Quality Management Specialist

Permanent employee, Full-time · München

Your mission

Have you always wanted to work in the chocolate – or food – industry? Are you passionate about chocolate – or food? Do you love challenging the status quo to make progressive and positive change to the world? If the answer is YEAH! to any of these questions, we in any way love hearing from you! 

Planet A Foods mission is to revolutionize the chocolate industry in an environmentally friendly, socially impactful and sustainable way by replacing chocolate in mass-market confectionery with 100% cocoa-free Nocoa by 2035. 

Your profile

+++What You’ll Do and hopefully love doing at Planet A Foods+++

  • You implement and maintain the HACCP plan.

  • You coach, train and provide mentoring to our logistics staff on quality and safety aspects within HACCP.

  • You will oversee the pest control management in our logistics, including collaboration with external partners, monitoring of documentation, management of cleaning and disinfection processes.

  • The management of all complaints in the logistic area.

  • You take over daily quality control activities, carry out inspections in the logistics areas and control of the finished products according to quality and food safety aspects, as well as random checks of incoming external products at the logistics locations.

  • Proactively optimizing our QM system and processes with a focus on food safety, flexibility and cost optimization.

  • Conducting internal audits: Defining corrections and corrective actions and tracking activities. You provide technical support for external audits in the logistics area to ensure the effectiveness of the system.

  • You are responsible for the preparation, participation and follow-up of certification audits (e.g. IFS Logistics) and take corrective actions during external audits. In addition, you support the preparation and implementation of relevant corrective actions from external and internal audits.

  • As an IFS Officer you are responsible for developing and participating in activities to ensure the quality and food safety of products. 

  • You create and update our quality management documents (procedures, instructions) and group statements. 

  • You will coordinate and evaluate the requirements of all involved stakeholders

  • Must be willing to re-locate to Pilsen (Czech Republic) or is currently living in the area.

+++Experience You Bring to Planet A Foods+++

  • You convince with your analytical thinking, negotiation skills and diligence in your work.

  • You have very good communication and formulation skills, both written and verbal.

  • You master your everyday work without any problems with your German and English skills.

  • You are a hands-on and enthusiastic person who is a good team player

  • You are highly motivated to make a difference


  • You preferably have a university degree in the food industry, logistics, business administration or a similar scientific study.

  • You have already gained at least 5 years of professional experience in the mentioned field of activity.

  • You are a certified internal auditor or have already gained several years of experience in internal audits.

  • You have a sound knowledge of QM systems and processes in the food industry.

  • You are familiar with the basics of project management and have already been able to apply them in practice.

  • You have a confident manner when working with logistics, external service providers and production.

  • The confident handling of relevant computer systems and software (Microsoft Office, Google, etc.) is a matter of course for you.

  • ISO9001 certification

IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ: Wow, ok... let’s pause right here. Research suggests that at this point the majority of those identifying as women or under-represented groups might feel they don’t tick ALL the boxes and therefore are not going to apply. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to check every single box. We want to grow as humans and as a company. So please, we would be delighted to hear from you.  

+++What we know about who we are looking for+++

  • You are passionate about environmental justice, some call it sustainability

  • You are intrinsically motivated to make things happen and get things done

  • You are comfortable in collaborating with multiple stakeholder groups and with a high level of transparency

  • You have an inner drive to ignite collaboration between people

  • You are benevolent towards humanity 

  • You have excellent quality management skills with good attention to detail

  • You are able to move from strategic process to tactical execution and back seamlessly

  • You are able to work in a dynamic environment and remain flexible to change within the work environment and scope of responsibility

  • You are comfortable and confident through change management and agile working

  • You demonstrate initiative, are conscientious and provide complete follow-through on areas of responsibility

  • You are an effective and inspiring ambassador of the brand, representing the company in external and internal events

  • You are in love with chocolate or at least like chocolate a little bit, but don’t like the environmental and social issues connected to creating it

(Please note we are currently only looking for applicants that already have a work visa/permission to work in Germany, or of course, EU citizenship)

 

+++What we do not know about who we are looking for+++

  • A lot. But we just don’t know it yet. So make sure you apply.


How we hire at Planet A Foods

 

Planet A Foods is committed to pursuing our values throughout our business. 

 

In the realm of recruitment and hiring, this means that we are not only an Equal Opportunity Employer, but also proactive in embedding fairness and equity into an inclusive recruitment and hiring process:

 

  • We value the knowledge, expertise, and skills that individuals bring based on their identities, life experiences, and backgrounds. We want people to bring their full selves to work and as a global company, we want to reflect the world. Our success relies on talented individuals who share our passion bringing innovation and insights that stem from their different perspectives to help us work as one team to accomplish ambitious global strategy goals. 

  • Our recruitment is inclusive. We recruit top talent that reflect the diversity of the world and global marketplace we inhabit. We conduct deliberate and purposeful recruitment that brings applicants to QOA that represent a broad range of identities, life experiences, backgrounds, and skill sets.  

  • Our hiring process is transparent and consistent. We have high standards for ensuring a clear process is used consistently with every candidate. There are no side doors for bringing in people. We adhere to a hiring protocol that includes and recognizes differences rather than rule them out. 

  • We recognize that one of the dynamics of meaningful inclusion is seeing that all people can succeed in our workplace. We know representation matters and that our values are not something we simply talk about, it’s something we work toward. It’s something we do. Our values must show up in who works on the QOA team, at every level. 

Employee Conduct

It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive, inclusive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Why us?

Our hierarchy is flat and communication direct, which means that we operate and learn fast, as a team. In addition to a competitive salary you can expect the following:

 

  • Flexible working hours as we believe in ownership and trust

  • Learning & Development Program for all our team members

  • Regular team events

  • Free drinks & snacks

We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We strongly encourage individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech to apply.

About us
It’s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that we are dedicated to achieving. Planet A Foods is built around the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy just, circular and waste-free food. To that end, we create a family of foods by upcycling clean (local/cruelty-free) ingredients with state-of-the-art biotechnology and flavor science.

Exciting challenges lie ahead — Join us on our mission!
Your application!
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