Manager Vendor Assurance (Caldwell, ID)

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


Manage, develop, implement, and maintain the vendor Assurance systems program to ensure that the items purchase by the company is complying with Simplot, regulatory and customer standards. This position is partnering with our suppliers of ingredients, materials, finished goods and services to provide safe and consistent quality products for our customers. Ensure best practice approach to vendor QA and create, maintain consistent and continuously improve approach and outcomes across suppliers. Vendor program applies purchase ingredient and finished product.


Key Responsibilities

  • Manage a robust Vendor Quality assurance program bases across the lifecycle of on- boarding, risk assessment, auditing, approval, and issue escalation. Ensures that the program meet all relevant regulatory, customer and Simplot standards. 
  • Establishes policies, procedures, and training for plant personnel to ensure production methods, product quality and product safety meets requirements.
  • Reduce food safety and quality risk through audit compliance and product monitoring. Verify through auditing the facilities and product evaluations that products are consistently in compliance to standards. Ensure that the supplier is measuring and monitoring their quality and food safety appropriately and they have the appropriate capability and management principles in place. Responsible for developing, monitoring, and improving measurement system to ensure that the copacker JV’s performance meets product performance and safety requirements.
  • Responsible for developing, monitoring, and improving measurement system to ensure that the copacker JV’s performance meets product performance and safety requirements. 
  • Collaborate closely with purchasing, marketing, manager of supply chain food safety and suppliers to address and resolve product performance issues. Work with supplier to improve performance with appropriate corrective actions.
  • Ensure the uniform and timely use of the complaint resolution system (CAR) so that customer complaints are addressed promptly, recorded for project prioritization and permanent resolution.      

Typical Education

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Relevant Experience

5+ years related experience and/or training

Required Certifications

  • Food Science qualification or equivalent
  • HACCP Certified
  • Certified food safety and quality auditor
  • Adulteration Vulnerability assessment training FSPCA

Other Information

  • Knowledge of Quality and Food safety requirement for all purchased products
  • Auditing experience /certification
  • A technical knowledge of importing and biosecurity requirements
  • Understanding of all FSMA and governmental compliance standards
  • Excellent collaboration and relationship building skills.
  • Technical understanding of GFSI global standards and food codes
  • Technical understanding of USDA standards
  • Growth mindset for seeking innovative and collaborative solutions to meet both customer, Simplot and customer needs.

Job Requisition ID: 15556

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Location(s): FG Tech Center R&D - Caldwell 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. **