American Foods Group, LLC

QA Manager (CPP)

1st Shift


Position: Quality Assurance Manager

Working Location: Peoria, IL


Calihan Pork Processors, Inc. is a pre-rigor pork processing company and a leading U.S. fresh sausage supplier who is wholly owned by American Foods Group, LLC. Working at Calihan Pork Processors gives you the unique opportunity to become part of a large, growing company that maintains a down-to-earth atmosphere where the CEO knows you by name. We remain a family business, with a long tradition of providing quality raw materials for companies that utilize our pork for finished, value-added, products. Our customers are out partners, not our competition. Calihan Pork Processors is a place where you can develop your career to the fullest, while working in a friendly environment.


We are seeking a full-time, Quality Assurance Manager to join our team in Peoria, IL whose main responsibilities will include:

  • Communicate and work with customer and suppliers in addition to production supervisors and leads.
  • Liaison with USDA inspectors.
  • Develop, implement, and audit effectiveness of food safety management systems.
  • Maintain and expand on current plant standards to comply with the BRC Global Standards.
  • Lead crisis management: product withdrawal, recall and potential food borne illnesses.
  • Facilitate food safety meetings, audits, and documentation.
  • Take part in weekly management meetings discussing overall business and challenges/improvements that need to be focused on.
  • Account for tools and other potentially dangerous equipment that are distributed daily.
  • Monitor mixing for products/ingredients for tampering, foreign objects, and accuracy.
  • Manage non-compliances and assess root causes and provide suggested corrective actions.
  • Maintaining customer complaints and product complaints.
  • Manage QA Supervisors/Techs.
  • Conduct trainings for QA employees.
  • Handle all issues pertaining to the quality, labeling and disposition of products.
  • Monitors and evaluates Quality Control personnel as it relates to their job description.
  • Answer issues with government regulatory personnel.
  • Monitors pest program.
  • Follow all food safety, quality and BRC rules.
  • Conduct active Food Security and Defense surveillance.
  • NOTE: this description is not intended to be all-inclusive. An employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization; these duties are considered marginal.

Marginal Functions:

  • Develop and maintain effective employee relations.
  • Professional team building:
    • Encourage teamwork and learning.
    • Maintain a helpful and professional attitude and appearance.
    • Monitor the cleanliness of the work area.
    • Ensure all Food Safety, BRC and Safety policies are followed.
    • Ensure all employees are wearing proper PPE specific to their job areas.
  • Active Food Security and Defense surveillance inside the facility and its operations.


Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be able to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Background in Food Safety.
  • HACCP Certified.
  • Must be able to utilize universal computer software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science or Master of Science.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to lead and manage a team of techs.
  • Ability to engage with all levels of the company to ensure commitment to change.
  • Ability to multitask.


Calihan Pork Processors, LLC an American Foods Group company is a privately held pork harvest facility located in Peoria, IL.  This facility employs over 100 employees and harvests on average 250,000 pounds of pork per day.  We appreciate our employees and reward them for a job well done.


What we offer:

  • Competitive total compensation package for you and your family. 
  • Excellent benefit plan.  Benefits include: Health, Dental, Life Insurance, PTO, 401k, Short Term Disability, and more!  



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