Specialist - Oakland, CA 94612 (Northgate area)
The primary role of the Food Safety
Specialist is to assure the Company that s/he provides facilitation of all
facets of Compliance with Quality Assurance initiatives, including Food
Safety, Social Responsibility, Customers Claims and/or Inquires, Federal and
State regulations, Certifications, Supplier Compliance, Labeling, Budgeting,
and Internal Communications. This would be accomplished by performing the
tasks below and identifying opportunities and areas of improvement in company
operations and utilize Otis McAllister’s resources more efficiently.
Essential Job Duties and
- Manage supplier and warehouse
verification program of which includes risk assessment for FSMA
compliance and review key food safety & quality programs.
- Distribute Quality Manual to
new suppliers and storage facilities with responsibility to collect
signed acknowledgments of receipt from all suppliers and storage
facilities for Company records.
- Manages FSQA programs such as
Federal FSMA – FSVP, HARPC, Food Defense, Trace-ability (i.e. Mock
Recalls), Testing (i.e. Heavy Metal, Microbiological and Pesticide) and
any State food safety regulations.
- Assist in customer
documentation request and monitor customers’ independent
- Assist with Quality Control
Administration in origin.
- Respond independently to
Quality Assurance inquiries timely and accurately:
- Receives, investigates and
responds to Customer’s claims (in-house and outside).
- Establish and implement
remedies to inquiries independently as necessary.
- Maintains Claims Report
spreadsheet. * Assist with Certifications and yearly audits (i.e.
Organic, Kosher, Non-GMO, Whole Grain, etc.).
- Provide annual budget
forecasting input for various internal divisions.
- Serves as part of a review team
for labeling compliance.
- Participate in association
courses, website training and professional seminars.
- Assist in developing policies
- Update and maintain Master
Contact List (MCL) of key contacts such as vendors, warehouses,
organizations, and associations.
- Continuously update the
definition of Quality Assurance as it applies to the Company’s Quality
Assurance program and educate staff and management.
Essential Job Requirements and
- S. degree in Food Science
and/or advanced degree in an industry-related field (preferred) from an
accredited post secondary institution.
- Minimum of three to five (3-5)
years of increasingly responsible industry-related experience in similar
positions within food safety compliance.
- ertified as a Preventive Control
Qualified Individual (PCQI) or become one in 6 months’ time.
- Experience with and
understanding of Federal (FSMA, especially FSVP) and State regulations
(i.e. Prop. 65).
- Clear knowledge of GFSI scheme
BRC (preferred) and SQF.
- SOP and Program writing
- Food safety training in similar
- Minimum of three (3) years of
effective oversight of work of others (external/internal).
- Ability to deal effectively and
professionally with all types of individuals.
- Excellent communication skills
to include written, verbal and interpersonal.
- High degree of accuracy,
attention to detail, timely follow up, and results oriented.
- Independent self-starter with
proven organizational and analytical skills with the ability to work
with little supervision.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Suite, Microsoft Dynamics Navision, and advanced proficiency in Internet
research and usage.
- Knowledgeable different Portals
(i.e. Tracegains, Safetychain,
ICIX, SEDEX, TraQtion, Global MRL, etc.)
- Ability to travel as necessary
(domestic and international).
All employees are expected to keep
abreast of current trends and techniques in the food trading industry;
participate in the activities of professionals appropriate for the food
trading business and the Company (if and when appropriate); pursue continuing
education as needed.
- Ability to sit at computer for
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
- Ability to negotiate
effectively and independently on matters of significance as needed.
From time to time tasks may be
assigned outside the parameters of this document. Every attempt will be made
to supply advance notice; however there may be times when advance notice is
This job description will be updated
as items are added, changed or deleted. During the annual review please be
sure to advise of areas that have evolved and need
Job Type: Full-time