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Plant QA Manager

Niagara Bottling
Allentown, Pennsylvania, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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At Niagara, we're looking for Team Members who want to be part of achieving our mission to provide our customers the highest quality most affordable bottled water.

Consider applying here, if you want to:
  • Work in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment with a chance to make an impact.
  • Develop lasting relationships with great people.
  • Have the opportunity to build a satisfying career.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages for our Team Members.

Plant QA Manager

Administers policies and programs ensuring that organizational products and processes meet established quality standards. Implement quality standards, ensures and executes compliance on every stage of the process.
Essential Functions

  • Lead the facility in all Food Safety, Packaging Quality and Product Quality related activities.
  • Serve as the primary plant liaison within the facility for all Company Quality Assurance Initiatives, Niagara Corporate Quality and Third Party Audits
  • Trend analytical data and develop initiatives to improve plant performance against Niagara quality measures and ensure plant compliance with company and regulatory standards
  • Track, analyze, and lead root cause analysis for all quality and customer complaint issues within the plant
  • Ensure compliance and record keeping for all mandated quality checks, testing, sampling and sanitation activities within the plant
  • Monitor the microbiological program; collect and conduct microbiological analysis of product and process samples when necessary
  • Perform water testing equipment evaluations and calibrations
  • Conduct regular reviews of the facility's Pre-requisite Programs, GMP Compliance and Sanitation Compliance
  • Serve as the facility Food Safety Program Coordinator, HACCP Coordinator and SQF Practitioner
  • Manage budgeting, purchasing and inventory of QA operating supplies such as filters, chemicals and lab supplies
  • Monitor the performance and competencies of plant QA staff and provide leadership, coaching, discipline and development as needed
  • Assist the Research & Development team with formulation adjustments, product evaluations, and product launch activities
  • Maintain a safe work environment and support all plant safety programs
  • Assist with weekend and holiday coverage as needed
  • Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • 6 Years - Experience in Field or similar manufacturing environment
    • 6 Years - Experience in Position
    • 4 Years - Experience managing people/projects

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education
  • Computer literate with proficiency in, but not limited to: Microsoft Office Applications, Visio, Oracle Business Systems, Infinity QS, etc
  • Detail-Oriented with Excellent Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Knowledge of water chemistry, microbiological analysis methods, chemical analysis methods, laboratory systems and beverage sanitation practices
  • Demonstrated ability to use data for creative problem solving, experience using statistical software packages

  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • 10+ Years- Experience in Field or similar manufacturing environment
    • 10+ Years - Experience working in Position
    • 6 Years - Experience managing people/projects
  • experience may include a combination of work experience and education


This position embodies the values of Niagara's LIFE competency model, focusing on the following key drivers of success:
  • Lead Like an Owner
    • Manages a safe working environment, accurately documents safety related training, and effectively communicates safety incidents
    • Provides strategic input and oversight to departmental projects
    • Makes data driven decisions and develops sustainable solutions
    • Skilled in reducing costs and managing timelines while prioritizing long run impact over short term wins
    • Makes decisions by putting overall company success first before department/individual success
    • Leads/facilitates discussions to get positive outcomes for the customer
    • Makes strategic decisions which prioritize the needs of the customer over departmental/individual goals
  • InnovACT
    • Continuously evaluates existing programs and processes, and develops new initiatives to increase efficiency and reduce waste
    • Creates, monitors, and responds to departmental performance metrics to drive continuous improvement
    • Communicates a clear vision, organizes resources effectively, and adjusts the strategy as needed when managing change
  • Find a Way
    • Demonstrates ability to think analytically and synthesize complex information
    • Effectively delegates technical tasks to subordinates
    • Works effectively with departments, vendors, and customers to achieve organizational success
    • Identifies opportunities for collaboration in strategic ways
  • Empowered to be Great
    • Makes hiring decisions primarily based on culture fit and attitude, and secondarily based on technical expertise
    • Engages in long term talent planning
    • Provides opportunities for the development of all direct reports
    • Understands, identifies, and addresses conflict within own team and between teams

  • Minimum Required:
    • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science/Technology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Engineering or other related field
  • Preferred:
    • Master's Degree in Food Science/Technology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Engineering or other related field

  • Required: N/A
  • Preferred: HACCP Certification

Foreign Language
  • Required: None Required
  • Preferred: None Required


This job is intended to be performed entirely outside of Colorado

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