Morton – Supplier Quality







Market Leader in Salt

  • Over 30 production, mining, logistics and office facilities in North and South America
  • Market leader in the US, with extensive brand loyalty extending to Canada and South America
  • Products impact our communities; culinary, pharma, agriculture, oil & refinery, chemical mftg, highway de-icing, water softening, pool salt…
  • 170 yrs of heritage with a new path forward; financial rigor, prod. efficiency, and innovation to lead continued growth




The role is based in Chicago (Headquarters). This role...

Supports a wide range of diverse and complex issues. Every day brings new opportunities and challenges.

Works with many aspects of the business and influences the path forward. Works with receiving of raw materials, operators, finished products and management. Acts as neutral party in helping to resolve issues.



Things we deeply care about

The following are attributes of our best leaders:

  • Intellectually Curious & Great Problem Solvers
  • Self-Motivated, Flexible & Adaptable
  • Consistent Positive Demeanor
  • Hands-on, willing to "get into the weeds"

Job Description

Role Description


The primary objective of the Supplier/Packaging Quality Engineer is to drive continuous improvement by reducing risk and complaint volume with underperforming and business critical raw material and service suppliers.

When speaking with Olympia, please be prepared to share your salary expectations. We are unable to provide a salary range but can give guidance on if your expectations can be met.


What you’ll do:

Collaborate, Analyze & Improve

  • Communicate quality improvement plans, expectations and requirements to underperforming or at risk
  • Drive corrective actions or other continuous improvement efforts with suppliers to reduce risk or close gaps in
    compliance to Morton quality and food safety requirements
  • Travel to internal manufacturing sites and Supplier sites to assist in corrective action identification,
    implementation and verification
  • Collaborate and Support External Quality Manager and Consumer Affairs Manager in the resolution of quality
    incidents with 3PL warehouses, stockpiles, transportation partners and consumers as required
  • Collaborate with company packaging engineer to identify packaging related issues during the complaint process
    as required
  • Assist in the process of identifying trends, establishing thresholds and requirements for Supplier Corrective
    Action Reports, and drive long term corrective and preventive actions
  • Measure and evaluate supplier performance against established KPIs to identify and drive improvement


In addition to demonstrating your capabilities of the above, top candidates possess:

  • BS/BA in Engineering or related field (MBA a plus)
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in quality assurance, quality engineering, or continuous improvement within the
    Food, Pharmaceutical, or Agricultural industry.

  • Strong working knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices, HACCP / Food Safety plans, GFSI and ISO
    auditing schemes, FDA and CFIA regulations (including Preventive Control for Human and Animal Food, Foreign
    Supplier Verification, Sanitary Transportation), and regulations regarding the production of Active Pharmaceutical

  • Demonstrated experience in implementing six-sigma, CQE or other continuous improvement tools to
    improve quality performance with external partners.

  • Demonstrate experience working with packaging materials and understanding of metrics that will provide
    sustainable results across a network of facilities.

Morton Salt is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.



Largest Salt Company worldwide


Customers are loyal to the brand


Uses for Salt – Food, Highways, Medical Products, Water Softeners, …


Growth rate over the past year

The Team

Mark Reynolds - Hiring Manger

Mark Reynolds - Hiring Manger

Customer Quality Lead

Details on Mark
  • Worked at Morton since 2009 in Quality at the Silver Springs site and now at the corporate level.

  • Degree is in Physics

  • Management Philosophy – “I’m here to help and provide direction – You are the owner of your area and process”

  • Enjoy and participate in nearly everything outdoors year round.

Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson

Head of Quality and R&D (Americas)

Rachel Halphen

Rachel Halphen

Regulatory & Compliance Lead

Jen Andrews

Jen Andrews

Sr. Corporate Food Safety & Quality Manager


Why Morton Salt? Why Now?
  1. Morton Salt is a highly recognizable brand that, under new leadership, is rapidly executing on efficiency & results.
  2. Currently there is a heavy focus on finding individuals who can innovate and implement processes that contribute to expansion.
  3. Unique opportunity to drive change that has immediate and obvious impact to the business – truly exciting for those looking to make a difference.
Salary & Benefits
  • When speaking with Olympia, please be prepared to share your salary expectations. We are unable to provide a salary range but can give guidance on if your expectations can be met
  • Typically full benefits information will be provided at/near the offer stage. As a $2.5B+ company, Morton offers competitive medical, dental, vision and disability coverages as well as 401(k), vacation/PTO.
Company Culture

As Morton focuses on global expansion, culture will be defined by those who are successful change-agents, innovators and implementers.


Other attributes of building the culture include people who are:

  • Results driven
  • Collaborative
  • Continuous Improvement Focused
Office & Plants

Americas Headquarters in Chicago, IL


Plants & Facilities in the Americas include:

Canada – 12 sites

U.S. – 16 sites

Caribbean – 1 site (Inagua)

South America – 7 sites

Interview Process


Discuss opportunity with Olympia


Forward resume and salary target


Olympia Screen


Details presented to client


Client Initial Screen



What you can expect from Oympia:

  1. Directness – We will provide candid feedback on your background, skills, and alignment of objectives against the opportunity.
  2. Professionalism – We will keep to any commitments we make to you. Let’s hold each other to the highest standard of professionalism.
  3. Honesty – We will tell you if you are not a fit and we will share whatever information we can regarding your candidacy.


Dan Gathof

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Let’s explore if this role fits your career goals.