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Food Safety Specialist - Sikeston, MO 63801



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Food Safety Specialist

Background & Purpose of the Job

Reporting to the site Quality Manager, the Food Safety specialist leads the implementation of factory specifications, standards and Quality Management System (QMS) for food safety, quality assurance and controls in alignment with applicable regulatory requirements. This key Quality role ensures consistent implementation of systems to maintain compliance with local regulatory requirements and drives program improvement activities to ensure consumer safety & overall product quality and address consumer / customer issues. This person will lead the Food Safety & Food Defense teams; implement updates to the Food Safety / Food Defense & HACCP plans; support internal and external auditing; and carry out other related compliance activities. This role will report on program performance to the Quality manager, site leadership team and to external stakeholders

You’re a change maker: You will leverage new digital tools to drive sustainable changes in the areas of responsibility. You have strong strategic influencing and organizational awareness to drive common practices across sites and categories.

You are inquisitive, resourceful and eager to Learn: You do not accept the norm, you are looking for opportunities to improve current designs/practices needed beyond lead time and cost. You will own the scientific process in the plant. As the primary expert you will be the primary resource for hunting improvements, training, and knowledge.

You’re a born leader: You are in charge of Lab training and are responsible for taking out lab to the next level of expertise. You are the leader of change bringing others on the journey with you. You take pride in the facility, equipment and the driving the program in North America.

You’re a dot connector: You are a part of many different groups and touch the work plans of many teams. You will connect the dots between Quality groups in the Factories and the Divisions, build relationships and work with all factory-based departments. Taking and sharing best practice and thinking, bringing it into your work.

You’re a culture and change champion: You will drive a new way of working to the Quality and Food Safety culture and level of expectations on site. You will own the food safety culture in the factory. By designing process and educating teams you will change the culture of the way we do things, also engaging others in the program to entrench this into our ways of working.

You love to win, and have fun doing it: You have the opportunity to be instrumental at the beginning of a really exciting time for the North America business, you will have the opportunity to do things that have never been done before. You will work on a wide variety of projects and with varied groups and teams. You will have the opportunity to see in very short time scales big wins and add value across the business.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead both site’s Food Safety and Food Defense teams
  • Responsible for implementation of Food Safety and Food Defense & HACCP plan updates
  • Help lead the identification, evaluation and resolution of issues impacting product quality and food safety including the completion of routine site inspections.
  • Manage Finished Product and Zone 1 testing, reporting and CAPA’s in the Environmental Monitoring Plan
  • Work with the Quality Manager to ensure the continued implementation of all company quality policies and procedures
  • Prepare data, evaluate and work with site manager to determine ingredient and product dispositions.
  • Prepare monthly reports as required on the activities of the laboratory and quality related performance of the site.
  • Update content and report compliance to annual and routine training to employees on quality topics such as methods to comply with GMP’s, Allergen Control and Statistical Process Control procedures.
  • Monitor the production process by reviewing operations control data, respond to and document out-of-spec incidents and respond to questions from staff on quality issues.
  • Manage and follow up on corrective actions from both Internal and External Audits.
  • Follow all company policies and procedures such as safety requirements
  • Coordinate continuous improvement activities in Quality with direction from WCM department
  • Provide support towards consumer complaint reduction and improvements
  • Support Quality plant teams; HACCP, Consumer complaint, Sanitation, and RCA
  • Support validation and verification for sanitation and allergens across all production lines
  • Input into the Quality loss trees and drive actions and follow-up for improvements
  • Partner with Quality supervisors to align ways of working in Quality across VT sites
  • Provide continuity of quality programs through change management processes (i.e. innovations, capital improvements)
  • Serve as third party laboratory and procurement liaison leading 8 Stages of Incoming Material methodology for non-conforming products and associated improvement initiatives

What You’ll Need to Succeed


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Bachelors Degree, preferably in Food or Dairy Science
  • Minimum two years’ experience in a dairy or food environment or equivalent regulatory-facing experience
  • Strong analytical skills; ability to translate data into action and follow-through
  • Excellent math, written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer proficiency, esp. Excel, Word, SAP,
  • Flexible, motivated individual with the ability to adapt quickly and effectively.
  • Ability to lead in a fast-paced environment
  • Basic knowledge of ice cream composition, sanitation principles, microbiology and quality assurance policies.


  • Extensive understanding of sanitation principles, microbiology and quality assurance policies.
  • A passion for design

What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics by federal, state, or local law. For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

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