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Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Director Supplier Food Safety & Quality Assurance

September 18th, 2014

Top Talent is Kinsa Group’s listing of currently available food and beverage industry professionals that you as an employer may interview and hire at a reduced fee.  The following food and beverage industry professionals are experienced, motivated and ready to perform for your organization.

Director Supplier Food Safety & Quality Assurance – Shelf-Stable Foods  

Talented Quality Control Professional with experience directing, influencing, and managing food safety, quality, QC/QA for products in all phases from concept to commercialization.

Strong strategic management skills with focus on aligning QA programs with company goals.

Solid history of process improvement and innovative problem solving aimed at finding cost-effective QA solutions.

Skilled in leading cross- functional teams, as well as direct and indirect reporting teams.

Strong microbiological skills and knowledge of leading technology.

 

For more information on this top talent please contact Laurie Hyllberg at laurieh@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – General Manager – Food Ingredients – Illinois

September 16th, 2014

HOT JOBS are the open food and beverage jobs that Kinsa Group’s recruiters are actively seeking qualified candidates to interview right now!  You may be the ideal candidate, so apply TODAY!

General Manager – Food Ingredients – Chicago, Illinois

Company

Our client, an ingredients company, in the Chicago Land Area is looking to add a General Manager to their staff.

 

Benefits and Features

  • Excellent Compensation / Bonus

  • Holiday / Vacation Pay

  • 401k / Retirement Benefits

  • Medical / Dental / Vision

 

Your role with the Company

  • Responsible to lead all aspects of business being produced, sold and distributed through the USA facility, in the U.S. region. 

  • Remain current on market trends, potential product innovations and company objectives to ensure that the needs of the customer base are met. 

  • Work closely with the Sales Teams, R&D, Administration and Quality to ensure their mandate is executed.

  • Full P&L accountability for the Region

  • Gain market insight, understanding and translating relevant trends into objectives and generating actionable strategic business plans.

  • Work closely with procurement with sourcing of products to lead the development of New Business and Business Development

 

Community Information

  • Chicago Land Area

 

Background Profile

·        Bachelor’s Degree (preferably MBA)

·        5+ years of experience in a SR Leadership role for an ingredients manufacturing company

·        Full P&L responsibility

·        Technical Sales of food ingredients (MUST)

·        Production Operations experience (Desirable)

-For more information on this hot job please contact Rob Navarro at robn@kinsa.com

 

When it Rains, it Pours: How to Handle Multiple Job Offers

September 10th, 2014

weigh job offersAfter a diligent job search and interviews with multiple employers, it happens – you’re offered a great position with a leading food & beverage organization.

You graciously accept the offer, have your sights set on your new opportunity, and then lightning strikes twice. Before you can even start your new job, you’re offered a great position with another leading food & beverage organization.

Sometimes, when it rains, it pours.

When it comes to job offers, more is not necessarily better. It may seem flattering to receive multiple offers, but it also puts you in the potentially compromising position of having to renege.

What’s the best way to handle this ethical dilemma? Use these tips from Kinsa to conduct yourself professionally and make the best choice for your food & beverage career:

  • Prevent the problem before it arises. If you’ve recently accepted a position with an employer, stop submitting new applications. Withdraw yourself from consideration for positions to which you’ve already applied. Remember that you have made a “good faith” agreement with your new food & beverage employer and should do everything possible to honor it.
  • Understand the consequences. Obviously, you’ll burn a bridge with the first employer if you rescind your acceptance. If you have contacts within that organization, you may also damage your relationships with those individuals. Furthermore, reneging may irreversibly damage your professional reputation – and you have no control over how far that damage may spread. The food & beverage industry is a tight-knit group of professionals, recruiters and associations. People will talk about their experiences with you, good or bad.
  • Think long-term. Receiving a “better” offer is not an ethically acceptable reason to abandon one to which you’ve already committed. Even if you are offered a position with your dream employer, remember that new opportunities within that organization will become available down the road. If you respectfully decline the job (explaining that you’ve already made a commitment to another), you will build your brand as a true professional with a high level of integrity. This will put you in an even better position down the road.

If you have to renege:

Sometimes, reneging is unavoidable. If extenuating circumstances (e.g., a spouse is suddenly transferred out of state, or an immediate family member falls gravely ill) make it impossible for you to start work with your new employer, be timely and honest:

  • Make direct contact – in person or over the phone – with your hiring manager or recruiter as soon as you make your decision.
  • Be frank and explain the reason for your decision.
  • Follow up the verbal conversation with a formal withdrawal letter or email.
  • Return any gifts, advances or expense allowances that the employer presented to you.

Looking for a new executive food & beverage opportunity?

Make sure it’s the right one by working with an experienced, specialized, national food & beverage recruiter like Kinsa. To get started,  email or upload your resume, or search executive food & beverage jobs here.

