Supply Chain Quality Specialist

Location: Marathon City, WI
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This position is responsible to oversee supplier quality compliance, to execute and document supplier approvals and conduct validations of Preventive Controls for supply chain on behalf of all plant locations.  This position acts as a liaison and representative of Marathon Cheese Corporation in the field with the conversion and purchased cheese suppliers to support the continual measures for Food Safety and Food Quality of raw material cheese.  Requisite competences include working in a professional and respectful manner, composing clear and concise communications, and having the ability to gauge supply chain risks.  While this person will report to the Procurement/Quality Manager, there is an active working relationship with the Director-Quality Control & Assurance to effectively support the Quality mission.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement Food Safety audit plans based on supply chain risk categorization
  • Coordinate and manage audit plans and logistics
  • Conduct and document supplier audits, as desktop, on-site assessments and annual scorecards, for an impartial and comprehensive benchmark for adherence to industry standards and the suitability of new suppliers and for on-going approvals
  • Obtain and record critical evidence of compliance through observation, questioning, examining documentation and records, and challenging issues
  • Provide professional communications to internal and external stakeholders to convey the evaluation and scoring of supplier program compliance in the effort to mitigate the introduction of Food Safety and Food Quality risks into Marathon Cheese plants  
  • Maintain the audit templates and administrating documentation in accordance to current regulations and maintain the associated Standard Operating Procedures or Work Instructions to support these tasks
  • Maintain register of approved suppliers for cheese, packaging and other materials
  • Obtain and evaluate supplier quality documentation to include third party certifications, guarantees, programs, etc.
  • Review supplier defects and associated holds for all locations, and facilitate the internal and external communications including active participation in routine meetings to support dispositions and financial claims resolution
  • Complete supply chain assessments for the validations of Preventive Controls and the Food Safety modernization Act (FSMA), such as Food Fraud Vulnerability
  • Prepare and present key performance indicators of compliance measures within the supply chain
  • Support internal plant programs, such as Identity Preservation, COA conformance, FSMA compliance


Bachelor's Degree in Food Science or related field is preferred.  An Associate’s Degree along with approximately ten years of industry experience will also be considered.

Job Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Effective and professional written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Routine use of logic and critical thinking to analyze complex situations, data and information
  • Strong attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and execute tasks amidst interruptions and competing demands 
  • Self starter, able to develop the role and responsibilities
  • Has knowledge of food manufacturing processes or ability to gain and apply understanding of such
  • Has knowledge of state and federal regulations and sanitary design or ability to gain and apply understanding of such
  • Carry or obtain Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certificate

Work Environment:

The job functions are performed in an office setting requiring normal safety precautions.  Regional and out-of-state travel up to 30% is a requirement of the position and requires the role to abide by safety and GMP rules, as well as perform audit duties in a manufacturing plant environment.  

Other Duties: 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.