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Plant Quality Manager II - Gretna, LA

GRETNA, LA, US, 70053

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor. Zatarain's, a leader in New Orleans cuisine owned by McCormick, is seeking a Plant Quality Manager II at its facility located in Gretna, Louisiana.


With $5 billion in annual sales, McCormick & Company, Incorporated manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry - retail outlets, food manufacturers and food service businesses. Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick makes every moment and meal better™. To learn more please visit us at


As an employer recognized for our exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick & Co., Inc. offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services which address the needs of employees and their families. Zatarain’s benefits include, but are not limited to tuition assistance, medical & dental, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), defined contribution plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. 



Under the general supervision of the Quality Operations Director, the Quality Manager provides leadership at the plant for the development, implementation, and administration of the Quality function to ensure product safety, integrity, and conformance with respect to customer, Divisional, Corporate and regulatory requirements.  This Manager is a member of the Plant Leadership Team and Regional Quality Leadership Team, responsible for formulating and executing a strategic quality plan for the business, managing vendor quality programs that impact the facility, and handling customer complaints through root cause analysis.  The Quality Department Manager leads the development, implementation and maintenance of food safety programs such as HACCP, GMPs, Pest Control, Recall, Food Allergen and Environmental Monitoring.  As a member of the Plant Leadership Team, this Manager has a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles within Quality and knowledge of these elements in other relevant functional areas so s/he can participate in the resolution of issues that have an impact beyond Quality and/or impact multiple areas.  This role reports into the site daily.



  • Maintains customer quality satisfaction through the implementation and use of programs to control raw materials, in-process materials, production process, environmental conditions & finished products 
  • Conducts or coordinates customer/vendor visits and third-party audits.
  • Executes plans for continuous improvement for operations. 
  • Prepares and oversees customer site visits and audits.
  • Utilizes the McCormick High Performance System (MHPS) to empower and develop teams using established MHPS systems, core beliefs, guiding principles and attributes.
  • Performs evaluations and creates development/training plans for individuals within the team and manages employee relations. 
  • Actively uses Individual Development Plans (IDPs) to document and facilitate improvement / recognition discussions. 
  • Manages compensation process for team and recommends wage increases for high performers (pay for performance).
  • Interacts with other division Quality Managers, Directors, and Corporate Quality leadership.
  • Leads QA Team to develop specifications, Bills of Materials, recipes and inspection plans for raw materials and finished goods.
  • Manages department staffing, expense budget, and capital projects.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations issued by OSHA, EPA, FDA, and other federal, state, and local regulatory agencies.



  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Engineering, Food Science, Chemistry, Microbiology, or another relevant technical field
  • Minimum 7 years of Quality leadership experience in a manufacturing plant(s)
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the food, beverage, flavor and/or ingredient manufacturing industry
  • Extensive knowledge of HACCP, Auditing, SSOP’s, GMP’s, FDA, OSHA, Quality Systems, and Plant Sanitation
  • Experience managing a team(s) of Quality employees
  • Demonstrated significant and relevant skills and consistent results as a leader in Quality
  • Strong cross-functional strategic leadership experience, communication and teamwork skills with demonstrated success in managing people and multiple projects
  • Detailed understanding of how all areas of a manufacturing plant and warehouse interact to contribute to the business and to meet customers’ expectations
  • Strong communication and diplomacy skills to guide and influence others 
  • Basic commercial awareness as it relates to competition and the latest developments in the industry
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours to support the needs of a three-shift plant operation
  • Ability and willingness to relocate in the future for career opportunities



  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, Food Science, Chemistry, Microbiology, or another relevant technical field
  • Quality Auditor Certification (CQA)
  • HACCP Auditor Certification (CHA)
  • Food Manufacturing Equipment Sanitation knowledge including CIP systems
  • PCQI




McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


As a general policy, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future. 




United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

Nearest Major Market: New Orleans