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Quality and Food Safety Specialist

Atlanta, GA






United States


GA - Atlanta




Full Time






Aug 10, 2016



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Position Overview:



Reporting to the Manager, Microbiology and Food Safety the Quality and Food Safety Specialist leads the process of conducting risk assessments of Venturing and Emerging Brands (VEB), and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Identified risks will be communicated to key stakeholders.

 Responsibilities include:

  • Capture information, assess it, and make recommendations to Company management (e.g., senior technical management and VEB).
  • Stewarding cross-functional relationships with technical teams and other support functions (Quality leadership, VEB, R&D, Marketing, Co-manufacturing Procurement, and Commercialization)
  • Development of creative solutions to complex technical opportunities
  • Keeping up-to-date of food safety trends in the beverage and broader food industries.

Function Specific Activities: The following is a list of top Function-Specific activities performed in the job.

  • Act as scientific, regulatory, technical or quality expert and consultant by responding to targeted questions other departments/business units. This includes acting as a resource for general information and acting as a consultant for other technical personnel in the Company.
  • Conduct data-based risk assessments of VEB and M&A. Communicate risks to key stakeholders within the Company using written and verbal communication.
  • Research, identify, and evaluate new developments of food safety trends, technologies, or materials (e.g., processing, equipment, and packaging) using various methods (e.g., review scientific literature, track market trends, attend trade organization meetings).
  • Project management skills
  • Advanced knowledge of food safety and food microbiology
  • Design and conduct experiments to validate food safety processes



Job Requirements - The following is a listing of minimum indicated requirements for this job.

Education: Master's Degree Related

Work Experience At least 2 years

Function Specific Knowledge and Skills - The following is a list of the top Function Specific Knowledge and Skills needed for the job.

  • Quality Assurance Principles: Knowledge and application of food safety and microbiology principles. This includes the ability to evaluate new and novel processes for risk.
  •  Experimental Design: Ability to design and conduct scientifically valid experiments. Ability to analyze results and present valid conclusions
  •  Technical Communication to Non-Technical Audience: Ability to break down or modify complex technical information as needed to communicate it orally or in writing to non-technical Company staff (e.g., senior managers, customers or consumers). This includes the ability to use analogies/metaphors understood by the target audience to reinforce points. It also includes the ability to accurately read the audience's level of understanding and adjust the message/presentation to deliver it at the appropriate level.
  •  Innovation: Identifying best practices from the food service and food/beverage industry in the US and globally
  •  Food Manufacturing: Knowledge of and ability to apply food processing techniques processing techniques. Experience outside of beverage manufacturing is acceptable

 Leadership Behaviors:

  • DRIVE INNOVATION:  Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain our business
  • COLLABORATE WITH SYSTEM, CUSTOMERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERSDevelop and leverage relationships with stakeholders to appropriately stretch and impact the System (Company and Bottler)
  • ACT LIKE AN OWNER:  Deliver results, creating value for our brands, our System, our customers and key stakeholders
  • INSPIRE OTHERS:  Inspire people to deliver our mission and 2020 Vision, demonstrate passion for the business and give people a reason to believe anything is possible
  • DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS:  Develop self and support others’ development to achieve full potential


Honesty and integrity have always been cornerstone values of The Coca-Cola Company. Our passion for people of integrity mirrors our spirited drive for total quality in our brands. These and other elements allow the company to sustain strategic practices and drive business performance. The Personnel Integrity Assurance Program is another step toward making The Coca-Cola Company the premier workplace. This process includes a pre-employment background investigation that applies to all applicants employees and contractors of the company. The scope of this inquiry may cover such elements as education employment history a criminal history check reference checks and a pre-employment drug screen. Designated countries or sensitive positions within the company may have more stringent standards.

At The Coca-Cola Company you can cultivate your career in a challenging and dynamic environment. We are the largest manufacturer and distributor of nonalcoholic drinks in the world-selling more than 1 billion drinks a day. Unlock your full potential with a future-focused company that is known and respected throughout the world.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


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