 

Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – Plant Engineer – Wisconsin

September 9th, 2014

HOT JOBS are the open food and beverage jobs that Kinsa Group’s recruiters are actively seeking qualified candidates to interview right now!  You may be the ideal candidate, so apply TODAY!

Plant Engineer – Wisconsin

Company

Our client, a leading ingredients company, is looking to add a Plant Engineer to their professional staff.  

 

Benefits and Features

  • Excellent Compensation / Bonus

  • Holiday / Vacation Pay / 401k / Retirement Benefits

  • Medical / Dental / Vision

 

Your role with the Company

  • The Plant Engineer has is responsible for evaluating the sites efficiencies and managing the its capital and improvement projects.

  • Identify process improvements and programs to maximize asset utilization and production rate, maximize product yield, and exceed quality expectations.

  • Formulate plans, designs, cost estimates, schedules and specifications for the implementation of plant improvements and capital expenditures.

  • Perform construction and project management for the sites capital and expense projects while completing them in a timely manner and within budget.

  • Implement plant changes required by environmental, OSHA and Homeland Security regulations.

 

Community Information

  • Wisconsin Dells, Area

 

Background Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial Engineering

  • 7+ years of leadership experience in process improvement in a food and beverage manufacturing environment.

  • Experience with whey or dairy machinery and processes.

  • Continuous Improvement.

For more information on this hot job please contact Rob Navarro at robn@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Sales Manager; Food, Flavor and Nutrition

September 4th, 2014

Top Talent is Kinsa Group’s listing of currently available food and beverage industry professionals that you as an employer may interview and hire at a reduced fee.  The following food and beverage industry professionals are experienced, motivated and ready to perform for your organization.

Sales Manager; Food, Flavor and Nutrition

Featuring a talented Technical Sales and Business Development Manager:

– MBA and Food Science graduate with excellent interpersonal and salesmanship skills, capable of both formulating on the bench top and presenting to the customer.

– Led sales of ingredients and flavors to Fortune 500 manufacturers like Mondelez, Conagra, and Mars for over 15 years.

– Brings an existing book of business and connections with food manufacturers, marketers, and formulators. Conveniently located in the Philadelphia area, but single and open to relocation for the right opportunity.

 

For more information on this top talent please contact Russ Lilly at russl@kinsa.com

Want Faster, More Successful Hires? Then make sure you do this ONE critical thing!

September 1st, 2014

Does your organization want to hire exceptional professionals more quickly and effectively?

What a silly question. Of course you do.

With decades of executive food & beverage recruiting experience, we at Kinsa are experts at helping employers like you achieve long-term hiring success. Over the years, we’ve learned that factors like targeted recruiting, consistent interviewing, comprehensive assessments and thorough background checks are all essential to making great hires. The one critical thing we find that many employers overlook when hiring, however, is deceptively simple:

Treat EVERY candidate well.

red carpetNot just your top prospects, but every candidate who applies with your organization.

In today’s employment, candidates are in the driver’s seat – and social media has made them more vocal than ever. If your hiring process is lengthy, or if candidates feel slighted or wronged, they may take to sites like Glassdoor, Indeed or LinkedIn to vent – and compromise your employer brand in the process.

The following tips will help you improve long-term hiring success by leaving a good impression with every applicant, so you generate more high-quality referrals and protect your brand:

Provide timely, accurate feedback.

  • Give interviewees the information they need. Be prepared to answer questions at the conclusion of, and after, the interview. Keep your candidates informed about your hiring process, timeline and next steps, so they know what to expect and don’t feel “hung out to dry.”
  • Provide detailed feedback to your recruiter. If you’re working with Kinsa, let us know how each interview went as soon afterward as possible. Our recruiters use your information to expedite the hiring process and ensure you don’t lose a top candidate to a competitor. If the individual is not a good fit, be candid and explain why. Honest communication helps us do an even better job of exceeding your expectations as our relationship moves forward.
  • Respond to every candidate who contacts you regarding the status of his job application. “Never hearing back” is a common frustration for job seekers, which may prompt them to complain online. If you don’t have time to craft personalized messages, create a library of standard rejection and continuation letters to streamline the process.

Take good care of your second- and third-choice candidates.

Maintain communication with “runners up.” Keep them informed of the job’s status and clearly explain when and how they will receive follow-up from your organization. If you don’t wind up hiring your first choice, you will have other viable candidates primed for renewed consideration. And if you don’t wind up hiring second- and third-choice candidates, you will at least have left them with a favorable impression of your organization.

