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Food Safety Specialist - Omaha, NE




Date: Aug 3, 2016

Location: Omaha, NE, US

Company: ConAgra Foods

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Position Summary:  This role serves as part of a team that is a key component of the Food Protection and Regulatory Affairs group at ConAgra Foods. The incumbent interfaces with internal departments and functions including Enterprise Microbiology, Supplier Quality, Supply Chain Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Product Lifecycle Management, and Labeling, as well as with Supply Chain Operations. Thus, the Food Safety Specialist must be an effective listener and communicator, knowledgeable yet humble, both a leader and a team player, and energetic and enthusiastic about department goals and objectives.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Administer microbiological and analytical data management system for all ConAgra Foods locations
  • Manage Supply Chain Relationship Management (SCRM) system and inbox in collaboration with Supplier Quality, Procurement, Labeling/Regulatory, and PLM teams
  • Design and maintain reports to support both corporate and operational needs 
  • Ensure data management systems remain current and accurate through continual evaluation of process efficiencies
  • Proactively identify, troubleshoot, and develop strategies to improve process gaps
  • Professionally represent ConAgra Foods when interacting with third party laboratories
  • Ensure the adoption of best food safety practices across the organization including pathogen environmental monitoring programs, food safety sampling and testing regimens, and leading-edge methods deployment
  • Lead data management systems deployment to newly acquired ConAgra Foods locations
  • Champion a culture mindset of food safety first and foremost both horizontally and vertically across the ConAgra enterprise
  • Interact with key internal stakeholders such as Operations, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Labeling, and others on food safety-related issues, policies, programs and procedures
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders such as Product Development, Procurement, Co-manufacturing Quality and others to ensure ConAgra’s food safety standards are rigorously adhered to across the Global Supply Chain

Position Requirements:

  • BS degree in Microbiology or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years related industry experience
  • Strong computer skills and understanding of data management systems
  • Fast learner looking to expand their role after gaining proficiency
  • Project management experience
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrable knowledge of food safety systems as applied at the food manufacturing plant level
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Technical leadership with an understanding of business needs and processes.
  • Track record of being a valuable team member in cross-functional teams and technical teams in the area of food safety
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Working knowledge of statistical and analytical tools



Physical Requirements:

Incumbent must have the ability to effectively perform all of the following physical demands without assistance:

  • Stand, sit, and/or walk for up to 8 hours a day
  • Occasionally will work in plant settings
  • Lift up to 25 lbs. occasionally and up to 50 lbs. infrequently






This position description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation.  As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.


ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Omaha
Nearest Secondary Market: Council Bluffs
Job Segment: Food Safety, Supply, Procurement, Data Management, Relationship Manager, Quality, Operations, Data, Customer Service

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