Quality Manager *****Food Manufacturing**********

Kimberly  C.  Bruton           

Lexington, KY  §  859.229.0131


| Staff Training & Development

| Project Management

| Quality Management                                                                                                                                                                                     

Experienced professional and critical driver of operational excellence, quality assurance, and Food Safety. Integral in ensuring comprehensive compliance/adherence to all regulatory standards. Proactively strives for continuous improvement, innovatively designing new protocols or enhancing existing procedures. Hands-on, interactive leader; optimizes staff effectiveness through targeted training and by cultivating working cultures that promote quality and safety. Actively leverages interpersonal and liaison skills to manage internal/external stakeholder relationships in role as a collaborative, cross-functional communicator.


Core Competencies                                                                                                                                                                                                  


  • § Vendor Negotiation                              § Troubleshooting | Issue Resolution                               § Food Defense | Quality Compliance

  • § Strategic | Capital Planning                 § Audit Result Tracking | Reporting | Analysis               § SOP Design | Implementation


Professional Overview                                                                                                                                                                                          


THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY                                                                                                                                                10/2007 - 09/2015

Food Safety Manager, Quality Department (11/2012 - 09/2015)                                                                                                                     

  • Successfully ensured facility compliance with all legal requirements and applicable regulations by Coordinating external/internal quality and food safety audits for the facility. Conducted audits with third-party inspectors and USDA, FDA, SQF (level 3 certification), Kosher compliance, County, City, and Customer Inspect or auditors. Implemented corrective actions based on audit results.

  • Established product specifications and quality attributes for C of A’s; measuring production; documenting evidence; determining operational and performance qualification; writing and updating quality assurance procedures.

  • Maintained and improved product quality by completing product, company, system, compliance, and surveillance audits; investigating customer complaints; collaborating with other members of management to develop new product and engineering designs, and manufacturing and training methods.

  • Prepared quality documentation and reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing information and trends including failed processes, corrective actions, and re-validations.

  • Verified microbial program implementation, routine assessment, improvement, and maintenance, spanning environmental monitoring and pathogen testing of products as directed by company policy.

  • Worked with Engineering department on New Equipment design and plant implementation through installation and operational commissioning and qualification.

  • Worked with the Packing and the Process department to improve processes through continuous improvement.

  • Measured defects, analyzed the data, and redesigned equipment and processes. Wrote procedures to control continue consistent processing and measuring. 

  • Optimized compliance by training employees in Sanitation and Operational SOPs; and audit documentation requirements. 

Select Achievements

  • Developed a program to address the requirements of new government regulations; the program was subsequently implemented at two sites. Wrote all procedures, monitored system operations, and conducted staff training.

  • Achieved annual cost savings of 100K by consolidating office and QA cleaning into one company.

  • Performed any essential job responsibility as the back-up Quality Manger for the site.


Operations Department Manager, Process Department (10/2007 - 10/2012)                                                                                              

  • Achieved key performance results by providing leadership and coaching to 2 Process Area Managers, 9 Maintenance (Zone Coordinators, and 64 Technicians in the process department.

  • Oversaw all business results for the Process Department, including safety, quality, cost, and reliability; administered cost center budgets; and executed department projects. 

  • Ensured comprehensive regulatory compliance, including, but not limited to, OSHA, EPA, SQF, and FDA.

  • Drove and supported a company culture, embracing the fundamental capabilities of quality, ethics, dialogue, and collaboration, resulting in effective employee relations and performance.

  • Commanded the department’s SQMS (Smucker Quality Management System) master plan and delivery of results.

  • Actively participated in HSE key element ownership – Confined Space.

Select Achievements

  • Eliminated scheduling-related losses through production planning; drove issues to root cause and established a zero loss mentality.

  • Secured cost savings of over half a million dollars by eliminating fires in the roasting area for three years.  

  • Reduced headcount by combining skills, enabling one operator to perform the tasks of two employees; supported increase in responsibilities by conducting training and implementing SOPs.


ELAN                                                                                                                                                                                              01/2001 - 08/2007

Manufacturing Manager   

  • Played an integral role in validation and commercial schedule development/management, regarding the manufacture of four products. Directed cleaning and process validations for three products.  

  • Orchestrated new equipment order and purchase (Anritsu checkweigher, capsule eliminators, capsule/tablet roller inspection belt, analytical scales, Lightnin mixers, and scales) for the facility.

  • Oversaw department safety standards and a $500K budget.

  • Enhanced processes by writing/revising standard operating procedures and process batch records.

  • Commanded effective relations with diverse groups of stakeholders, including interface with external/internal clients, regarding complaint and sales-related issue resolution, and collaboration with material management, concerning raw material and finished product and schedules.

  • Key participant in corporate, customer, and Federal (FDA, DEA, and OSHA) audits.

  • Developed high-performance teams by interviewing and screening new talent. Hired and trained 25 new employees (3 new supervisors and 22 operators and process controllers). Headed operator and supervisor training in fluid bed coating process.

  • Reduced department absenteeism by developing and implementing an attendance policy.

Select Achievements

  • Promoted from role of Assistant Manufacturing Manager a mere nine months following initial employment in recognition of personal performance.

  • Instrumental in multiple facility expansions, including the $25M facility expansion in 2002 and the scale up into the Glatt 120 L and the $35M facility expansion in 2004.

  • Successfully resolved over 1,250 audit observations and implemented over 300 change controls.

  • Achieved the validation and launch of two new Sustained Release Products in Q2 of 2002 as well as the re-launch of an existing product.

Previous Roles:

Manufacturing Manager, ADAMS, LABORATORIES, INC. § Production Supervisor, CATALENT PHARMA § Quality Assurance Auditor, CATALENT PHARMA

Education & Professional Development                                                                                                                                                        


  •  BA, Biology, Transylvania University

  • Certifications: American Management Association: Project Management Certification §  Foundation of Leadership Training  by EDUCO PowerTrain Supervisory training: Certification in Coaching and Counseling, Motivating Employees, Employment Law, Managing Conflict, Team Development, Strategic Planning, Problem Solving & Decision Making Strategic Planning §  HACCP Certification § First Aid and CPR Certified § Food Defense Certification

    • Training: Executive Education Training, University Michigan Business School - Interviewing: Strategic Approach §  Leadership Training, Center for Creative Leadership § Autonomous Maintenance (AM) § cGMP (current Manufacturing Practices) § Controlled Substance Handling & Inventory Control § OSHA Regulations for Hearing Protection, Personal Protective Fire Safety

    • Courses: Advance Six Sigma, Leading Six Sigma Deployment (2001) § Lean Manufacturing: Application of Lean Manufacturing § Lean Manufacturing Processes § Lean Manufacturing Fundamentals       

  • ID#: 107161
  • Location: Lexington, KY , 40509

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