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Senior Manager, Food Safety - Chicago, IL 60654


Barry Callebaut



Position title: Senior Manager, Food Safety and Microbiology-Americas
Reporting to: Director, Quality, Americas
Location: Chicago, IL


Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BCs Values and of course loving chocolate.


About the role:


The Food Safety and Microbiology Sr. Manager is responsible to keep abreast of changes in technology and processes and to ensure compliance for the 18 manufacturing facilities in the Americas region to BC food safety policies, standards and procedures as needed to ensure that regulatory, GFSI certification and customer requirements with respect to food safety are achieved or exceeded.
The Americas Food Safety Sr. Manager is a regional subject matter expert with regard to Micro, Sanitation, Sanitary Design, Environmental Monitoring, Allergens and Toxicology food safety risks.

Key responsibilities include:


Drive Compliance of Americas Manufacturing Plants to BCs Food Safety Standards

  • Lead the Micro, Allergen and Chemical food safety risk assessments for internal plants and co-manufacturers to inform business decisions
  • Drive control and prevention programs in HACCP and food safety plans by sharing best practices, support when issues occur and providing expert advice on prevention and control systems
  • Analyse and Review Issues to identify gaps against standards that require further training or review of standards
  • Ensure reliability of laboratory results through assessments and proficiency tests (internal and external).
  • Deliver training on food safety related programs
  • Lead updates and reviews of critical programs to ensure alignment with the BC global team and roll out to local sites

Provide expertise and support by partnering with R&D, Supply Chain, Customer Service and Procurement

  • Ensure application of risk assessments in the development of ingredients, products and processes to help identify solutions. Ensure food safety is engaged in process and develop appropriate training for R&D
  • Author Statements related to Food Safety as and when required
  • Lead specific Food Safety Projects, as and when required
  • Support in Issue Management, as and when required - - Provide support for emerging challenges and provide technical solutions
  • Continuously improve own food safety related knowledge

Drive improvement of BCs Food Safety Standards and Strategy

  • Contribute to improvement of Food Safety Policies, Standards, Procedures and Programs applicable to BC sites and suppliers, based on new developments in technology and processes, industry best practices, GFSI standards and customer requirements.
  • Support the BC Food Safety expert community and specific core expert network(s) to share knowledge, information and best practices.
  • Support food safety validation of emerging technologies, processes and products
  • Contribute to the BC corporate Food Safety and Quality FSSC 22000 certification
  • Participate in the development of global training programs such asn:
  • Micro, Allergens and Toxicology risks
  • BC Standards and requirements

Work with Customer Food Safety experts, Research Centers and Universities

  • Interact and work with external groups (research, industry groups) on emerging issues and new technologies in areas of expertise to represent Barry Callebaut
  • Represent Barry Callebaut in Symposia/Conferences
  • Managing Projects in cooperation with external parties
  • Represent Barry Callebaut with customers on food safety discussions

Work closely with Regional and Local Quality, Food Safety, Plant and Production, Engineering/OSCO, Business Development, R&D, and Innovation teams

  • An internal consultant with expert view based on science, regulatory and industry experience
  • Partner with engineering to ensure sanitary design of all new capital projects and investments in manufacturing facilities
  • Standardization projects
  • Food Safety Auditing
  • Review of CAPA (action plans)
  • Oversee roaster validations
  • Assist with Sanitation processes (new equipment, special cleaning, sanitizers, & frequency of cleaning.)
  • Collaborate on building & equipment design standards




  • Master degree in Microbiology, Food Science or equivalent
  • Formal training in HACCP
  • Advanced training in Microbiology, Sanitation and Sanitary Design
  • PCQI


Work Experience:


  • 10+ years experience at a GFSI certified food manufacturer
  • Experience in communicating with customers, auditors and regulatory agencies.
  • Experience performing audits of internal and external food safety audits for facilities/suppliers
  • Experience working with the design and implementation of food safety plans / programs.
  • Experience with Root Cause Analysis and Continuous Improvement
  • Experience working with, designing and implementing Environmental Monitoring Program


Additional Requirements:


  • Being a very effective communicator, navigating through different audiences
  • External and internal customer focus
  • Driving Change
  • Focus on continuous improvement and compliance
  • Drive to deliver, taking initiatives and self organised
  • Must be flexible to travel up to 35% of time, including trips that arise on short notice


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:



  • Competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, and vacation time
  • 12 paid holidays PLUS your birthday off!
  • Collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate
  • The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth


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