Senior Food Safety
/Microbiologist Manager - Connecticut
Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd Corporate
GENERAL DESCRIPTION PURPOSE
Candidate will provide leadership to BLUEs Food Protection Program, insuring
that proper processes are adhered to guarantee Food Protection and Food
Safety Duties. These programs will include, but not be limited to: GMPs,
HACCP and Pre-Requisite Programs, Cleaning and Sanitization, Environmental
Control, Finished Product Release and Microbiological support as needed.
Development and implementation of food protection projects to meet Company
Develop and drive strategies to ensure conformance to environmental and
finished product microbiological requirements.
Ensure that the reporting of data and maintenance of records is documented.
Also, ensure that interpretation of the data is correct and that the results
are effectively communicated to supervising individuals and corrective
actions are adequately documented and executed.
Ensure products are commercialized in accordance with Food Safety
Position will be responsible to insure all corporate microbiological lab
requirements are met.
Provide guidance, train and develop the plant Food Safety resources using
the principles of Coaching & Feedback and developing competency of those
Provide guidance, train and develop the plant microbiologists using the
principles of Coaching & Feedback as well as the Competency Development
Map for Microbiology.
Write protocols, challenge studies, validations and reports to thoroughly
document all activities, including C&S, laboratory, waste removal, and
special research or investigation projects.
Works with teams and various sites in regards to issues relating to
Develop and drive strategies to ensure conformance to Pest Control,
Sanitation and Food Protection requirements.
Works with all suppliers (Finished Product Manufacturing, raw materials and
packaging) to drive quality (Food Protection) upstream in the Supply Chain.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES AS REQUESTED:
Managing proactive research and government regulations on product safety.
Investigating and reporting on food protection issues.
Coordination of food protection issues with appropriate authorities in the
Company, Government and customer base.
Conducts new site Qualification Audits
Ongoing audits of all facilities to ensure compliance to Food Safety
Coordinates the investigation of micro issues at the manufacturing sites
Develops and provides micro and food safety training
Develops Food Safety and Micro standard operating procedures
Ability to set priorities, utilize and coordinate resources and manage
projects from start to finish.
Develops and conducts Challenge and Validation Studies.
Five to ten years experience in plant microbiology, environmental
programs, pest control, cleaning or sanitation with a food manufacturing
Knowledge of manufacturing processes, GMPs, Food Safety, and Quality.
HACCP, SQF, PCQI Certifications.
Knowledgeable in FSMA Requirements
Solid understanding of sanitation concepts, chemical and the ability to
work with cleaning chemical companies
Knowledge of process control and general food manufacturing principles.
General knowledge of pest control procedures and requirements.
PREFERRED SKILLS, COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE:
Proficient in MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint skills.
Food or Drug Manufacturing site experience required
Knowledge of process control and general food manufacturing principles
Effective written and verbal skills.
Excellent training and presentation skills and the ability to explain food
safety concepts to those not specialized in the field.
Experience writing protocols and SOPs
Excellent written and communication skills
Excellent training and presentation skills. Ability to explain food safety
concepts to non-technical individuals.
Ability to travel 50 to 70% of time.
Auditing manufacturing and material sites for food safety compliance.
M.S. Degree in Microbiology, Food Science, Chemistry, or related field (PhD