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Director Food Safety, Microbiology and Sanitation


KIND



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Job Description:


Who are we?

Since 2004, KIND has been on a mission to create a kinder and healthier world - one snack and one act at a time. Its iconic KIND© bars - made with real, recognizable ingredients - sparked the growth of an entirely new healthy snacking category. Today, KIND has a family of more than 80 snacks that offer solutions for a variety of occasions. All of KIND's products lead with a nutrient-dense first ingredient - whole nuts, whole grains or whole fruit - and do not contain genetically engineered ingredients, sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners.

Inspired by the belief that acts of kindness can be a transformative force for good, both the KIND brand and The KIND Foundation seek to inspire kindness and empathy.

We're looking for passionate collaborators to help us become the foremost leader in health & wellness and positively impact society along the way. If you're looking to be a part of an inspiring, energetic and entrepreneurial environment, you’ve found the right place.

As the Director of Food Safety, Microbiology & Sanitation you will…

  • Own, lead, and support KIND business as the subject matter expert on Food Safety, Microbiology and Sanitation (both Internal Sites and External Manufacturers). Specifically provide technical support and leadership in the following areas: Sanitation, Hygienic Design, Environmental Monitoring, Specifications, HACCP Validations, Material Risk Assessments, Microbiological testing of ingredients and finished products.
  • Provide Strategic leadership on Food Safety and Brand Protection for the Global business.
  • Ensure resources and capabilities are in place and adapted to the present and future needs of a global Health & Wellness platform (KIND global business)
  • Lead the establishment of business processes and tools to ensure KIND Global is the industry lead in Food Safety
  • Be the Incident Owner for Food Safety-related Incidents and Recalls. Ensure compliance to MARS Product Incident Management process (PRIMP) and regulatory agencies (FDA, CFIA and EFSA).
  • Ensure KIND products and processes meet MARS Global Food Safety & Microbiological requirements. Be the Food Safety leader for product Innovation & Renovation initiatives. Provide close-to-the-business technical expertise to support KIND’s growth strategic plan.
  • Primary contact at KIND for MARS Global Food Safety, Micro and Sanitation functions.
  • Effectively communicate and liaise with suppliers and plants (co-man and internal plants) quality teams to problem solve, trouble shoot, and resolve food safety issues. This includes education and technical information sharing to continually increase overall knowledge of plant personnel.
  • Evaluate and provide guidance on proper plant design of food plants to meet world-class RTE standards. Works closely with Manufacturing on the design of the manufacturing network on Hygienic Design, Plant Lay-out as well as Cleaning and Sanitation practices
  • Conduct and document data-based risk assessments using technical, scientific, regulatory, and industry inputs. This include active review, interpretation, and communication of recommendations for food safety assessments or investigations.
  • Interpret sensitive food safety related technical information and provide objective science-based recommendations
  • Provide scientific expertise and technical leadership to ensure regulatory compliance, support KIND’s growth strategic plan, and drive continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Identify, develop, train, and support execution of food safety programs, controls, processes, and MARS standards and procedures in alignment with industry best practices and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain abreast of current and evolving food safety considerations and best practices.


Required Experience:


What you’ll bring to KIND

  • Passion for Quality and Food Safety
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively across multi-functional teams, often remotely, especially with Operations, manufacturing sites, Suppliers and R&D.
  • Excellent communication and negations skills
  • Genuine in your desire to help make the world a kinder place, committing to always spreading and celebrating kindness


You are…

  • Curious with a constant desire to learn and seek
  • A collaborator and team builder
  • Genuine in your desire to help make the world a kinder place, committing to always spreading and celebrating kindness.


You have…

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Food Microbiology, Food Science, or related subjects. PhD in related subjects is preferred.
  • 15+ years of proven experience in CPG preferably in roles in Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Microbiology, Sanitation & Hygienic Design.
  • Experience with working in a corporate environment as well as manufacturing and distribution location environments.
  • Ability to effectively resolve complex problems
  • Skill at influencing through strong relationships and expertise


What KIND offers

  • Competitive salary, including a target bonus and an impressive benefits package!
  • Flexible Paid Time Off. Choose what works best for you, including summer hours
  • Excellent health, dental & vision insurance, with options to fit you & your family’s needs
  • Your health is important! Our wellness strategy focuses on mental and physical wellbeing through in office programs like Drs, Nutritionists, Mindfulness, Chair Massages & others
  • Casual office dress code- feel free to wear your KIND gear
  • Stock up on your favorite KIND bars to share with your family & friends, through a quarterly voucher
  • Training & tuition reimbursement program, because continuing to learn matters and we support your development
  • A dynamic, ambitious, fun and KIND work environment
  • The opportunity and responsibility to be KIND everyday


EEO

At KIND, we are committed to an inclusive workplace where diversity in all its forms is championed. KIND is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and we are an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you require special accommodation, please let us know.

 

 

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