Vice President of
Food Safety #WC21943 - Delano, CA
Wonderful Citrus II LLC
Citrus II LLC
Citrus II LLC
President of Food Safety will be responsible for leading efforts to design,
implement, and maintain world class end-to-end food safety systems at
Wonderful Citrus. Programs will include, but are not limited to: Food Safety
Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation and maintenance, Supplier Approval,
Foreign Supplier Verification, Sanitation, Sanitary Transport, Recalls, FDA
and USDA Compliance and Company Standards. In conjunction with Corporate
oversight, this position will lead food safety teams for the organization
providing them strategic leadership and overseeing tactical execution
throughout Wonderful Citrus. This role is also responsible for challenging
current practices to improve food safety and in the long-term company
profitability. In addition, the incumbent must act as a liaison for the
company in dealing with government officials, outside auditors, our customers
and parent company. A successful incumbent will quickly acquire an in-depth
understanding of our business and take a proactive approach throughout the
company. This position will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer at
Wonderful Citrus with a dotted line responsibility to the Vice President of
Food Safety and Quality at The Wonderful Company.
what you'll do:
- Coordinate Food Safety Programs
throughout the enterprise to include Production, Farming and Harvesting
to ensure fully integrated Food Safety systems are in
compliance to State(s), local counties and Federal Food Safety
standards including (but not limited to) FSMA, FDA and USDA
- Maintain emphasis on product
quality by developing, directing, and implementing food safety
strategies in support of overall business goals.
- Develop and implement policies
and procedures related to Good Manufacturing Processes and food safety
standards, etc., throughout the facilities.
- Evaluate/Approve new processes
and equipment to meet food safety standards and advise for improvement.
- Provides technical leadership,
direction, and consultation across all levels of the organization - from
executive level to plant teams - to assure standards are maintained.
- Directs all Food Safety
department functions as follows:
- Food safety compliance
- Direct and participate in both
internal and external audits
- Interact with production, lab,
field operations, customers, government officials and other individuals
or groups as needed to assure Wonderful Citrus is properly
communicating in a professional and productive manner.
- Lead and mentor team members to
encourage professional growth
- Direct the budget and costs
associated with the department functions
- Facilitate plants' approval
processes for new and existing customers.
- Oversee customer complaint
investigations which would include identifying root cause and provide
customer response based on findings.
- Work to ensure food safety
standards are met when new products are introduced to a facility.
- Work to ensure food safety
standards are met with products co-packed at other facilities.
- Oversee the development of and test
traceability programs through the organization to ensure they meet
regulatory and customer requirements.
- Oversee mock recall teams to
ensure proper execution.
- Support implementation of
necessary systems and databases, including but not limited to: document
control, internal con-conformance tracking/solution and SOP writing
- Maintain current knowledge and
trends and changes affecting food safety and develop and recommend
appropriate program changes, to ensure customers and governmental
you'll bring to the table:
- Food processing, food safety
and quality knowledge.
- Experience in or knowledge of
Foreign Supplier Verification
- Extensive understanding of USDA
and agricultural regulations.
- Extensive understanding of the
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
- Extensive understanding of GFSI
certification requirements and standards.
- Excellent written and verbal
communication skills are necessary.
- Ability to communicate and
interact with all levels of the organization, including senior management,
customers, consumers, and regulatory officials.
- Demonstrated ability to
influence, collaborate and interact within all levels of the
- Effective problem analysis and
problem resolution at both the strategic and functional levels.
- Risk management minded individual
with strong cognitive thinking and ability to solve complex problems.
- Proven track record of success,
driving performance results across all functions of the business.
- Demonstrated ability to develop,
implement and manage food safety systems within complex organizations
both internally and with external suppliers and co-packers.
- Strong combination of strategic
vision and an ability to get involved on a "hands-on" basis.
- Strong leadership skills with the
ability to plan and execute activities self-directed.
- Ability to provide guidance to
team members to manage deliverables timely.
- Strong team builder with
exceptional experience leading, managing, and developing top talent into
- Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Education and Experience:
- BS or BA degree in Food Science,
Microbiology or related field is required. Graduate Degree preferred.
- 10+ years' industry experience in
Food Safety within a food manufacturing environment, including 5+ years
in a leadership role.
- Experience dealing with
regulatory agencies audits (e.g.: USDA, FDA, etc).
- BRC, Primus or SQF and HACCP