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Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager, Simple Mills, Chicago, IL

Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager

Company Description

Simple Mills is a rapidly-growing Chicago-based food company that is transforming the supermarket shelves. We believe that when you eat better, you feel better. But sometimes making meals of real, whole-foods is far too complicated for everyday life. We are passionate about providing consumers with products made of simple, nutrient-rich ingredients that taste absolutely amazing. Today, we produce 8 varieties of almond flour baking mixes, and offer 4 grab-and-go crackers and 2 ready-to-spread cake frostings.

In our company’s short history, we’ve gained instant consumer acceptance and tremendous momentum in the marketplace. A few highlights include:

  • Our mixes are #1 in natural channels for dollar sales per point of distribution and unit sales per point of distribution, and our crackers are a top-seller on
  • We are the #3 largest natural baking mix brand and the #4 largest natural cracker brand
  • We have retail distribution in over 5,000 stores nationwide including Whole Foods, Mariano’s, Treasure Island, Sprouts and Target
  • We have been endorsed by top magazines, bloggers and associations in the natural food space

Role Description

This is a full-time, exempt, benefited position within the Simple Mills’ operations team. The Quality Assurance & Compliance Manager will be a critical role in helping to scale Simple Mills from a functional perspective, serving as the voice, eyes and ears of Simple Mills’ quality. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Owning documentation and spec management for all raw materials, including:

–      CoA review and management for each new shipment

–      Gathering certification updates as needed to keep raw material documentation database current

  • Establishing QA/QC controls, specs and quality/safety procedures for all new products
  • Overseeing ongoing shelf life and other testing across product lines
  • Managing quality-related issues across our product lines, which would include:

–      Documenting issues

–      Determining severity / level of impact and escalating as needed

–      Owning issue follow-ups and ensuring appropriate due diligence is conducted on each issue / trend

  • Leading continuous quality and process improvement efforts across our product lines
  • Holding our supply chain partners accountable for delivering to spec and helping Simple Mills achieve its quality goals
  • Auditing supply chain partners on a regular basis to ensure quality and compliance, and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Owning Food Safety Plan development and maintenance for all product lines
  • Working with the VP of Operations to structure and define a formal “Simple Mills Quality Assurance Program” based on competitor and industry best practices
  • Testing new ingredients and packaging to ensure Simple Mills quality standards are met, and supporting Operations team with ingredients ordering as needed

Position Requirements

·       Bachelor‘s Degree or equivalent experience in operations, supply chain management or a food-safety related field

·       At least 7 years‘ experience in the food manufacturing industry, with at least 5 of those years‘ worth of plant floor and/or quality lab experience, mixed with leadership/operations management roles at the corporate level

·       Experience with several companies’ quality management systems is a major plus

·       Experience with managing food product certifications such as Non-GMO, Kosher, Gluten-Free, Organic, Fair-Trade, etc., in addition to managing certifications of co-mans, raw material suppliers, etc.

·       FSMA PCQI qualification and a detailed understanding of FDA guidelines and regulations

·       Detailed understanding of GMP and HACCP programs, in addition to familiarity with all of the major quality certification programs, such as BRC, SQF, ISO, etc.

·       Ability to travel to co-mans and raw material suppliers to audit/inspect and troubleshoot as needed

·       Support defining and establishing of all specs for new products with our co-mans

·       Exceptional organizational and process-improvement skills, and excellent attention to detail

·       Strong multi-tasker with a proven ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment

·       Ability to self-audit and audit others – this includes the ability to discern issues, know how to uncover those issues and be proactive in anticipating said issues

·       Ability to professionally hold others accountable and maintain excellent working relationships with suppliers, co-mans, employees and other business partners

·       Strong leadership, teaching and mentoring skills

·       Intermediate PowerPoint, and strong Excel skills (ability to structure and analyze data, manipulate pivot tables, create trackers, and utilize basic functions)

·       Ability to complete other projects as assigned and needed

Benefits of Working at Simple Mills:

  • Make a huge impact as a key member of an emerging brand that’s changing the way we eat and facing explosive growth
  • Our team is very small with everyone wearing many different hats. We’re all passionate about healthy, tasty food, and delivering Simple Mills products into everyone’s hands!
  • Delicious, healthy food everywhere you look!
  • Compensation will be competitive for the ideal candidate
  • Company-paid employee healthcare, dental, vision and disability premiums, and a 401-k Plan
  • Performance-based annual bonus structure

How to Apply:

The position is for an immediate start in Chicago, IL. Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Jenna Laughter at In the cover letter, candidates should comment on why he/she wants to join Simple Mills, any relevant skills for the position and two food brands he/she admires most (and why). Also, candidates should address the question: “Why is quality important in the food industry?”

