Nestle Quality Specialist-3rd Shift in Mount Sterling, Kentucky

POSITION SUMMARY:Performs a variety of quality control tests/inspections and/or standard microbiological, chemical, physical or sensory testing and assays on products, materials, components, etc. at various stages of the production process to ensure compliance with quality and reliability standards. Manages finished goods positive release, net contents and sensory program. Records statistical data. Analyzes data and writes summaries to validate or show deviations from existing standards. Recommends modifications to existing, or suggests new, standards, methods and procedures. Works closely with the Quality Team to help identify, solve and prevent problems affecting quality.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:Responsible for releasing or holding finished product from production, PD, and TAG for retail and institutional saleReport out detailed information regarding the products that are held and releasedTrack non-prime inventoryReport all KPI information for the departmentReport out finished product scrapInvolved in trace and recall proceduresSupport traceability exercisesSAP/GLOBE QM Super user- responsible for learning, implementing, teaching, maintenance and reporting data from the GLOBE QM module of SAPResponsible for hold product and rework documentation review and disposition.Support for all outside warehousesResponsible for allergen and coding maintenanceSupports production in decisions related to quality and food safetyAudits GMPs, procedures and paperwork on the production floorConducts coaching and training to employeesIdentifies gaps in procedures or processesParticipates in and/or lead continuous improvement activities such as DMAIC and GSTDAttends SHOs, DORs and WORsResponsible for changes in procedures and QMSReview consumer alerts and direct follow-up of alertsMaintain consumer complaint awareness through distribution of top complaints for production linesManages consumer complaint team and follow-upManages Foreign Bodies Task ForceDaily Review of HACCP documentation on Shop FloorDaily Behaviour Based Quality observationsResponsible for follow-up activities driven by CPARs from Internal Audit Team and Third Party AuditsMembers of Internal Audit TeamConducts special projects as assignedAble to work flexible hours and able to cover off shiftsConducts daily routine sample analyses using lab techniques and other instrumentation following Good Laboratory Practices.Interprets data and reports on trend and data analysis to appropriate personnel.Monitors laboratory Internal Control Plans (ICPs) on a required frequency.Organizes laboratory records and files, summarizes data, and prepares and interprets reports for use by management. Reviews or writes procedures and work instructionsSupports laboratory activities to ensure a high quality of products, services, housekeeping, and hygiene standards are maintained and improved in laboratory and other analytical areas.Responsible for daily equipment maintenance, ordering, stock control, stock record entry, reporting, etc.Responsible for the administration, training, and execution of off- and on-line sensory, and test methods.Supports laboratory compliance (Calibration, equipment testing, etc.) to FSSC 22000 and Nestl requirements while driving continuous improvement for Quality metrics/Key Performance Indicators in the lab.Responsible for laboratory and quality records in compliance with QMS, including storage and retrieval.Assists, advises, and trains colleagues to attain the NQAC requirements (MI, LI, P-test, etc.)Employee shall follow and carry out company policy on all required GMP, quality and food safety requirements and escalate quality or food safety findings or incidents.Ensures that a high quality of products, services, housekeeping, and hygiene standards are maintained and improved in designated areas.Ensures the compliance for FSSC 22000 while driving continuous improvement for Quality metrics/KPI s in their area of responsibility.Supports Improvement initiatives (e.g. complaints, holds) with Factory, and drives improvement projects in DOR.Assist, advise and train Operations in attaining the Nestl quality standards (QMS, MI, etc.).Communicates Quality and Food Safety briefs to assigned line operation teams. (Is this the Quality Specialist, or the Food Safety Team?)Ensures compliance with all regulatory and Nestl guidelines pertaining to safety, health, and environmental.To be part of the culture change towards behavioral safety improvement.Supports key Nestl Continuous Excellence (NCE) initiatives.Other duties as assigned by manager.

Qualifications REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:B.S. Degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, or other related field, preferred.EXPERIENCE:Preferably 2-3 years manufacturing and or laboratory (1-3 years) experience in food industry.Knowledge of continuous improvement.SKILLS:Must have good verbal and written communication skills.Good mathematical and statistical skills required.Must be able to handle multiple assignments.Must be precise and accurate, well organized worker.Strong attention to detail.Must be able to perform in a demanding, fast-paced environment.Must have good mathematical (basic statistical skills highly desirable), problem-solving and analytical skills.Proficiency with computer systems, personal computers, spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office, etc.) and mainframe system with custom applications preferred.Proficiency in SAP/GLOBE systems is preferred.COMPETENCIES:Courage: linked to people s confidence in their capabilities and judgment. It allows them to make decisions or choices, at the same time evaluating the risks and being conscious of their responsibilities.Results Focus: the drive to meet or exceed ambitious performance objectives and quality standards, deliver business results and continually find sustainable improvements in methods and processes.Impact/Convince Others: convincing others, either directly or using appropriate third parties, in order to get their commitment to ideas projects or actions that are in the company s interest.Service Orientation Understanding customers' needs to provide the best scientific/technical support related to their own area of expertise *LI-CB1

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Category: Operations, Quality Assurance, Nestle USA