Education: Bachelor's (Preferred) Food Science/Food Technology College degree preferred
Experience: Working in a manufacturing environment with HACCP and SQF: 1 year (Preferred). Quality Assurance: 3 years (Preferred). Prior experience in food processing, within a manufacturing environment under HACCP, and SQF. Demonstrated leadership in the areas of food safety and plant regulatory affairs. Strong organizations and leadership skills; ability to analyze processes for Biological, Chemical and Physical hazards with a thorough understanding of the science and support behind each type of hazard and each step of a production process. Ability to work with cross-functional departments within the organization. Good problem solving, verbal and communication skills, excellent analytical and decision-making abilities. Must work well in a team-based environment as well as have the ability to work alone on various projects
Summary: This position will lead to Food Safety and Quality programs. This includes implementation and on-going program management/oversight on Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Certification, and its initiatives. This position also requires Quality Control database management and control over product specifications. The SQF process is broad in scope and requires interaction with most departments, the SQF consultant and the auditor. Develop, monitor, and validate the Sanitation Program to ensure that the manufacturing areas and the general office area remain clean and free of microbiological contamination. Supervise Quality Assurance Technicians scheduling, projects, and performance.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate and oversee the SQF Certification process
Develop, maintain, validate and help revise annually the HACCP Plan, SQF Code, SOP, and other Quality Program
Ongoing Food Safety and Quality Program management – Ensure the SQF/HACCP/QUALITY/SOP programs are being respected in all divisions
Manage the HACCP system and ensure HACCP programs are effective
Initiate Food Safety and Quality training as needed
Manage internal and third-party audits to maintain the highest standard of Food Safety, Food Quality, and Food Security;
Initiate internal food safety and quality audits. Participate in customer, 3rd party and regulatory audits. Ensure compliance with the food safety and quality management system throughout the facility.
Develop, implement, and continuous improvement of food safety and quality programs.
Manage corrective action program and ensure follow up by stakeholders. Conduct verification activities to ensure corrective actions were implemented effectively to prevent reoccurrences. Maintain food safety scorecard metrics and report trends to stakeholder. Manage incident reports to track deviations and ensure appropriate follow-up and corrective actions.
Management of external warehouse, suppliers and contract manufacturers. Determine approval status for all external warehouses, suppliers, and contract manufacturers. Conduct risk assessments on all raw materials, suppliers, contract manufacturers, and external warehouses to determine appropriate requirements. Conduct food safety audits on warehouses, suppliers and contract manufacturers to ensure corrective actions are implemented effectively.
Complete technical customer requests – Serve as point of contact for technical, non-standard customer requests
Supervise, provide guidance and leadership to quality assurance technicians
Instruct, train hourly associates in improvement processes;
Direct the training of new and existing employees on food safety and quality programs;
Comply with SQF, Food Safety Plan (HACCP), Food Quality Plan (FQP) standards.