November General Meeting 🗓 🗺

Wednesday, November 9th


Effective Scoping and Execution of Business Process Efforts in Major System Implementations


White Eagle Banquets
6839 Milwaukee Ave
Niles IL 60714
(847) 647-0660


  • Pre-Dinner Session: ~ 6.00pm
  • Dinner: ~ 7.00pm
  • Post Dinner Session: ~ 8.00pm
  • Adjourn: ~ 9.00pm

Dinner menu:

Chicken breast limone
Broccoli, carrots & cauliflower
Roasted Red potatoes
Dessert – Dark Chocolate mousse

Effective Scoping and Execution of BPI Efforts in a Major System Implementation

Business process redesign and improvement in the context of implementing a packaged application / ERP Solution: How to leverage the Process Classification Framework to scope and estimate the relative effort of process redesign work.

Our client, a prominent voluntary benefits insurance provider was undertaking a major transformational initiative to replace their policy administration system which serves as the underpinning to many critical business processes across their enterprise.  When laying out the implementation plan it became clear that there was a gap in estimation and planning around required business process re-design work.  The executive leadership team was very concerned that the business was not simply “re-paving the cow-path” and porting potentially broken or non-optimized business processes onto their new technical platform.

Centric engaged the Client’s PMO team and leveraged APQC’s PCF to identify key process areas that would be impacted and the degree or level (e.g., level 4, and level 5) to which processes needed to be re-designed.  This initial process inventory served as the foundation for our estimation efforts in which we estimated the level of effort in hours for each level 4 and 5 process that needed to be redesigned and required future state documentation. One of the most significant outcomes of this estimation efforts was that we had rational, objective estimates tied to a defined inventory of level 4 and 5 process areas that needed work.  This was coupled with a rational bottom up estimate of the activities and work required to complete an average level 4 and 5 process redesign. Great objective justification to understand the scale of business process redesign work that was initially missed.

Finally, we would like to focus on the nuances of doing business process design in the context of system implementation work.  Most significantly, in this type of design work, we are starting with an understanding of the existing out-of-the box system interaction diagrams and work-flows and then doing current state analysis and more importantly, future state design within the constraints of technology solution.


25590c1Mark Buchynski leads Centric’s Business Consulting Practice in Chicago.  He is an energetic, results-driven, executive with 20+ years of professional experience working hands-on with fortune 500 corporations, growth organizations and start-ups in addressing their critical business priorities. Mark specializes in helping organizations build-out their process capabilities and transform their operations.

Mark has led many business consulting initiatives by focusing on critical drivers of initiative adoption: effective expectation setting, communication management, stakeholder engagement, organizational collaboration and consensus building.

Registration is Closed

Cost for Dinner is: $30.00

Remember, anyone can attend the meeting at no charge. There is a charge to have dinner.

James Persaud
Vice Chair Programs

Quality Control Inspector – Level II, Deublin Company, Waukegan, IL

Quality Control Inspector – Level II

Reports to Quality Supervisor

Deublin Company is a leading global manufacturer of Rotating Unions – a mechanical device that allows transfer of pressurized fluid from a stationary source into rotating machinery for heating, cooling or transfer of fluid power. Our modern, air conditioned manufacturing facility utilizes state of the art multi axis machine tools to produce our parts in a lean manufacturing environment.

