QA Manager

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Job Description

Position Description

Position Number

Position Title

QA Manager

Reports to (Title)

Direct line to NA Supply Chain Lead / Matrix to Global QA Lead

Business Entity

Nuseed Americas

Department /Function

Supply Chain


Woodland (Yolo County), CA



Employment Mode (FT/PT)



Qualifications, Experience, Education

· Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Biology, Plant Science or equivalent experience

· Minimum 3 years of quality assurance experience in a seed business

· Experience leading projects, preferably cross functional in nature

· Basic understanding of Plant breeding, molecular technologies and Seed Production

· Demonstrated leadership either via direct oversight or by influence across teams

· Experience working across global geographies preferred

· Spanish language skills helpful

Key Position Purpose

The QA Manager is a key point of contact for the region on all quality assurance matters in Supply Chain; responsible for ensuring the business is supported and educated to address and mitigate quality assurance risks in critical control points in a timely and proactive manner. Responsible for creating and maintaining the quality management systems and SOP’s and monitoring execution of SOPs for the regions as well as managing non-conforming issues and driving continuous improvement projects. The role will coordinate and supervise all Lab activities from harvest through final packaged product. Be responsible for carry-over quality sampling and analysis. Manage the grow out process locally and through the 3rd party quality partnerships Nuseed has globally, Responsible for providing monthly QA update to GM and Global Lead.

Key Position Dimensions:


Direct Reports (#)



Yolo County, CA

Indirect Reports (#)

Approval Levels:




Organizational Chart

Key Working Relationships



NA Supply Chain team

Third Party Producers

NA R&D teams

Accredited Seed Testing Laboratories

NA Leadership team

Third Party Suppliers

Global Supply Chain Lead


Regional QA Leads

Key Accountabilities

Measures of Success

% of Position

Parent Seed Team Support

- Manage all lab testing and growouts for parent seed and commercial.

- Coordinate and lead field inspection and isolation program during field season for Parent and Commercial.

- Manager all carry over and new crop inventory to be up to date with testing requirements.

- Support parent seed cage team with rouging and additional cage activities

- Manage grow outs for Argentina and Contra in West Sacramento nursery, from planting, inspecting and delivering results.

· Successful and timely sampling of the seed crop through the season

· Test reports

· SMP QA dashboard is current

· No commercial lots are released without QA approval


Support Responsibilities

- Support customer service with complaint investigations.

- Maintain good relationships with 3rd parties who oversee operations during processing season.

- Support the Nutritional team with QA data.

- Future support for the Carinata team with QA activities.

- Manage all Calibration’s for internal lab equipment.

· Samples drawn, analysed, reported, logged and stored for retention


People Oversight

- Hire, train and develop staff. Provide coaching and mentorship to ensure team remains engaged, motivated and is ready to take on more responsibility over time.

- Manage relationship with temporary labor agencies and oversee the daily responsibilities of the temp labor staff during peak season.

- Coordinate and deliver QA training across the region as required.


Provide monthly QA updates to General Manager and Global QA Lead

QA governance on QMS, SMP, NDR’s, CPA’s and SOP’s.

· Regional QA monthly report delivered timely

· QA and NDR dashboards current and accurate


The incumbent can expect to be allocated duties, not specifically mentioned in this document, but within the capacity, qualifications & experience normally expected from persons occupying positions at this classification.

Competencies Required:

All employees and contractors must:

  • Demonstrate the Nufarm RARE values, and
  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone

Behavioural Competency

Proficiency Level

Technical Competency

Proficiency Level

Action Oriented – Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.

Collaborates – building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

Communicates Effectively - Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Manages Complexity – Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems

Directs Work – Provides direction, delegates and removes obstacles to get work done.

Optimizes Work Processes – knows the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.

Balances Stakeholders – Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple stakeholders

The Company will make reasonable accommodations to individuals with known disabilities who are able to perform the essential functions of their jobs with or without such accommodations, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company’s operations. Individuals requiring accommodation should speak to the Company’s Human Resources Department concerning their needs.

Business Case:

Currently we have a need to identify a more senior Parent Seed and Production Research collaborator to lead both programs in North America.

As there will be more complexity, volume and fast pipeline introduction, we need someone with the understanding of the global impact of decisions made on crops that will work closely with R&D and be prepared to support the business growth with efficiency and maximized quality.

Sunflower will have a significant number of products coming from the sunflower trait introgression program that will give Nuseed the competitive advantage and fast growth in the market place.

As sunflower sales volumes in Europe are expected to grow over 20% yoy, it requires higher production plans (plan is to cover coming 3 years) to have flexibility on selling the portfolio as well as reacting to market opportunities.

The pre-positioning strategy of parent seed in the production regions will enable the quality to remain within expected specification for longer lead time, minimizing obsolescence prior to being used. The regions currently have conditioned warehouse which will enable quality control management.

The other big opportunity is the Omega 3 program that will have a number of products that will require coordination of quality of seeds and oil together with the volume required to be produced by our farmer customers and be crushed to fulfil the needs of Chile market and others in the near future.

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