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Vice President, Quality Assurance & Regulatory

Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat

Legal, Quality Assurance
El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2023
At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.
The Vice President, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance is responsible for all Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance for the company and function as the Global Head of Quality for all Beyond Meat activities. The successful candidate is a proven Vice President, Quality who is a strategic and agile thinker and is growth and operationally oriented. S/he will help create and execute key policies that protect company in a complex and dynamic external landscape. The individual will be a proven leader that is highly collaborative, consistently proactive, engaged and will strive to persistently find solutions and new ideas to achieve objectives. S/he will have an in depth understanding and proactive involvement in the development and implementation of food safety systems established for manufacturing operations.
The Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Compliance will serve as a key member of the Operations Leadership Team to ensure Beyond Meat continues to produce the highest quality and safest products on the market.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop the food safety and quality strategy, provide the strategic direction, and coordinate the implementation and adherence of all necessary quality programs at manufacturing facilities (external and internal), warehouses, and raw material suppliers
  • Partner with key stakeholders to ensure that quality strategy is aligned with business strategy to achieve company objectives
  • Manage and be accountable for the relationship with external and internal manufacturing quality departments and monitor performance against BYND’s procedures, product specifications, and relevant Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Work closely with the R&D team to ensure food safety requirements and quality standards are incorporated to the development process and that standards from the development process are built into manufacturing controls
  • Assure good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and food safety, recall, and crisis procedures are understood, instilled at all levels of the organization, and monitored throughout all areas of all growing operations, cooler facilities, and processing locations.
  • Assure that microbial surveillance programs are implemented, routinely assessed, improved upon based on the most current science and well-maintained. These programs include but are not limited to routine environmental monitoring, pre-op microbiological and indicator testing, and pathogen testing of products, when necessary, as directed by company policy.
  • Maintain transparent reporting on KRIs and KPIs related to food safety and quality, sanitation, and internal and external audits.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance across all BYND activities.


  • 10+ years of experience as an Executive Quality & Food Safety Leader with a track record of success and potential for increased responsibility and scope in companies that are high growth with rapidly evolving or disruptive business models. Public company experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Safety, Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, or other related field. Master’s degree highly preferred.
  • Has previously thrived in a growth environment
  • A track record of building strong teams, processes and systems in a high-growth environment.
  • Uses prior experience to ‘see around corners’ and anticipate changes needed to reflect growing complexity in strategy and business operations.
  • Ability to manage and lead through a dynamic and changing business landscape, supporting the food safety and quality teams with change management.
  • International experience
  • Experience working in global organizations and managing and building geographically dispersed teams preferred.
  • Be able to make rapid, accurate decisions on issues of food quality and safety.
The starting annual base pay for this role is between USD 250,000 and 275,000. The actual base is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. The role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, and benefits.
Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.
For all U.S. based roles: Applicants must be authorized to work for a U.S. employer. This role is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship at this time.