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Food Safety Manager – Programs - Glendale, CA


Job ID 15004569Date posted 08/22/2015


Provides expert technical expertise and support to Nestlé technical groups and factories in food microbiology, food safety in product design and validation of control measures. Supports the design and continuous improvement of programs for the management and verification of food safety programs in Nestlé and partner (co-manufacturer, supplier) factories. Supports the development and implementation of division or company-wide food safety programs, including modifications to existing programs due to changing regulatory requirements or new information on food safety issues. Provides leadership to factories in the development of foreign material prevention programs, providing training and support for the troubleshooting of foreign material issues. Maintains an overview of regulatory and technical status of issues and supports early warning activities. Provides input to R&D and factories on analytical testing needs and tools.
In conjunction with Corporate and factory Quality Management and NQAC is responsible for the development of food safety subject matter experts in factory hygiene, thermal processing, applied microbiology and GMP within Nestlé USA and Nestlé Canada. Evaluates existing food safety systems for continuous improvement opportunities utilizing tools such as auditing, process evaluation, research and trend analysis. Hygiene and surveillance programs. NGMP, audits. Pathogen monitoring and standards. Leads projects on relevant food safety issues.


·         Lead program of food safety review and support projects for existing factories and factories new to Nestlé

·         Lead market efforts in the development and roll-out of foreign material prevention programs, including participation in the global foreign body prevention network.

·         Support vendor management activities in food safety, including the development and implementation of verification initiatives such as FSAVE, improvement activities in food safety

·         Support the development and implementation of verification programs, including microbiological, environmental, and pathogen monitoring programs in Nestlé factories, co-manufacturers, and suppliers as appropriate.

·         Support factories in food safety plan (including HACCP and pre-requisite program) development and implementation.

·         Support factories and Technical Groups in the validation of control measures.

·         Provide food safety and microbiology support for innovation / renovation projects.

·         Support factories in the evaluation and resolution of food safety and hygiene issues.

·         Conduct training and competency development for Nestle and external partners.

·         Participate in internal and external food safety networks and market early warning activities.

·         Perform other duties, as assigned.

·         Maintain effective, timely communications regarding food safety concerns.

·         Travel required


·         Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology, Food Science / Food Technology or related fields. 

·         Masters of Science preferred.


·         Minimum of 5 years in food manufacturing microbiology, including operational and laboratory experience. Alternately more than 5 years as factory hygienist. 

·         Must have strong knowledge and understanding of food microbiology, food safety / HACCP, GMP’s, Sanitary design/controls, and basic food technology.


·         Must be capable of working in a fast-paced, team environment with minimal direct supervision and the ability to adhere to aggressive deadlines. 

·         Position relies heavily on the Nestlé leadership framework principles of initiative, courage, service orientation, proactive cooperation and leading people. 

·         Must have strong demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, and self-initiative skills. 

·         Must be self-driven, motivated and result-oriented with ability to perform well independently and remotely. 

·         Strong demonstrated verbal / written communications, analytical and problem solving skills. Must be detailed and results oriented. 

·         PC proficiency in Windows-based applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access (preferred)

The Nestle companies are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran


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