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Food Safety & Quality Assurance Divisional Vice President - Brea, CA

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Key Accountabilities

The FSQA DVP is a leader within ARYZTA and externally with customers and regulatory agencies.  They are responsible for developing and implementing food safety and quality assurance programs and ensuring operations is in compliance with best practices for food safety and quality.  The FSQA DVP reports directly to the Vice President, Corporate Food Safety & Quality Assurance.  The FSQA DVP provides leadership directly to their team (exempt and/or non-exempt) and indirectly to other leaders in Operations, Innovation, and Commercialization.



     Responsible for the selection, motivation and development of Quality Assurance personnel to ensure all positions are effectively staffed and future      management is developed. Reviews  progress with Human Resources on an ongoing basis. Identifies promotable  personnel and assures necessary and desirable training. Conducts timely formal annual performance evaluations for all direct reports, in addition to recommending developmental training

     Responsible for developing corporate food safety and quality assurance policies including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Quality Management System (QMS) and creating improvement strategies to the business

     Responsible for understanding all applicable food regulations (international, national, state, and local), leading      bakeries meet all regulations, and effectively interacting with regulatory personnel

     Responsible for understanding and leading the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards (i.e. BRC, SQF) implementation and recertification in bakeries and responsible for facilitating and overseeing bakery preparations for all customer and third party audits

     Routinely interfaces with major customers to  preserve and enhance the image of the company as a competent supplier of quality foods exceeding their expectations

     Responsible for assuring bakery QA Managers effectively investigate customer/consumer complaints using root cause analysis, corrective actions and preventive measures, and respond to complaints in the required timeframe, and analyzing complaint trends

     Supports in new product development and implementation strategies for customersorks with Innovation, Commercialization, Operations, and directly with customers to define and improve product specifications

     Maintain awareness of industry advances and technologies to assure that customers have the benefit of the latest the industry has to offer with regards to food safety, sanitary design of equipment, and product quality

     Knowledgeable and responsible for maintaining up-to-date FDA registrations, Organic, non-GM, Kosher, and Halal certifications for each location as applicable

Typical Schedule: 40hrs/week, M-F 8a-5p

Required Experience

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

     Excellent leadership, customer and internal communication, negotiation, and team building skills

     Ability to function strategically and handle multiple projects simultaneously

     Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Technology or related discipline required

     Certified in HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point)

     Certified in a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard such as BRC or SQF

     Understanding of microbiology, aseptic sampling, methods, and interpretation

     10+ years food industry manufacturing or quality experience including multi-site leadership experience

     Proficient in computers including spreadsheets, statistical programs, and SAP applications

     Lean Six Sigma training or black belt certification is a plus

     Good writing, statistics (SPC and charting), analytical, and critical thinking skills

Job Location

Brea, California, United States

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