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Brown-Forman Quality Assurance Manager in Finland

Brown Forman Finland (BFF) was founded November 2013 when Finlandia Vodka Worldwide sold its assets to newly established Finnish jurisdiction. BFF is part of American Brown-Forman Corporation and the company’s seat is in Finland. BFF owns Finland Vodka tradename and as part of B-F group develops the Finlandia Vodka trademark and overseas operations & projects related to the Finlandia production process. BFF deliveries and controls the order and delivery process. BFF manages plants in Finland, Latvia and Estonia via third party co-packing and logistic partners. In Finland payroll there are teams from region, brand, finance and production; meaning that BFF has sales, marketing, brand and product development and external manufacturing activities in its books.

Brown-Forman is responsible for the worldwide sales and marketing of Finlandia Vodka. The financial period of the company runs from May 1 to April 30.

Scope: Responsible for overseeing and managing quality of Finlandia vodka products produced by Co-Packer Altia Plc. Establish and build strong professional relationships with the Co-Packers and all material suppliers for products produced by the Co-Packer to Brown-Forman. Establish annual improvement metrics in order to ensure that all Brown-Forman products produced and shipped by the Co-Packer comply with agreed specifications and tolerances. Have readiness to support and coordinate quality, operations management, and packaging related projects and initiatives made for Brown-Forman at the Co-Packer.

Basic Function: Manage the quality at the Co-Packer (Altia Plc). Provide direction and support to the Co-Packer in projects related to new products, line extensions or packaging materials. Ensure compliance with European Food and Drink standards including all applicable legislation and guidelines.

Responsibilities:

Co-Packer Quality Management:

  • Ensure the Co-Packer adheres to the product and package specifications as well as quality standards provided by the Co-Packer Manual and Quality Systems Manual. Provide revisions and updates to the Co-Packer Quality Manual.

  • Conduct Quality Systems and Hygiene and Sanitation Audits at the Co-Packer once a year.

  • Monitor the overall quality of Finlandia Vodka products on a continuous basis, provide support in resolving quality issues and initiate improvements through:

  • Quality KPI metrics

  • Monthly Quality Meetings with Altia Quality Managers and Packaging Engineer with review of non-conformance reports, reclamations and improvement plans.

  • Monthly Finished Package Quality Audits at Logistics Centre.

  • Participation in Altia/BFF/vendor meetings

  • Projects and initiatives related to new packages or packaging materials:

  • Manage the Co-Packer in new package projects or packaging material change initiatives.

  • Coordinate with B-F Packaging related to any technical packaging material changes initiated by Altia or the vendors.

New Product and Line extension introductions:

  • Collaborate with R&D and other project team members in new introductions, assess capabilities with regard to quality.

Technical liaison:

  • Act as a liaison between the Co-Packer (Altia Plc), BF R&D, Engineering, QA and Packaging.

Quality Records:

  • Make sure Co-Packer maintains appropriate records.

Sensory and Analytical Control – Laboratory Capabilities:

  • Ensure Co-Packer is trained in BF sensory and analytical methods. Ensure that their equipment is able to meet BF specification and calibration program and that benchmark testing is in place.

Process Control:

  • Ensure Co-Packers production site subscribe to generally accepted Good Manufacturing Processes and meet food standards and applicable country specific regulations.

Supplier Management:

  • Ensure Co-Packer communicates complaints. Follow-up on vendor complaints and, as required, ensure that corrective actions are taken and adhered to.

Other responsibilities:

  • Coordinate Finlandia Vodka Kosher certificate process

  • Manage and coordinate counterfeit suspect sample analyses.

  • Consult with local authority Valvira on any specific questions on labeling and packaging marking of products produced in Finland

  • Keep BFF Product Certificates file updated with any new products

Ideal Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Chemistry, Business or similar discipline or equivalent experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in production or quality management.

  • Works well independently with limited supervision from manager.

  • Ability to attend to the details coupled with ability to see what is essential.

  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively with a diversity of people both with local and multinational operations.

  • Ability to communicate and interact smoothly with people at all levels of different organizations.

  • Self-motivated, fast-learning, with good general knowledge – able to liaise on matters involving chemistry and packaging technology.

  • Experience in project management.

  • Fluent in Finnish and English.

  • Willing to travel within Europe.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Master degree or equivalent experience

  • Strong Quality Management skills including Quality Auditing

  • Experience in the food/beverage manufacturing industry with technical and operational understanding of beverage alcohol production processes.

  • Knowledge of the Good Manufacturing Practice and sanitation rules

  • Knowledge of EU spirit drinks regulations

If you have any questions please feel free to email William Murray (European Recruiter) at william_murray@b-f.com and the deadline for applications is the 6th May. We look forward to receiving your applications.

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Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

Business Area: Global Production

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Country: FIN

Req ID: JR-00000341

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