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Co-Manufacturing Manager

Job Title:

Co-Manufacturing Manager


Joplin, MO



Job Description:


 Quality Assurance:

Improve product quality with focus on safety and performance verses key competitors. Assist in creating and establishing Blue Buffalo’s product quality procedures, analyze co-manufactures quality systems, identify gaps, develop procedures to close gaps, evaluate production runs, and maintain a robust reporting & tracking process. Elevate focus on particular microbial (Salmonella) and contaminants (Melamine). Assist in the completing of BLUE Operations manual and enforce compliance with all co-manufacturers. Responsible for the execution and maintenance of a quality assurance program to assure adherence to company product quality standards. Monitor Product safety systems to include microbiological and environmental programs. Conduct regular inspections of manufacturing production facilities, monitor production runs, and laboratory analysis to assure label guarantees are met. Provide support to project management; oversee commissioning of products with manufacturing and subsequent hand-off of products to production. Understand and assist in meeting company goals for product concept, packaging, financial, processing and marketing objectives. Provide assistance in the selection of manufacturing producers and evaluation of their potential for product production. Participate in product reviews / cutting of all products to stimulate awareness and product knowledge. Participate in root cause analysis around customer complaints at the operational level.


  Product Supply:

Assist in efforts to standardize formulas, to the degree possible, to achieve manufacturing efficiencies without sacrificing product performance and pet parent expectations. Optimize formulations for cost & manufacturing efficiencies. Identify ingredient changes opportunities for enhanced savings, performance and/ or supply. Conduct regular formulation reviews, monitor changes in ingredient pricing and effects upon product costs to assure that profit and quality goals are met. Lead in-plant efforts to start-up and commission new co-packers. Enforce Kibble & Bit specs through co-packer network. Provide in-plant leadership for all commercialization efforts (ie. new and improved products cost saving opportunities, yield reporting and adherence, etc.). Provide in-plant leadership to the adherence of plant service, quality & cost objectives (ie. 98.5% schedule attainment, yield objectives, packaging and shipping parameters, etc.) Manages (PPM) within their region.


- Min 3 - 5 year’s industry knowledge

- Experience with frequent interactions with co-manufacturing companies, suppliers & external influencers.

- Responsible for monthly reporting on in-plant improvements and departmental budget.

- Proven track record of facilitating multiple locations

- Ability to work remotely with flexible travel capabilities (70-80%)

- Must have a valid driver’s license

- Must be on call for issues 24/7 



Detail orientated, good computer skills, able to prioritize multiple projects.

SAP experience preferred

Great People skills



 - College or technical training preferred or equivalent

Job Requirements:

This position will assist/lead Blue Buffalo’s in-plant quality assurance and nutrition efforts, assuring all specification and standards are met by our co-manufacturers.  Secondarily, this position will lead Blue Buffalo’s in-plant product supply efforts, assuring the Service, Quality & Cost commitments are achieved.  This position is a key Operational team member assuring in-plant execution of key manufacturing commitments.  Some of these commitments are: assisting in developing and improving product formulations, qualifying and commissioning new co-packers, standardizing & optimizing formulas, establishing and maintaining quality assurance product standards and food safety protocols, achieving service commitments, work in-plant processes to improve value / reduce cost.    

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