Director of Quality and Regulatory Operations

The Director of Quality and Regulatory Operations will direct food safety, quality, and regulatory compliance of domestic and international sales. Oversee administration of quality systems and documentation that ensures compliance with third party, regulatory, customer, and religious requirements. This position will also make regulatory and quality documentation available to customers, BAF Marketing, Sales, Technology, and Operations along with develop a QRO operating plan that aligns departmental goals with corporate strategic initiatives.
This position is located near Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho Falls' overall housing expenses are a full 29.2% below the national average and cost of living 12% below average, Idaho Falls is ranked in the top 10 cities with the lowest cost of living. In fact, affordable housing is the single biggest contributor to the city's low cost of living. Offering low cost of living, the renowned Museum of Idaho, its own symphony, opera, chamber orchestra, community drama, performing arts groups, a zoo, professional minor league baseball, outdoor recreational opportunities, and excellent schools it is no wonder over 57,000 residents are proud to call Idaho Falls home.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Use independent judgment to develop and implement a long term strategy to drive quality excellence in regards to food safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance of domestic and international products produced at all divisions of Basic American Foods. Provide a transition of new products between Product Development and Operations. Review potential acquisitions for food safety and quality compliance.
Oversee the quality and regulatory expectations of ingredient and packaging suppliers.
Provide overall leadership to all organizational recall and product retrievals. Interact directly with the USFDA, USDA, and any customers to meet food standards set by individual entities.
Provide expert guidance and council for customers and top management as required. Direct compliance of customer requirements for quality, GMP/food safety, and product specifications. Review and approve customer contracts relative to meeting customer requirements of food quality and food safety.
Provide strategic direction for the administration and development of the Technology Information Management Exchange that is the backbone of BAF Quality Systems, Policies, and Procedures. Make regulatory and quality documentation available to customers and BAF Marketing, Sales, Technology, and Operations.
Facilitate and direct the strategic goals of the QRO department to meet the individual needs of each facility and align the goals with corporate strategic initiatives.
Must maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity while embodying the tenets of "What We Stand For" and "The Basic Principles."
Must maintain the highest standards of data management by creating consistent, reliable data which will ensure accuracy and in turn, maximize the use of data and confidence in decision making.
Proactively manage safety by ensuring compliance with all Federal and State regulations and internal Company policies. Regularly complete behavior based safety observations. Ensure unsafe conditions are corrected in a timely manner.
All employees are responsible for upholding the principles of SQF 2000.
All employees are responsible for immediately reporting any food safety, food quality or plant security issues to management for appropriate action.
Other duties may be assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities
Directly supervises employees in the Quality and Regulatory Operations. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor of Science degree and preferably a Master of Science degree and ten to twelve years related experience.
Other Qualifications:
Partnering and working with cross functional teams
Ability to work autonomously and manage a wide variety of projects simultaneously
Excellent communications skills both verbal and written including presentation skills
Excellent organizational skills
Highly developed analytical reasoning skills
Ability to formulate sound conclusions and recommend optimal course of action based on analysis
Enthusiastic team player with strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills

Core Competencies:
Energy and the ability to Energize others
Relationship Building
Analytical Mastery
Managing Complexity
Strategy & Planning
Business Management
Leadership
Resourcefulness
Passion
Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Mathematical Skills
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, statistics, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
Reasoning Ability
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Accounting software; Database software; Development software; Human Resource systems; Internet software; Inventory software; Manufacturing software; Project Management software; and must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

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