Dixie Search Associates

International Food Management Recruitment since 1977                                                

Current Needs

The Job listings on the right are just a few of our current openings around the world. We attempt to keep the listing current but we receive new opportunities each and every day.  Contact DSA by phone or email your resume to us for a comprehensive evaluation of your background in terms of current needs and to be kept confidentially appraised of new searches as they are initiated.

Applying for Current Openings

Upon your initial contact with DSA, we will evaluate your resume, or C.V., the completed personal history form and our conversations to see if you might be a candidate for one of the many searches that we are currently working.  If this is the case, we will call you to discuss the details of the position we are representing to see if you are interested in our introducing your background for evaluation by our client.   

If we do not have a current search in which you meet our client’s specifications, or conversely, if they are not offering what you have indicated to us are your personal search parameters, we will retain your information in our confidential files and continue to consider you as new searches are opened.  Again, when a “match” occurs, we will contact you to ascertain your continued availability and interest.

Please feel confident that we are continually evaluating your credentials in terms of all current searches and their specifications.  We will be in touch only when there appears to be the possibility of mutual interest.  We will not waste your time with unqualified openings. 

DSA-Dixie Search Associates 

316 Audubon Place

Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528

Telephone:  770-675-7300

E-mail:  dsa@dixiesearch.com


Some of DSA's Current Openings


This is for a privately held food company located in beautiful midwestern city that has both the charm of a small town and easy access to the benefits of a large city nearby. This individual will oversee all plant operations, warehousing, logistics, purchasing and compliance. The company is aggressively growing.  They are seeking a very special person for this new position that will report to the Chief Operating Officer.  They must be very detail oriented on the production and procurement side- very involved and not a back office type.  The candidate must have a solid degree in a manufacturing type of academic study and substantial manufacturing experience.  The company is very employee oriented.. everyone is a member of the greater family - they are dedicated to their workforce, very empathetic and expect a solid work oriented commitment from every member of the team.

MAINTENANCE MANAGER: Responsible for preventative maintenance, project management and daily maintenance for food processing plants in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Salary  to $90,000

QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER: Degreed food science professional to take on an expanded Quality Control/Compliance role with growing high speed packaging food company located in a beautiful Midwestern city.  Must have strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage department, laboratory and interact with other management team leaders in a very cooperative environment. Must have good verbal and writing skills, good math skills; strong organizational and time-management abilities; outgoing personality and the ability to work in team environment.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FOODS ASSOCIATE: The individual selected for this position will be responsible for working with Foods Product Development Manager and Foods Merchandising to increase share growth in this retail supermarket’s private label products, as well as deliver products as good as or better than national brand.  This position is with a major mid-western based supermarket chain/

As a Product Development Foods Associate you will:

  • Add innovative new products.
  • Assist in the development of Fresh/Perishable Foods, including foods manufactured by the supermarket chains own manufacturing, and outside suppliers
  • Work on key deliverables in the Bakery/Deli Product Development and Innovation Pipeline, managing key portions of the projects to ensure a timely product launch
  • Collaborate with Product Development Manager to develop and maintain pricing for all raw materials needed to support the chain’s self-manufacturing interests
  • Assist in the determination of raw ingredients, and finished goods product specifications
  • Focus also on base improvements on existing fresh foods that will ultimately lead to increased market share in Perishables, Bakery and Deli

MANUFACTURING ENGINEER: Provide engineering support to manufacturing operations to improve existing and new production processes. Will work with process and packaging efficiencies, Product yields, new product testing and launches and quality engineering.  Prefer mechanical engineering degree.  Salary $70,000 - Georgia location


•    Leads FDA, State, Third Party and Customer Audits
•    Ensures that all quality procedures are maintained and that all personnel are fully trained on specifications, procedures and inspection of equipment.
•    Assures all non-conforming materials are isolated and determines proper disposition.
•    Maintains safe and healthful working conditions; enforces safety rules and regulations.
•    Performs routine audits for compliance to procedures, submits reports and action plans on audits.
•    Develops and leads processes, programs and activities that will improve the production of products and assure product and process improvements across the plant.
•    Integrates quality assurance and quality control into all functions and people across the plant; assures compliance with company policies, food safety standards and government regulations; and builds, leads and manages performance of a team of quality control staff.
•    Manages Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) assessments and reassessments.
•    Composes and edits HACCP plans and strategies for new products.
•    Manages HACCP records and file maintenance and manage daily pre-operational, operational, and mid-shift inspections.
•    Assures compliance to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP’s).
•    Maintains current library for all GMPs, SOPs, and SSOP’s and manage laboratory infrastructure including analytical methods and calibration programs.
•    Improves product quality utilizing key product / process attributes, sensory and quality metrics.
•    Reviews all data obtained during all quality assurance activities to ensure consistency with company policies and procedures.
•    Develops new approaches to solve problems identified during quality assurance activities.
•    Keeps management team abreast of significant issues or developments identified during quality assurance activities and actions being taken to improve the situation.
•    Prepares and presents technical and program information to the management team.
•    Directs technical and administrative workers engaged in quality assurance activities.
•    Maintains a working knowledge of government and industry quality assurance codes and standards, and assures adherence to these codes and standards.
•    Plays an active role on quality management teams within the organization.
•    Designs and implements quality assurance training programs to key personnel in conjunction with managers.
•    Investigates and adjusts customer complaints regarding quality.
•    Ensures the accuracy and quality of product labeling.

•    One (1) year-round facility and three (3) seasonal facilities.
•    These plants employ over 300 people combined, are non-union and runs 2 production shifts.  
•    Position reports into the Director of Compliance and Risk Management.
•    Plants process products that are fresh and frozen to foodservice, wholesale and retail customers.
•    Will lead a staff of 20-30 both directly and indirectly with a few leads.

SANITATION MANAGER-   This position will provide key leadership and training to sanitation employees during daily production line and facility sanitation as outlined by the Master Sanitation Schedule.  Work collaboratively with both Plant and Quality management and personnel to ensure timely execution of the sanitation function while ensuring uncompromised food safety compliance.  Provide needed support to Quality Assurance to maintain compliance with USDA requirements and guidelines. 

Must have clear understanding of HACCP, GMP, SSOP guidelines. Possess good working knowledge of microbiological testing and procedures. Must have excellent communication and leadership skills. Must possess basic computer skills and knowledge with an emphasis in Microsoft programs (Excel and Word).  

Prefer local candidate- Northern California

PRODUCTION SUPERVISORS/SUPERINTENDENT:  Positions in Georgia, Oklahoma,  Massachusetts, Florida, Indiana, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Texas,  and Tennessee for experienced food production supervisors. Salaries to $75,000

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