OVERVIEW: Sustainable Bioproducts, a Chicago-based biotech startup, was founded in 2013 with the mission of creating delicious foods that nourish people and protect our planet. We trace our origins to the volcanic springs of Yellowstone National Park, where research conducted in partnership with NASA led us to discover a ground-breaking, sustainable source of protein. As we move towards commercialization and launch, we are looking for people with passion, ingenuity, and curiosity to join our team.
The Quality Manager will be responsible for developing quality management systems and maintaining the quality program to assure that all food quality standards are met. The successful candidate will create and implement quality processes, build and manage the QA/QC laboratory for the pilot plant operations, ultimately transferring these programs and practices to commercial scale manufacturing. The successful candidate will be dedicated to safety and will exhibit adaptability, and determination. Must be able to thrive in a start-up environment with the unique challenges of a small, rapidly growing and evolving business.
Devise and establish the company’s quality procedures, standards and specifications
Manage the quality program and ensure that customer quality requirements are met
Initially responsible for building the QA/QC lab and staff for pilot operations, including the strategy for external testing
Interface with external testing laboratories and manage data generated
Supervise the testing of finished products for functionality using product application expertise
Develop quality inspection procedures based on industry and regulatory standards
Document, investigate, and remedy the cause of product deficiencies
Establish and maintain controls and electronic documentation procedures
Monitor specifications by gathering relevant data, maintaining clear and detailed records, and produce statistical reports
Work closely with the Food Applications team to incorporate new learnings into product quality specifications
Serve as a quality liaison for the R&D team developing new products and processes
Work with production staff to improve procedures, standards and systems.
Work with purchasing staff to establish quality requirements from external suppliers
Develop analytical programs and provide routine testing for the characterization of raw materials, in-process materials and finished products, including hands-on activities as needed, such as equipment setup, repair and maintenance and general laboratory activities
Adhere to all safety protocols and procedures
Perform other duties, as assigned
Required – BS degree in Biology, Food science or related field
Required – 10+ years of experience in food or life sciences
Required – 5+ years of experience supervising or managing a quality department
Required – Experience in food quality control, test method development and validation, control schemes and writing procedures.
Desired – Familiarity with analytical instrument maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.
Emphasize personal transparency and accountability
Comfortable working in a startup environment, embrace entrepreneurship and have enthusiasm for innovation
Self-motivated with the ability to work independently & with a team
Ability to manage work flow for multiple projects and tasks
Detail oriented, organized and capacity to meet deadlines
Ability to interpret data using statistical analysis
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, across organizational functions
Exhibit strong sense of professional and personal integrity
Inherent curiosity and creativity in solving problems to understand how things work
Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information
Versatility, flexibility and willingness to work enthusiastically within constant changing priorities