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Food Safety Quality Engineer- CP Kelco – Okmulgee, OK





As the Food Safety Quality Engineer reporting to the Quality Manager, you will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for cGMP and food safety engineering to Maintenance, Engineering and Operations departments.

Responsibilities include:


•Lead validation function to ensure that facility, utilities and the qualifications of the process equipment are carried out to meet global regulatory requirements.

• Guide in the specification and selection of manufacturing/equipment and product contact surfaces and ensure that the equipment purchased meets the regulatory requirements of the product and packaging.

• Cultivate a high regards for cGMP and food safety as the leader to train employees to create awareness to meet regulatory requirements.

• Motivate, develop and recruit key employees for the facility food safety team. Build and maintain employee engagement, creating a culture of efficient execution and an environment in which individuals and teams can stand out and continuously improve and develop an awareness of quality, GMP and food safety.

• Maximize the success rate in production operations by recommending programs for preventive and predictive maintenance, and ensure that all SSOPs and HACCP plans/HARPC be reviewed and updated, if necessary. Support environmental protection programs, preventive maintenance and plant safety, metrology and industrial hygiene to work effectively and to meet the compliance requirements of Regulatory Agency.

• Optimize the documentation for quality systems engineering, cleaning and validation SOPS, SSOPs, HACCP plans and food safety policy and protocols.

• Lead incident reviews to investigate and correct microbiological, physical and chemical product non-conformities and provide recommendation regarding process design, product disposition and continuous improvement.

• Communicate with facility management and global food safety leader in order to identify and implement any equipment or resources needed for new processes

• Lead HARPC / Food Safety risk assessment for all new lines and as needed to update Food Safety Policy


Your background should include:


• 3-5 years experience in Food Microbiology, Process Development and Quality and Food Safety Management Systems

• Bachelor of Science Degree (i.e. Process Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Safety) required; Certified HACCP manager preferred; Certified in Food Preventive Controls preferred

• Knowledge of food microbiology, good laboratory practice, food safety controls, manufacturing processes, sanitary design, food law, cGMP, auditing, troubleshooting and microbiological test procedures is required.

• Experienced with implementing management systems in the CPG Industry-ISO 9001, 22000, 22002 background with accomplishments in design and implementation

• Demonstrated leadership in QA, Quality and Food Safety Management Systems, New Product Development and Food or Pharmaceutical manufacturing

• Ability to lead constructive, positive change within a plant environment. to create awareness to Food Safety regulations and execute programs and achieve goals t meet regulatory requirements.

• Strong computer skills with proven proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and flowcharting software

• ASQ Quality Engineer Certification or ASQ Certified Black or Green Belt preferred

• Be able to display proficiency in developing mutual respect with operators, mechanics, fork lift drivers, etc in order to execute programs and achieve goals.

• Ability to be flexible with work hours, shifting priorities, ambiguity.


CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the U.S. With approximately $2.3 billion in sales, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries. We’re small enough for you to be recognized and make a difference every day, and large enough for your work to have global impact in multiple industries. We’re known for agility, expertise and focus as we connect the science of nature to solutions and product innovations. A reputation for high-quality products is our badge of honor. We’re proud of excellent safety record, commitment to sustainability and service to the community. Of course, we offer great benefits too, including a very generous 401(k) match.


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