7435 Flora Avenue
Project Peanut Butter (PPB) is a non-profit organization that focuses on treating childhood malnutrition, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. PPB produces and distributes a peanut-based ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), a treatment that is considered the standard of care for acute malnutrition worldwide. PPB focuses on producing RUTF locally in the countries where it is needed, establishing and operating internationally accredited food production facilities. PPB currently has factories in Blantyre, Malawi; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Kumasi, Ghana; and is setting up a fourth in Ivory Coast. For more background on the organization, please visit our website at www.projectpeanutbutter.org.
The vast majority of PPB’s work takes place in Africa, where teams of local staff operate the factories and projects. There is a small office in the USA, consisting of a few staff members, located in St. Louis (Maplewood). The primary function of the USA-based team is to support the food production facilities in Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Ghana, as well as other small-scale projects as needed.
The therapeutic food that PPB produces is held to extremely strict quality standards from a microbiological, nutritional, and organoleptic (sensory) perspective. The RUTF must meet requirements in these areas as outlined by the agencies purchasing the food from PPB, including UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders. All of our factories are inspected by international aid agencies about once every year, and our product regularly undergoes laboratory testing both internally and externally in accredited laboratories to ensure it is within designated specifications. Our local staff adheres to a detailed Quality Management System consisting of over 400 documents.
The Director of Quality Systems will take the lead on all quality control and quality assurance projects related to producing therapeutic food at our factories and will support the local staff through any problems that arise. However, the US support office is small, and all members of this office work as a team. Thus, the Director of Quality Systems may also need to problem solve in other areas and assist with projects unrelated to quality.
1. Assist with creation and ongoing maintenance of documents in the Quality Management Systems of any of the PPB sites
· Work together with local Quality Managers in Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Ghana to create new policies, instructions, procedures, records, and/or posters as needed
· Ensure those documents already in existence are up-to-date and properly implemented in practice
2. Organize and facilitate appropriate laboratory testing of finished product RUTF
· Serve as a liaison between PPB factories and laboratories in the USA
· Help keep track of batch samples and ensure appropriate testing and reporting of results is implemented
· Assist local Quality Managers with root cause analyses, corrective actions and report generation when lab results come back out of specification nutritionally or microbiologically
3. Help local Quality Managers prepare for factory inspections periodically
· This may entail performing “mock audits” with the local staff, ensuring all records are completed, and facilitating other tasks as needed
4. Work to understand current quality specifications for RUTF as outlined by international aid agencies, and ensure that all PPB factories adhere to these standards, adjusting and updating protocols as needed.
· Attend conferences in Europe reviewing quality standards for RUTF
· Engage and build collaborative relationships with other RUTF manufacturers and colleagues in the field of RUTF production and quality control
In addition to these primary responsibilities, the Director of Quality Systems may also be expected to take on tasks unrelated to quality control such as:
5. Manage projects related to food production at any of the PPB sites
· Communicate with the local staff about any problems that are interfering with the ability to produce RUTF and solve these issues
· Problem solve and seek out additional resources or expertise as needed
· Manage projects that will improve the production process, facility or final RUTF product
6. Communicate with donors and advocates
· Communicate with new and existing donors or advocates of PPB
· Provide information or updates to supporters
7. Spread awareness about PPB and malnutrition
· Provide information about PPB and malnutrition to interested people
· Give presentations about PPB at local schools, churches, businesses, or other organizations
8. Train various groups how to produce RUTF on a small scale
9. Facilitate the ordering and shipping of RUTF ingredients and/or other supplies needed
Other duties as assigned
· Fluent in English required; conversational French preferred
· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred
· Background or knowledge in food safety and/or quality control preferred
· Have a passionate interest in international work, especially malnutrition
· Experience living and/ or working in developing countries preferred
· Ability to travel internationally up to several months per year, depending on needs
· Ability to travel on short notice/ flexible with schedule
· Ability to work well with individuals of different cultural, racial, and/or religious backgrounds
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills
· Strong and collaborative problem-solving skills
· Self-motivated and self-driven worker who possesses the ability to work alone or as part of a team
· Ability to prioritize appropriately
· Ability to work under at times stressful conditions
· Ability to take on unfamiliar tasks
· Ability to pay attention to details without losing sight of the bigger picture
· Work in St. Louis is normally performed in the home of the PPB founder, Dr. Mark Manary. A small office space with desks and chairs is provided.
· Infrequent evening and weekend activities
· International travel in general is not planned or expected far in advance and may be on short notice
· International trips are typically 3 to 6 weeks in length
Full-time PPB employees are provided with basic health insurance, retirement contributions, and vacation, sick and holiday benefits.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applications will be accepted at the present time. Applicants being considered for the position will be contacted after their submission to set up interviews.
Interested applicants should attach a cover letter and resume and send to Mardi Manary, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 7435 Flora Ave., St. Louis, MO 63143.