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Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Quality & Food Safety Manager – Pet Food

October 30th, 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 & Food Safety Manager – Pet Food

Experienced Quality Manager with a vast knowledge of the food manufacturing industry with 20 years of experience. Experience in regulatory compliance requirements, HACCP, ISO 22000 programs, Continuous Process Improvement, wrote, trained and implemented GMPs, SOPs, audits with regulatory agencies, third party audits, customers and suppliers. Coordinated and developed positive relationships with cross-functional teams. BS Nutritional Science (Dietetics)

Directed the manufacturing site to a compliant audit rating. Manage the Quality System maintaining the utmost accuracy, Quality Specifications, reviewed and updated 25 to 50 product specifications a year. Worked with the lab staff, production, supply chain and purchasing. Managed audit functions conducted 15 to 20 successful audits per year from, Federal, State and Local agency, as well as Customers and Suppliers. Third Party auditor Silliker with audits in the high 90’s at all facilities.

Experienced as Quality Manager would be able to step in and successfully manage your quality specification systems, using my knowledge of the food industry to manage your regulatory compliance requirements, your manufacturing sites HACCP, ISO 22000 programs, Continuous Process Improvement to make improvements in the plant, write, train and implemented GMPs and SOPs. Conducted plant audits with regulatory agencies, third party audits, customers and suppliers. Coordinated and developed positive relationships with cross-functional teams.

 

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

Optimize Your Operations Manager – Food Production Resume

October 27th, 2014

production lineWant to know exactly what a recruiter wants to see on your food & beverage Operations or Production resume?

You don’t need a crystal ball or the ability to read minds; all you need is good information.

And you’ll find it right here.

Today, we continue our series of resume optimization posts, each dedicated to a specific professional job category within the food & beverage industry.

Earlier this year, our recruiters shared what they and their clients look for in Food & Beverage Supply Chain / Logistics resumes, as well as Food & Beverage Quality and Food Safety resumes. Today, a Kinsa recruiter explains how to optimize your Plant Operations Manager – Food Production resume – so it stands out and showcases your talent:

From Robert Navarro – Senior Recruiting Consultant:

  • Company and market description. For each employer, create a brief description of the company. Don’t assume that your reader knows who they are or what they do.
  • Product category per position/employer. For each position you’ve held, include the food or beverage product(s) you produced at that particular plant.
  • Direct supervisor. Include the title of the individual to whom you reported.
  • Employees managed. List the size of your staff and the titles of your direct reports.
  • Plant specifics. Detail the size of the plant (either in number of employees or square feet), the number of production lines in the plant and operating shift(s) you oversaw.
  • Measurable accomplishments. Not surprisingly, the best resumes include specific information on how the candidate saved money, increased efficiency and minimized downtime. Wherever possible, translate your accomplishments into hard numbers to support your achievements.
  • Other responsibilities. Include a description of any other duties you performed or managed, such as sanitation, quality and/or maintenance functions.
  • Keywords. If applicable, incorporate the following terms throughout your resume:
    • Operations
    • Plant Manager
    • Production
    • Lean Manufacturing (if you have it and any related processes)
    • GMP’s [Good Manufacturing Practices]
    • HACCP [Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points]
    • Plant SQF Certification and the corresponding level [Safe Quality Food]
    • Food Safety
    • OSHA safety record/successes
    • Other key audits or certifications for your facility like AIB [American Institute of Baking]
    • P&L [profit and loss responsibility]
    • Food Processing
    • High-Speed Processing (if applicable)

Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Sales Director – Shelf-Stable Foods

October 23rd, 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 Director – Shelf-Stable Foods  

Successful  Central US sales director with 15 years of experience in different categories and different channels (Value Discount, Drug and C-store). Offers wide-range of experience building winning relationships and strategic business plans. Over the past two years, has grown the value discount business by almost 11%, through fact-based selling, consumer insights and understanding the customers goals.  Experienced with major food CPG products and companies.

 

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

Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – Director of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory

October 21st, 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!

