Food Safety (Corporate) - Coral Gables, FL
Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc.
Purpose of Position:
This position will be responsible
for providing strategic leadership and guidance on the company’s Food Safety
programs. In this role, will also implement continuous improvements to
enhance quality processes and enforce food safety policies company-wide, while
adhering to compliance with Regulatory Agencies. As the company expands its
business into the Food & Beverage (F&B) sector, and enters the Quick
Serve Restaurant (QSR) arena for the first time in North America, this
position will provide critical guidance defining policy, training needs, and
providing support to operations in defining Good Manufacturing Practices
(GMP's). Given the expansion of fresh-cut and F&B business in MENA,
Europe and Asia, this position will have to oversee food safety related matters
- Function as a Subject Matter
Expert (SME) for all Food Safety related trends, regulations, and
legislation, while maintaining a high level of expertise on related
subjects, to ensure full compliance with all regulatory requirements.
- Develop and maintain business
relationships with appropriate regulatory agencies, serving in the role
of liaison as related to all Food Safety matters.
- Implement continuous
improvement enhancements in the Food Safety area by setting goals and
identifying key performance indicators.
- Work closely with Operations,
Engineers, as well as Purchasing, Logistics, and other departments to
provide guidance on, and assure implementation of, Food Safety programs
and hygienic design of facilities and their equipment.
- Develop company-wide benchmarks
and corresponding metrics to measure Food Safety performance against
- Maintain product cycle
consistency through shelf life studies, and regular contact with key
customers to ensure their needs are met and exceeded.
- Responsible for maintaining and
upgrading HACCP procedures in all facilities. Using a risk based,
preventative approach, make sure that food safety programs are effective
and all facilities adhere and comply with GMP’s.
- Oversee sanitation and
environmental monitoring of production facilities, to ensure production
takes place only under safe conditions. Follow up on corrective actions
when issues are found.
- Manage investigations, and
reporting of quality issues, market withdrawals and recalls, and
implementation of internal audit control processes in the Quality
Assurance/food safety arena.
- Develop new procedures to
ensure production of quality products, as well as cost effective reductions.
- Oversee hiring, training,
managing and development of all Food Safety personnel.
- PhD in Microbiology, Food
Science, Food Safety, Engineering (or related field) from an accredited
- 7+ years of experience with
food manufacturing processes, or QSR sector, specifically related to
food safety matters, corporate regulatory work, audit procedures and
fresh produce (preferred).
- 5+ years of experience in a
similar role (i.e. Executive/Sr. Director level), with specific
knowledge and direct experience related to overseeing compliance with
FDA, USDA and International regulations (FSMA training).
- In depth knowledge of legal and
regulatory ramifications of the food safety area.
- Strong knowledge of Microsoft
Office Programs (i.e. Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.).
quantitative/analytical, communication (i.e. written and verbal) skills.
- Must be able to work cross
functionally and lead/influence others, including third parties in a
supply chain setting.
- Must be able to travel as
needed to assigned regions.
Preferred but not Essential:
- Preventative Controls Qualified
- Experience in the QSR sector.
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