Kerry Quality Supervisor in Fredericksburg, Iowa

Company Overview

Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Leading to better.

Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!

Leading to better, together.

Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage. Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

  • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action

  • Empowering our people

  • Promoting diverse thinking

  • Investing in innovation

  • Acting on sustainability

  • Embracing our differences

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Description and Responsibilities

Human safety, food safety, adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices, and product quality are the highest priorities. Other duties may be assigned.

Hiring and Supervision of Quality and Sanitation staff, includes scheduling, approving time records, periodic evaluation, counseling, and performance documentation. Responsible for conducting departmental and job specific training. Responsible for driving improvements within the department and the plant.

  • Supervision of Quality staff. This includes scheduling, approving time records, periodic evaluation, counselling, and performance documentation. Responsible for conducting departmental and job specific training.

  • Conduct laboratory analyses and investigations, develop and apply new techniques.

  • Notify key stakeholders of identified issues and ensure proper communication. Provide technical support for resolution of quality problems with operations.

  • Maintain files of test results and product dispositions. Support Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

  • Maintain and update product specifications including customer specifications and raw material specifications to reflect any changes or product use requirements. Ensure finished product and raw materials are tested per Kerry specification. Monitor test results in relation to these specifications.

  • Development and adherence to Quality SOP’s.

  • Support the plant Food Safety & Quality System to produce safe quality food, acting as SQF Practitioner or equivalent GFSI manager (BRC, FS22000).

  • Prepare test schedules and procedures, solutions, and reagents for use by laboratory personnel in conducting tests. Maintain Good Laboratory Procedures (GLP’s) including calibration. Order laboratory supplies.

  • In conjunction with the Quality Manager, update and support food safety programs and food safety systems: HACCP, sanitation, and environmental monitoring program. Maintain the quality systems for the plant. Ensure work instructions, SSOPs, procedures and other pertinent documentation is up to date. Recommend revisions plant work instructions as needed.

  • Participate in quality complaint investigations. Verify corrective action completion and continued conformance.

  • Perform and/or participate in internal audits while ensuring compliance to internal quality policies and applicable local regulations through the audits, observations, process reviews, and development of corrective actions with site management.

  • Support facility during inspections, customer audits, communications, commercialisations, and other interactions with regulatory agencies or customers.

  • Provide technical assistance to quality assurance and operations.

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or similar science/Engineering.

  • Minimum 1-2 years of quality experience preferred

  • Experience with laboratory, quality, and/or food safety systems preferred

  • HACCP/food safety experience preferred

  • Experience in food, chemical, or Pharmaceutical industry preferred

  • Knowledge and experience with quality management systems, GFSI audit standards, SSOPs preferred.

  • Environmental hygiene programs, prerequisite programs and HACCP preferred

  • Knowledge of relevant GFSI standards such as SQF, BRC, IFS or FS 22000

  • Knowledge and understanding of Food Safety regulations, FSMA, and industry and market trends.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with a variety of stakeholders.

  • numerous work tasks of a diverse nature.

  • Strong Computer Skills (Microsoft Office)

  • Communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Team leadership and development.

  • Skills in customer relations.

Requisition ID 2018-12948

Division Kerry

Position Type Full Time

Recruiter AR1

Posting Type DNI

Posting Type CB