QA Food Safety & Quality Systems Lead

Date: 17 Feb 2024

Location: WOLKA KOSOWSKA, MZ, PL, 05-552

Company: McCormick & Company

QA Food Safety & Quality Systems Lead



Reporting to the QA Manager, the QA FS & QS Lead provides leadership at the Polish Plant for the development, implementation, and administration of Food Safety, Food Defence and Quality Systems programs at the site to ensure product safety, integrity, and conformance with respect to Customer, Divisional, Corporate and regulatory requirements.


Provide governance and lead proactive continuous improvements of Food Safety, Food Defence & Quality Systems programs including, environmental monitoring, pest control, allergen management, glass control, foreign body controls, internal food safety inspections, non-conformance.  To publish key performance indicators for Quality and Food Safety and leading initiatives to improve the performance


Ensure full compliance with Company Quality, Food Safety, Health & Safety and Environmental requirements.



  • Maintaining compliance with Corporate Quality Assurance Policies and customer quality satisfaction through the provision of governance and proactive leadership for continuous improvements of Food Safety, Food Defence & Quality Systems programs including, HACCP, allergen management, foreign body controls, internal food safety inspections, non-conformance, environmental monitoring, pest control, food safety & quality culture.

Publish monthly Kpi’s. Conduct routine reviews with the Factory Leadership Team.

  • Manage the Food Safety, Food Defence & Quality Systems Training programme for the site. Ensure that all staff receive relevant training and achieve the minimum agreed understanding of the training and how it applies to their role within McCormick.
  • Manage the Internal FS & QS inspection and Audit programs to ensure that the site is capable of achieving required customer and third party accreditations. Pro-actively lead continuous improvements where necessary and publish monthly audit results and Kpi’s. Conduct routine reviews with the Factory Leadership Team.
  • Manage the External Customer and Third Party Audit programme to ensure that the Customer Quality and Food Safety requirements are identified and complied with by the site. Execute plans for continuous improvement for operations.
  • Attracts, maintains and develops high talent staff.

Defines performance standards and holds staff and self-accountable. Provides coaching and feedback effectively.

Creates development/training plans for individuals within the team and manages employee relations.

  • Manage the corrective action programs to ensure appropriate handling, response and resolution of internal and external audits.  Manage the Investigation and resolution of complaints and non-conformances to ensure appropriate corrective actions are implemented to prevent recurrence of the issues. Identify and implement continuous improvement to the programs to prevent recurrence of the issues. Ensure maintenance of customer and corporate portals



  • Educated to Master Degree level or equivalent, preferably Graduate, in Microbiology or Food Technology.
  • Recognised Qualification for Food Safety / Quality Systems Management or Auditing. Qualified HACCP team leader
  • Minimum of +5 years functional/leadership experience Demonstrated significant and relevant skills and consistent results in functional area.  Leadership experience with demonstrated success in managing people both formally and informally.  The role requires an understanding of how all areas of the plant and warehouse interact to contribute to the business and to meet customer's expectations. Requires a general understanding of the industry. Requires basic commercial awareness as it relates to competition but only requires limited understanding of the latest developments in the industry.

Needs to be able to adapt to changes in external environment. Needs to be able to seek innovative solutions and encourages the same in staff and informally influence Operations and Supply Chain teams.

Extensive knowledge of HACCP, BRC Auditing, SSOP’s, GMP’s, Quality Systems, and Hygiene required.

  • Strong communication and diplomacy skills are required to guide and influence others to achieve common objectives. Will interface with external parties as representative of the facility. Strong Cross-functional leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. Ability to translate strategy into actionable information in small or large groups in a clear, concise, and professional manner. Ability to influence upwards.  Interact with Quality leadership, Regulatory, Customers, Operations, Materials, and other departments as needed.  Frequent communication with outside customers and suppliers, regulatory bodies and Operations.
  • English Level fluent

Agencies: McCormick as needed will work with external recruitment vendors through our Agency Portal. Unless previously contacted, McCormick does not accept unsolicited resumes from external recruiting agencies.


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, colour, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies.