Quality Assurance Manager

Vermont Smoke & Cure Meat Sticks

Competitive Pay and Great Benefits, Including Paid Time Off, Healthcare & 401k 

Our team members are the heart of our organization, and we are proud to work with quality-minded, neighborly, respectful people who do things The Vermont Way. 

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We're on the lookout for a dynamic Quality Assurance Manager to join our team and play a pivotal role in ensuring our commitment to exceptional standards. As a Quality Assurance Manager with Vermont Smoke and Cure, you'll spearhead efforts to enhance our processes and elevate the quality of our products.

The role of the Quality Assurance Manager includes overseeing the quality assurance function by coordinating programs and initiatives at Vermont Smoke & Cure. This position implements and enforces policies to ensure adherence to established quality standards in manufacturing products and processes. They are actively engaged in the development, execution, and management of quality management systems, with an eye on monitoring advancements towards strategic quality objectives. This role is dedicated to driving continuous improvement in processes and products.

Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Hinesburg, VT
Shifts: Monday to Friday
Schedule: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Status: Exempt / Salary
Reports To: Director of Operations
Manages: Quality Technician(s) and Sanitation Team
Department: Quality Assurance


401k *with company match Dental insurance
Disability insurance Flexible spending account
Health insurance Paid time off
Vision insurance Bonuses

Why This is a Great Job...

Essential Functions:

  • Guide the development of quality assurance capabilities by providing regular observation and constructive feedback, conducting annual reviews, and facilitating growth planning initiatives.
  • Provide real time leadership to Operations in matters of Food Safety and Food Quality.
  • Drive a culture of quality at VSC by leading by example and following QMS standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Hold non-conforming products and equipment and create records of non-conforming products and/or equipment.
  • Interface with auditors, customers, or other reviewers of VSC’s compliance to standards.
  • Owner of pre-requisite programs.
  • Cross-Functional Leader of Qualification and Verification projects for new products, equipment, and processes.
  • Conduct audits in GMP compliance and facility condition, perform trending and recommendations for improvement.
  • Perform record review, data entry, and analysis of batch records and process monitoring records.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Sanitation Program by performing operational and environmental monitoring of processing areas and tools, including microbiological and ATP sampling and analysis. Monitor trends and lead corrective action.
  • Facilitate VSC training program in compliance with company policies and procedures of VSC’s Food Safety and Quality systems.
  • Develop and maintain procedures associated with the Food Safety and Quality systems, including HACCP Plans, Pre-Requisite Programs, and supporting documentation.
  • Contributes as a member in the company’s HACCP, Food Defense, and Crisis Management Teams.
  • Lead investigations in matters of Operational non-conformances, Customer Complaints, and other non-compliances.
  • Perform analytical and microbiological sampling and testing of ingredients, process, and finished products.
  • Work inter-departmentally and with external resources determine root causes of problems, develop corrective action plans, and communicate recommendations for improvement.
  • Lead quality improvement projects and programs aimed at reducing process variability, more valuable specifications, and greater operational efficiency.
  • Develops and leads qualified personnel within the Quality Assurance and Sanitation departments.
  • Perform as the SQF Practitioner.
  • Follow QMS standards, policies, and procedures.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry or related scientific field.
  • Education, training and/or experience with Food Safety, HACCP, SQF, sanitation (SSOP & GMP) and/or other food safety systems and Quality Assurance process improvement skills required.
  • Experience with HACCP plan design, evaluation, documentation & training required.
  • Experience with interacting with third-party auditors for SQF Level III inspections.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Quality Assurance, food manufacturing preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a leadership role.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).


  • Excellent analytical skills to identify trends, analyze data, and make data-driven decisions
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accuracy in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and communicate quality requirements
  • Strong problem-solving skills to identify root causes of quality issues and implement effective corrective actions
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team to achieve quality objectives
  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently with a self-directed approach, ensuring efficient and effective contributions to tasks and projects.

        Interested in joining our team? Email your resumé. Don’t have a resumé? Call (802) 482-4888 or submit our form. Someone from our hiring department will be in contact shortly!

        Vermont Smoke & Cure is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/Vet/Disability. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. Additionally, Vermont Smoke & Cure values the service Veterans and their family members have given to our country. We support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.

        VSC offers reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities throughout the hiring process. If you need assistance during the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, please contact VSC at 802-482-4666.

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