Fresh Cut Quality Assurance Manager

Don’t miss out on this winning combination of location, responsibility and opportunity. 

LeaderBrand Produce Ltd is looking for the right candidate to take on ownership of the Food Safety and Quality division of the LeaderBrand Fresh Cut business. Based in beautiful, sunny Gisborne, this role reports directly into the General Manager of Food Safety and Quality.

Are you experienced in Food Safety and Quality to a leadership level? The successful applicant will need to engage, motivate and work closely with all levels of the LeaderBrand Fresh Cut business to ensure that our food safety, quality, and processes are delivering safe-to-eat, high quality products for our customers and consumers. 

This is a position of responsibility, and the remuneration reflects it. The successful candidate will have significant Quality Assurance experience, as well as a proven track record of successfully implementing the principles and requirements of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have proven leadership experience in a Quality Assurance role in a Food Manufacturing environment, including being able to demonstrate strong organisation and planning skills
  • Be proficient at leading, managing and developing a high performing Quality Assurance team
  • Be able to independently assess both customer and regulatory requirements and ensure that these are both monitored and achieved through our Food Safety and Quality Systems
  • Be proficient in all aspects of Audit Management
  • Have experience supporting New Product Development trials, validations and specification development 
  • Be a natural problem solver
  • Have great communication and interpersonal skills
  • Have experience writing and formatting reports. A good level of computer literacy including competency with Word and Excel is required. Experience with SharePoint would be an advantage
  • Have completed a Food Technology or relevant Science-based Degree. 

LeaderBrand Produce Limited is a key employer in the Gisborne region and we are proud of the culture and team that we have created. We are a family business with a team culture and we are looking for a team player for this role. 

We continue to invest in our people and our facilities, and we’re focused on developing and maintaining state of the art equipment which will help us to be our best. Joining our business offers a unique opportunity to become part of the East Coast lifestyle while continuing to deliver Food Safety excellence that can be recognised nationally across the breadth of our supply chain. 

We are looking for a special candidate who can hit the ground running and help us in our ongoing focus on excellence across Food Safety and Quality. If this sounds like you, we look forward to receiving your application.

*** Please note that due to Covid-19 immigration restrictions prevent us from considering applicants outside of NZ unless they are NZ citizens.

Please send your CV and covering letter to

jude.underdown@leaderbrand.co.nz