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QA Product Manager - Wheat

Company: Applebee's Restaurants LLC.
Location: Glendale
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Job Description:

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We are looking for a strong Quality Assurance Product Manager to manage assigned food categories. This individual will develop specifications, manage products for compliance to specification, and commercialize new products in a cross functional environment. This role will work closely with the Quality Assurance team, cross-functional team, suppliers, distribution and must have strong communication, the ability to multi-task, organize and display strong ability to collaborate in order to help the franchisees deliver the best guest experience. Responsibilities:

  • Manages and participates in ongoing QA efforts in at least one major food supply category including supplier communication, product auditing, continuous improvement initiatives, product optimization and/or alignment, and commercialization of new products cross functionally
  • Manages and drives complaint resolution including investigation, troubleshooting, collaboration with the supplier and proper documentation
  • Provides technical expertise for new product development including specifications, labels, microbiological testing, formulas, and shelf life
  • Ensures all products are acceptable (food safety and food quality) for testing and/or launch
  • Manages suppliers to assure that quality and food safety initiatives are met on a continual basis
  • Drives alternate suppliers' approval including product development through completion of specifications and communication to internal clients of approval/disapproval of products
  • Conducts food quality and process audits; analyzes data, develops and presents recommendations to correct compliance issues and to facilitate continuous improvement
  • Manages sensory testing, process modification, specification alignment and/or development efforts as required to develop supply source and foster continuous improvement
  • Is the technical resource to both brand's Culinary teams
  • Works cross-functionally with the internal Quality Assurance team, Brand Culinary, Training, Marketing and Strategic Operations teams as well as the suppliers
  • May manage and provide direction to a direct report Skills & Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline including food science, microbiology, chemistry or meat science, or equivalent professional experience
    • Demonstrated experience in Wheat Based manufacturing, development and production.
    • 5+ years' experience in manufacturing or a chain QSR/CDR concept
    • Strong working knowledge of HACCP, auditing principles, and process control
    • Proficiency in food testing protocols, methodologies and food microbiology
    • Demonstrated experience in specification development and implementation
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
    • Excellent project management skills; ability to manage multiple projects of moderate to complex scope
    • Excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with business leaders
    • Ability to develop creative solutions to problems and to seek alternatives, new ideas, and or approaches to problems
    • Strong intrapersonal skills and demonstrated success within a cross functional environment

Keywords: Applebee's Restaurants LLC., Glendale , QA Product Manager - Wheat, Executive , Glendale, Arizona

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