Senior Director of Food Safety
and Food Quality - Salisbury, MD 21804
Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned
company heading into its second century of growth and innovation. With a goal
of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for
consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while
changing the way animals are raised for food.
The Senior Director of Food Safety and Food Quality
directs the food quality and regulatory compliance procedures and processes
for the company. This person oversees Food Safety and Quality Management
systems (FSQMS) and support personnel of assigned locations to include HACCP,
SSOP, FSIS regulations and programs Some of the other main purposes of this
position are as follows:
executive reporting on Food Safety and regulatory compliance and
concerns regarding microbial management with actionable recommendations.
Perdue’s microbial intervention process are flawlessly being executed in
with business colleagues (e.g. Supplier Quality and Procurement) where
improvements and execution of relevant preventive controls regarding
food safety programs are required.
colleagues and suppliers in identifying critical parameters of processes
used, the mechanisms underlying control steps and the measurements
needed to validate these processes when requested by other functions
(e.g., Supplier Quality)
organizational skills including time management and priority setting
ability to interact clearly and effectively with cross functional
business partners to establish targets plans and maintain timelines to
ensure timely and quality execution Strong demonstrated transformational
skills (inspiring, problem solving, communication across multiple
organizations, executing) to provide evidence-based leadership, and the
ability to utilize these skills with all levels of team members,
management and community leaders is required.
an excellent executive presentation and communication skills with the
ability to inspire and inform.
a strong business, planning, communication and
financial skillset with the ability to manage complex projects involving
a demonstrated leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the
workplace and community.
Principal and Essential Duties
leadership to cross-functional teams when problem solving issues across
functional areas (QA, Operations, R&D, and Marketing/Sales). Measure
and communicate progress as a problem moves towards a lasting solution.
Operations, R&D, Engineering with design (and process capability) on
any new lines (as well as improvements in old lines).
and maintain a strong QA/FS teams by providing coaching and training.
Assist associates in receiving outside training when needed
Food Safety guidance to operations. Responsibility (shared) for MRSI in
all FP plants
strong professional relationships across plant locations, Sales,
Marketing, Vendors, Key customers, Co-Packers, to enable responsive
- Bachelors degree in Food Science, Agribusiness or related discipline
years years experience in the food industry
required, poultry strongly preferred.
knowledge of and/or certifications in) food safety and all applicable
regulations as required
experience in Food Safety/Food Quality and/or Regulatory relations with
a minimum of 10 years in progressive management
years with direct customer interface and support around Quality and Food
years experience managing requirements around
verification programs; NAE, NGMP, Gluten Free, BRC, SQF, HACCP, etc.
background in the areas of microbiology and food science/engineering
food safety with a minimum of 15 years work experience
Regulatory (USDA) engagement experience
developing and maintaining company records relating to process work flows, USDA,FDA and other regulatory
understanding of HACCP and GFSI programs/audit schemes
knowledge and experience with the application of intervention systems to
reduce microbial load and risk throughout poultry processing
to effectively articulate and present the company's Food Safety and
Quality strategy as it relates to senior management, regulatory bodies,
customers and copackers
ability to operate successfully in a rapidly growing organization,
inclusive of demonstrated ability to coordinate efforts in addressing
regulatory issues. Ability to formulate solutions from a broad
experience in a job that involves direct interaction with government agencies.
Environmental Factors and Physical
1. Position is mostly sedentary but may require occasional
moving to other offices or buildings. 2. May need to move light equipment or
supplies from one place to another. 3. May need to access files, supplies and
equipment. 4. Work activity is in an office, open-partitioned, cubicle
environment. 5. When in a plant environment: Exposure primarily consists of
wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces. May be
exposed to temperatures of 28 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both
ambient and 100% humidity. May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degrees
Fahrenheit. May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db
to 110 db. May be exposed to all chemicals used in poultry, food, processing
facility. Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the
job as directed by the Company.
Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative
Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.