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Food Safety Lab Manager - Kannapolis, NC

North Carolina State University

$55,000 - $65,000 a year

Job details


$55,000 - $65,000 a year

Full Job Description

Posting Number



Internal Recruitment



Working Title

Food Safety Lab Manager


Anticipated Hiring Range



Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Job Location

Kannapolis, NC



NC Food Innovation Lab


About the Department

The NC Food Innovation Lab collaborates with the NC Plant Science Initiative, the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), the Department of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, and other outside agencies. NCFIL is located on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. The NC Research Campus was created to have all aspects of human health and nutrition in one place complimented by multiple state and private entries providing the academic and research resources.


Essential Job Duties

The primary purpose of this position is to oversee all aspects of NCFIL food safety and compliance from receiving raw ingredients to shipped product in the safest manner while instilling the idea of a Food Safety culture among all employees. The position will be responsible for planning and directing food safety policies, programs, and initiatives to ensure compliance with local, state, and Federal agencies.

NCFIL currently has a Food Safety and Quality Management plan in place, but this program must be regularly updated to reflect changes occurring with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other state and federal regulatory requirements. This position will be responsible for updating or developing new processes that must be followed to be in compliance. The position will work closely with the Executive Director to establish a Food Safety culture in NCFIL, and ensure employees are adhering to developed guidelines and processes.

The position will work closely with food product developers and pilot plant personnel to ensure product specifications for food ingredients and finished food products are followed or developed for items being manufactured by NCFIL in our pilot plant. In some cases, customers will have supplied specifications for physical, chemical, and microbiological aspects of the products we are producing. In other cases, NCFIL is developing new products from ideation to manufacturing that need these specifications developed. New product specifications will stretch beyond our facility to customer manufacturing or co-manufacturing facilities.

The position will work closely with individuals in our product development laboratory and pilot plant responsible for sanitation. Procurement and management of laboratory supplies as well as shared responsibility for EH&S and safety regulation compliance are required. The position will ensure all standards, processes, and practices established for the NCFIL facility are being complied with as per regulations established by the Code of Federal Regulations and the Food Safety Modernization Act. Develop and implement standard operating practices for NCFIL in regard to working environment sanitation.

The candidate will oversee and conduct microbiological testing for product safety and shelf-life studies. They will also need to interface with NCFIL customers to test food products microbiological or physically to establish specifications or ensure specifications are in compliance. Environmental testing of NCFIL environment to confirm efficacy of sanitation and allergen practices and processes.

The position will routinely audit NCFIL practices and processes to ensure full compliance with the established Food Safety and Quality Management plan. It will also be responsible for training others on the team in regard to these plans and how they can audit the NCFIL facility and assisting in the mentorship of staff technicians with PI. . The candidate should be able to become FSQA certified after training if not FSQA certified from previous experience. It will also be responsible for interfacing with regulatory officials when external audits occur, and then be responsible to work with the NCFIL Executive Director to rectify identified deficiencies from an audit.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.


Other Responsibilities

Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Education and Experience

  • Masterís degree or Bachelorís degree and at least three (3) years of experience in food science or closely related field with considerable food safety experience.
  • Experience in food safety and/or quality programs.


Other Required Qualifications

  • Strong written and oral English communication skills with the ability to interpret data in a written format and present to clients at times.
  • Analytical chemistry skills as appropriate for the characterization of plant or animal-derived proteins, foods, and biological matrices are a must.
  • Knowledge of FDAís Food Safety Modernization Act and Preventative Controls for Human Food (PCQI) are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with food scientists in setting processes and specifications for new or existing products as they move from development to commercialization.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to apply clear logic to troubleshoot and resolve conflicts and unexpected outcomes.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, including the ability to present technical information to a variety of audiences and assist in developing manuscripts, grant proposals, and presentations.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and relationship-building skills with both internal and external contacts and


Preferred Qualifications

  • 3-5 years experience in food safety or quality
  • 0-3 years of leading a food safety program
  • Certified Better Process Control School and/or Acidified Foods Manufacturing School
  • In-depth knowledge of requirements for nutritional data and regulatory requirements from FDA and USDA as well as state and local health and food safety code
  • Previous experience with HACCP and cGMP requirements
  • 0-3 years of pilot plant working experience
  • 0-3 years of research and development experience
  • Knowledge in plant science, biochemistry, food science and technology, and/or human nutrition is preferred


Required License(s) or Certification(s)



Valid NC Driver's License required



Commercial Driver's License required



Job Open Date



Anticipated Close Date

Open until filled.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a Cover Letter, CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.


Position Number



Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty


Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)




12 Month Recurring


Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather


Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies


Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?



Department ID

110309 - NC Food Innovation Lab



NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.



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