Dean Foods

  • Director, Quality Assurance - South

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Quality Assurance
    Bachelor's Degree
    Relocation Assistance
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    ** Ideal candidate will be based in Dallas, TX however, position can be based at other Dean Foods facilities located in TX, LA, NM, OK or CO. **


    Must be willing/able to travel 50-60% regardless of location. 


    Job Description & Requirements

    This position is responsible for managing Quality Assurance at the regional level for up to sixteen facilities. This position must ensure that the company produces safe products of the highest and most consistent quality by overseeing various branded and private label production. This position will aid in the assessment of operations and manage the implementation of corporate quality assurance policies and programs at the plant and corporate levels.




    • Lead implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act across designated plants to ensure compliance.
    • Lead plant initiatives related to the FDA Ice Cream Initiative at Ice Cream plants in region.
    • Implement and ensure conformance to corporate quality assurance programs to prevent food quality or food safety issues at manufacturing facilities and offsite storage facilities.
    • Monitor finished product quality, compositional results to ensure conformance to Dean Specifications are maintained.
    • Assure that all plants are audit- and inspection- ready at all times.
    • Identify and lead Process Improvement initiatives within the assigned region.
    • Develop a rapport with Plant and QA managers of all company-owned locations.
    • Develop and document a complete HACCP plan for each plant in the assigned region.
    • Develop and document a complete QACCP plan for each plant in the assigned region
    • Develop and maintain a specific QA/QC SOP manual for each plant in the assigned region.
    • Perform process improvement assessments on selected locations (Known as Quality Improvement Program QIP)
    • Troubleshoot problems associated with finished product production in assigned facilities; investigate root cause, develop and implement corrective actions, and prevent reoccurrence through the development of long-term solutions.
    • Install appropriate controls, sample plans, hold/release system modifications, code rotation, batching and processing controls, and other production systems where problems might exist.
    • Coordinate QA efforts with R&D and vice versa
    • Work with R&D to ensure that manufacturing and raw material specifications exist and are current and enforced.
    • Stay current with all key regulatory and certifying agency guidelines. Manage regulatory issues within assigned region to include process filings, unannounced inspections, requirements associated with label compliance and net weight, etc
    • All other duties as assigned by any member of the Quality Assurance department


    JOBS SUPERVISED (BY TITLE): None directly, but function dotted line from Plant QA Managers.


    TRAVEL: Estimated at 50%   




         A.  Education and Experience:


          Degree:    BS in Science / Food Science / Technology or equivalent


    • Prefer 8+ years previous Quality Assurance experience in food manufacturing environments, preferably fluid environments, with knowledge on extended shelf life, Aseptic, and/or Dairy equipment.
    • Prefer multiple plant responsibility/oversight
    • Minimum level of prior or present responsibility as Quality Assurance Manager for a food manufacturing facility, preferably with multiple plant responsibility 
    • Prefer thorough understanding of plant production systems, GMP, GFSI, HACCP, sanitation, food safety, quality systems, kosher and organic regulations.
    • Prefer 5 years’ experience with perishable products including milk, milk products, cultured, soy, and oil-based beverages and food items


          B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:        

    • Must be a leader
    • Must be able to travel
    • Ability to work independently 
    • Excellent record keeping / documentation skills
    • Excellent communication / presentation skills
    • Must be adaptable and flexible



    Personal computer, Microsoft Office tools, basic laboratory instrumentation



    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.           


    Physical Demands:The job activities require prolonged sitting and standing, bending, stooping and climbing. Physical requirements are eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, plant equipment assembly, telephone, calculator and laboratory equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and vision (including colors) to observe record, prepare and communicate appropriate reports. The job requires lifting up to 50 pounds. Work environment creates exposure to machines, chemicals and solvents.


    Work Environment:

    Must understand vague and implicit instructions and react favorably in all work situations. One must be mentally adaptable and flexible in dealing with a variety of people. Emotional stability and personal maturity are important attributes in this position. Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure. Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans and prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people and be able to communicate effectively. Ability to do simple math calculations, input data into a computer and analyze data is required.



    EEO Statement

    Dean Foods considers marijuana (including medical marijuana) to be an illegal drug. Dean Foods will rescind offers of employment to applicants who test positive for marijuana (unless restricted from doing so by state or local law). Dean Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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.


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