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Food Safety Sanitation Program Manager - Caldwell, ID 83607




The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.



This role will develop, implement and maintain quality systems to ensure that the items purchased by the Food Group conform to product, regulatory and customer requirements. This is a highly collaborative position that interacts with the development teams when ingredient functionality is being defined, sourcing is being defined and developed, and specifications are created and documented. This individual works with suppliers (i.e. ingredient, packaging, Co-manufacturers / Joint Ventures) by phone, email, or on-site visit to their location as appropriate, to clarify material requirements, assess capabilities, evaluate food safety risks/programs and verify quality systems are in place to consistently deliver and improve ingredient performance. This individual works across the Food Group Quality Assurance department and Simplot affiliates to share resources in global supplier development and management. This role is located at the Caldwell Technical Center. Collaborates closely with R&D and Purchasing on compliance issues and addresses the technical aspects of compliance. Develops, implements and maintains the documentation of policies, procedures, specifications, compliance records and vendor correspondence so that it is accessible via Simplot Web based Supplier database system.


Key Responsabilities

  • Conduct supplier assessments to ensure suppliers have capabilities and management principles in place to consistently deliver safe products that meet attribute requirements for intended end uses. This assessment includes, GMPs, GAPs, HACCP plans, process controls, material supply management & continuous improvement programs & frequently requires travel to Suppliers manufacturing site to accurately assess risks & capabilities. Collaborates with FG QA department, across Food Group Departments & Simplot affiliates on assessment standards, processes & procedures.
  • Manages sub contract assessments by means of close coordination with U of I Tech Help as well as direct communications with 3rd party assessors. This process includes: scheduling, assessment review, calibration and process improvement.
  • Develops supplier quality policies, procedures, data capture and documentation procedures and integrates them into the overall Food Group Quality systems program. This includes supplier audits (by Simplot and third parties), certificates, complaints, correspondence, corrective actions and product verification checks.
  • Works closely with Innovation Team and Quality Assurance to translate material requirements defined by the development team for specific product application into objective criteria using standard methods & terminology whenever appropriate & collaborating with Tech Services & departmental Quality resources on development of new measures where standard methods do not exist. Specification definitions, procedures & tolerances are reviewed with potential suppliers. Capabilities are reviewed with the development & purchasing group so that safety, performance, cost and consistency can be optimized.


Typical Education

  • Bachelor's degree (B.S.) and 10 plus years of research/culinary experience or MS/PhD and 5 years specialized experience (food safety, auditing, product development, chemistry, QA, microbiology, statistics, research).


Other Information

  • Ten plus years related experience and/or training and must be in multiple food science and technical disciplines (dehydrated, meats, dairy, sauces, vegetables, frozen potatoes, guacamole, quality, operations, auditing).
  • Requires experience in developing products to serve various market channels (food service, retail, chain, deli). Proven track record of successfully implementing technical and/or regulatory projects, processes or systems.


Job Requisition ID: 180

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Pay Grade: Global Grade 5

Location(s): Tech Center - Caldwell

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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