Pinnacle Foods QA Supervisor in St. Elmo, Illinois


At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose:unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.

The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.


SCOPE OF POSITION:This position will lead quality and food safety initiatives at the St Elmo facility to ensure manufactured products meet or exceed consumer expectations, as well as timely auditing of the manufacturing operations to ensure compliance with established specifications and standards. The 3rd shift supervisor will help direct, develop, and implement plant wide programs and activities to produce quality products through effective and cost efficient sanitation programs that comply with all established company policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Essential duties and responsibilities include the following; other duties may be assigned.

  • Direct, lead, coordinate and schedule the activities of QA personnel to protect brand integrity and ensure food safety

  • Develop and maintain plant Sanitation, Hygiene and GMP systems in compliance with the Plant and Corporate Quality Policies

  • Set up sanitation and inspection procedures to validate the cleanliness of the facility using visual inspections, ATP methods, allergen testing, and microbiological swabs as required. Assess current procedures and identify opportunities for improvement

  • Develop and deliver sanitation and quality training to drive continuous brand enhancement and process optimization leading to cost control and productivity

  • Develop and assist in developing quality programs and procedures. Maintain, lead and administer plant programs and procedures, along with auditing and evaluating plant operations to improve food quality and safety as well as process productivity. Drive the facility to the next elevated level for food product quality and food safety

  • Monitor the results of the Weekly Sanitation of production equipment utilizing CIP/COPand the Master Sanitation Schedules so that the required practices are performed on time

  • Participation in corporate-driven projects, tests, reports and data collection in support of innovation and productivity savings projects

  • Anticipate and solve quality-related issues through logical risk assessments, to include evaluation of ingredients, materials, process, and finished products

  • Monitor and order Sanitation Supplies to ensure that proper supplies are on hand to clean and sanitize the facility

  • Confer with production department to schedule sanitizing and cleaning assignments

  • Maintain plant Hold and Release program; ensure any and all non-conforming (or suspect non-conforming) product or equipment is identified, segregated and handled according to direction of QA Manager

  • Ensure compliance through direct leadership for all internal and external food quality and food safety programs, regulations, policies and procedures

  • Participate in all internal and external audits relative to the QA Department

  • Assist facility leadership team to ensure all operations are conducted in accordance with OSHA regulations and regularly participate in plant safety programs as scheduled

  • Lead initiatives for compliance to certificates of analysis and internal specifications through participation in the inspection, testing and evaluation of raw materials, work in progress materials and finished products while maintaining proper records of results

  • Properly equip and supply quality assurance laboratory including the standardization of instruments, compliance with approved methodologies used for chemical and physical attribute analysis, and completion of accurate and efficient testing and reporting of product safety and quality

  • Ensure proper maintenance and compliance to documented Standard Work Instructions; identify and address any non-conformances found.

  • Maintain an active leadership role in continuous improvement programs through the ongoing development of standardized work

  • Provide technical expertise regarding KPIs, GMPs, HACCP, customer complaints, and Quality systems services to management team to help prevent or resolve product, production and/or process-related issues

  • Maintain Master Control documents, quality data collection, trending, and reporting projects

  • Maintain systems for checking and verifying process compliance, including but not limited to SPC, HACCP, SQF, Quality Systems, Formula Control, Corrective or Preventive Actions, and QA Manuals for corporate and the plant

  • Operate the department within the established budget by means of tracking expenses, overtime containment and implementing PIP’s

  • Willing to work second or third shifts and weekends. Willing to be flexible with work schedule by working various hours before and after assigned shift

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:This position provides leadership for 4 – 5 associates on their shift.


EDUCATION:Bachelor of Science or related discipline (i.e., chemistry, biology or microbiology) required, Food Science or related discipline preferred


  • 1-3 years of Quality Assurance supervisory experience preferred

  • Experience with leading Sanitation/Quality programs i.e. ATP, CIP, COP, Environmental and Finish Goods Testing, etc.SQF and HACCP certified

  • Experience with FDA, USDA Regulations

  • Experience working in a food manufacturing environment

  • Experience working with continuous improvement concepts including, lean, six sigma and statistical process control

  • Licensed/certified in pest control by Illinois preferred


  • Strong interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate throughout all levels of the organization

  • Ability to use innovative approaches to resolve complex problems

  • Strong computer skills, including a proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word

  • Ability to analyze data and information, and to make effective and timely decisions. Ability to work with others to identify opportunities

  • Solid problem solving, project management, multi-tasking and prioritization skills

  • Managing and budgeting, plan on budget spending and maintain waste elimination posture

  • Detail oriented, organized, reliable and resourceful. Ability to work effectively both independently and within a team environment

  • Influence peers and subordinates in correct application of QA systems and procedures.


Less than 10% of annual time spent traveling.

Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer –qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard toprotected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, nationalorigin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or anyother legally protected basis.



Job ID2018-6913