Specialist - Cold Spring, MN
The Food Safety Specialist (FSS) provides technical support and leads
implementation and verification of food safety programs as defined by
corporate food safety policies.
include the following. Other duties may be assigned
- Serve as on-site expert to
assist the facility in compliance to food safety policies and
procedures. Work in collaboration with Quality Assurance team and other
facility teams to implement food safety processes per food safety
- Participate in and provides
feedback for the development of global processes related to food safety.
Use prepared training materials to provide education and training to
facility team members.
- Lead implementation and
verification of HACCP system in facility, including: leading HACCP team,
conducting and maintaining technical and risk assessments, and
maintaining HACCP system documentation.
- Collaborate with facility
process engineers, antimicrobial vendors, and process owners to ensure
processes are tested to establish limits, validated, and routinely
verified for effectiveness.
- Provide technical expertise and
support for sanitation program in facility. Attend sanitation meetings
and provide recommendations and feedback. Ensure sanitation monitoring
is effective, manage sanitation data, and monitor results to provide recommendations.
- Review results for data related
monitoring of food safety systems, such as microbial data. Ensure
results are maintained or recommend solutions where opportunities exist.
- Act as USDA primary contact
within the facility.
- Continuously improve technical
skills in food safety and understanding of microbiology, epidemiology,
and food hygiene
- Other duties as required by
EXPECTATATIONS – all Team Members
- Observe & enforce all
company personnel, quality, safety, and food safety policies
- Maintains a positive work
atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you work
effectively and cooperatively with customers, clients, coworkers, and
- Participates in process
improvement and problem solving utilizing continuous improvement and
rational thinking methodologies such as Six Sigma, and participates in
or supports the E$P program
- Recognizes and acts on
incidents and safety risks. Consistently practices, and enforces
safe work habits and drives those habits throughout the organization
- KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES
- Bachelors degree in food safety,
microbiology, food science, or other closely related field required,
- 3-5 years previous experience
preferred. Certification in HACCP or SQF preferred
- Intermediate skills in Excel,
Word, SAP, Infinity, and Minitab
- Advanced analytical and
project management skills.
- Knowledge of General and
Microbiology Laboratory Techniques with awareness of rapid test methods
- Knowledge of HACCP,
Sanitation, GMP, Pathogen Environmental Monitoring, and
- Awareness of food safety and
- Ability to coordinate
- Experience with validation of
Critical Control Points (CCPs)
- Fundamental knowledge of
Quality Management Systems (QMS)
- Excellent Communication skills
(presentation, report writing)
- To perform this job
successfully, applicant must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
Females, Protected Veterans and Disabled Encouraged to Apply
enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including
pre-employment substance abuse testing