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Leafline - Quality and Compliance Specialist

Job Description

Posted on: 
May 19, 2022

The Role

The purpose of this position is to ensure the successful quality and compliance management operations at the Cottage Grove,

MN cultivation facility. This position will play a key role in developing, implementing, and upgrading quality assurance

policies and standard operating procedures, as well as compliance, development, and implementation of HACCP

programs, product quality tracking systems, FDA standards, ingredient management programs, allergen and sanitization

management programs, product safety practices, internal and external audits, etc. This position will also ensure

compliance with all GTI corporate operating procedures, as well as applicable federal, state, county, and municipal laws,

regulations, ordinances, and regulations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supports the Quality Department and ensure all employees understand and follow all standard operating procedures

(SOPs).

  • Define, implement, and improve the Quality Management System including development of process and product

testing to ensure quality standards are met and oversee determination of finished product disposition.

  • Partner with management to lead quality initiatives that develop and maintain a high performing, scalable, and

compliant quality system.

  • Implement, maintain, and audit sanitation and quality control practices that ensure the safety and quality of cannabis

including purity and consistency.

  • Implement HACCP, allergen, and sanitization management programs.
  • Review and approve decisions about whether to investigate a cannabis product complaint and review and approve

the findings and follow-up action of any investigation performed.

  • Perform or oversee routine audits of compliance processes to assure accuracy and thoroughness of completion.
  • Participate in State regulatory compliance inspections, investigate and resolve compliance concerns, issues, or

violations.

  • Analyze facility trends to assess potential areas of continued non-compliance.
  • Publish monthly metrics focused on facility current QA/QC progress.
  • Routinely reviews monthly corporate QA/QC documentation and assures that all areas of concern are addressed

appropriately according to corporate policy and regulatory standards.

  • Write Quality SOPs or other standards as necessary.
  • Manage, train, and develop QA/QC employees to perform in a proficient manner, providing motivation through

personal example and interpersonal skills to create a cohesive unit.

  • Promote awareness and responsibility through training and regular communication throughout the facility.
  • Establish staff goals, monitor employee performance, and provide regular 1:1 performance feedback to help

employees succeed.

  • Fosters a high-performance culture through active leadership and create a strong sense of accountability within the

Quality Department.

  • Perform assigned Quality Inspections.
  • Expected to adhere to safe work practices, follow GMP and HACCP guidelines, maintain sanitary conditions and ensure

that product quality is maintained. Report to management any conditions or practices that may adversely affect

product safety, product quality or personnel safety.

  • Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you get along with customers,

clients, co-workers and management.

  • May make decisions and perform the job responsibilities of the Quality & Compliance Manager in their absence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Associate degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, or a related field required, Bachelor's Degree in Food Science,

Biology, Chemistry, or a related field preferred

  • 3+ years of regulatory compliance management including interfacing with regulators and inspectors
  • 5+ years work experience with a proven track record of building and developing QA/QC processes and systems
  • Must have the knowledge and skills required to work in a fast paced and challenging environment
  • Must be able to work variable day shifts dependent on business need
  • Knowledge of the GMP, HACCP and Environmental sanitation programs
  • Experience with SQF, ISO, GMP, ASQ, HACCP, PCQI or similar certification experience preferred
  • QMS auditor or similar certification preferred
  • Possess a strong knowledge of sanitary design, specification, and implementation of food\pharmaceutical processing

systems

  • Ability to deliver specific organizational goals and effectively develop, grow, and manage a diverse multisite team to

achieve objectives

  • Track record of engaging teams and creating a collaborative culture
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Exceptional computer skills in Microsoft® Office Suite (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word)
  • Strong detail-oriented and resourceful mindset
  • Must have a solid understanding of the Cannabis laws, rules and regulations and passion to further their understanding

and knowledge of the industry and the laws

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass all required background checks.
  • Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the cannabis industry.
  • Must possess valid driver's license.
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Must be approved by state badging agency to work in cannabis industry.

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