Responsibility: This position is responsible for management of the
company’s Food Safety and Quality functions. Specific responsibilities
include Quality Systems, Regulatory Affairs, company’s Plant Quality
Assurance, Quality Control, Vendor Compliance, and Consumer Affairs.The Food Safety & Quality Director will
develop and oversee all of the food safety regulations, policies, and
procedures. A successful candidate will help to develop, implement and
enforce security and food safety standards, policies, and programs including
HACCP, SQF and GFSI, regulatory audits, food safety training programs,
standard operating procedures (SOP’s), product inspections, and
standardized work instructions.
- Lead the QA/QC team, managing
all quality systems and food safety programs at the plant level.
- Manage the day-to-day
activities of QA/QC associates, ensuring that quality standards and
food safety controls are maintained at mandated levels to achieve
- Guide QA/QC technicians in
the procedures and methods used to inspect, monitor, and audit
processes and products.
- Ensure the effective
execution of all quality and food safety programs.
- Monitor third shift
sanitation operations to ensure compliance with SSOP guidelines,
including periodic oversight.
- Oversee the compliant
labeling and nutritional data program.
- Maintain and utilize data in
a predictive and proactive manner, identifying and reporting trends
that impact Quality/Food Safety.
- Communicate with members of
management on a regular basis to report quality data and receive feedback
to provide the best quality product possible.
- Assist in ensuring plant
production meets or exceeds USDA, HACPP, GFSI (BRC), GMP, Food
Defense, Allergen requirements.
- Compile and interpret Micro
and bacteria test data, and other inspection and audit procedures to
ensure compliance with all food safety regulatory requirements.
- Handle USDA/FSIS
communications, internal and customer required audits, root cause
analysis, HACCP conformance, and all other regulatory areas.
- Lead or participate in
programs related to the global food safety initiatives, BRC
certification as assigned.
- Be a subject matter expert
and problem solver; acting as a liaison in Quality/Food Safety
communications with internal departments including R&D,
microbiology, sales, engineering, as well as production management,
production personnel, maintenance, sanitation, and others.
- Enforce all Food Safety
controls, managing all hold actions, managing adverse events, and
other necessary processes to ensure the quality, safety, and legality
of products and ensure compliance with USDA/FSIS requirements.
- Ensure effective development
and communications with all QA/QC team members, through coaching and
training in procedure, protocol, and policy and other communications
to enhance Quality/FS systems and programs in the plant location.
- BS/MS in food science, animal
science, food process technologies, microbiology, or related area.
- 5-7 years’ experience in
Quality Assurance/Food Safety in a USDA plant.
- In-depth knowledge of
USDA/FSIS regulations, HACCP, SSOP, and GMP requirements.
- 3 + years’ managing a group
of 5 + QA/QC team members.
- A comprehensive understanding
of the accreditation requirement and the renewal process.
- A good understanding of the
new requirements coming from the Food Safety Modernization Act
- Excellent communication,
presentation and interpersonal skills.
- The ability to work
effectively in a stressful, deadline driven environment.
Job Type: Full-time
- Quality Assurance: 5 years