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Food Safety Specialist

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CA, Union City



Job Description:

Job Description and Primary Responsibilities
The Food Safety Specialist will be responsible for implementation and continuous improvement of food safety focused programs including but not limited to prerequisites and HACCP.

The position reports directly to the Quality and Technical Manager.

Manage and lead the site food safety team
Monitor and improve food safety systems and standards at the site to meet or exceed customer and regulatory requirements including, but not limited to HACCP and prerequisites.
Support standardization of food safety fundamentals for common systems in conjunction with peers across the Sweet plants.
Support maintenance of standards and processing parameters to reduce risk. Promote and support engagement of plant operations, quality and management teams as needed
Maintain up to date HACCP flow diagrams, hazard analysis and related monitoring, verification and validation documentation.
Manage internal food safety related deviation and incident analysis to promote a proactive approach to food safety
Support the customer complaint team in food safety complaint root cause analysis
Promote continuous improvement by using statistical process control, root cause analysis and preventive action planning within the food safety program
SQF practitioner; provide direction to the site to meet SQF requirements and institutionalize them.
Participation and /or facilitation as identified in customer, regulatory and 3rd party audits
Lead internal audit program and ensure that documentation and policies are being maintained and improved as needed.
Manage and lead development and implementation of new food safety initiatives. Collaborate with peers across the BU as needed.

The position has the authority to observe, review, lead and take initiative/action for food safety activities in site, supplier, and customer activities, with proper notification to senior management of each.
The position has the authority to develop, implement and audit programs directly related to quality, food safety, and assigned projects.
The position has the authority to manage the food safety monitoring and verification activities performed by personnel in alternate functional areas in conjunction with the respective managers

Qualified background in food science, chemistry, biology, microbiology, sensory, food packaging systems and/or food engineering
3-7 years practical experience in Food Safety or Management of Quality or Production, or Project Management in the food industry.
Ability to drive continuous improvement
Ability to affect change through indirect leadership
Excellent written and verbal skills
Proficient at Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Must have strong critical thinking ability along with analytical and problem solving skills
Strong interpersonal, communication, coaching and conflict management skills
Ability to travel infrequently

Practical experience requirements
Food safety systems including but not limited to HACCP, GMPs and other related prerequisites
Writing and implementing policies and procedures

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.


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