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Supplier Food Safety and Quality Assurance Senior Scientist at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. - Lakeville, MA 02347


Company Description


Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry farmers in the United States, Canada and Chile, who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations. The cooperative’s cranberries are currently featured in more than a thousand great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 100 countries worldwide. With more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 receiving and processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business in a way that respects our communities, colleagues and the environment.


Ocean Spray believes that our colleagues are our best assets and we offer an environment where you can work with exceptionally smart, innovative and passionate teams that are motivated to deliver Ocean Spray products around the world. If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can Grow, Own, Live and Drive your career every day, Ocean Spray is for you!


Job Description


The Quality team at Ocean Spray is looking for a Supplier Quality Senior Scientist! The position is located at our corporate office in Lakeville, MA.


A Day in the Life of a Supplier Quality Senior Scientist: 

Works across Corporate and plant Quality teams, Product Development, Research Sciences and Procurement to initiate all ingredient and packaging supplier approvals. Scope of approved supplier database includes co-packer and International suppliers. Ensures an integrated approved supplier system is maintained with required documentation through the R&D administrative resources

Administers the domestic purchased ingredient supplier-testing program.  Influences the integrity of the sample testing timeliness and report accuracy in the testing database

Reads and analyzes lab results, and technical documentation from suppliers for the approved supplier database.  This assessment includes HACCP/ Food Safety Plans, third party audits, supplier surveys, and all related quality systems documents.  Conducts searches on FDA recalls and warning letter activities across the approved supplier base and for new potential suppliers

Responsible for technical document writing requirements including the development of related raw material supplier procedures, technical analysis and reports of supplier incidents

Support ingredient and packaging supplier issue resolutions.  Uses problem-solving techniques to work with plants, suppliers, and procurement resources on each incident. Lead specific incidents using a standard process and form to document root cause corrective action and connect to the supplier complaint process and performance files

Uses statistical techniques to quantify capability of suppliers to meet ingredient and packaging specifications and for OSC functionality needs. Assists in preparing quality guidance including statistical tools and training material for suppliers and OSC plants where needs are identified

Leads supplier visits and audits as identified by the annual risk-based audit program. Supports the global supplier audit program planning and tracking

Manages the information systems which drive the supplier performance metrics

Creates and generates supplier related performance reports across all approved suppliers. Report management includes related raw material testing results for heavy metals, and the supplier complaint system



3 years minimum, plus related experience working with manufacturing, suppliers and audits

Bachelor's degree required. Food Science, Chemistry, or other Sciences preferred

Excellent collaborative and problem-solving skills. A strong, broad technical background with expertise in the areas of, Quality Systems, Process Control and Auditing Protocols

Must be very familiar with food manufacturing

Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required with specific skills in the area of policy and procedure development and documentation. Technical writing experience with procedures and audit reports


Additional information


Work Perks:

•½ Day Fridays in the Summer

Onsite Fitness Center & Classes


ManiPro, Dry Cleaning, Zippity Car Service, Onsite Dental Cleanings and many more…




Compensation and benefits are high on everyone's priority list, so it’s high on our list too. That’s why Ocean Spray provides competitive salaries and a wide variety of benefits - including programs that protect your health and welfare, help you prepare for retirement and truly enable you to balance your work and family life.


Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, as well as individuals with a disability or any other characteristic protected by law.


All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.



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