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Manufacturing Consultant Food Safety - Salt Lake City, UT 84112

University of Utah

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$60,700 - $101,649 a year

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The University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (UUMEP) Center is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Utah. It focuses on helping small and mid-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in todayís dynamic economy by providing any Utah manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

The Manufacturing Consultant in Food Safety initiates and maintains relationships with manufacturers, assesses their challenges and opportunities, and delivers continuous improvement consulting and training solutions. Manufacturing Consultants provide direct consultation to manufacturers within their area of expertise.

This position is considered Category IIA: Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utahís response to COVID-19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID-19 Telecommuting Agreement.


Candidates should be sincerely interested in working with food and beverage manufacturers with food safety certifications, new product development, manufacturing technology, design for manufacturing and best manufacturing practices, and operational excellence. Candidates should be subject matter experts in FDA and USDA regulations and certifications. The primary responsibilities of this role include identifying gaps in food safety compliance, specifically the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), providing direction and expertise on corrective action plans and activities to assist the manufacturer in meeting government regulations, customer requirements, and other standards like Safe Quality Food Certification (SQF). This person will be coordinating process development activities within a clientís organization, working with stakeholders to understand and map their business processes, and leading change.

Candidates will also have training responsibilities, developing content, providing instruction, and working with clients to improve their understanding of food safety as applied to their business. This training may be public/open enrollment or company-specific. Expertise and training topics may include FSPCA Prevention Control for Human and Animal Food, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs, Hazard Analyses Critical Control Point (HACCP), Current Good Manufacturing Practices, Food Defense, Food Allergens, Sanitary Design, and Layout.

Must have a strong work ethic, a great attitude, and the ability to thrive in an autonomous, objective-driven environment. Food safety and quality management proficiency through certifications, skills, and experience. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with the proven ability to lead companies down a path of continuous improvement, with the demonstrated capacity to diagnose company needs and effectively communicate value to all levels of the company, from production personnel to top management. Food Safety Engineering, Auditing or Consulting experience is strongly preferred. That said, we will also consider candidates with a track record of working in Food Safety Compliance / Quality within the industry. We prefer candidates who have varied process improvement methodologies and are willing to tailor their approach based explicitly on the clientís needs.

  • Strong skills with generating presentations, word processing, and spreadsheet applications
  • Demonstrated success in analysis driven problem solving
  • Experience in standard related to Safe Quality Food (SQF), Good Manufacturing Principles (GMP), Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI)
  • Excellent verbal and written presentation skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a high-pressure, time-sensitive environment
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and influence without authority
  • Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive materials and information
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with client personnel
  • Needs to possess a solid understanding of the tools and techniques required to identify and implement proper Food Safety controls effectively.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Manufacturing Consultants will need tact and diplomacy in interacting with manufacturers, professional associations, government stakeholder representatives, and other service providers.
  • Candidates with experience in industry certifications and Quality Management Systems (QMS) outside of food safety like ISO9001, AS9100, and ISO13485 would be beneficial.

The position requires travel to manufacturing facilities across the state. Driving is an essential function of the job. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

Applicants must be capable of accessing manufacturing facilities, which may not be ADA accessible.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelorís degree with emphasis on manufacturing, engineering, technology, and consulting and/or business management required. Masterís Degree preferred. Four years or more of advanced experience in manufacturing sales, consultative sales and/or business-to-business sales preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

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