Position Overview: The Quality Control Inspector – Level 2 performs duties to inspect products and component parts to ensure conformance and to allow deviations to print/standards, ensures gaging being used by quality and provided to production is calibrated and properly set up for use, and records inspection records per established standards and procedures.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform first piece and sample inspection of production and purchased parts, and outside services to print/standards to ensure conformance; including but not limited to incoming materials, processed parts and component parts.
  • Complete first article inspections on production and purchased parts, outside services, and final assemblies to print/standards to ensure conformance.
  • Read and understand blueprints, engineering and workmanship standards, and quality procedures to perform job duties.
  • Set-up and use a variety of precision measuring equipment.
  • Ensure gaging being used is current on calibration.
  • Supply machine set up personnel with gages necessary to check work.
  • Ensure gaging is returned to the proper location when not in use.
  • Ensure parts are labeled with the correct part number and labeled and/or located correctly as to current status: accepted, nonconforming, or rejected.
  • Ensure quality approval on part routings and/or packing slips are properly documented.
  • Understand outside manufacturing operations; including but not limited to heat-treating, plating, anodizing, coating, grinding, gun drilling, welding, etc.
  • Understand material specifications and properties.
  • Halt manufacturing when unacceptable product discrepancies are found.
  • Maintain and generate a variety of inspection records/reports as required.
  • Request corrective action and/or problem solving to group leader/supervisor as required.
  • Ability to use shop computer stations to perform job tasks such as: review drawings, procedures/work instructions, deviations, and engineering change orders, document product inspection and nonconformance records, and read/compose e-mail.
  • Work with Tooling Engineering, Engineering, Purchasing, and Production as required.
  • Understand and follow the established standards, procedures, and/or standardized work for each job duty.
  • Understand and follow quality department guidelines.
  • Allow production and purchase part deviations to prints/standards. Work with Engineering to request deviations and engineering changes orders as required.
  • Review part manufacturing routings; verify dimensional controls necessary for future operations are acceptable and that the sequence is occurring in the correct order. Work with Production Control to address problems as required.
  • Train operators and set up personnel, as required, on gage usage and how to properly inspect parts.
  • Operate and run established programs on the Coordinate Measuring Machine.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram, or pictorial form.

Education and/or Experience: Three to five years related experience and/or training. American Society of Quality Certified Inspector.

Deublin Company is easily accessible from I-94 and Route 137 and offers competitive compensation, a fantastic profit sharing retirement plan, and other excellent benefits.

To apply, e-mail:

For information about Deublin Company please see our website at:






Quality Engineer, Deublin Company, Waukegan, IL

Quality Engineer

Reports to Quality Supervisor

Deublin Company is a leading global manufacturer of Rotating Unions – a mechanical device that allows transfer of pressurized fluid from a stationary source into rotating machinery for heating, cooling or transfer of fluid power. Our modern, air conditioned manufacturing facility utilizes state of the art multi axis machine tools to produce our parts in a lean manufacturing environment.

Position Overview: The Quality Engineer coordinates Quality Management System procedures in all business processes, performs system audits and supports the continuous improvement philosophy within company.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Execute project assignments from Quality Management to attain project objectives and schedules as related to the quality system, product and process quality and cost.
  • Create and maintain the policy manual, procedures, and instructions for the Quality Management System that integrates well with the DPS (Deublin Production System) to help ensure we have one business system that works well together to continuously improve customer satisfaction, business performance, processes and people development.
  • Perform audits, maintain audit schedule.
  • Perform supplier audits as required.
  • Complete customer required tasks such as product qualifications, warranty inspections, quality surveys, and production/material certification requests.
  • Solve process and product quality problems by using 8D corrective actions and practical problem solving methods.
  • Maintain corrective action system.
  • Maintain quality management review metrics and conduct reviews per schedule.
  • Collect and analyze data using appropriate statistical tools to make valid decisions. Assists in performing and analyzing process capability, SPC control charts, and MSA studies.
  • Analyze and determine nonconforming material causes. Recommend appropriate corrective and preventive actions.
  • Assist manufacturing and assembly with product issues.
  • Analyze product returns to determine product design or process modification needs.
  • Assess and maintain internal quality tracking systems.
  • Provide training, as required, for the Quality Management System.
  • Work closely with Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering, and the Value Streams.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers. Ability to effectively present information to top management, groups of managers, and customers.
  • Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance and factor analysis.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form.

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree (B.A. / B.S.) from four-year college or university; or four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Deublin Company is easily accessible from I-94 and Route 137 and offers competitive compensation, a fantastic profit sharing retirement plan, and other excellent benefits.

To apply, e-mail:

For information about Deublin Company please see our website at: