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Lauridsen Group Inc. Supplier Quality & Food Safety Manager - Shared in Ankeny, Iowa

Job Description:

The Lauridsen Group, Inc. (LGI), is a collection of independent companies with each dedicated to discovering and producing products to enhance health and nutrition. These companies have the ability and charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel applications. LGI is headquartered in Ankeny, IA and maintains fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

The purpose of this position is to develop, coordinate and maintain supplier approval program for domestic manufacturing facilities and co-packer facilities of five LGI companies.



A BS degree in animal or food science, food technology, chemistry and/or microbiology is required. Advance degree highly desired.


At least 5 years’ experience auditing GMPs, HACCP and Food Safety programs/audits in the food or feed industry. Knowledge of food safety with excellent verbal and written communication skills required.


  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of the supplier approval program.

  • Perform risk assessments on all raw materials within the company to determine food safety risk for each material purchased.

  • Coordinate in the development of raw materials specification program.

  • Collaborate with Purchasing by approving new raw materials in a timely manner.

  • Lead audits within contract laboratory facilities, warehouses, co-packer facilities and packaging suppliers for compliance with regulatory and customer requirements.

  • Conduct audits of the co-packer facilities for compliance with Quality Assurance programs.

  • Responsible for supplier audits for compliance with SOPs, SSOPs, formulas, government compliance procedures, recall procedures, HACCP/Food Safety Plans, and similar type programs.

  • Responsible for supplier corrective action follow-up to ensure sufficient changes have been implemented.

  • Oversee supplier nonconforming materials and corrective actions, which including trending reports as part of the supplier management program.

  • Assist Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs (QA/RA) personnel in the development and maintenance of procedures and policies for suppliers and materials as needed.

  • Assist QA/RA personnel with troubleshooting plant related quality or regulatory issues, as needed.

  • Coordinate supplier quality assurance projects with internal departments and customers as needed.

  • Support QA/RA with special projects as assigned.

  • Assist QA/RA in working with customers and sales staff to resolve questions related to product quality and food safety.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of food technology, microbiology and chemistry sufficient to fulfill the needs of this position. An overall knowledge of quality assurance management procedures, HACCP, FSMA and GFSI.

  • Ability to work effectively cross functionally in a professional manner. Ability to work with minimal supervision and execute job expectations timely.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with plant personnel, raw material suppliers, sales staff, customer service personnel, and QA/RA team.

  • Represent the company in a professional manner with suppliers. Ability to work weekends and holidays on request.

  • Ability to train others on supplier quality programs, product quality, QA/QC procedures, product safety and regulatory requirements.

  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work on projects independently and work as a team member.

  • Ability to resolve and assist in solving customer complaints in the best interest of the companies.

  • Ability to see rational solutions to quality and food safety issues.

  • Up to 30% travel time required.


Approximate: 8-Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)


Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Occasional

Sitting - Frequent

Walking - Occasional

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Occasional

Reaching above shoulder - Occasional

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Occasional

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - N/A

Protected Heights - N/A

Lifting Weights from 0 to 50 Pounds - Occasional

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials - Occasional

Weighing from 0 to 50 Pounds

Being Around and/or Operating Laboratory Equipment - N/A

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment - Occasional

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Computer - Frequent

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Occasional

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Occasional

Vision: Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to - Yes

Access Required Information and to Perform Job Duties

Color Definition Required: - Yes

Hearing: Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to

Communicate/Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Mobility: Ability to be mobile throughout required work areas.

Office - Continuous

Multiple Locations - Occasional

Plant - Occasional


This job requires the mental capabilities to apply product quality/safety program knowledge/principles, and to communicate processes and procedures in the LGI manufacturing facilities. The ability to implement analytical methods and provide creative solutions to situations as problems arise.


Working conditions vary. A majority of the job duties occur within a general office environment. However, some duties may require working at a manufacturing facility where you are expected to follow all plant quality and safety policies and procedures for the location.

This position will require travel on business to supplier locations in a variety of weather conditions.

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.