We are fortunate enough to live in a time where our options in terms of work is varied and plentiful. Although we do have a problem with unemployment around the world, compared to a few decades ago, today there are a lot more skills and expertise that is needed. Educational qualifications and a stint training in the chosen industry is necessary in most fields. When it comes to food organisations, there is always a Quality Assurance department that is setup as it is mandatory, and someone who is in charge of this department is a QA Manager or Head of QA. Whichever of these it is, if you have an interest in the subject, here are a few things to bear in mind.
YOUR PURPOSE
Before you try to get into the job right away, it would be a good idea to understand why a QA department is needed, and what their purpose is in a food company. The goal is quite simple really; to ensure that all products leaving the building are fresh, in compliance with all regulatory laws and protocols, and safe for consumption. It is their responsibility to ensure that everything is up to par down to flavour, and any other claims the company may make such as 100% fat-free and so on. If any of these fail, the company could lose its right to conduct business, and in some cases may even have to close down.
TRAINING
This is relevant to an organisation actually, as the manager of a department is anyway responsible for the training process of all new employees. It is important that when it comes to an area as sensitive as QA, you drive into them just how important their job role will be, and the risks the company would have if they are found to be non-compliant with stipulated laws. You need to also guide them through the properties of each type of product you could be dealing with, as if for example you leave fruits out for too long, they will perish easily.
DEVELOPMENT
Aside from the above, a QA manager is also responsible for the constant monitoring and development of a product. There is always room for improvement, and from time to time they will be required to assess the current product and make improvements either to its packaging or to the product itself, or both. Amendments in taste, nutrition and so on provides them with an opportunity to also launch a marketing campaign that will be help boost awareness and sales. When working at a food company, you should be extra careful as the laws surrounding the business are stringent.
WHAT YOU NEEDAs mentioned above, any job these days requires you to have a suitable educational qualification as well as sufficient experience in a similar role. If you have neither, you could join as an intern and then look to make your way up although as the role does not pay, it can be a little rough to handle especially if you are on your own. Why not speak to a few companies and find out what they are after, so you can get understanding of whether you are a good fit for the company.