACCP Certificate
  • HACCP Compliance (maintain for VG Meats)
  • OMAFRA Meat Plant License (maintain for VG Meats)
  • WHMIS

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Food Safety: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Quality Assurance: 2 years (Preferred)

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree (Preferred)

Location:

  • Simcoe, ON (Preferred)

Language:

  • English (Required)