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Food Safety and Quality Specialist - Neenah, WI, US
The Food Safety and Quality Specialist is responsible for the implementation, maintenance, and compliance of food packaging safety and quality programs at Inlands Neenah, WI manufacturing site. This individual will work extensively with cross-functional teams to implement various food packaging, safety and quality programs. The Food Safety and Quality Specialist is further responsible for ensuring overall company compliance with corporate policies & regulatory requirements. This position will maintain appropriate documentation, reports and adequate, timely testing of internal and external controls through conducting self-assessments and audits. Additionally, this individual will work independently to ensure ongoing compliance to implemented programs and will serve as the primary contact for food safety, compliance and quality decisions.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.
Manages and drives implementation of food packaging safety and quality policies and procedures
Participates in facility-level training for the food packaging safety and quality system
Executes on requirements defined by food packaging safety and quality procedures and documents the results
Facilitates internal food safety and quality system audits to ensure compliance to established policies and procedures
Reviews applicability and suitability of the HACCP program for new products
Participates in customer and 3rd party audits including audit preparation and action item follow-up
Contributes to food safety and quality system improvements and corrective actions based on internal and external audit results
Facilitates all audits initiated by external regulatory agencies.
Maintains and revises food packaging safety and quality procedures; prepare and conduct training to revisions as required
Manages record retention requirements
Manages nonconforming raw material and participates in supplier approval and assessment reviews
Assists with customer complaint investigation and manages nonconforming in-process and finished product
Reports food packaging safety and quality incidents, key indicator performance metrics, and internal/external audit results promptly to the Quality Assurance Manager
Ensures compliance with applicable federal and/or state laws, regulations, and/or agency rules, standards and guidelines, etc.
Monitors and evaluates operations, programs, processes and/or practices for quality and effectiveness; makes recommendations for improvement
Gathers, identifies, and/or stores samples of materials to be tested on site or forwarded to laboratory for testing
Leads Neenah site compliance programs for internal and external reporting activities.
Maintains detailed inspection or investigation records, prepares reports, and attends to other related administrative requirements
Monitors consistency of compliance in all areas and provides feedback and training to management and production staff
Essential skills and experience:
Bachelors degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering or a related field
Current/valid SQF Practitioner and HACCP certifications are required
A minimum of 2 years of experience in a manufacturing environment
Knowledge and experience with Quality Management Systems
Strong familiarity with auditing methods and processes
Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Strong problem solving skills including proactive root cause identification and resolution
Experience in tracking, analyzing, and reporting quality data
Ability to lead cross-functional teams to plan and execute projects on time and within budget
Ability to compose and produce reports, documents and related materials
High sense of urgency and ability to work self-directed and independently in a fast-paced environment
Strong proficiency working with Microsoft Office tools
Attention to detail and accuracy
Nonessential skills and experience:
Advanced degree in Engineering, Science or Business or related field.
ASQ CQE/CQA certification desirable
Six Sigma Green Belt certification
Knowledge of the print and packaging industry
Operates in a demanding, fast-paced, people-oriented manufacturing environment with frequent changes and interruptions, and multiple project assignments. Works with a variety of people including vendors, customers, employees, managers, and executives.
Required Work Schedule:
Typically works standard business days and hours. Must be flexible to attend meetings, functions and to be available during off hours, weekends, and holidays to meet organizational initiatives. Some travel and overnight trips are required.
Walk, sit, bend, stoop, push, pull and stand; lift 20 pounds; 20/40 vision acuity.
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