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Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – Customer Care Manager – Atlanta, Georgia.

June 3rd, 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!

Customer Care Manager – Atlanta, Georgia. 

Our client is a global leader in storage and transportation for food products, with over 170 locations globally and a reputation as an expert in their field. Their facility in the greater Atlanta area is seeking a client-facing customer support manager with experience optimizing processes and procedures within warehousing and materials management.

Benefits and Features:

     Competitive base salary, bonus potential, and benefits.

     Springboard position for an up-and-coming professional into other areas of the company.

Your Role with the Company:

     Act as a liaison between customers and internal business development, operations, and support departments.

     Troubleshoot problems for internal and external customers, including improving their processes within supply chain.

     Serve as the face of the company, the primary person customers interact with when they need a solution.

About the Area:

     Atlanta is the largest city in the state of Georgia, with a population of nearly 440,000 residents and a metropolitan area population over five million. Atlanta hosts three major sports teams, and offers countless cultural, shopping, and entertainment venues. Cost of living in the Atlanta area is 6% below the national average.

Background Profile:

     Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics, Business Administration, or related field required.

     Demonstrated knowledge of warehouse and transportation operations.

     Exceptional leadership and customer service skills.

     Five or more years of experience in supply chain or customer service required within food manufacturing.

     Strong continuous improvement experience. Six Sigma certification preferred.

 

For more information on this hot job please contact Russ Lilly at russl@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group Hot Jobs – Premium Shelf-Stable Foods Purchasing Manager

May 6th, 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!

Premium Shelf-Stable Foods Purchasing Manager – New York, New York. 

Our client is a privately-owned food manufacturer selling a variety of shelf-stable canned and preserved vegetables, sauces, and spreads. The company, based in the New York City metro area, has been family-owned and operated for more than 80 years, and offers a relaxed culture and work environment.

Benefits

  • Competitive base salary, bonus potential, 401K program, and health benefits.
  • Casual company dress code.

About the Role

  • Ensure cost certainty and long-term supply of raw materials and packaging through forecasted purchasing strategies.
  • Manage overall inventory levels for co-packers and internal facilities to maintain established on-hand raw materials while minimizing storage costs and aging.
  • Monitor category markets and identify cost drivers to assist in developing annual budgets for all areas of spend.
  • No relocation assistance offered – local candidates only.

Background Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Business Administration, or related field preferred.
  • Five or more years of managerial purchasing experience in the food industry, including raw ingredients, specialty food products, and packaging materials.
  • Experience in global sourcing preferred.
  • Strong experience in negotiating co-manufacturing and 3rd-party service agreements.
  • Experience managing a preferred supplier qualification program.

For more information on this hot job please contact Russ Lilly at russl@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group Hot Jobs – Quality Manager – Food – Wisconsin

April 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 Manager – Food – Wisconsin.

Our client is a family-owned category leader in shelf-stable foods. Their products are available at supermarkets throughout the nation.

Benefits and Features:

·         Competitive base salary, bonus potential, and benefits.

Your Role with the Company:

·         Maintain the company’s compliance with governmental and customer regulations.

·         Develop and execute continuous improvement projects to grow quality focus among plant personnel.

·         Direct and manage existing quality control staff. Report to the Plant Manager.

·         Manage material resources to ensure the delivery of quality product meeting customer requirements.

About the Area:

·         Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin, with a population of nearly 600,000 residents and a metropolitan area population over two million. Milwaukee is a major cultural and economic center known for its brewing traditions.  Major new additions to the city include the Milwaukee river walk, Miller Park, an internationally renowned addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Pier Wisconsin.

Background Profile:

·         Five to ten years of food production quality assurance management.

·         Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Food Science, or related field strongly preferred.

·         Experience with organic foods strongly preferred.

·         SQF Practitioner certification required.

For more information on this hot job please contact Russ Lilly at russl@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group Hot Jobs – Quality Assurance Manager – Food – Idaho Falls, Idaho

April 29th, 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 – Food – Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Company Information:

· Our client produces high quality shelf stable food products for retail, foodservice and industrial channels throughout the US.

