Senior Food Safety Quality Assurance Manager

Date:  Mar 28, 2024

Lewiston, NC, US, 27849

Req ID:  71670
Job Function:  Food Safety/Quality Assurance

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into its second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


Perdue Farms is looking for a Senior FSQA Manager to oversee our Lewiston, NC plant facility.  This person leads the local organization in identifying, progressing and realizing the implementation Quality / Food Safety Policy and Quality Systems.  They will identify and investigate all Quality /Food Safety opportunities covering all products, projects, and processes as well as deliver measurable improvements utilizing Quality Improvement and continuous improvement strategies.  The FSQA Manager implements standard processes and appropriate actions to improve quality / Food Safety of products, reduction of variation and eliminate waste.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee Food Safety and Quality Management systems (FSQMS) and support personnel of assigned locations to include HACCP, SSOP, FSIS regulations and programs.
  • Provide executive reporting on Food Safety and regulatory compliance and concerns about microbial management with actionable recommendations.
  • Ensure Perdue’s microbial intervention processes are executed in assigned facilities.
  • Partner with business colleagues (e.g., Supplier Quality and Procurement) where improvements and execution of relevant preventive controls about food safety programs are needed.
  • Training/educating colleagues and suppliers in finding critical parameters of processes used, the mechanisms underlying control steps and the measurements needed to validate these processes when requested by other functions (e.g., Supplier Quality)
  • Excellent organizational skills including time management and priority setting.
  • Proven ability to interact clearly and effectively with cross functional business partners to establish targets plans and maintain timelines to ensure timely and quality execution Strong demonstrated transformational skills (inspiring, problem solving, communication across multiple organizations, executing) to provide evidence-based leadership, and the ability to utilize these skills with all levels of team members, management and community leaders is required.


  • Requires an excellent executive presentation and communication skills with the ability to inspire and inform.
  • Requires a strong business, planning, communication, and financial skillset with the ability to manage complex projects involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Requires a demonstrated experience and excellence in coaching, collaborating, and influencing; a proven leader of people who can recruit, develop and mentor a top-notch team capable of supporting future growth and has demonstrated leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and community.
  • Demonstrates the ability to strategically analyze and be able to take on projects external to the assigned operation and to lead projects with multi-plant impact. Knowledge of SPC is a plus.
  • Will meet directly with customers during plant visits and/or visits to their locations to develop relationships, communicate opportunities and action plans and to review in-person products or services of the company.
  • Will lead and instruct the FSQA team to interface and maintain the use of digital data collection systems and other formats, such as but not limited to SafetyChain, Trace Gains, Power Bi, and other similar systems.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree in Food Science, Microbiology or an Agribusiness related major. Advanced education preferred (Masters)

Experience Requirements

  • 7+ years’ experience in the food industry required, poultry strongly preferred.  Strong knowledge of (and/or certifications in) food safety and all applicable regulations as required.
  • Substantial experience in Food Safety/Quality and/or Regulatory relations with a minimum of 10 years in progressive management or leadership roles.
  • 7 + years with direct customer interface and support around Quality and Food Safety
  • 7+ years’ experience managing requirements around verification programs; NAE, NGMO, Gluten Free, BRC, SQF, HACCP, etc.
  • Strong background in the areas of microbiology and food science/engineering/food safety with a minimum of 15 years work experience.
  • Extensive Regulatory (USDA) engagement experience

Specialized or Technical Knowledge Required

  • Experience developing and maintaining company records relating to process workflows, USDA, FDA, and other regulatory organizations.
  • Thorough understanding of HACCP and GFSI programs/audit schemes
  • Robust knowledge and experience with the application of intervention systems to reduce microbial load and risk throughout poultry processing.
  • Ability to effectively articulate and present the company’s Food Safety and Quality strategy as it relates to senior management, regulatory bodies, customers and copackers.
  • Proven ability to operate successfully in a rapidly growing organization, inclusive of demonstrated ability to coordinate efforts in addressing regulatory issues. Ability to formulate solutions from a broad perspective.

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

Position is mostly sedentary but may require occasional moving to other offices or buildings.  May need to move light equipment or supplies from one place to another. May need to access files, supplies and equipment.
When in a plant environment: Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces.
May be exposed to temperatures of 28 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both ambient and 100% humidity. May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db. to 110 db.
May be exposed to all chemicals used in poultry, food, processing facility.
Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job as directed by the Company.  May need to climb ladders.




Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


Nearest Major Market: Raleigh
Nearest Secondary Market: Rocky Mount