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Vice President of Quality & Food Safety

Company

Vital Proteins is an emerging, dynamic brand consisting of a team of passionate individuals who believe whole food based nutrition is essential for overall health, fitness and wellbeing. Our team, where job titles and 
hierarchy are meaningless, is comprised of intelligent and innovative talent who work collaboratively to ensure creativity, success, and global growth. Vital Proteins seeks to develop and support the right people, with the right chemistry, who continually ask questions, and in turn will develop and tactically execute good ideas. We are looking for individuals to help us think smarter and put a lot of ideas on the table in a short amount of time. Building a great company is our goal. Quality individuals and getting the team right is our business plan.

Role

The Vice President of Quality and Regulatory's primary responsibility is to establish and develop a world-class quality department and practices. The Vice President of Quality and Regulatory will report to the CFO and operate out of the 
corporate office in downtown Chicago with frequent travel to Franklin Park, IL. 

What you will be responsible for:

  • Set vision and tone for quality at Vital Proteins.   
  • Responsible for management of all corporate QA Directors and Managers. 
  • Establish quality initiatives, priorities and timelines. 
  • Serve as escalation point for corporate quality issues with regards to:    
    • Finished product sampling and inspection  
    • Equipment and product line clearances   
    • Product complaints and investigations    
    • CAPA 
    • Nonconformances and deviations   
    • Product withdrawals, recalls    
    • Internal and external audits  
    • Document change control   
    • Employee training
  • Review and approve critical customer complaints and product investigations, helping to assess risk, identify root cause, CAPA plans, and implementing solutions with business partners.
  • Work with quality subject matter experts to generate ideas for projects and process improvements.
  • Track and trend quality metrics and KPls. 
  • Discusses issues and concerns directly with operations management and senior leadership.
  • Collaborates with operational functions to troubleshoot manufacturing and production defects, CAPA, and customer complaints. Provides advice with process improvements to eliminate errors and reduce risk.
  • Monitors compliance to established Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and SQF (Safe Quality Food) guidance.
  • Provides recommendations for product discontinuation, quarantine, destruction, rework,
    withdrawal/recall to operations and quality management.
  • Conducts all duties in compliance with safety rules, applicable SOPs, and other applicable guidelines.
  • Provide regulatory guidance and reviews for product labels and other advertising materials.
  • Coordinate certifications and audits with 3rd party agencies.

Who you are:

  • 10 + years experience in a SQF certified food environment
  • 5 + years of experience in a progressive leadership role
  • Bachelors and Master's Degree in related field
  • HACCP Certified
  • SQF Practitioner experience preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to coach and manage staff
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Microsoft Office product suite capability including Word, Excel, & PowerPoint
  • You are passionate about the health, fitness, and/or beauty markets
  • Comfortable in a fast paced, changing environment
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