Director of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory – California

Our client is a global processor of agricultural products and food ingredients, delivering these products to billions of customers in over 60 countries worldwide. Their vegetable and seasoning line, headquartered on the west coast, is hiring a Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs.

 Benefits and Features:

  • Competitive six-figure base salary, bonus incentive plan, plus excellent benefits and relocation assistance.

 

Your Role with the Company:

  • Direct corporate food safety, quality, and regulatory programs across all global locations within the business unit.

  • Monitor government regulatory activities and plant compliance with regulatory standards. Act as liaison for all manufacturing locations, ensuring regulatory compliance within the business unit.

  • Lead both internal and external compliance issues through demonstrated leadership and team member development.

  • Interact with international customers in Europe and Asia. Review product performance and customer issues on a global scale.

  • Report to the Vice President of Quality and Innovation.

 

Community Information:

  • Fresno is the largest city in California’s Central Valley, with a population of over one million residents throughout the metro area. The area offers numerous museums, theaters, and outdoor recreation areas, and cost of living is slightly higher than national average, 5% above, making it very economical for California.

 

Background Profile:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, or a related field required; advanced degrees strongly preferred.

  • Ten to fifteen years of food safety program management experience, including supervisory experience and personnel development.

  • Extensive knowledge of food safety regulations, including current FDA, USDA, and EU organizational standards.

  • Advanced experience working with GFSI systems like SQF, BRC, and ISO.

  • Ability to travel 25%, including some international travel.

For more information on this hot job please contact Nancy Furgason at nancyf@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Territory Sales Manager – NY/NJ

October 16th, 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.

Territory Sales Manager – NY/NJ

Beverage Sales Representative:

This candidate has excellent tenure with a global beverage/coffee dispensing company in the NJ area. She managed over 400 customers, closing medium to high volume beverage programs while qualifying accounts and working with the customer on needs after the sale. She worked alongside of the NY/NJ  Metro market’s best Food Service Directors, Distributors Management Partners and Sales force.

She’s actively looking for a Sales Representative or Sales Manager position in the Food & Beverage industry.

 

For more information on this top talent please contact Rob Navarro at robn@kinsa.com

Direct Competitor Recruiting: a Food & Beverage Executive Search Case Study

October 13th, 2014

dartKinsa’s goal is to make recruiting the best food & beverage professionals simpler and more effective for you.

Even when your recruiting challenges are specific or complex, we can provide the expertise and resources you need in all parts of the recruiting cycle – from position specification through onboarding – to ensure a precise and successful match.

The following case study demonstrates the efficacy of our direct competitor recruiting:

 

Client Profile:

This food & beverage organization specializes in producing hand-made, artisan meats and charcuterie for specialty retailers. Looking to break into national retail chains like Safeway and Whole Foods, they needed to bring in a seasoned Vice President of Retail Sales.

Recruiting Challenges:

  • Their product is specialized, so it is purchased by a select member of a retail deli operation; therefore, a typical bulk deli salesperson would not do.
  • They provided a list of eight major competitors that they wanted to see candidates from and were hesitant to consider applicants from anywhere else. This small list of acceptable previous employers precluded us from using active candidate attraction methods.
  • Their company is relatively small, so they were forced to rely on equity and other non-salary compensation features to attract a high-caliber candidate.

Our Solution:

Undaunted by these challenges, we began recruiting immediately, focusing on passive candidates already working for the client’s direct competitors. Within eight days, we attracted two qualified candidates from different firms using social networking, company cold-calling and our existing professional database network.

Results:

Kinsa sourced the candidate ultimately selected to fill this role. Though previously compensated at a significantly higher level, we were able to negotiate an offer with this professional within our client’s financial constraints, while still supplying the caliber of candidate they required.

Key Metrics:

  • The winning candidate’s resume was sent within 3 1/2 weeks of launch (even including a major holiday break).
  • The offer was made by the client 11 weeks after we launched the search.
  • Our candidate accepted the offer just 99 days after launch.

Want recruiting results like these? Trust your next executive food & beverage search to Kinsa.

Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Sr. Business Development Team Leader

October 9th, 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.

Sr.  Business Development Team Leader – Meat

This outstanding well accomplished sales professional is seeking a Director or Regional Sales Manager role.  This candidate has managed all aspects of over 4,700 retail accounts in a 10 state territory including development of business and marketing plans, recruitment, hiring and training of staff, budgeting, P&L, scheduling work and activities, establishing policies and procedures, sales metrics, performance evaluation, account management and motivation of employees.

A Turnaround Champion with proven skills in Analysis, Market Planning, Category Management, Personnel Assessment, Strategic Thinking, Distributor & Broker Management, Negotiating, Team Building, Organization, Troubleshooting, Coaching/Mentoring, and improvement of operations through policies that promote a team-based work atmosphere, creative thinking, and superior customer service.

Managed 14 branches throughout the Midwest – 2 Account Managers, 14 Branch Managers, 18 Rt. Supervisors, 126 RSR’s
Region’s volume responsibility was in excess of  $250MM annually
Achieved double digit volume growth in 2010 & 2011 – 12% & 15% respectively from $177MM to $250MM in two years
Awarded the JMFG President’s Award for 2011 – Top performer in company for DSD business segment.

 

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

Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – Director Technical Services – Microbiology Lab

October 7th, 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!

Director Technical Services – Microbiology Lab – Springfield, Missouri 

Company

Our client, a lab services company in Springfield, MO is currently looking for a Director of Technical Services to add to their staff.

 

Benefits and Features

  • Excellent Compensation / Bonus

  • Holiday / Vacation Pay

  • 401k / Retirement Benefits

  • Medical / Dental / Vision

 

Your role with the Company

  • Responsible for observing and evaluating microbiological procedures, managing laboratory workflows, and continuous evaluation and enforcement

  • Supports analytical laboratory processes

  • Responsible for creating and maintaining contact with the company client base

  • In charge of managing and coordinating all aspects of the companies special projects and research initiatives

  • Identify critical needs for special projects requested by clients

  • Design and implement proficiency programs within lab network

  • Prepare scientific reports and technical articles

  • Facilitates professional meetings and presentations

  • Responsible for developing budgets for special projects

 

Community Information

Springfield, MO

 

Background Profile

  • Master’s Degree in Microbiology, Food Science, or related field (PhD preferred)

  • 5+ of Sr. Leadership experience in a food and beverage laboratory environment

  • Management Experience

  • Prior use of molecular detection techniques and a working knowledge of PCR, ELISA and RNA technologies

  • LIMS experience

  • Knowledge of USDA, FDA, AOAC, ISO, CMMEF and IDF methodologies for food testing

  • Experience testing multiple food matrices

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

Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Restaurant Operations Director

October 2nd, 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.

Restaurant Operations Director – Restaurant Operator  

Featuring a talented Restaurant Operations Director:

– Over 15 years of multi-unit restaurant operations management experience with one of the country’s largest concept restaurant groups.

– Dedicated turn-around efforts nearly tripled profit for a struggling restaurant in less than four months, increasing weekly sales from $7,000 to $20,000. Developed, implemented, and trained operational systems for over 20 concept restaurants throughout the nation.

– Able to provide a strong eye for areas of improvement and better ways to increase efficiency. Single and renting, open to relocation throughout the US.

 

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

Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – Quality Assurance Manager – Dairy – MI

September 30th, 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!

Quality Assurance Manager – Dairy – MI

Ground floor opportunity!

 Family friendly food processor seeking a Quality professional with Dairy experience to join their newly created team in Eastern MI

 

Quality Assurance Manager – Eastern MI

 

Your Role with the Company will include:

·        Manage quality performance of plant processes and systems

·        Oversee the Quality Teams, plant Sanitation and Environmental programs

·        Prepare capital budgets

 

Background Profile Required:

·        Bachelor’s degree in  Science or Biological Science, Food Science or related field

·        5+ year’s managerial experience in dairy food lab environment.

·        SQF and HACCP experience

 

There will be less than 10% travel with this role.

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


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