Alcohol QA/QC Manager

Cambria Alcohol & Ethanol Operations • Quality Assurance • Cambria, WI • Regular Full-Time

The Alcohol QA/QC Manager provides leadership and direction for overall alcohol quality, distillation quality, fermentation, water treatment, and lab operations at the Alcohol Plant.  The position has direct responsibility for the function of the Ethanol QA Laboratory and serves as the Feed Safety Team Leader for the Alcohol Plant as well as providing direction for regulatory compliance.  This individual will serve as the primary technical representative to Customers, Vendors and Suppliers.  The Alcohol QA/QC Manager works closely with Operations, CREGS, Sales, and Accounting.  Coaching and communication skills, both written and oral, are necessary for successful fulfillment of the position.


The Alcohol QA/QC Manager will have a commitment to and ownership of the fermentation process, feed safety and quality functions.  An effective Alcohol QA/QC Manager:

  • Provides leadership and direction to achieve superior fermentation results.
  • Serves as the Feed Safety Team Leader and provides leadership of the FSMA program. Coaches technical and manufacturing personnel on GMP and feed safety practices.
  • Provides supervision of the QA Laboratory and provides direction in testing procedures and practices.
  • Provided direction for the operation of water treatment systems (boilers, cooling towers, reverse osmosis, and green sand filters).
  • Provides data analysis of fermentation and quality trends.
  • Provides direction and decisions plant sanitation and CIP procedures.
  • Leads the feed safety program. This requires communication with and training for personnel involved with FSMA.
  • Serves as the primary regulatory contact for feed safety and is the in-house reference for feed regulatory compliance.
  • Is responsible for developing and overseeing the Quality Assurance, Laboratory, Enzymes, and Chemicals Budget.

WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY AND BENCH STRENGTH are significantly greater due to:

  • A proactive commitment to employee development through establishing training, on-the-job development, and mentoring activities.
  • Proactively seeks opportunities for improving feed safety, quality and sanitation through close observation of the ethanol plant and working with plant personnel
  • Serves as the champion for creating a departmental culture committed to achieving unfailing support for team members working to achieve operational excellence.
  • Collaborate with Operations leadership to ensure lab colleague education on, and compliance with, applicable food/feed safety protocols and expectations
  • Assist in root cause analysis for Quality and Food Safety non-compliance
  • Facilitate development, approval, implementation and maintenance of laboratory records, policies and procedures, adhering to applicable food/feed standards and regulations, as well as Didion Quality initiatives
  • Facilitate development, approval, implementation and maintenance of laboratory records, policies and procedures, adhering to applicable food/feed standards and regulations, as well as Didion Quality initiatives
  • Manage laboratory personnel staffing, performance and professional development
  • Provide technical consultation to Operations team for product analysis
  • Arrange and help provide troubleshooting support to the QC lab on weekends, holidays and outside of regular business hours



REQUIREMENTS to help ensure success include:

To qualify for this position, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the desired job outcomes. Specific requirements include:

  • Bachelor degree in analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, bacteriology or biology from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Ideal candidate will have experience with Distillation, fermentation optimization, continuous improvement and quality, preferably in the Ethanol industry.
  • Finished product quality control experience preferred.
  • Potential to and/or experience leading a technical team. Completion of Didion Leadership Academy 1.0 courses is required for this position.
  • Experienced with implementing and maintaining FSMA programs.
  • Essential personal attributes include: professional, ethical, passionate, participative and inclusive leadership style, strong communication skills, creative and solutions-oriented.
  • Must be skilled at solving practical problems and dealing with variables.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills are required, including data analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience following established processes, ideally in a manufacturing environment with a strong safety culture.
  • Ability to use emotionalinformation to guide thinking and behavior and present a positive and professional image within the plant.
  • High degree of attention to detail and initiative to act on what you see.
  • Demonstrate personal initiative and collaborative, team player approach.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently in order to communicate effectively with team members within and external to the Ethanol Plant.
  • Working knowledge of cGMP, cGLP, ISO, USP-NF, FCC, HACCP desired
  • Statistics experience desired (SQC, SPC)
  • 5 years of laboratory experience in a food or pharmaceutical setting preferred
  • Provide technical consultation to Operations team for product analysis
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Knowledgeable of the GFSI food safety schemes (FSSC, SQF, BRC or IFS)
  • Experienced with implementing and maintaining HACCP programs
  • General knowledge of FDA and USDA regulations and CFRs pertaining to food manufacturing


  • Must be able to work in environmental factors that include noise, dust, hot weather, and cold weather.
  • Must be able to lift 55 pounds repetitively.
  • Must be able to ascend and descend stairs, ladders, and gangways on a frequent basis and be able to work while standing on a continuous basis.
  • Must be able to communicate by using and hearing 2-way radio.