Taking proper care of every candidate takes significant time and effort; but it’s an essential component of successful hiring. As a leading national food & beverage recruiter, Kinsa is here to help you by:

  • Identifying the best candidates, using proven sourcing, interviewing and assessment techniques.
  • Actively marketing your opportunity and assisting with offer negotiations to help you land your first choice.
  • Expediting the hiring process through mutual timely communication, to prevent candidate drop-out.
  • Alleviating the administrative burdens associated with hiring to help you stay focused.
  • Following up with every candidate professionally and in a timely manner, to protect your employer brand.

Have an upcoming food & beverage hiring need? Trust Kinsa to deliver the high performers you need.

Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – Shift Supervisor – Wisconsin

August 26th, 2014

HOT JOBS are the open food and beverage jobs that Kinsa Group’s recruiters are actively seeking qualified candidates to interview right now!  You may be the ideal candidate, so apply TODAY!

Shift Supervisor – Wisconsin

Premier contract food manufacturer for global leaders in dairy, dry powder, sports nutrition and weight loss industries.  Privately held business driven by an entrepreneurial focus.

 

3rd Shift Supervisor

 

Newly created position due to company growth!  

 

This role reports directly to our Operations Manager, and is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations on the night shift. Duties will include overseeing all aspects of 3rd shift production including food safety requirements, production goals, employee relations, and customer specific requirements.

 

The ideal candidate for this position will have a solid background supervising within the food industry, and be comfortable working in a fast paced high volume production environment. They should also have the ability to positively impact the forward direction of our team with a daily focus on food safety, procedural execution, and competitive spirit. In addition, we are looking for a positive communicator, who knows how to work with people, set clear objectives and provide follow-up and coaching as needed.

Background Profile:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience supervising in a high paced manufacturing environment.

  • Previous work experience within the food industry – dairy or dry powder experience preferred.

  • Good interpersonal skills and a positive attitude working with others to build teamwork throughout our operations.

  • Background in Food Safety — HACCP, SQF, BRC etc.. — Food safety certifications are a definite plus.

For more information on this hot job please contact Joe Sommerfeldt at joes@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Principal Scientist – Ingredients

August 21st, 2014

Top Talent is Kinsa Group’s listing of currently available food and beverage industry professionals that you as an employer may interview and hire at a reduced fee.  The following food and beverage industry professionals are experienced, motivated and ready to perform for your organization.

Principal Scientist – Ingredients

Featuring a talented Principal Scientist:

– Food Science Master’s Degree graduate, leader of product development innovation teams for Fortune 500 manufacturers of bakery, seasoning, and frozen food products.

– Organized and led global product development summit resulting in adoption of eight new food products across global platform.

– Eager to return to proactive product development in a Principal Scientist or Director of R&D role. House currently on the market and open to relocation across the US!

Contact me to schedule an interview with this candidate or learn about other talent that may match your current needs.

For more information on this top candidate please contact Russ Lilly at russl@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Quality / Production Manager – Dairy

August 14th, 2014

Top Talent is Kinsa Group’s listing of currently available food and beverage industry professionals that you as an employer may interview and hire at a reduced fee.  The following food and beverage industry professionals are experienced, motivated and ready to perform for your organization.

Quality / Production Manager – Dairy

Quality and Technical Services Leader/Manager with Bachelors in Dairy Science, minor in Food, Culinary and Nutritional Sciences. 12 years of dairy industry experience to include 10 years in ice cream, frozen novelties, fluid milk, beverage, sour cream and cottage cheese. Previous employment with Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream / Nestle working within the Quality Systems department.

Successfully achieved cost saving initiatives resulting in 27% reduction of CIP times and significant savings in labor. Responsible for leading consumer complaint reduction teams at each facility, which has led to decreases in complaints.

Personable leader with proven performance in Quality systems throughout industry leading facilities. Looking to share my knowledge of management, food safety, auditing and sanitation in a manner consistent with company goals with my future employer.

 

For more information on this top candidate please contact Nancy Furgason at nancyf@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – Control Engineer – Continuous Improvement

August 12th, 2014

HOT JOBS are the open food and beverage jobs that Kinsa Group’s recruiters are actively seeking qualified candidates to interview right now!  You may be the ideal candidate, so apply TODAY!

Control Engineer – Continuous Improvement – Dairy – Wisconsin

Rapidly growing, family oriented food & beverage manufacturer located on the north side of Milwaukee’s looking to add an Engineering Project Manager to their team!

 

Your Role and Responsibilities:

·         Lead technical liaison between company and suppliers

·         Identify and complete corrective actions

·         Mechanical and electrical safety

·         Define and deliver cost saving initiatives

 

Background Qualities/Experience

·         Associate’s degree – Engineering field

·         5+ years of Food, Beverage, Semiconductor or Pharmaceutical experience

·         PLC and Robotic working knowledge

For more information on this hot job please contact Mary Chambers at maryc@kinsa.com

 


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