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Food Safety Scientist-1402342 - IL-Glenview



Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) is one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, with annual revenues of more than $18 billion. With the spirit of a startup and the soul of a powerhouse, Kraft has an unrivaled portfolio of products in the beverages, cheese, refrigerated meals and grocery categories. The company’s iconic brands include Kraft, Capri Sun, JELL-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters and Velveeta. Kraft’s 22,500 employees in the U.S. and Canada have a passion for making the foods and beverages people love. Kraft is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the NASDAQ-100 indices. For more information, visit and


This position is responsible for reviewing food safety programs and, specifically, CCP validations at external manufacturers and suppliers that handle sensitive products (e.g., RTE Dairy, RTE Meat and RTE Vegetable products). Programs include HACCP, Pathogen Environmental Monitoring, Zoning, GMP, and validation of lethality steps. Also, included are laboratory programs and methods.


Provide support, as needed, to Business Units / Region with Technical visits to potential and existing suppliers/co-manufacturers to verify that key Food Safety and Microbiology programs are in place and validated. In addition, work with business partners to identify gaps and recommend corrective actions.


Principal Accountabilities/Responsibilities:

1.    Provide scientific and technical food safety and microbiological support to the Business unit/Region to ensure product safety and quality by conducting technical assessments of high risk suppliers and co-manufacturers.

2.    Identify and communicate food safety risks to Business Unit/Kraft Supplier Region, giving actionable advice on Food Safety programs

3.    Review the validation/ of Food Safety programs at supplier, co-manufacturers and Kraft Foods facilities and recommend improvement programs to ensure brand protection & contribute to business growth.

4.    Partner with business partners where improvements and execution of relevant HACCP models and PEM are required at suppliers.

5.    Conduct validation of Critical Control Points related to kill steps (Cooking, Smoking, Blanching, Roasting, etc.) and assess validity of data obtained by others

6.    Continuously improve technical skills in food safety and understanding of food microbiology, epidemiology and food hygiene matters.

7.    Conduct validation studies to determine critical limits for critical processes and partner with external institutions and business partners to update/maintain CCP models.

8.    Liaise externally to ensure most relevant information and emerging issues are identified and incorporated in food safety visits.

9.    Continue to develop technical visit criteria and program to incorporate new learning's and institutionalize them for future visits



·         M.S. or PhD in Food Safety or Microbiology or closely related field and 1 - 2 years’ experience in applied microbiology or related discipline.

·         Knowledge of HACCP

·         Knowledge of GMP, Pathogen Environmental Monitoring, and Facility / Equipment Design

·         Knowledge of Microbiology Laboratory Techniques with awareness of rapid test methods

·         Awareness of quality systems/processes/auditing

·         Experience with validation of Critical Control Point (Lethality steps such as roasters, cookers, and smokehouse).

·         Excellent communication skills (presentation, report writing).

·         Knowledge of GFSI Schemes

·         Good people skills

·         Action oriented

·         Knowledge of basic computer skills.

·         Bilingual is a plus

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance.



 : Research & Development

Primary Location

 : NA-US-IL-Glenview

Kraft Foods Group is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Kraft provides reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Applicants who need accommodation in the job application process should contact 847-646-6044 to request assistance.















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