AlgaeCo (actual company name TBD) is an innovative new company setting out to transform the production of food and natural health product ingredients through innovative and sustainable fermentation technologies. The company’s initial focus will be the production of algal protein as well as omega-3 DHA from our proprietary strain of heterotrophic algae. Bend Beauty Inc. is a pioneer in the concept of creating beauty from within. We are an evidenced based developer of natural health products that target skin care, healthy aging, and general wellness. With over 10 years of research in nutritional lipids, such as omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants we are becoming renown as a leader in the emerging categories of cosmeceuticals and healthy aging. We wholesale our products primarily to medi-spa, dermatology, and naturopathy clinics.

We are searching for an experienced Quality Assurance Lead to oversee QA for both companies. The Quality Assurance Lead will maintain and manage the quality control program and product release, manage regulatory compliance for all markets, and maintain relationships with contract manufacturers and raw material suppliers for both AlgaeCo and Bend Beauty.

Here is the functional breakdown of the role:

Strategy and Planning 10%
– Develop QA strategy aligned with the company’s commercial vision
– Support investor and stakeholder relationships as appropriate
– Forecast QA expenditures
– Develop and optimize QA SOPs
Human Dynamics 5%
– Currently no direct report supervision required, future build of QA team will be incorporated as needed
– Manage and optimize relationships with team members to ensure effective work environment aligned with company culture
Infrastructure 60%
– Maintain stability program and evaluate data to ensure that product shelf life is supported
– Prepare and maintain Finished Product Specifications and Technical Data sheets
– Prepare and update SOPs and technical documentation in accordance with Quality Management Program
– Ensure product compliance with all applicable market regulations and requirements for importing and exporting products are met
– Review and approve all labeling and marketing materials to ensure compliance with registration and applicable market regulations
– Manage product registration for all markets companies sell into
– Manage the regulatory approvals process for novel foods and novel dietary ingredients
– Develop and perform regular audits of manufacturing processes and facilities
Revenue 25%
– Review all data and documentation for product release, including CofAs, samples and test results
– Evaluate and prepare reports for all customer complaints and adverse reactions, identify trends and notify regulators of any confirmed adverse reactions
– Evaluate contract manufacturers, suppliers and testing laboratories for GMP and regulatory compliance
– Evaluate out-of-specification test results and deviations, conduct investigations, and prepare complaints as required
– Maintain Quality and GMP agreements with contract manufacturers and distributors
Here’s the fit we are looking for:
• BSc or MSc in Food Science, Biology, Nutrition or similar field
• Specialization in Chemistry, Natural Products Chemistry, or Chemical engineering is desirable
• Strong project management, data analysis, and record keeping skills
• Demonstrated success in quality control role(s)
• Able to draft clear and effective SOPs
• Innovative thinker, solution oriented and have great attention to detail
• Passionate investigator and problem solver
• Proactive attitude and an effective oral and written communicator
• Excited about working in a purpose-driven business
• Flexibility to work both independently and within a team environment
• Passionate about healthy lifestyles and natural health products
• Eco-minded and strive to live sustainably
• Love to coach and develop team members
• Open and enthusiastic about continuous learning
• Possess a creative flair
• Enjoy a work environment where you can be comfortable and self responsible

Compensation and Location
Salary: competitive salary based on experience level
Additional compensation: eligible for the company stock option plan
Job type: Full time
Benefits: Eligible for company health & benefits plan
Vacation: 5 weeks
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Start date: as soon as possible

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