Benefits and Features:

· Very competitive base salary, plus excellent benefits and relocation assistance.

Your Role with the Company:

· Oversee the Quality department ensuring all aspects of food safety including HACCP & GMPs are met

· Interact as primary contact with USDA & FDA to develop & maintain good working relationships

· Ensure all regulatory documents are organized, maintained, & accurate

· Act as key liaison for the plant on all external audits, both customer and SQF

Community Information:

· Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone.

· Idaho Falls is ranked in the top 10 cities with the lowest cost of living.  Due to its relative economic vitality, high quality of life, and proximity to world-class outdoor recreation, it is often featured in various publications’ lists of “best places to live.”

·  Idaho Falls’ overall housing expenses are a full 29.2% below the national average and cost of living 12% below average.

Background Profile:

· Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Biology, or related subject

· 4 to 5 years’ experience in quality assurance within the food manufacturing industry

· Strong knowledge of HACCP, certification preferred

· Experienced in SQF certification and audits, practitioner level preferred

· Knowledgeable in both GLP and GMP

· Ability to interact well with customers, agencies, and business community

· Ability to relocate to the Idaho Falls area

For more information on this hot job please contact Emily Mullen at emilym@kinsa.com

Kinsa Group Hot Jobs – Food Packaging Engineer – Merced, California

April 22nd, 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!

 Food Packaging Engineer – Merced, California

Company Information:

  • Our client is a leading supplier in their category of frozen foods with over $300 million in annual revenue.
  • Their large-scale production, packaging and cold storage facilities supply large retailers with branded and private label consumer packaged goods nationwide.

About the Community

  • The Central Valley of California is a more affordable living option when compared to most of California.
  • Located at the foothills of the mountains, there is great outdoor living and recreation available including hiking, biking, hunting and fishing close by.

About the Role

  • Coordinating packaging with through company and vendors from scale up to commercialization.
  • Responsible for packaging design both new and revised packaging while identifying and driving cost savings with sourcing and operations.

Background Profile

  • B.S. or M.S. in Package Engineering or Engineering related field
  • 5 – 7 years of food related packaging (food preferred)
  • Solid history of leading packaging design with consumer packaged goods

Benefits and Features

  • Excellent base salary compensation.
  • Great company benefits including 401k with match and medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurances.
  • Relocation assistance provided.

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

Kinsa Group Hot Jobs – Operations Manager – Chicago, IL.

April 15th, 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!

Operations Manager – Meat/Proteins – Chicago, IL

 Operations Manager – Food Processing – Chicago, IL

Our client is a leader in providing outstanding service to their customers with custom solutions through attention to detail

Primary Responsibilities:

·            Initiate processes which minimize manufacturing costs

·            Ensure production runs in a timely manner and meets quality assurance specifications

·            Develop, implement, and assess Lean Manufacturing initiatives including system design, tools, and techniques

·            Participates in food safety programs that ensure the safety of ingredients and finished products

·            Interface with the USDA

·          Ensure food safety programs and policies are maintained

Requirements:

·         Bachelor’s Degree, Meat/Food Science, Business, or related field

·         5+ years of food manufacturing experience

·         5+ years of supervisory experience

·         Project management experience

·         Knowledge in SPC, HACCP and OSHA regulations

·         Bilingual preferred

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

 

Kinsa Group Hot Jobs – SQF Practitioner – Quality Assurance Supervisor- Rockford, Illinois

April 8th, 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!

SQF Practitioner – Quality Assurance Supervisor – Rockford, Illinois.

NEWLY CREATED QUALITY ASSURANCE POSITION!

Company

Innovative leading manufacturer in the natural food industry is looking for their Top Quality leader to provide leadership in their new state of the art manufacturing facility.

Company is in a hot niche and continues to grow aggressively!   Produces own high-demand gourmet retail products and co-manufactures for several top snack food companies and health food grocery chains. Culture is people friendly with a strong work ethic.

About the Role

· Responsible for providing leadership to quality and food safety team and production

· Maintain lab and equipment

· Reviews HACCP documents

· Provides SQF leadership/authority/experience

· Supervises and provides training to all QA technicians

· Ensure that the company is providing the highest level of quality & food safety for all products

 

Background Profile

· Bachelor’s Degree in Food Sciences, Biology or Chemistry, Master’s degree a great plus

· 2 – 5 years’ experience in the Food manufacturing industry to include Quality Assurance and supervisory experience

· Strong background and knowledge in Quality Assurance/Food Safety with SPC, pest control, allergen management, HACCP, FDA regulations, GLP’s, GMP’s and SOP’s.

· SQF Practitioner status required

Community Information

·         Located 60 miles NW of Chicago (major metro area with major attractions and activities)

·         Located on the Rock River – scenic

·         Offers an abundant of outdoor activities and good golf coursed (noted in Golf Magazine)

·         Lower cost of living – lower than the national average

 

 

Benefits & Features

·         Very Competitive salary with bonus potential and extensive benefits

·         Employee orientated environment

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

Kinsa Group Hot Job! R&D Manager – CO

March 18th, 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!

R&D Manager – CO

Our client is…

·         Innovative protein company offering good value and high quality premium proteins product for foodservice, retail and industrial channels.  Fresh, frozen and consumer ready private label, custom or branded protein

·         They have multiple locations and opening up a new one, continuing to experience growth and offer new products

 

About the Role

·         The R&D Manager will manage all product development activities and keep current on culinary and food service trends

·         Interact with customers, suppliers and manage staff

·         Manage projects from concept to completion, keeping to timelines, budgets and communicating to various departments (Sales, Purchasing, Executive team, etc…)

·         Offer technical support and routine communication to Operations, Sales & Customers

·         Hands on involvement with yields, cost, quality, regulatory/labeling and production/packaging

·         This is a great opportunity to assist a growing company with new product launches and current product improvements while managing all of R&D – ultimately impacting all areas within the company. 

Background Profile

·         Bachelors degree in Meat Science, Food Science or related field  

·         5 years of meat processing (knife –work preferred, meat cuts and yields knowledge), USDA experience with product development experience in value-added meat products

·         2-3+ years of management experience

·         Knowledgeable with ingredients/spices, marinated meat or poultry experience preferred  

·         Must be innovative, creative and understand the big picture as well as able to multi-task and prioritize work – high energy in a fast paced environment!

 

Benefits/location

·         Base plus bonus salary

·         Typical benefits

·         Located north of Denver

·         Average COL

·         Offers many activities, good colleges, hospitals and historic downtown area

 

Will start interviewing immediately!

Contact Nancy Furgason: nancyf@kinsa.com

 

Have You Ever Experienced the Dreaded Panel Interview from a Potential Food & Beverage Employer?

June 3rd, 2013

The good news?  You’ve been called in for an interview.

The bad news?  It’s the dreaded panel interview.

Fielding questions from not one, but an entire team of interviewers is enough to put even the most stalwart candidate’s stomach in knots.  After all, whether or not you land the position will depend largely upon how you carry yourself in that interview.

So instead of letting the anxiety consume you, develop a sound strategy for acing your next food & beverage panel interview.  These tips from Kinsa will help:

