Riviana Foods Quality Assurance Manager in St. Louis, Missouri


Develop, implement and manage all Quality Assurance/Control programs to ensure continuous production/service, consistent with established standards, and insuring compliance with all state and local regulatory requirements. Manage the Quality Control Department consisting of a Sanitation Supervisor, QA Coordinator/Sanitarian Staff in a 24 hour – 7 days a week production environment with weekend production as needed. Direct and supervise the development, implementation and administration of Sanitation programs and activities in all phases of the plant.


  • Thorough understanding of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) requirements, providing system maintenance, updates and ensuring implementation of the existing Safe Quality Food (SQF) program:

  • Food Safety (HACCP) Program

  • Food Quality Program

  • Sanitation Program

  • GMP’s

  • Training

  • Managing Audits (Internal and External)

  • Manage the development and analysis of statistical data and specifications to determine present standards and establish proposed quality and reliability expectancy of finished product.

  • Formulate and maintain quality control objectives, and coordinate objectives with production procedures to maximize quality and reliability and to minimize costs.

  • Develop methods/procedures and systems to ensure compliance with Company and Federal specifications.

  • Direct product quality surveillance of manufacturing areas and the physical inspection of all incoming and outgoing transportation vehicles for sanitary condition.

  • Develop and implement sanitation and microbiological inspection programs including incoming raw material and packaging material inspections.

  • Create implement and manage a robust Environmental Monitoring Program.

  • Train and implement quality assurance/control philosophy to key personnel within Company. Emphasis on Process Control for operations to be aligned with Quality and Production.

  • Supervise quality assurance/control personnel to ensure high productivity and high technical integrity.

  • Plan, promote and organize training activities related to quality and reliability.

  • Maintain active role on internal Continuous Improvement teams.

  • Thorough understanding in Pest Control and Pest Management with ability to work closely and manage 3rd party Pest Control companies.

  • Develop and maintain department budget and manage costs throughout the year.



  • B.S. Microbiology, Food Science, chemistry or related field

  • Equivalent combination of education and related experience considered.

Prior Work Experience

  • Minimum seven (7) years QA/QC in food industry

  • Minimum two (2) years supervisory/management

  • Developing/documenting procedures

  • Lean manufacturing techniques

  • Use of Quality Engineering methods in inspection

  • Computer proficiency

Certificates and / or licenses

  • SQF Practitioner Certified or ability to become certified within a year


  • Quality orientation and high attention to detail

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Experience working with high performance teams

  • Problem analysis and problem resolution skills

  • Daily walking/standing 75% of the time

  • Climbing ladders 15-20’

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

  • Occasional travel required

Equipment Used:

  • Lab Equipment – Scales, moisture analyzers, color meters, data collection software preferably SAP QM.

Working Conditions:

  • Daily exposure to dust and hot/humid conditions

  • Non air conditioned processing environment with moderate/loud noise levels as required.


  • QA Manager is responsible for all Plant Product Quality, Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance.

  • As an employee of Riviana you share in the responsibility for producing a food product that meets established specifications of the highest quality and is safe and wholesome.

  • It is the QA Manager’s responsibility to immediately report any incident or situation that may compromise any of the above factors or issues to the Plant Manager.

  • In the event of the QA Managers absence, responsibility of Quality Assurance & Food Safety is designated to the Plant Manager with an indirect line of support to the Senior Director of Quality.


Riviana offers a competitive compensation program and benefits packaging including: medical/dental, paid holidays and vacations, life insurance, 401(k) with match, Flexible Spending Accounts and much more!

Riviana Foods Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, military/veteran status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, citizenship where legally permitted to work, or any other protected category under federal, state or local law, regulation or ordinance. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations.

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