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Sr. Scientist, Food Safety & Quality Assurance (Remote)

Ocean Spray




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Do you have a passion for food safety and quality assurance principles across multiple platforms from pilot to commercial scale? Do you enjoy cross functional collaboration with R&D, Marketing, Procurement, Supply Chain and Operations to make the impossible possible? If you love to roll up your sleeves and drive food safety & quality assurance culture in an agile organization, then you are who we are looking for!

This is a remote opportunity.

A Day in the Life of a Sr. Scientist, Food Safety & Quality Assurance:

Work across corporate and plant quality teams, package engineering, product development, research sciences and procurement to initiate all packaging supplier approvals.

Ensure that the integrated approved supplier system is maintained with required documentation through the R&D systems.

Conduct assessment of supplier HACCP/ Food Safety Plans, 3rd party audits, supplier surveys, and all related quality systems documents.

Conduct searches on FDA recalls and warning letter activities across the approved supplier base and for new potential suppliers.

Support packaging supplier issue resolutions.

Create supplier related performance reports.

Review and complete customer questionnaires and/or agreements

Provide quality and food safety support during investigations from customer complaints and/or internal plant holds.

Engage technical experts from corporate, industry experts, and chemical / equipment suppliers to troubleshoot any sanitation challenges and identify novel technologies and methodologies that improve sanitation effectiveness

This position requires travel (30-45%)

BS/MS/Ph.D. in Food Science or related field

Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in Food Safety or Quality Assurance

Good working knowledge in the areas of Quality Systems, certifications and Auditing Protocols. FDA knowledge and PCQI certification are a plus

Food safety experience with Supplier Quality including but not limited to microbiology, foreign material, allergen control, traceability, and others

Expertise in sanitation programs, regulatory compliance, specification adherence, and other food safety and quality programs with suppliers

Excellent collaborative and problem-solving skills, with strong written and verbal communication skills

Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

The Ideal Candidate:

Inspires trust. Is an individual contributor with an insatiable appetite for driving Food Safety and Quality into culture as well as business results.

Has technical and business curiosity. Communicates directly and immediately. Is a critical cross functional partner in the organization, contributing technical insight to the broader team.

Thrives in complexity. Highly motivated, dedicated and a self-starter with a natural inclination to contribute well beyond functional role. Can always be counted on to lend a hand and promote team engagement to achieve goals.

Has the ability to multitask, work agile, identify new ways of doing things. One day you will work on ingredients and review HACCP/Food Safety documentation, the next day you will be leading a co packers audit. Yes! You work in all altitudes.

Is responsible for timely /accurate administrative duties; keeping management informed of Food Safety & Quality program progress, challenges, opportunities & updates. Drives for results and follow-through.

Is strong, steady and unwavering. You will revel in the art of setting the grade, with an itch to shape the bigger picture. You will cut straight to the heart of the matter, and love making the plan a reality.

Values and respects team members. Available to the team and forge strong relationships with those around you.

Has a passion for Food Safety underpinned with science and technology. Thrives in cross functional teams to deliver safe and high-quality products with agile teams.

Who We Are:

You might have our iconic cranberry juice in your fridge or have gotten into heated holiday debate about what’s better - canned or fresh cranberry sauce. But did you know that the hardworking people growing the superfruit in our products are 700 family farmers that own our cooperative? They entrust us with what is most precious to them to create new and innovative products that will delight consumers and grow this beloved brand today and into the future.

Team members, farmers, consumers and communities alike-we value what makes us unique and strive to connect our farms to families for a better life by living our values:

Grower Mindset – We embrace our grower-owners innovative spirit and heritage through confidence, learning and focus on the future.

Sustainable Results – Guided by purpose, we are focused on delivering results for our grower-owners.
Integrity Above All – We are ethical, doing the right thing for our grower-owners, customers, consumers and each other

Inclusive Teamwork – We build diverse and inclusive teams that strengthen our cooperative.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.



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