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Sr. Quality Auditor, Supplier in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 3/12/2018

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Full time


IL Oak Brook

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Job Posting Title:

Sr. Quality Auditor, Supplier

Job Description:

Provide assurance suppliers provide safe and wholesome ingredients and contact packaging materials to manufacturing plants through scheduled audits and ingredient evaluations. Handles the highest risk suppliers, for cause audits, and audits requiring confirmation of corrective actions regarding food safety.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Perform supplier and ingredient risk assessments to determine facility tiers and future audits.
  • Determine supplier risk tier based on ingredient evaluation
  • Perform high risk audits for cause to ensure maintenance of supply chain
  • Schedule and perform supplier facility audits (possible international travel) to assure food safety and quality to verify received data conforms to practices.
  • Write audit reports and request corrective actions of ‘non-conformance findings’ as needed and follow-up with on corrective actions.
  • Perform internal supplier approval (PDM, MRF, PLM, PVC) assessments, review and recommend actions based on risk.
  • Perform ingredient risk assessment to aid manufacturing HACCP and Preventive Controls review.
  • Provide resource for internal ingredient specifications.
  • Maintain and share up-to-date division status reports.
  • Communicate and strategize with plants, buyers, R&D, and QA to ensure the receipt of safe wholesome ingredients and contact packaging material.
  • Communicate with Ops QA to ensure safe wholesome ingredients
  • Travel up to 65% (includes overseas travel)

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • At least 4 years of food manufacturing or auditing experience
  • Experience in at least 4 different food manufacturing categories
  • Exceptional self-motivation attitude
  • Demonstrate a wide range of food processing systems knowledge including desiccated, dried, acidification, retort, tetra, freeze dried, direct or indirect heat treated, milling, etc.
  • Strong technical food safety and quality skill set with demonstrated track record of systems knowledge
  • Comprehensive knowledge of food safety systems including HACCP and preventive controls theory and methodology
  • Comprehensive understanding of food safety and quality risks associated with microbiological, chemical and physical and pest hazards
  • Ability to demonstrate skill set in re-audit situations to ensure food safety
  • Perform on-boarding audits of Tier 1 suppliers
  • Strong skill set in ingredient data analysis to be able to perform supplier and ingredient risk assessments
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and implement continuous process improvement
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, for effective interaction with all internal and external contacts
  • Provide mentorship and expertise to Quality & Food Safety Systems Auditor
  • Ability to think logically, problem solve and grasp concepts quickly
  • Ability to work independently
  • Well-developed sense of urgency and follow-through
  • Knowledge of MS Office, database, robust reporting systems, including SAP and TraceGains
  • Ability to stay calm and make sound judgement calls under pressure

Education: Bachelor's Degree - Food Safety, Food Science or other science discipline

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.