Post Holdings Quality Food Scientist - Battle Creek, MI in Battle Creek, Michigan

Provide technical quality support to QA, Operations, Product Development with emphasis on continuous improvement, consumer/customer requirements, and continuous product quality. Act as official back-up for Plant Quality Manager. Support, implement, and maintain food safety practices as required through SQF. Responsible for completing job duties in a manner that supports all plant safety, food safety, quality, and environmental practices.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  1. Coordinate, perform, and write work instruction for audits and test methodologies on finished and intermediate products, ingredients, and systems as requested.

  2. Conduct consumer and customer complaint investigations and report findings to consumer affairs group.

  3. Develop and conduct Quality function training for assigned Plants.

  4. Manage plant QA databases to provide data and reports. Utilize data to assist in the product improvement initiatives.

  5. Support the Plant Quality Assurance Manager in planning plant quality systems, procedures and methodologies to meet internal and external customer expectations.

  6. Interact with ingredient vendors by providing information and insight into non-compliant ingredient occurrences to track costs and assist in corrective action procedures.

  7. Provide training to QA Techs in lab methodologies. Acts as a Power-user in all data bases to initiate changes with IT and provide training and tools for QA Techs.

  8. Coordinate interaction with outside lab equipment, supplies, and quality service vendors to review new and innovative quality product and services.

  9. Analyze noncompliance trends for assigned plants and develop improvement plans in conjunction with Plant Quality Assurance Manager and Operations Management.

  10. Back up Plant Quality Assurance Manager in their absence.

Job Requirements:


4 years college degree in Food Science or the Biological and Chemical Sciences required.


Minimum of 3-5 years food product experience required preferably as a QA Technician or Quality Supervisor. Knowledge of manufacturing processes, GMPs, food safety, GLPs, statistics and lab techniques required.


This individual must possess excellent organizational and problem solving skills, the ability to work with a PC and have demonstrated math/statistical computation skills. Knowledge of SPC; the ability to work safely with chemicals, as well as, in and around equipment; the ability to compile, analyze and present collected data in summary form as well as being capable of performing a variety of tests.

Must be able to communicate technical, scientific, and regulatory information, both written and verbally. Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to make presentations, facilitate meetings, probe for root cause, and provide training to various groups within the organization and have knowledge of quality problem solving tools.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.