Posted 3 weeks ago

Director of Quality Assurance & Food Safety

Company: Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants
Category: Culinary, Management, Quality Control

 Downers Grove

Type: Full Time

The Quality Assurance and Food Safety Manager is responsible for comprehensive programs involving restaurant safety/sanitation, food quality, commercialization, and crisis management. This position is responsible for planning, developing, and administering all corresponding policies and procedures. Additionally, this person will need to ensure all food products meet or exceed their quality expectations while building a redundant supplier base to reduce supply disruptions and create a competitive landscape to help meet financial objectives. This role works very closely with Purchasing, Culinary, Legal, and Operations Development to ensure quality, safety and sanitation objectives are met. This position will be a part of the Supply Chain team and is located at the Restaurant Support Center in Downer’s Grove, IL. Some responsibilities are listed below, to view all the responsibilities, click on Apply Now.

  • Collaborate with Purchasing and Culinary to build a world class supplier network that maintains or enhances quality, safety, and sanitation to support long term growth plans at Cooper’s Hawk.
  • Provide technical expertise on corporate crisis management programs, including the further development of food safety related crisis procedures, and together with Risk Management, Legal and other departments, assisting with the resolution of food-borne illness reports.
  • Develop and lead a best in class recall program to ensure our guests safety.
  • Champions continuous improvement in food safety and sanitation by leveraging technology and providing user-friendly cost-effective solutions.
  • Partners with operations teams to support bottom performing restaurants and provides field guidance to remedy non-compliance (food safety training, corrective action plans, etc.).
  • Manage quality assurance and food safety documentation for all food products (seafood, meat, dairy, bread, and grocery items) including specifications, labeling, and vendor QA.
  • Manage proper sanitation standards in the restaurants and determine plans for proper handling and storage of all products.
  • Support the Culinary and Supply Chain teams with food testing, specification development and evaluations, shelf-life testing, label approvals, and new menu item tests and rollouts.
  • Assist Supply Chain with the approval process for new suppliers and product commercialization to help build a redundant supply.
  • Support Culinary with allergen and nutritional data ensuring compliance with Life Balance and allergen menus.