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Quality Assurance Supervisor

Company: balchem
Location: Defiance
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is located in New Hampton, New York, (Hudson Valley area) and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ - BCPC) with annual revenues over $700 million and a market cap exceeding $4.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions. To learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit
The Quality Assurance Supervisor is responsible for working with the site Operations team to ensure food safety, quality and efficiency of products manufactured at the site.
This person will take a lead role in ensuring that new products developed by the R&D team are commercialized into efficient production at the plant level. The person in this role will be a member of the site Food Safety Team, supporting Food Safety System risk assessment as well as development of specifications and defining operating quality checks that will ensure compliance to customer specification.
The person in this role will continuously optimize the safety, quality, consistency and efficiency of existing products by applying statistical principles and analyzing data to understand process capability, then suggest and implement improvements. He/she will succeed through a knowledge of food science and the ability to analyze and interpret data, identify trends and develop ways to measurably improve processes.
He/she will inspire trust through respecting employees and partners within and outside the organization, always doing the right thing while playing to win.

Ensures compliance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) under 21 CFR 117 as well as regional and national health authority regulations including responsibilities for:
Effectively implements cross functional continuous improvement initiatives and corrective and preventative actions
Assists with the oversight of the Quality System including SQF, HACCP/Food Safety Plans by assisting with report preparation, audit activities, both internal and external, corrective action investigations and reports
As a PCQI, review production records, verify CCP's for each process and maintain documentation while monitoring plant activities for compliance with HACCP/GMP programs
Execute validation of Preventative Controls on scheduled basis
Oversee chemical and physical analysis on product, ingredient and control samples according to laboratory procedures, report completion, data entry and internal GMP audit activities; needs to understand the concepts of each analysis, anticipate the result and follow through on any deviation
Able to serve as the back up to the Microbiology Supervisor by performing microbiological and chemical analysis on product, ingredient, and control samples according to laboratory procedures; and release of product and COA preparation; covers all lab responsibilities during the absence of the Microbiology Supervisor
Assists the Microbiology Supervisor with monitoring and maintaining the environmental program. Holds accountability for the program
Assists with R&D projects, plant inspections and QC checks during production and packaging of food
Accountable for providing employee new hire and annual training programs including but not limited to: GMP, HACCP, Allergen, Food Defense
Act as emergency backup if direct reports are absent
Maintains the pest control program while working with shift supervisors and operators to document pest activity
Maintains and manages calibration schedules of testing equipment including moisture analyzer, water activity analyzer, etc.
Assists with investigations and corrective actions for nonconformances and customer complaints
Monitors and assesses plant performance on Master Sanitation Schedule
Communicates effectively all critical information regarding analysis, procedures, and test results
Uses computer skills in Microsoft D365, Outlook and Office necessary for the establishment and maintenance of procedures, SOPs, Work Instructions, forms and oversight of the GMP training program
Follows all laboratory and plant GMP procedures. Embraces Balchem's safety philosophy and policies
Establishes, maintains and provides written reports as needed by operations quality
Participate in daily operations meeting and monthly/annual quality review meetings
Oversee QC laboratory activities and laboratory personnel, coordinating daily work activities and accountable for instrument calibration and monitoring of preventative maintenance programs. Ensures compliance with written procedures
Designated backup for reviewing specifications during specification development


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty independently and satisfactorily. Duties must be executed in a timely manner, so production personnel receive rapid feedback on product quality. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Ability to apply critical thinking skills and a knowledge of food science to practical situations. Has commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Must be able to work independently - to plan and organize tasks and manage the workload. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations. Able to interpret customer requirements and government regulations and apply to products and processes. This person can see the big picture as well as develop the tactical steps to achieve it.
The successful candidate must be able to work on their feet for extended periods of time. Will be required to lift and carry large boxes up several flights of stairs and throughout the building. May be working with hazardous chemicals. Hours as needed by the company.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science or related discipline plus 3-5 years of related work experience. Applicable work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
Knowledge of FDA CFR regulations and international food regulations beneficial.
Computer proficiency should include MS Office suite, Minitab or similar Statistical software.
Proficient in analytical/ critical thinking & problem solving;
Knowledge of experimental design, Statistical process control and lean manufacturing principles.
Experience with Food Safety systems, liquid and dry processing systems preferred.
Continuous learning mindset. An effective communicator with the ability to influence without authority and present ideas to senior leadership in a compelling and data-based manner.
Willing to actively engage with operators and technicians to educate on best practices and explain why the nuance of their job is important.

Balchem is committed to a workplace culture that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities, and a work environment free of harassment and hostility.PI183128713

Keywords: balchem, Fort Wayne , Quality Assurance Supervisor, Other , Defiance, Indiana

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