Quality Assurance Food Safety Specialist-BLO00068 Bloomington, IL



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Position Overview

The Facility Quality Assurance and Food Safety Specialist (QAFSS) is ultimately responsible for the development and implementation of adequate Food Safety and Quality Assurance programs that meet the requirements of our customers, Cargill and external agencies.  The implemented systems should include methods, procedures, maintenance, calibration, cross-checks, training, auditing, raw materials verification, purchasing and supplier qualification. The QAFSS must facilitate training programs to ensure sufficient knowledge of QA and Food Safety for members of the Bloomington, IL facility production, merchandising and accounting teams to enable process support. Training must additionally encompass data analysis, trend identification and notification protocol. QA process support activities are approved and coordinated in accordance with the QAFSS. The QAFSS will be the primary contact for direct customer interaction and must maintain deep customer insight and business acumen.

Principal Accountabilities: 

         Ensure the QA and Food Safety management systems are developed and implemented on site, including full implementation of applicable prerequisite programs and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). 

         Awareness of all applicable methods and tools for continuous improvement of food and feed safety, product quality, and processing efficiency are available to the entire facility staff.  Create a multifunctional food and feed safety team and facilitate regularly scheduled meetings.

         Ensure final product safety, regulatory and quality compliance.

         The QAFSS will be the primary contact for customer interaction including, customer visits, response to audits and corrective actions, and relationship tracking.

         Facilitate the audit process including preparation, audit activities, investigation of non conformances and the corrective action development and implementation.

          Facilitation and follow up of process support activities

         Work with the facility production staff regarding strategic planning - automation, instrumentation, data analysis and management, and quality improvement as it pertains to product quality and feed safety

         Have complete knowledge and understanding of all Corporate and Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain North America (GOSCNA) business unit policies and procedures regarding Food Safety and Quality Assurance

         Provide support to operators and supervisors utilizing knowledge of QA and Food and Feed Safety policies in decision making and problem solving. 



         Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) or at least five years experience in a processing facility

         Knowledge of quality assurance and food safety concepts

         Strong computer skills; intermediate level or above in Microsoft Excel, Work, Outlook and PowerPoint

         Must possess strong mathematical and analytical skills, including ability to apply concepts such as probability and statistical inference

         Ability to effectively lead and communicate around changing expectations

         Ability to solve practical problems and deal with variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists 

         Demonstrated self-starter, ability to take initiative in designing and developing programs

         Possess the verbal and written skills necessary to communicate clearly and concisely with all functions at the facility including operators, supervisors, lab staff, merchants, and accounting. 

         Ability to logically troubleshoot and solve problems in the lab as well as with the process

         Physical ability to perform site inspections including walking, climbing, entering confined spaces, lifting 50 lbs

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit www.cargill.com.


Cargill is an equal opportunity employer.



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