Group Manager, Food Safety & QA – Minneapolis, MN



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Job Description Purpose

As a Group Manager, Food Safety & QA, you will be responsible for leading/managing the food safety and quality assurance staff, programs, processes and practices for Owned Brand and “Distributed by Target” food products. Responsibilities range from initial and on-going vendor manufacturing facility approval to developing and implementing new food safety, quality assurance and regulatory compliance programs, improving product quality in the marketplace, and reducing guest complaint rates.

See Yourself:

Leading and managing a Food Safety & Quality Assurance staff of approximately twelve professionals, each with responsibility for supporting the commercialization of new products, continuous product improvement, and managing food safety or quality incidents for one or more Owned Brand food categories

Developing, improving and providing processes, training and technical guidance to all staff members to ensure food safety and quality assurance accountabilities are consistently performed as required

Leading and improving the process and vendor food safety and product quality requirements for the initial and on-going approval of all Owned Brand vendor food manufacturing facilities, including the accuracy, completeness and integrity of the facility approval status, ratings, and all related documentation

Managing the 3rd party Food Safety & Quality Assurance audit program for the initial and on-going review and approval for all Owned Brand vendor food manufacturing facilities, domestic and international

Leading and managing the guest complaint rate reduction and corrective action programs to ensure that all guest complaints are analyzed on a timely basis and the appropriate corrective actions are taken by the vendor

Leading, reviewing and approving the development and maintenance of the Analytical and Microbiological Specification Test Methods and Requirements for all Owned Brand food product categories

Managing comprehensive, concise and objective monthly performance metrics – which are used to identify and address the root causes of product quality issues for Owned Brand foods

Partnering with Sr. Buyers, Buyers and Product Development team members across Owned Brand foods to improve execution of the new product commercialization program, the continuous product quality improvement program and Brand protection discipline

Participating and representing Target with external trade and professional associations to maintain food safety, product quality management, and technical regulatory compliance expertise

Reporting/Working Relationships

Internal: Works closely with the Merchandising teams; Owned Brand Sr. Buyers and Buyers; Owned Brand Product Development team; Product Specifications team; Packaging team; Nutrition, Labeling and Regulatory Compliance team; Guest Contacts and Product Quality Review team; Retail Food Safety Audit, Recall, and Regulatory Relations team; Food Operations; and Food Distribution.

External: Actively participates in external trade and professional associations. Works with 3rd party audit providers, 3rd party technical service providers (including product retrieval), 3rd party analytical and microbiological testing and food forensic laboratories.

This position reports to the Director, Food Safety & Quality Assurance.

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

B.S. degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Public Health or related scientific discipline

10+ years experience in consumer packaged food product manufacturing or quality assurance representing progressively increasing responsibilities and a range of product categories and technologies

5+ years experience with a demonstrated track record of leading and developing professional talent

Strong working knowledge of technical regulatory requirements for the processing of consumer food products, principles and practices of auditing and HACCP

Strong leadership skills

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence others

Excellent communications skills

Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Strong planning, organizational and implementation skills

Demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-functional team environments

Strong computer skills

Desired Requirements:

M.S/Ph.D degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Public Health or related scientific discipline

Private label or contract manufacturing experience

Retail, in-store food production experience

See The Rewards Eligible team members will receive one of the best earnings packages anywhere, including competitive pay, all-around insurance coverage, 401(k), flexible scheduling, training and development and many other perks and benefits. See a place of exciting challenges and rewards. See a place where you'll feel empowered to do something brilliant. See a place filled with creativity and unlimited opportunity. See a place where 'work' could easily be called play. See yourself here. Target is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace.

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