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Food Safety Specialist - Dianne's Fine Desserts - Newburyport, MA




Location: Newburyport, MA

Date Posted: 09-15-2016


This position is on 2nd shift.

1.    Coordinate & oversee the daily food safety functions in the plant

2.    Monitor the food safety of the ingredients and products making sure all standards are met

3.    Collect data daily from all areas of the plant to maintain food safety records

4.    Provide food safety technical services to manufacturing, R&D, Purchasing, and Distribution

5.    Assist Food Safety Manager, R&D, and Production in product development

6.    Guide QA technicians as needed


         Perform routine laboratory tests including moisture and microbiological analysis of ingredients and products

         Participate in the GFSI/FSSC22000 yearly audit and assist in the development of procedures and corrective actions

         Help control the departmentís budget for food safety programs; generate cost savings initiatives and reduction of food safety program spend through risk-based evaluations

         Perform product shelf life evaluations

         Monitor perishable materials for food safety non-conformance

         Execute internal microbiological evaluations

         Assist management with material cost avoidance by assessing food safety risks

         Verify that each production line is properly set up, uses the correct standards for each product, and completes the proper documentation; ensure the product is correctly labeled.

         Assist in developing, posting, revising, and maintaining product specifications and other operating standards

         Collect data from each production line daily, reporting variances from the specifications to management and production line personnel to ensure corrective actions have been taken; follow up to ensure effectiveness of the action

         Familiar with and use such equipment at the ATP Swabber, Moisture Analyzer, Petri-film plates, recording and calibrating thermometers, labeler, various computer programs, etc.

         Participate in and occasionally lead Food Safety team in evaluating and improving operational and product quality and food safety awareness

         Participate in Material Review meetings, offering opinions and recommendations on how to address issues; track defects of product and distribute to the appropriate personnel

         Generate and/or assist in generating a wide variety of reports and manuals based upon data collected by the Quality, Production, and R&D departments

         Communicate issues and concerns with all other members of the QA & Food Safety Department

         Promote Food Safety through maintaining high product standards and product consistency

         Minimize the cost of non-conformance of finished goods by providing technical support to the operation and avoidance of loss from food safety issues

         Provide ongoing training to Quality Technicians to ensure competency levels and microbiological awareness

         Provide support for microbiology lab activities on the respective shift

         Follows all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPís)

         Adheres to the plantís HACCP plans

         Perform other duties as assigned.

       1. Must communicate with others to ensure proper production flow to avoid line downtime.                            
       2. Must communicate with appropriate personnel to ensure quality of mixed product.                                    
       3. Job tasks will be performed in a safe and professional manner and oriented to prevent the
           disruption of the production line.

         High School Diploma or Equivalent

         Minimum of two (2) yearís experience in the bakery environment

         Extensive knowledge of baking methods and finishing products

         Must possess good interpersonal skills including the ability to work well with peers as well as superiors

         Possess analytical skills, paying attention to details

         Must be able to work equally well with peers as well as supervisors

         Analytical skills and detail oriented

         Knowledge of food safety issues, GMPís and other industry requirements

         Must be able to perform basic mathematical skills.

         Must be able to read, write and comprehend basic instructions and processes of the job.

         Familiar with computer programs as in Microsoft Word and Excel

         Flexibility to work other shifts as needed. May be required to work overtime

         Goal oriented; ability to lean new tasks

         Ability to project positive behavior; encouraging others to do the same

         Self motivated individual

We Are an Equal Opportunity Employer!


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