  • Do your homework.  In a panel setting, you’ll likely be interviewed by executives from a number of different divisions within the organization.  Make sure you understand the prospective employer’s entire organization – not just your chosen specialty.  If you know who will be interviewing you ahead of time, research those individuals online so you understand their areas of expertise.
  • Take your time.  Once you get into the interview, take a deep breath.  Greet and shake hands with each interviewer, taking a moment to mentally repeat each individual’s name (so you’ll be more likely to remember it).
  • Accept questions one at a time.  While answering each question, make equal eye contact with every panel member.  Doing so will help you project a confident image and build rapport with the entire panel.  If an interviewer asks a follow-up question while you’re still answering the previous one, realize that this may be a stress test.  Maintain your composure (and train of thought) and incorporate the response to the follow-up question into your original answer.  Once you’ve finished, ask both parties if you have addressed their concerns.
  • Be prepared to repeat yourself.  Each interviewer has his own interview style.  What is clear to one individual may require clarification for another.  So if you’re asked the same question multiple ways (or multiple times), patiently repeat your response.  Never say that you’ve already answered a question – even if that’s true – because you will come off as impatient or rude.
  • Win over the antagonist.  In most any panel interview, you will quickly be able to determine who’s in your corner and who is still on the fence about your candidacy.  Move beyond the tempting safety of engaging your obvious allies and address the one who seems unsure about you.  Doing so shows that you are a problem solver who can think on his feet and doesn’t shy away from challenges.
  • Expect at least one zinger question.  In a group setting, interviewers typically feel emboldened and may push the envelope more with their questions.  Develop an arsenal of three or four success stories you can rely on to answer a range of behavior-based questions.  If there’s an aspect of your skill set or work history (such as being discharged from a position) which you’re uncomfortable addressing, practice a variety of responses so that you’ll feel prepared – not awkward.
  • Close by thanking all participants.  Shake hands, gather business cards and exit the room confidently.  Follow-up by sending a unique thank-you note to each interviewer within 24 hours.

Seeking a Professional or Executive Position in the Food and Beverage Industry?

Kinsa Group has a wide range of professional and executive food & beverage jobs available, including:

• Executive Management

General Management

• Sales

Marketing

Operations & Plant Production Management

Research & Development

• Food Science

Quality Assurance 

Food Safety

• Human Resources

• Engineering

Maintenance

Supply Chain and Purchasing

Warehouse Management

• Finance & Accounting

Register with Kinsa today.  Our team of food & beverage industry recruiting professionals will listen to your needs, match you with a perfect career opportunity, and then prepare you to ace the interview.

Looking to Leave Your Position as Food Plant Manager and Start Fresh in Supply Chain? Great Tips on How to Transition Between Careers Successfully

August 20th, 2012

It happens to the best of us.

At one point or another, most professionals seek greener pastures within the food & beverage industry.  Some change professions to broaden their experience base; some change careers so that their innate aptitudes more closely match their job; others make the switch because they wake up one morning and realize that they hate going to work.

Whatever your reason for contemplating a career change, know that – with careful planning, focus and commitment – it is possible.  Use these ideas from Kinsa to jump start your transition:

Conduct your research.  Start by researching your desired niches within the industry, using a combination of food & beverage job boards and search engines.  Identify the most in-demand positions that would be a potential fit for your experience, interests and new career aspirations.  If there is a significant skills gap between your existing position and your desired one, determine what you need to do to acquire those skills (job shadowing, volunteering for special project teams, obtaining a mentor and classroom/online instruction are all viable options for bridging a skills gap).  Kinsa Career Edge can provide additional assistance and recommendations as you redefine your career path.

Be flexible.  Breaking into a new segment of the food & beverage industry will be much easier if you keep your options open.  So remain as flexible as you can.  Being willing to relocate, to accept a job that is only a lateral move, or to consider a lower salary to transition into a new industry segment will greatly expand your opportunities.

Revamp your résumé.  Adjust your résumé to more closely match your desired position.  Using the research you’ve conducted, highlight the skills and experiences that will transfer well to the new food & beverage job.  Update your professional summary to reflect your passion and marketable skills for your new career.

Use your existing food & beverage experience to your advantage.  Everyone you compete against for your new job will be smart, experienced and hard-working.  Update your 30-second sales pitch to highlight the benefits your prior job brings to the new one.  Explain to the interviewer how your experience in a different segment of the industry will provide “big picture” understanding other candidates may lack.

Considering a food & beverage career change? 

Kinsa Group’s discipline-specific recruiting professionals can help you succeed.  We will review your career goals, innate aptitudes, work style, management philosophies and any personal circumstances that may affect your ability to make a career change.  To further ensure a successful transition, we also employ online psychological behavioral tests that will objectively assess your personality traits and habits related to your performance.

Best of all, our recruiters will confidentially search for positions on your behalf while you continue working.  Get started with Kinsa today or search food & beverage executive and professional jobs here.


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