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Food Safety & Quality Technician
Hansen-Mueller Company - Toledo, OH





Food Safety & Quality Technician - Day Shift

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Summary – Responsible for the overall accountability of ensuring the food safety system at each facility is properly written, documented and implemented - thus ensuring USDA regulatory compliance and the production of safe and feed products (ingredients and finished product: incoming and outgoing). This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer. This reporting structure ensures a facility’s food safety system continues to flourish without unnecessary decreases in operational productivity and efficiency.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Verifies that all Food Safety and Regulatory programs are functioning as designed, being followed and correctly documented thus ensuring the facility has the regulatory evidence required to prove they have produced safe and wholesome products.
  • Ensures USDA regulatory compliance by making scientifically defendable decisions that do not result in unjustified decreases in operational productivity or efficiency.
  • Visually inspects the cleanliness of the equipment in the facility to ensure no adverse impacts on shelf life.
  • Able to quickly and thoroughly investigate a product/process failure, determine the root cause and take prompt corrective actions; while minimizing product exposure and production downtime.
  • Accountable for the preparation and the execution of USDA daily verification tasks, as well as numerous 3rd party audits and USDA food safety system assessments. Takes appropriate corrective action as a result of any findings generated.
  • Develops and fosters a strong working relationship with the USDA.
  • Completes reassessments of SQF Quality Plan if:
  • Addition or removal of processing steps
  • Introduction of new product with processing steps not in currently included in Quality Analysis
  • At a minimum SQF Quality Plan is reassessed annually. * Oversees the development, implementation, review, and maintenance of the SQF System and products which may be required on the weekends and outside of normal facility hours.
  • Takes appropriate action to maintain the integrity of the SQF System.
  • Communicates to relevant personnel all information essential to ensure the effective implementation and maintenance of the SQF System.

In the absence of key personnel, the employee’s supervisor or qualified designee (one that has been trained in the key employee's duties) is responsible to complete or delegate the completion of all required tasks and responsibilities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Food Science or related field and 2+ years’ experience in the food industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of quality assurance principles, feed mill processing, SPC, and statistics; preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience and knowledge of USDA, FSIS, HACCP, GFSI, FSMA, Non-GMO Certification, Organic Certification and SSOP requirements.
  • USDA/HACCP Certified preferred.
  • SQF certification preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to uphold regulatory, company and customer standards.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Knowledge of database software; inventory software; spreadsheet and word processing software; preferred.
  • Must be able to travel up to 40% of the time.
  • May be required to work long hours and occasional weekends.

Supervisory Responsibilities Provides leadership and guidance to Facility Managers and employees in regards to Food Safety. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Hansen Mueller’s policies and applicable federal and state laws.

  • Responsibilities include interviewing, and training employees; planning, and directing work; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Office and facility setting. The facility environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Food Safety & Regulatory: 5 years
  • SQP Quality Plan: 2 years

Required licenses or certifications:

  • USDA/HACCP certification
  • SQF certifcation
  • GMO or Organic Certification


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