Director of Quality
Assurance, Food Safety, and Regulatory Affairs - Lakewood, NJ 08701
of Quality, Food Safety, and Regulatory Affairs
CHOCOLATE. A simple luxury that
brings smiles to faces of people the world over! And it is our passion every
day at Astor Chocolate. We have been making Belgian chocolate products for
decades in the European style of our founding family ancestors. Since 1950,
Astor has come to be known as a leader in Hospitality, Travel Retail, Food Service,
and Private Label chocolates. Through investments in people and technology,
we are respected as an innovator in custom graphics, printing, and chocolate.
This led to our creation of a highly customized product division aimed at
From the First Class cabin of an
Airbus 380, to the stateroom of a luxury cruise ship, from the penthouse
suite of a 5 star hotel, to the snack shop of a major University, from the
gift shop of an International airport, to the grocery store down the street, we’ve
been making our consumers smile! As a family owned and operated business, our
culture is rooted in dedication, devotion, innovation, teamwork, social
responsibility, and most of all, a commitment to the success of our employees
For over 68 years, quality has been
at the forefront of Astor Chocolate and we are seeking an individual who can
maintain that legacy as we push the limits in creating a superior product. As
we look to the future, and the next generation of the Astor business, we are
looking for smart, hardworking, like-minded people who want to play their
part in this ongoing American success story!
The Director of Food Safety, Quality
and Regulatory Affairs leads the development and implementation of the Food
Safety and Quality strategy of the company. You will be charged with putting
safety and quality first as we deliver the right product, to the right
customer on time, every time. This is what we strive to accomplish on a daily
basis. This position works collaboratively with manufacturing, purchasing,
and logistic teams to implement the Food Safety and Quality Strategy and to
manage food safety risk compliance for the entire company. This position is
responsible for monitoring and assessing manufacturing, purchasing, and
logistic operations from food safety risk program compliance for the entire
company. The Director will serve as liaison among production, purchasing,
R&D and sales departments to ensure all specifications and customer
requirements are pertinent, accurate, well documented and followed. This
position will work closely with senior management to maintain impeccable
quality and cleanliness standards on an audit ready every day basis.
Who are you?
- Integrity is at the core of who you are.
You earn people’s trust, with the ability to maintain the
confidentiality of sensitive information as you field inquiries.
- You’ve got driveand
can handily manage new tasks without the benefit of written procedures.
- Your curiousmindset
enables you to interpret complex data, developing and communicating
- You’re approachable,
actively listening and adapting your style to the audience.
- You’re flexible, a
solution seeker. You embrace the grey, troubleshooting in a fast paced
environment to achieve the necessary results.
- Accountable for strategic food
safety and compliance leadership, including integration of quality into
the business in all functions and all levels, developing, improving and
executing a quality management system that ensures compliance to appropriate
food safety, regulatory, customer and quality requirements.
- Ongoing development,
implementation, and management of all aspects of quality programs.
Includes maintaining SOPs and product specifications for all products.
- Manage Food Safety and Quality
Programs as per SQF Requirements. HACCP and FDA regulatory compliance
including GMPs and third party audit requirements (GFSI).
- Ensure Food Safety, Quality and
Process Control issues are successfully resolved including effective use
of Root Cause Analyses and Corrective and Preventative Action tools.
- Forge partnerships within the
team and across departments so you thoroughly understand our business
and processes, identifying the most efficient, effective strategic
direction for Total Quality Management.
- Responsible for leadership of
the Quality and Regulatory teams to include mentoring, teaching, and
ensuring the team is trained and current on all quality systems and
- Responsible for ongoing
employee training activities designed to keep employees knowledgeable
and informed of SOPs, methods, and Good Manufacturing Practices. Ensure
standards for personal hygiene are met and implements corrective actions
- Provide technical expertise in
Innovation and Commercialization projects by working collaboratively
with all internal teams.
- Direct and monitor compliance
with FSMA rules and regulations at all facilities, including supplier
approval program and Foreign Supplier Verification Program.
- Regulatory Affairs and
- Lead the development and review
of label change requests and artwork ensuring regulatory compliance.
- Provide regulatory guidance and
support to manufacturing, sales, research & development, and project
teams as needed
- Bachelor of Science in Food
Science, Chemistry, Microbiology or equivalent Scientific Discipline.
- Minimum of seven to ten leading
teams in charge of quality, food safety, ideally from an FDA/USDA
regulated industry (e.g., food, beverage, confectionery a plus).
- Experience with FSMA and
current food related regulations. PCQI certificate.
- Experience with GFSI,
regulatory, and customer audits. SQF Practitioner required.
- Excellent interpersonal skills,
ability to work in a team environment
- Understanding of regulatory and
food law at the state and federal level including labeling and organic,
and kosher requirements.
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Job Type: Full-time
- Quality Management: 7 years
- Paid time off
- Parental leave
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Healthcare spending or
reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
- Other types of insurance
- Retirement benefits or accounts
- Education assistance or tuition
- Child Care benefits
- Employee discounts
- Flexible schedules
- Workplace perks such as
food/coffee and flexible work schedules