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Senior Manager, Quality in Design


Date: May 3, 2019

Location: Louisville, CO, US

Company: DANONE

USD - Dannon in WBU EDP is looking for a Senior Manager, Quality in Design in Louisville, Co.

With our global presence, brands and business within our mission,bringing health through food to as many people as possible; we believe that people growth is a key asset to reach a sustainable business performance. Take this opportunity to GROW together!


JOB PURPOSE SUMMARY: The Quality in Senior Design Manager serves as a liaison between the Quality organization and several functions across the enterprise including Engineering, R&D, Project Management, and Supply Chain. The primary responsibility is to lead the quality effort in the commercialization of new products and processes through the entire product design process from marketing concepts to mass production.


SCOPE OF ROLE: The Quality in Design Senior Manager will support manufacturing facilities that produce Danone NA products while establishing and promoting a Quality Focused Culture. This position will also serve as a subject matter expert in product categories, regulatory interpretation, and as the food safety and quality representative for new product/process start-up and qualification activities. As needed, the Quality in Design Manager will engage in activities with equipment manufacturers, industry colleagues, and regulatory agencies.

Represent QA on Project Management teams, coordinating quality efforts with core team members.
• Provide quality assurance expertise/direction/support in the manufacture of new and existing products
• Coordinate design activities with all other functional Quality managers involved in the Product Life Cycle including Plant Quality Managers and the Sales & Supply Chain groups.
• Perform technical qualifications of potential new facilities to ensure quality and food safety expectations are met; deliver a remediation recommendation plan as needed.
• Overall Risk Management by eliminating risks through strong problem solving or by use of a specific control
• Administer technical guidance on new projects to ensure processes and equipment are capable of meeting company standards for quality and safety
• Follow company project management process ensure that quality and food safety requirements are adequately met
• Provide project status, risk, alerts, and action plan reports and communications to leaders and cross-functional colleagues.
• Participate in validation of Project phase transitions using updates on risk assessment/risk management
• Work closely with R&D team to troubleshoot and communicate formulation and process problems where necessary - ensure root cause and corrective actions are appropriate and are fully implemented.
• Develop a rapport with plant and QA managers of all company owned and co-pack facilities.
• Provide support for quality and process improvement initiatives.
• Utilize Six Sigma, Lean, and/or other continuous improvement concepts to improve quality, efficiency, and waste.
• Stay current with all key regulatory and certifying agency guidelines.
• All other duties as assigned.

TRAVEL: Estimated at 30-50% primarily to Danone NA and contract manufacturing locations.


Education and Experience:
Degree: BS in Science/Food Science/Engineering or equivalent

• 7-10+ years previous Quality Assurance experience in food manufacturing environments with emphasis on Cultured, ESL, Aseptic, Baking, and/or Dairy equipment.
• Responsibilities for overseeing quality/technical services in multiple facilities
• Experience in risk analysis (i.e. FMEA)
• HACCP/ PCQI experienced/ certified
• Experience in Product development
• Understanding of plant production systems, manufacturing equipment, GMP, SPC, sanitation, plant safety, GFSI (SQF, FSSC 22000), quality systems, and current food regulations (CFR 21 FSMA/Preventative Controls).
• Minimum level of prior or present responsibility as Quality Assurance Manager/Engineer for a food manufacturing facility

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Must be adaptable and flexible.
• Must be able to travel
• Strong Knowledge of product commercialization processes, quality and food safety systems.
• Must have technical and scientific knowledge of formulation, industrial process and equipment
• Must be collaborative, have a technical curiosity, strong troubleshooting skills, and have leadership ability
• Solid strategic skills and a demonstrated capacity to interface at all levels of a matrix organization
• Excellent verbal and written communication/presentation skills
• Ability to work independently
• Excellent record keeping/documentation skills


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

The job may require prolonged sitting and standing, bending, stooping and climbing. It will also require eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator and laboratory equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and vision (including colors) to record, prepare and communicate appropriate reports and laboratory results. It may require lifting up to 50 pounds. It may require exposure to machines, chemicals and solvents.

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About Danone North America 

Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO.  Danone North America was formed as a Public Benefit Corporation in 2017 to nourish people, communities and the world through its diverse portfolio of healthful dairy- and plant-based products, coffee creamers and beverages. Its portfolio of brands includes: Activia®, DanActive®, Danimals®, Dannon®, Danonino®, Danone®, Earthbound Farm®, Horizon Organic® premium dairy products, International Delight® coffee creamers and iced coffee, Light & Fit®, Oikos® Greek yogurt, Silk® plant-based foods and beverages, So Delicious® Dairy Free, Vega® and Wallaby® Organic. The mission of the Company is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. For more information, please visit

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

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