QA Specialist
Vivazen
Vancouver, BC
The Company

Vivazen has a unique yet remarkable history, which has positioned it to be the global leader in functional beverages in the convenience channel. With a line of products that support people in experiencing happier and healthier lives with less pain, better sleep, increased mood, and less stress Vivazen is hiring aggressively for the next level of growth.

Vivazen is a rapid growth, high-energy company of big thinkers and big doers. We are a consumer-packaged goods and beverage company with a history of strong profitable growth as the number one product and brand in our category. The business has been growing at a rate north of 250% per year, with the most recent growth sprint being at a rate of 400% per year. They see where markets are going and creates new product categories that become the next big wave. Currently launching some new exciting products in natural wellness, specifically in CBD. Through their expanding network of sales and distribution, they are building a team to take current and new products to the global market.

The Role

As our QA Specialist you will serve as an integral member of the management team and interact cross functionally to ensure business objectives are aligned and the business excels at meeting its quality and business goals.

This person will be responsible for ensuring that quality systems are established, maintained and compliant along with other regulatory and business requirements.

The ideal candidate will have experience in leading quality teams, as well as managing internal audits, recall programs, product release, SOP authoring and approval, and other elements of a functioning quality management system in a regulated manufacturing environment. They will also need a strong working knowledge of highly regulated manufacturing environments for consumer goods, such as CBD and food & beverage.

Core Responsibilities

Develop and maintain a centralized system for all documents and records related to the Quality Management System
Prepare and file deviation reports and assist with the documentation of OOS investigations
Revise and/or develop SOPs for clarity and to ensure accuracy with current practice and regulatory requirements
Work with the Research & Development team & production facilities on new products launch and ensure new and existing products meet specifications.
Implement quality enhancement processes such as Quality by Process and resulting corrective actions from audits. Implement procedures at the plant level in conjunction with the Plant Operations to achieve process improvements and cost savings.
Ensure that product meets or exceeds customer quality expectations (product, packaging, labels, etc.). Liaises with Marketing to handle customer complaints and appropriate correspondence.
Orient all employees on quality and regulatory principles and policies and ensure they remain current in their knowledge.
Accountable for the maximum performance, technical competence and healthy management succession through acquiring, organizing, developing and motivating personnel.
Accountable for preparation and participation in all third-party audits. Assist in follow up corrective actions and preventative measures from audit findings. Recommend and implement approved improvements to production processes.
Qualifications

Minimum Bachelors Degree in Food Science or a related discipline
A minimum of 3-5 years of proven food & beverage safety experience in a Quality Assurance management capacity is required.
Strong knowledge of manufacturing food processes; strong leadership and communication skills.
HACCP Certification and strong knowledge of Statistical Process Control, GMPs, Quality regulatory requirements and systems.
Familiarity with the CBD industry is an asset
Experience authoring and reviewing technical documents and SOP’s
Chemistry or plant knowledge is an asset
Demonstrated troubleshooting and analytical skills
Strong leadership, mentoring and team building skills
Reasons to Work with Vivazen

Work with highly intelligent purpose driven people that have fun winning
Be involved in businesses that make a positive difference in the world and improving customers lives
Fun and results driven corporate culture with an amazing location downtown, on the beach
Lots of potential for personal and professional growth

Compensation

Compensation for this role will be commensurate with experience. It will include generous base pay and profit sharing that will allow above average, possibly extraordinary compensation.

Application Instructions

If you are the right candidate for this role, please apply including a cover letter on why you are the right candidate for the role.