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Bio-Manufacturing QA Manager

Company: Impossible Foods
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: January 6, 2022

Job Description:

Impossible Foods was founded to transform the global food system and reduce the impact of climate change by making the world's most delicious, nutritious, and sustainable meat, fish, and dairy - from plants.

Through the revolutionary work of our world-class R&D team, we're inventing efficient, sustainable ways to transform ingredients from plants into meat, fish, and dairy foods that deliver all the pleasures and nutritional benefits consumers demand, without the negative environmental or public health impact.

Our flagship product, Impossible--- Burger, uses 96% less land, 87% less water and generates 89% less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional beef from cows. And the burger is just the beginning. We're working on recreating every animal product, from chicken to fish, with plant-based ingredients that are vastly better for people and the planet.

Impossible Foods has experienced spectacular growth over the last few years, and we continue to lead all aspects of the plant-based revolution - from discovery and innovation to commercial production and consumer education. We're building an amazing team of brilliant, collaborative, mission-driven individuals who take pride in using their diverse skills to contribute to a better world. Our core values include leading with heart, thinking like scientists, and doing the right thing, and our employees embody these attributes in their work every day.

Want to join the movement? You can help us solve the most urgent, important challenge facing the world today (and have fun doing it). Check out our job opening below:

The Bio-Manufacturing Quality Assurance Manager is primarily responsible for ensuring product quality using industry best practices in the areas of Plant design, Production operations, and Process Control throughout the production cycle. This individual will work with engineering teams, R&D, Ops team and quality teams within the company. This position requires knowledge of the regulatory environment (FDA, GMP and related OSI regulations ).

Candidates should also have knowledge and experience to support Design for Reliability and Manufacturability (DRM), Design for Six Sigma, Design for Lean Six Sigma.

You Will

  • Design Controls
  • Participate in solicitation, definition, and review of customer specifications, product requirements, design specifications, verification, and validation testing and risk assessment activities
  • Tagging and tracing of requirements to design specifications and testing
  • Review of the following components of the Quality System: PQP, C&Q, FSHA
    Production and Process Controls
  • Contribute to the development and review of process validations (IQ, OQ, PQ)
  • Apply statistical techniques to receiving inspection, manufacturing, and validation processes
  • Develop quality inspection criteria for incoming raw material and in-process control
  • Ensure procedure adherence for controlled environment rooms operations
  • Interface with Production Operations to assure that quality considerations and requirements are adequately covered in the manufacturing procedures, equipment selection, design, validation, and training
    Quality System
  • Conduct internal audits and supplier audits to assure compliance and effectiveness of the Quality System.
  • Participate in root-cause analysis and corrective and preventive actions
  • Support Quality Objectives, including analysis and regular trending of key quality system elements
  • Generate or update standard operating procedures to define and improve quality assurance system functions
  • Train cross-functional groups on the usage of an electronic document management system
  • Develop, track and update periodic QA / Document Control metrics and dashboards
  • Participate in the implementation and monitoring of the training program
  • Participate in and support quality audits (internal and external), troubleshooting efforts, and other Quality System processes.
  • Communicate with Suppliers to obtain pertinent information required per project
  • Perform supplier assessments in accordance with the company's and CMO's SOPs
  • Control and organization of paper records, both active on-site and off-site archives
  • Support company goals and objectives, policies and procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices, and FDA regulations

    You Have
    • Bachelor's Degree in a science related field (Microbiology, Biology, Chemical Engineering etc. ) or other technical discipline.
    • At least 8 years of quality engineer experience in the food/pharma/bio manufacturing field.
    • ASQ Quality Engineer Certification is a plus
    • Proven ability to establish, optimize and maintain world-class quality system and team.
    • Ideally LSSGB or LSSBB certified or experience using structured and data driven problem-solving techniques (DMAIC, LEAN, TPM, Zero Loss work culture, etc.).
    • Excellent communication, leadership and interpersonal skills.
    • The ability to influence others and be a team player.
    • The ability to develop/implement core work practices and standards that ensure excellence in quality.
    • The ability to rapidly assess, analyze, and quickly resolve complicated quality problems with little initial information or direction and with varying degrees of ambiguity.
    • The ability to multitask and manage priorities while allocating time to long-term, quality continuous improvement projects.
    • Strong "self-management" skills and be comfortable working with minimal supervision.
    • Established project management skills. Must bring leadership, interpersonal and communication skills required to interact with various levels of plant and corporate personnel and influence others.
    • Willingness to work flexible schedules as needed to support 7-day per week, 24-hour per day production operations. Work schedules could include occasional off-shift or weekend work.

      Impossible Foods Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

      Depending on your location, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) may regulate the way we manage the data of job applicants. Our full notice outlining how data will be processed as part of the application procedure for applicable locations is available here: By submitting your application, you are agreeing to our use and processing of your data as required.

      If the ability to work remotely is indicated, this role can be performed from any US state except for Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

Keywords: Impossible Foods, Redwood City , Bio-Manufacturing QA Manager, Executive , Redwood City, California

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