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Senior Director of Food Safety and Food Quality - Salisbury, MD 21804

Perdue Farms


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:

  • Provide executive reporting on Food Safety and regulatory compliance and concerns regarding microbial management with actionable recommendations.
  • Ensure Perdues microbial intervention process are flawlessly being executed in assigned facilities.
  • Partner with business colleagues (e.g. Supplier Quality and Procurement) where improvements and execution of relevant preventive controls regarding food safety programs are required.
  • Training/educating 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)
  • Excellent organizational skills including time management and priority setting
  • Proven 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.
  • Requires an excellent executive presentation and communication skills with the ability to inspire and inform.
  • Requires a strong business, planning, communication and financial skillset with the ability to manage complex projects involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Requires a demonstrated leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and community.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide 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.
  • Assist Operations, R&D, Engineering with design (and process capability) on any new lines (as well as improvements in old lines).
  • Build and maintain a strong QA/FS teams by providing coaching and training. Assist associates in receiving outside training when needed
  • Provide Food Safety guidance to operations. Responsibility (shared) for MRSI in all FP plants
  • Maintain strong professional relationships across plant locations, Sales, Marketing, Vendors, Key customers, Co-Packers, to enable responsive partnerships

Minimum Education

  • Bachelors degree in Food Science, Agribusiness or related discipline

Experience Requirements

  • 10+ years years experience in the food industry required, poultry strongly preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of and/or certifications in) food safety and all applicable regulations as required
  • Substantial experience in Food Safety/Food Quality and/or Regulatory relations with a minimum of 10 years in progressive management
  • 7+ years with direct customer interface and support around Quality and Food Safety
  • 7+ years experience managing requirements around verification programs; NAE, NGMP, Gluten Free, BRC, SQF, HACCP, etc.
  • Strong background in the areas of microbiology and food science/engineering food safety with a minimum of 15 years work experience
  • Extensive Regulatory (USDA) engagement experience
  • Experience developing and maintaining company records relating to process work flows, USDA,FDA and other regulatory organizations
  • Thorough understanding of HACCP and GFSI programs/audit schemes
  • Robust knowledge and experience with the application of intervention systems to reduce microbial load and risk throughout poultry processing
  • Ability to effectively articulate and present the company's Food Safety and Quality strategy as it relates to senior management, regulatory bodies, customers and copackers
  • Proven 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 perspective.

Experience Preferred

  • Prior experience in a job that involves direct interaction with government agencies.

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

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.



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