Quality Manager - Agrochemical

Chicago, IL
Did you know that over 30% of fresh produce grown in the world goes to waste and never reaches consumers?

Founded in 2015, Hazel Technologies Inc. is a USDA-funded company that develops new technologies to extend the quality and shelf life of fresh produce in the global supply chain. The Chicago-based early-stage agricultural technology company is on a mission to reduce food waste. Shippers, growers, and retailers are always looking for new ways to ship food further, enter new markets, extend the growing season, and have less food rejected at the retail level. Hazel Technologies’ products address these needs by adding significant and measurable value throughout our customer’s food supply chains.

Hazel Technologies is searching for an experienced and self-motivated quality assurance professional to join its Supply Chain team and contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals.

Position Description:  

The Quality Manger will provide leadership in achieving and maintaining compliance with regulatory, corporate, and sector quality requirements. They will support the development, implementation and management of strategies to achieve continuous quality improvements.


Responsibilities:

  • Leads cross functional teams to assure effective implementation and adherence to QA initiatives and process improvement at internal and external manufacturing facilities.
  • Establishes and provides leadership to ensure quality and compliance is embedded in process and system design as well as during execution, while enabling novel solutions.
  • Manages end-to-end life cycle for QC equipment including procurement, installation, calibration, and maintenance. Leveraging strong understanding of Gas Chromatography (GC-FID), acts as subject matter expert of relevant analytical methods.
  • Supervises and schedules QC Technicians to ensure timely reporting of sample analysis.
  • Provides final approval of all raw materials, intermediates and finished goods.
  • Using a collaborative approach to meet customer needs, creates, and approves quality documentation on relevant processes and procedures.
  • Tracks and analyzes quality data to understand trends and issues in order to inform decision making related to product safety and quality. Develops, tracks and reports key performance indicator (KPI) metrics.
  • Provides oversight of contract manufacturers to ensure adherence to Hazel’s control plans and product specifications.
  • Leverages bachelor’s degree in Chemistry to provide technical leadership and support in root cause failure analysis for production, compliance and quality incidents.
  • Identifies and informs appropriate levels of management of quality, safety and compliance issues that affect and drive the organization’s operations.
  • Drives cross-functional projects with R&D, Sales and Supply Chain to scale-up manufacturing of new products, new raw materials, and new packaging solutions.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or equivalent  
  • 5+ years professional experience in QA/QC within chemical manufacturing
  • Extensive knowledge of analytical instruments, including Gas Chromatography (GC-FID)
  • Knowledge of ISO9001:2015

Preferences:

  • Experience within an EPA regulated company  
  • 2+ years of progressively responsible supervision/management experience
  • Strong understanding of EPA standards, cGMP regulations, food safety protocols and/or ISO9001


HOW TO APPLY:

Send email to careers@hazeltechnologies.com

Subject line: Quality Manager

Please attach CV or resume and short intro stating where you saw the job posted, (no cover letter necessary)


Equal Opportunity Employer

Haze Technologies is an equal opportunity employer, committed to our diversity and inclusiveness. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age. We strongly encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, people with disabilities and veterans to apply.

About Hazel Technologies, Inc.: Hazel Technologies is a USDA-funded startup company that develops new solutions to extend the quality shelf life of fresh produce and reduce food waste. Founded in 2015, Hazel Tech® services over 100 of the world's largest fresh produce packers, shippers, and retailers. Selected as a Finalist for Fast Company's 2020 World Changing Ideas and winner of "Best Sustainable Packaging" at the 2020 World Food Innovation Awards, the company's patent-pending technologies have been tested by top academic research programs including UC Davis, Cornell University, and Oregon State University. In 2020, Hazel treated over 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce, preventing more than 270 million pounds from going to waste. For more information, visit www.hazeltechnologies.com.