Global Food Safety - Oakbrook Terrace, IL
McCain Foods USA, Inc.
Position Title: Director, Global Food
Position Type: Regular - Full-Time
Position Location: Oakbrook Terrace
Grade: Grade 07
Requisition ID: 5350
The Director, Global Food Safety is a critical leadership role and the
key subject matter expert on food safety accountable for the Company’s Food
Safety programs globally. This includes leading key strategies to drive and
sustain a transformation in food safety.
The incumbent will bring credible expertise, providing leadership and
oversight for Food Safety, including HACCP, micro risk assessments,
environmental monitoring programs, thermal validation, allergen management,
foreign material controls, capability development and culture. The successful
incumbent will ensure clear understanding of food safety, requirements and
expectations at all levels across the business with the authority to hold
teams accountable to meet the standards and expectations that assures the
food safety of products globally.
She or he shall ensure the food safety and quality systems directly
and positively affect food safety through analysis of results and regular
reviews with regional teams. They will ensure global standards and policies
are fit for purpose and meet not only McCain requirements, but also those of
key customers and regulators. This role will be critical in ensuring that
McCain is a leader in food safety, and thus a leader in our industry.
As a key member of the Global Quality Leadership Team (QLT), the
incumbent will engage with FS&Q (and other) leaders globally, influencing
through strong leadership and deep expertise to deploy standards, assess
performance and drive continuous improvement. They will do so in a matrixed environment.
They will provide clear communication updates to senior leadership.
Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities:
Drives Transformation in McCain’s Food Safety Programs:
- Provides strong technical leadership for all aspects of the
Company’s food safety programs, (including HACCP, micro risk
assessments, environmental monitoring programs, thermal validation,
o Accountability to develop / strengthen and maintain food safety
policies and standards that define the food safety requirements, measurements
and action standards across the manufacturing units globally. Partners with
the Quality Leadership Team members to deploy into the operational units per
the Company’s needs, customer expectations and regulatory requirements.
o Ensures a full and comprehensive assessment of
food safety is maintained, ensuring documentation accuracy for food safety
systems and full adherence to food safety standards. Oversight
to assure appropriate actions are taken to mitigate risks.
o In collaboration with Manager, Cleaning and
Sanitation, reviews food safety programs and data with regional teams (eg EMP) to provide oversight and guidance. Responsible to
assure that food safety programs are effective and that
corrective & preventative actions, training and continuous
improvement are completed as required.
- Provides leadership within the QLT group to establish key
projects that are required to drive full compliance to our Food Safety
Standards. Responsible for driving and providing oversight for transformational
projects. Monitors progress and holds QLT and other leaders accountable
to deliver against milestones. Monitors the impact of these strategies
as a key measure of performance and progress.
- Key point contact for food safety related incidents; provides
guidance to regional teams, expertise to assist with disposition of
product, and oversight to assure robust corrective action management.
o Reviews globally, all quality incidents to understand trends, risks
and priorities, and influences strategic priorities of QLT.
o Drives actions to address gaps and mitigate food safety risks, provides
governance to ensure all food safety CAPAs are effective, closed and
validated; and drive sharing of learnings and best practice across the global
o Provide guidance on product disposition, with
authority to make recommendations to assure food safety is maintained.
- Principal food safety expert globally, providing training,
guidance and counsel at all levels across the organization.
o Provides data driven measures and analysis
of trends relating to food safety performance to Global VP FSQ, QLT and other
critical stakeholders (including SLT, Risk Management Committee) – influences
priorities and actions at all levels of the organization through a credible technical
assessment, data analysis and evaluation of business risk.
o Collaborates with the development and review of the Food Safety and Quality
vision and associated initiatives to support the company goals and
strategies, facilitating the change throughout the organization
o Responsible for building technical and functional competencies, as well as
professional and leadership development. Responsible for driving the
necessary understanding of food safety, food safety risks and actions
required at all levels from SLT to plant teams
o Ensures external resources are effectively leveraged and partners with QLT,
HR to develop vibrant talent pipeline to sustain capabilities over long term.
- Champions a strong food safety culture across the organization,
creating an environment where decisions are made in line with the McCain
quality value, and drives a technical understanding of food safety,
risks and impacts into the business. Drives a quality first mindset with
food safety built into business processes at the very earliest points.
Key strategic member of Global Food Safety and Quality Leadership Team. Will
be strong leader, with credible technical expertise in food safety who can
influence senior leaders across matrixed teams both within FS&Q and
cross-functionally. Will bring leadership that directly affects global
strategies for FS&Q. Will undertake key projects and tasks as requested
by VP and business. Able to deputise for the Global
VP FS&Q and represent the function at the most senior levels when called
Required Qualifications, Experience & Education:
- Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, microbiology or related
technical discipline. MSc, PhD, would be preferred.
- Minimum ten (10) years of experience working within a large
global food manufacturing organization with progressive roles in
- At least five (5) in leadership roles within large, complex
region or global office, leading food safety.
- Ability to lead and manage without authority, and influence key
stakeholders and peers.
- Demonstrated skills and experience in food safety. Ability to
become a credible voice and leader in the company relating to food
safety management, including but not limited to micro, allergen
- Recognized externally as a knowledgeable expert / leader food
- Record of having led transformative initiatives, demonstrating an
ability to influence the business to achieve rapid and measurable
step-change in results. Candidates must have hands on approach;
demonstrate a strong intellect and superior skills in communications,
combined with a drive to deliver results.
- Ability to stand alone, set clear standards and hold other
accountable to a critical requirement.
- Ability to build strong relationships and credibility internally
and with key strategic external partners.
- The incumbent must have the following traits in order to be
successful: persistence, hypervigilance, flexibility, and will have to
be a role model for change.
- The Director, Global Food Safety must have high planning
capabilities, as she/he will be involved in numerous projects. The
ability to engage others to lead or engage in key projects will be
- Quantitative and analytical advanced skills. Ability to extract
meaningful insights from complex data sets and the ability to use data
to drive decisions, strategies and priorities.
- Excellent communication skills: is able to effectively and
persuasively articulate positions both verbally and in electronic
mediums to various audiences including senior executives in a clear,
concise and compelling manner.
- Courage to have difficult discussions with groups from all level
of the organization.
- Resilient after business set-backs, and demonstrates persistence
in tough circumstances
- Strong team player, highly motivated, who can effectively
interface with and present results to all levels of management and teams
across the business.
- Track record of driving high engagement in teams, and enrolling
others in key business strategies.
McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in
ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable
workplace. As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the
diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize
that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout
the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or
accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to
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Job Family: Quality & Food Safety
Division: Global Supply Chain
Department: Global Quality
Location(s): US - United States of America : Illinois : Oakbrook
Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc.