Corporate Quality Assurance Manager - Regulatory and Hygiene

Who is Great Lakes Cheese?

Great Lakes Cheese is celebrating over 50 years of Excellence in Cheese Making! Since 1958, Great Lakes has grown rapidly by acquisition, plant expansions, investment in the best technologies for production and distribution ? and by setting high industry standards for service.? Currently, Great Lakes serves the nation?s retailers and food service operations with?nine strategic facilities across the U.S. We earn this proud tradition of award-winning quality and customer satisfaction every day.

GLC?s Mission:

To be a leading manufacturer and supplier of consistently high quality cheese products. We will achieve this through our commitment to outstanding customer service, innovation, dedicated employees, and business partnerships. Our environment of open communication, integrity, and mutual respect encourages everyone to go beyond what is expected. We believe that profitability is a success only if the customer, the suppliers, the employees, the communities, and the company benefit.

Benefits of working at GLC:

Great Lakes Cheese?s success hinges on the dedication and professionalism of our people. From our inception, we have created and maintained an environment for employees to learn, develop their careers and enjoy mutually rewarding relationships, recognition and earnings. As we have grown throughout the years, we have kept the small company, family feel, even as a billion dollar organization. Point in case, our employees participate in an ESOP Plan, where they own approximately 20% of the company. In addition, we offer competitive benefits that include Medical, Dental, Life and Long-term Disability Insurance, 401(k) Plan, an Employee Assistance Program and tuition reimbursement.

Position Description

The Corporate Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for safeguarding product quality and ensuring the company is in compliance with regulatory standards. In addition, the individual will create and manage the sanitation, environmental monitoring, HACCP and hygiene programs for the company.


  • Partner with external resources, internal plant operations/maintenance/quality and engineering to ensure that sanitation programs, assurance policies and procedures are executed, monitored, applicable and compliant to regulatory and customer expectations/requirements.
  • Manage Plant Sanitation and Environmental Testing Programs.
  • Manage internal Plant Audit Programs (internal plant inspections after sanitation, plant inspections during production).
  • Verify sanitation programs are effective and followed.
  • Improve and adjust programs to meet changing regulations and customer expectations.
  • Review environmental and ATP results and analyze trends.
  • Manage the Product Recall Procedure, direct / coordinate all product recalls.
  • Develop and oversee an internal training program for GMP?s and Sanitation.
  • All GLC employees are expected to perform any assignment or job task according to the stated safety policies and procedures.
  • All GLC employees are expected to produce our products in a manner that exceeds the quality and value expectation of our customers and consumers by adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, Policies and Procedures outlined in our Safe Quality Food Program.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the manager.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelor?s degree in Quality, Food Science or related field.
  • 5 years of quality management experience or more.
  • In depth understanding of quality processes and related issues.
  • Ability to make sound, independent decisions based on functional expertise and experience.
  • Ability to administer a proactive management approach.
  • Ability to provide leadership, support, communication and direction to personnel relating to quality issues.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, troubleshoot and problem solve beyond routine issues.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • 30% of travel.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Master?s degree.
  • Food science experience.
  • SAP experience.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office setting.
  • Frequent exposure to industrial operations in a fast-paced production environment with average temperatures ranging from 28 to 90-60 degrees F. (temperatures, noise, moisture, moving machinery).
  • Hair nets, ear plugs/muffs, hardhats, and/or safety glasses may be required.

Great Lakes Cheese is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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