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Senior Scientist, Food Safety & Quality Assurance - Lakeville, MA


Ocean Spray



Ocean Spray believes that our employees are our best asset and we offer an environment where you can work with exceptionally smart, innovative, 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!

Who We Are:

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!

The position is located based in our headquarters in Lakeville, MA.

In a nutshell:

Do you have a passion for food safety and quality assurance principles across multiple platforms from pilot to commercial scale? Do you enjoy cross functional collaboration with R&D, Marketing, Procurement, Supply Chain and Operations to make the impossible possible? If you love to roll up your sleeves and drive food safety & quality assurance culture in an agile organization, then you are who we are looking for.

At Ocean Spray, food safety and high-quality products at the heart of all that we do for our consumers.

A Day in the Life of a FSQA Senior Scientist:

  • Ensure effective execution of Ocean Spray Food Safety and Quality Assurance (‘FSQA’) Standards across Ocean Spray Contract Manufacturing, Licensing and Strategic Alliance Partnerships (‘Partners’) in North America.
  • Manage new Partners’ FSQA approval process via audits/assessments.
  • Conduct regular audits and FSQ meetings at partner’s locations to ensure compliance with standards set forth in Ocean Spray’s FSQA Manual for Contract Manufacturing partners.
  • Develop and assist with technical change processes at Partner locations.
  • Define FSQA testing requirements and guidelines for partners to ensure specification compliance over time (e.g. Positive Release and HACCP programs).
  • Provide FSQA support during commissioning of new products, packages, changes in formulas, etc.
  • Be the voice for FSQA on cross-functional project teams and provide the appropriate guidance and support in the execution of projects.
  • Support routine quality activities such as supplier complaints; lot and code tracing; monitor holds; review plant problems and issue new formulas.
  • Coordinate risk analysis and corrective actions of food safety incidents with Partners.
  • Design, implement and manage programs, databases, and/or policies to track performance and manage risk.
  • Provide insight and support in the development and implementation of appropriate plant KPIs for each partner facility.
  • Enforce 3rd party and GFSI certification requirements in the Partner network.
  • This position requires travel approximately 25%-50% of the time.

The Ideal Candidate Must:

  • Have a passion for Food Safety underpinned with science and technology, and thrive in a cross functional environment to deliver safe and high-quality products with agile teams.
  • Inspire Trust. Be an Individual contributor with an insatiable appetite for driving Food Safety and Quality into culture as well as business results.
  • Have technical and business curiosity. Communicate directly and immediately. Be a critical cross functional partner in the organization, contributing technical insight to the broader team.
  • Thrive in complexity. Highly motivated, dedicated and Self-starter with a natural inclination to contribute well beyond functional role. Can always be counted on to lend a hand and promote team engagement to achieve goals.
  • Have the ability to multitask + work agile + identify new ways; one day you will work on ingredients and review HACCP/Food Safety documentation, the next day you will be leading a Partner’s audit. Yes! You work in all altitudes.
  • Timely /accurate administrative duties; keeping management informed of Food Safety & Quality program progress, challenges, opportunities & updates at Partner locations. Drive for results and follow-through.
  • Build, Build, Build. A straight shooter who values and respects team members. Available to the team and forge strong relationships with those around you.

When you join us:

  • You will be expected to thrive in a unique and dynamic environment with positive and fun culture in our Food Safety & Quality Assurance team. If you are looking to join this environment and make your mark, this is your chance!
  • You will be doing your part to drive Food Safety & Quality Assurance - in various categories, with a focus on helping the next generation of eaters build better behaviors, as well as helping us as food creators build better solutions to address our industry challenges and complex food system.

What We Are Looking For:

  • BS in Food Science, Food Engineering, Chemistry or related field. Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in Food Safety, Quality Assurance and/or Product Development. MS/Ph.D. a plus.
  • Experience in CPG industry plant environment with an understanding of manufacturing processes and supply chain quality.
  • A good working knowledge in the areas of Quality Systems, Certifications and Auditing Protocols. Knowledge and understanding of FDA (FSMA) and USDA requirements. Knowledge of dietary supplement regulations a plus.
  • Food safety experience within food, beverage or adjacent industry including but not limited to microbiology, foreign material, allergen control, traceability, and others.
  • Knowledge of sanitation programs, regulatory compliance, specification adherence, and other operational food safety and quality programs a plus.
  • Experience in incident investigation, as well as knowledge of auditing and monitoring procedures.
  • Excellent collaborative and problem-solving skills with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Technical writing experience with procedures and audit reports, desired.
  • Excellent project management, organization, planning, communication and interpersonal skills.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.



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