Compliance Specialist †- Benicia, CA
Fine Foods Company
Valley Fine Foods is a family-owned
manufacturer of gourmet pastas & sauces with a mission to create
healthful, 100% natural and convenient foods. Located near the renowned Napa
Valley in California, we are inspired by the regionís rich history of fresh
and local produce, gourmet cuisine, and fine wines. Our products can be found
at through retail and club locations nationwide.
The Regulatory Compliance Specialist
is responsible for providing technical support to the Research, Culinary and
Innovation (RCI) team and Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) department
to ensure that all new product labels and collateral comply with all
applicable US and International regulations. This may include labeling
artwork and copy, advertising, web content, product claims, and nutritional
fact panels. Work closely with Research, Culinary & Innovation team to
develop HACCP plans for new products, cooking validations and new product
technical specification development. This position is a corporate role
reporting to VP of Food Safety and Quality Assurance.
In this Role you will:
Labeling and Regulatory Compliance
- Review and approve all new and
revised art for technical and grammatical accuracy to ensure compliance
with international labeling regulations.
- Function independently as a
decision-maker on labeling regulatory issues and ensuring that deadlines
- Utilization of regulatory
expertise to review, develop and deliver international labeling
guidelines and associated documents.
- Review acceptability and
regulatory status of new product development formulas to ensure they are
marketing appropriately in domestic locations and desired export country
- Maintain expertise in domestic
and international regulations of interest by understanding the existing
and emerging regulations. Communicate all non-compliances to the VP of
Food Safety and Quality Assurance and suggest corrective actions.
- Champion and/or participate in
continuous improvement efforts related to business practices and tools
utilized within role.
- Support the use and development
of current and new tools, technologies and processes to support label
development, submission, approval and tracking.
- Ensure that decisions taken for
labeling are accurately captured and communicated to appropriate
stakeholders so that submission activities can be triggered in a timely
- Conduct label audits to ensure
that the correct labels are being released for print, printing is
accurate and correct labels are in use at each plant.
- Ensure consistency of labeling
across product lines and compliance with client policies and procedures
and applicable regulatory authority directives and regulations.
- Analyze competitor labeling and
ensures client products have most competitive labeling.
Product Development Technical
- Organize and maintain new
product, ingredient, and allergen documentation.
- Support generation and control
of technical documents for new products.
- Work with both US and
International regulatory consultants and maintain a database of their
- Review international labels for
accuracy and compliance with international regulations.
- Support registration of new
products with various certifying bodies- Gluten free, organic, non-GMO
and other claims.
- Assist with evaluation,
approval of new suppliers and risk assessment of the new product
- Communicate with suppliers
concerning nonconforming material.
- Lead investigations for
Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPA) when related to products in
the development pipeline, newly released products, or reformulations.
- Work with internal and
third-party labs to determine appropriate product testing requirements.
- Special tasks or projects, as
- Bachelorís degree in Food
Science, Nutrition or related field required
- 2+ years of experience
preferred in FDA and USDA regulated industry
- Preferably HACCP certified,
labeling certification program
- Organized and detail-oriented
- Innovative and self-motivated,
able to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related
- Critical thinker with a
demonstrated ability to digest research and apply information
- Working knowledge of the
- Competent math skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
with the ability to use tact and diplomacy with other departments,
including communication with off-site staff and suppliers
- Clear verbal and written
- In-depth working knowledge of
FDA food product regulations (21 CFR 101, 120) and USDA food regulations
(9 CFR 417), guidance and policies, and a thorough understanding of the
- Light travel is required Ė on
average travels 1 week per quarter.
- Please note this job
description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of
activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee
for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any
time with or without prior notice.
Job Type: Full-time