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PRIMARY FUNCTION / PRIMARY GOALS /
OBJECTIVES: The Plant Food Safety Manager is accountable for all
aspects of plant sanitation, including program strategy and results for
manufacturing operations, warehouse and plant grounds. This role works under
the direct supervision of the Plant QA Manager, and sets strategic direction
under the guidance of the Director, Global Microbiology in Division QA. The
purpose of the job is to drive all food safety standards throughout the
plant through the development and implementation of food safety, sanitation,
and regulatory compliance policies and procedures.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for implementing and maintaining the
effectiveness of the quality system.
• Ensures compliance with all food safety policies and
procedures – including local, state and federal regulations; and independent certifying agencies
such as Safe Quality Food (SQF). • Ensures plant is in proper sanitary condition at all
times, including allergen control and pest control • Evaluates facility sanitary conditions visually and
analytically, assesses risk based on food safety and public health principles and prioritizes
corrective actions • Works closely with engineering and maintenance to
identify capital expense needs and ensure appropriate preventative maintenance programs are utilized • Sets the direction for ongoing sanitation verification
activities and validation testing (HACCP concept) • Acts as sanitation lead in the process of assessing and
mitigating food safety risks associated with construction and major maintenance • Maintains and updates master cleaning schedule for plant
meeting Good Manufacturing practices GMP) and Corporate guidelines. • Oversees environmental sampling program for monitoring
of pathogenic organisms in plant • Oversees plant gowning requirements and implements
improvements as needed • Responsible for plant HACCP team • Engages 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 • Directs Pest Control Operators and Dust Control
Operators to assure compliance to all regulations. (Pesticides, Clean Air Act-Title V, etc) • Develops and implements all sanitation related training
for sanitation and plant employees • Ensures all safety requirements related to sanitation
are met including proper chemical storage, MSDS, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and procedures. • Applies statistical principles of monitoring and control
where needed. • May perform other duties as assigned
ACCOUNTABILITY / SCOPE: • The Plant Food Safety Manager works under the direct
supervision of the Plant QA Manager and as a key member of the plant
management team. Position is responsible for all phases of sanitation, pest
control, microbiological and cleaning programs for the site. The decision
making process of this position is critical to the ongoing compliance of the
production operation, and to the quality and safety of the food products.
Basic Qualifications: Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and
requirements for infant formula and nutritionals.
• Supervisory experience is preferred. • Understands and can apply basic microbiological
principles. In depth food borne pathogen knowledge. • Knowledge of HACCP and Sanitation principles • Knowledge of pest identification and control of their
habitats • Understands appropriate wet cleaning and dry cleaning
methodology. Able to identify the appropriate cleaning method and can synthesize knowledge
to evaluate situations and make effective recommendations based on
scientific principles. • Experience in successfully addressing environmental
sanitation challenges in areas such as drains, floors, walls, roofs, and
equipment. • Thorough knowledge and experience with diverse
sanitizing applications. • Understands the principles behind verification and
validation methods and has experience in application. • Effective written and oral communication. Ability to
engage all levels of employees and ability to work effectively with a diverse work force at all levels.
4-year degree in Technical or
Scientific discipline or equivalent experience.
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods
(more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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