Kinsa is representing a quality leader who has a passion for developing and implementing process initiatives for improving quality, compliance, and consumer experience for multinational companies. She leads cross-functionally in developing and building capabilities that drive innovation for multi-plant operations.

She displays strong leadership and team management skills building high-performing teams, transforming quality organization, and driving disciplined processes from strategic planning to flawless execution. Utilizes Six Sigma, Lean, and/or other continuous improvement concepts to improve quality, efficiency, and waste.

She has lead product development process for CPG organizations, most recently with a focus on beverages. Driving compliance in the company stage-gate process specifically for R&D, Quality, and Food Safety requirements.

Her Highlighted Accomplishments:

– End to end innovation and commercialization of products: Coffee, Tea, Sparkling Water, 100% Juice, Juice Drinks, Energy Drinks, Coffee & Cream Liqueur.
– Lead and Coordinate all regulatory agency inspections/interfaces and provide documentation of same including dealing with FDA, Merieux (Silliker), SGS, UL, Bureau Veritas and Intertek agencies.

– Improved beverage product quality by implementing water treatment systems across multiple plants (RO, DI). Created guidelines to improve and manage compliance across 12 manufacturing plants.
– Exceed company goals by improving Consumer and Customer complaints by 25% annually by tracking/trending data and identifying and implementing continuous improvement strategies
– Established robust review and updating process for Quality Management Systems to ensure compliance to company requirements.
– Created and implemented commercialization process by managing and linking all cross-functional team members needed to commercialize new projects.
– Created COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines for Crisis Management Program for manufacturing.
– Evaluated product formulations, processes and packaging for cost savings opportunities and successfully completed projects to capture $1MM in savings per year.
– Improved stage/gate process by improving efficiency and robust documentation of key decisions.
– Created an innovative process to gain insights on industry developments and market trends by leveraging ingredient supplier capabilities and knowledge.
– Managed strategy for Supplier Selection Project combined with product reformulation, resulting in 50% reduction in supplier base and improved product quality, saving $4MM per year.

Education: BS Food Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Location: Atlanta, Georgia metro area ideally (experienced with nationwide travel)

Compensation: Open in the mid-$100,000’s ($140-170k)

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Meet Your Recruiter

Laurie Hyllberg

Vice President at Kinsa Group and Executive Recruiter. Laurie champions Kinsa’s position as the top food and beverage recruiting firm in the nation and presence in the global FMCG marketplace. To her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Business Management and Marketing she adds 20 years of executive search experience in the food and beverage industry at Kinsa Group. Building a network of executives and professionals through membership in the Women’s Foodservice Forum, Institute of Food Technologists, FaB Wisconsin, Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network, and maintaining professional expertise in recruiting as an Executive Board Member for the Recruiters Of Wisconsin association, Laurie is able to connect top talent in the food industry with food and beverage processors and food service companies growing their teams at the C-Suite, VP, Director, and Management level. Connect with Laurie today!
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