Sr. Quality Systems Technologist in Buckner, KY at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 1/5/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


KY Buckner

Job Type:

Production Sanitation

Job Posting Title:

Sr. Quality Systems Technologist

Job Description:

Position Summary: The Sr. Quality Systems Technologist is responsible for the direct oversight of all FS&Q programs at the manufacturing site.  This includes the development, maintenance and training execution of the site’s specific FS&Q programs to ensure compliance with Company and Regulatory standards. They maintain direct contact with Production, Maintenance, and Warehouse personnel to identify, resolve, and prevent FS&Q events.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Daily management and oversight with respect to the facility’s Food Safety Plan, Food Defense Plan, Food Quality Plan and related prerequisite programs including, but not limited to: formula control, mock trace and recall, consumer complaint management, GMPs, sanitation, pest control, allergen control, environmental pathogen control, sanitation effectiveness, calibration, document control, kosher, SPC, corrective and preventative actions, and verification and validation programs.
  • Conduct daily record review as prescribed in facility’s Food Safety and Quality programs.
  • Manage held product and ingredient sampling, review, and work with FS&Q Manager on disposition decisions.
  • Troubleshoots problems and implements corrective actions through root cause analysis.
  • Leads the plant’s efforts, in consultation with the FS&Q Manager, to maintain GFSI certification.
  • Assist FS&Q Manager with Regulatory inspections, Identity Preserved Certification Audits, and Customer visits as needed. 
  • Represents the Food Safety & Quality department for continuous improvement initiatives. Supports compliance within the TreeHouse Management Operating System to help drive a culture of FS&Q and Continuous Improvement. 
  • Conducts Consumer Complaint investigations and works with FS&Q Manager on responses.
  • Serves as the facilities primary FS&Q contact supporting RDI plant trials and/or projects that qualify new ingredients, suppliers, formulas or processes.
  • Maintain and update the plant product specification database as needed. 
  • Act as the primary back-up to the FS&Q Manager in their absence.
  • The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list of all tasks. Additional tasks and duties may be assigned from time to time as necessitated by business needs.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Relevant experience with government regulatory requirements, FDA, and CFIA in food processing.
  • Familiarity in using continuous improvement tools and fundamentals. 
  • Must possess sound problem solving skills, be analytical, and creative to investigate problems in order to recommend and implement solutions.
  • Efficient computer skills; strong knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, Powerpoint, SharePoint, and familiarity with programs such as SAP, Infinity-QS and Tracegains an asset.


High School or equivalent

High School plus specialized training (min 6mos-2yrs)/College Certificate (Canada)

Associate Degree/College Diploma (Canada – 2-3 years)

Bachelor’s Degree Required – Type: Food Science, Microbiology or related field  

Master’s Degree Required -- Type:

Certification/Licensure/Designation Required for Job:

Preferred Attributes: 5+ years of experience in Food Safety and/or Quality Assurance fields or Food manufacturing preferred. Possess strong interpersonal skills, along with good verbal and written communication skills. Must have the ability to influence change, problem solve, and the willingness to spend time in the plant with the team members on all shifts.  Self-motivated and ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

 Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to perform the following:  standing, climbing, pulling, and or pushing, carrying, grasping, reaching, twisting, turning and stooping.
  • Ability to walk and/or stand for extended periods of time. 
  • Good physical condition with the ability to lift up to 50 lbs frequently.
  • Good hand/eye coordination, motor skills, 20/20 corrected vision and hearing within the normal range.

Environmental, Health and Safety Requirements:

  • Must wear all required personal protection equipment associated with specific manufacturing work environment and job duties as stated in the Employee Handbook, posted policies, or as assigned by leadership personnel.
  • Maintain clean and safe working environment and follow all safety policies and procedures, such as lock out/tag out, safe lifting techniques, and all others as instructed.
  • Inform Management of any food safety or quality issues or of any processes which become noncompliant with specified requirements.

Food Safety:

  • Notify supervision of any repairs or adjustments that are required.
  • Understand, observe, and comply with the handling and usage of the color-coded container policy while in the Production Areas.
  • Perform all duties necessary to meet Company, Customer and/or Government requirements/standards as prioritized by the Company.
  • Ability to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of nonconformities relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the product, processes, quality system, or safety system.
  • Identify and record any problems relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the ingredients, processes, quality system, or safety system.
  • Controls further processing or delivery of nonconforming product in terms of Food Safety and Quality issues until the deficiency or unsatisfactory condition has been corrected.

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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