Sr. Quality Engineer


We are looking to add a Sr. Quality Engineer to the team! This role is responsible for systems used to develop, store, and communicate product lifecycle data and manufacturing data for food products. The role will work closely with process owners and product implementation teams to define standards, monitor progress, and implement improvements. Additionally, this role will communicate and influence the broader Krusteaz Company to deliver highly effective processes and data management tools.

Essential Functions: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
  • Champions improvements in product data systems and processes. May include internal, customer, and 3rd party support. Key focus areas: data quality, product change management, production capabilities, product monitoring, product definitions/specifications, and 3rd party certifications.
  • Leads critical risks and issues review, resolution with all constituents, and establishes effective communication between stakeholders.
  • Initiates and leads teams to maximize product quality and minimize waste.
  • Identifies system and process recommendations. Leads assessment for requirements, cost, and ROI supporting system changes or additions.
  • Leads the user base through implementation of changes to tools or processes related to product data configuration, evaluation, security, and accessibility.
  • Directly manages key projects as assigned. Develops and coaches other project and data quality leads.
  • Develops business rules to support development, product change management, and production monitoring.
  • Develops and implements processes to enable successful startup and sustainability of new product launches. Coach's others on development of control plans, specifications, and processing parameters by using appropriate statistical analysis. Identifies opportunities and develops problem solving and statistical capabilities in others.
  • Configures user tools for product data collection based on The Krusteaz Company requirements.
  • Supports leadership with design input and monitoring for product performance, standards, and data governance.

Position Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals qualified with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal); ability to maintain communication composure with other departments and 3rd party organizations.
  • Takes initiative to identify trends and communicate recommendations to business leaders.
  • Leads cross functional groups through complex decision making, requirements gathering, and implementation.
  • Extensive experience supporting configuration and use of computer-based tools (SharePoint, ERP, Specification and Document Systems, Process Control Applications, etc.).
  • Expert in root cause analysis and leading teams to understand how product attributes relate to manufacturing capabilities and control systems.
  • Expert statistics and data analysis capabilities; demonstrated experience training and leading analytics, process improvement, problem solving, design of experiments, and data modeling with large data sets.
  • Broad knowledge in testing methods. Champions best practices to improve capabilities.
  • Balances curiosity, listening and learning with effectively making decisions and acting.
  • Both creative in problem solving and standards oriented.

Education and/or Experience:
  • BS or higher in Quality or Engineering or related degree acceptable with additional certification in process improvement methodologies. Or equivalent experience/training.
  • Certification in data analytics and process improvement methodologies strongly preferred (University program, Certificate program, etc.).
  • 3 - 5 years leading use of enterprise product data applications required (ERP, PLM, manufacturing systems, etc.).
  • 3 - 5 years experienced in complex data assembly, interpretation, and communication supporting manufacturing teams in a regulated environment required.
  • End-to-end project management experience required. Experience leading projects in a food consumer products company preferred.
  • Experience managing food safety, quality, and manufacturing systems. Knowledge of federal (FDA, USDA), state and local regulatory agency requirements preferred.
  • Experience supporting enterprise data including master data in a SaaS environment.
  • Advanced general computer skills - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone along with reaching. Specific vision abilities include close vision requirements due to computer work. Moderate noise, ability to work in a confined area, and ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time are also included. Ability to effectively communicate and work in a dynamic environment.

The policy of The Krusteaz Company, is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or military status, national origin, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.

Get to know us:
  • A people-focused company that cares​: We're a 90-year-old company with the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup and a focused eye on the future. As a midsized, privately-held company with a portfolio of beloved food and beverage brands, our people are the most important ingredient in our success.
  • A valued and supported workforce​: We place tremendous value in our employees and provide competitive pay and comprehensive benefits to ensure our employees can create the best life for themselves. Benefits include a top tier health insurance plan with lower than average employee cost share, generous PTO, 401(k) match, and more.
  • An engaged and energized culture​: At The Krusteaz Company, collaboration and ingenuity drive our fierce commitment to creating extraordinary product experiences that people love.
  • A place to grow and make a difference: An entrepreneurial spirit has been at the core of our company since the beginning, attracting self-starters who are curious and love to learn and to share ideas.

Hybrid Work Model: At The Krusteaz Company, we have in-office "core days" of Tuesdays and Wednesdays where all corporate employees are expected to be onsite. Monday, Thursdays, and Fridays are flexible remote days to allow for work/life balance. You may be asked to come in outside of a core day from time to time, based on business needs. We have found aligning our scheduled in-office days provides opportunity for employees to build connections and collaborate together.

Benefits: We are proud to offer generous benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance (starting at $45/month for employee only coverage), 401(K) matching, 3 weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, company provided life insurance and disability insurance, flexible spending account and tuition reimbursement.

Salary Information:
  • An employee in this position can expect a salary range between $88,131 and $145,408. We typically pay between $99,000 and $126,000. The actual salary offered will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including internal equity, experience, education, certification, training, and location. All positions are eligible for additional incentives based on business performance.

We hope you'll take the time to get to know us!