Director of Quality

Company Name Edesia Nutrition (view profile)
Location North Kingstown
Date Posted June 19, 2022
Job Type Full-time



Edesia makes lifesaving ready-to-use foods to treat and prevent malnutrition for children and other populations in need all over the world. Food safety and quality of these products is of utmost importance to assure that these foods are safe and effective. The Director of Quality is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the Food Safety, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Sanitation functions at Edesia. Their responsibility includes areas – one centered on the production of humanitarian products for export (through agencies including USAID, the World Food Programme, UNICEF) and the other focused on the production of products for domestic distribution (through agencies including USDA, food banks). This role is responsible for assuring that Edesia is in full compliance with clients’ production and quality specifications, U.S. FDA/USDA (including FSMA Preventive Controls Human Food Rule), as well as BRC international food standards. They must be effective with organization and time-management and must possess a blend of technical skills as well as management and leadership skills in this hands-on position.


  • Key member of the company’s Director and Leadership team.   Contribute management expertise when called upon as well as being proactive in providing guidance and experience as situations require.
  • Manage the QA/QC Manager and Quality Project Manager, and ensures the development and effectiveness of the Managers as well as all members of their teams.
    • Offer guidance and support in all areas related to quality and food safety
    • Serve as acting Manager for either area, in absence of either Manager
    • Primary point of contact to Nutriset and chair of the Edesia-Nutriset Technical Committee. This role involves leading discussions and operational initiatives which are in partnership with Nutriset, and thereafter, project managing implementation interdepartmentally for the organization. Example initiatives include: heat treatment, CIP, packaging changes, etc.
    • Demonstrate commitment to EEO and Affirmative Action Programs and responsibilities.
  • Direct the Food Safety/Quality Department in the development, implementation and maintenance of the food safety and quality systems.
    • Overseeing management of the documentation system, investigations, root cause analyses, and corrective actions.
  • Ensure that all internal Operational Departments (Production, Maintenance, R&D, Sales & Operations Planning and Procurement) needs are met by the Food Safety/Quality Department.
  • Ensure compliance to international and federal food safety standards (including, but not limited to FSMA, FDA, USDA and interagency requirements). Ensure the organization’s processes and systems are adequate to implement, achieve, and maintain BRC certification.
  • Lead the interdepartmental Edesia Food Safety Team, taking charge of identifying and analyzing the causes of product failure, proposing solutions and corrective actions, and continuously improving the manufacturing methods.
  • Lead the Crisis Management Team in relation to any serious anomalies in product quality and food safety testing (for example, suspected microbiological contamination).
  • Reviewing patterns and trends shared in product quality testing, as shared by the QA/QC Manager and the Quality Project Manager (for example, trends in vitamins, microbiology in product or environmental monitoring).
  • Oversight of the internal auditing program and assure that Edesia is internally following its procedures per its QMS program. review is happening according to schedule and as needed.
  • Management of high-level quality communications (ie. memos, trainings and external reports, annual) both internally and externally, as needed.
  • Presenting annual Quality Management Review to senior leadership.
  • Support the Quality Project Manager in the development and growth of a robust on-site microbiological and analytical testing program.
  • Act as leader in customer audits (with USAID, USDA, UNICEF, World Food Programme, etc.) and 3rd party audits such as BRC certification and reassessment audits.
  • Lead the management of a robust and effective Supplier Assurance Program including supply chain preventive controls. Validate and audit raw material suppliers and ingredients, negotiating favorable arrangements for ingredient analysis. Assuring that Food Safety/Quality Team is maintaining regular audit schedule and has confidence in the integrity of food safety throughout the supply.


  • Required— Bachelors in food science, chemistry, or related field or equivalent experience. Preferred—Masters’ degree.
  • Minimum of 8-10 years with managerial experience within a food-manufacturing environment. Experience in team building and integration of a Food Safety/Quality team into successful manufacturing operations in a LEAN environment.
  • Strong communication, leadership and organizational skills and ability to work collaboratively with his/her technical team and with all other Operational Directors and Managers.
  • Experience in creating, implementing, maintaining, evaluating, enforcing and updating a facility’s GMPs, HACCP, SSOP and SOP’s programs.
  • Knowledge of exporting food products, as well as knowledge of quality regulations surrounding sales of products in the United States
  • Must have strategic auditing capabilities and extensive food regulatory and compliance knowledge Involving GFSI standards such as BRC, FSMA Human Foods Preventive Controls Rule, USDA, Food Code State of Rhode Island.
  • PCQI certification is required. Preferred—Certification as a Lead Auditor in the Food Area.
  • Experience utilizing an SAP quality module or similar ERP.
  • Preferred—background in microbiology.


General office environment; occasionally visits production area. High utilization of office equipment, phone, computer, etc. Occasionally works in the production and warehouse areas. Ability to work remotely, as needed or requested. Domestic/international travel may be required up to 20% of time.

  • Must be willing to attend multi-week training/exchange periods in Nutriset production plant in Malaunay, France
  • Must be able to attend domestic and international conferences and meetings related to quality control


The requirements described are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.