Food Safety Specialist – New Boston, MI


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Company: Champion Foods

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·         Job ID:

·         Date:02/01/2010

·         Location:New Boston

·         State:Michigan

·         Salary:Not Specified   Why?

Job Types:

Food Safety, Quality Control/Quality Assurance

Job Description

Job Summary: Lead the plant quality systems to ensure the production of high qualify and safe food products that comply with product design, federal safety guidelines and meet or surpass consumer expectations. The position is responsible to research, implement and maintain all quality systems as well as support resulting change management and drive continuous improvement. This position will operate under general guidance from management and perform routine work independently.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead the development, implementation, review and maintenance of the plant’s food safety and food qualityprograms to ensure compliance with GFSI standards.
  • Follow regulatory and technological changes that may affect the food industry by maintaining professional contacts with peers in industry, universities and government agencies.
  • Ensure compliance to food safety and food quality programs. Investigate and document any compliance issues.
  • Complete required internal assessments, investigate and document any compliance issues and implement corrective actions.
  • Develop and facilitate required colleague training, including creation of training materials. Monitor colleague attendance at mandatory training and route documentation to Human Resources for personnel files.
  • Promote employee ownership of programs through ongoing communication of essential information related to safety and food handling to all levels of colleagues.
  • Act as key contact to external agencies for third-party audits. Reconcile any issues resulting from audits and complete validation and verification of plant quality system.
  • Develop s elf-assessments and self-audits of quality systems, proper documentation and records related to the quality and safety systems.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

  • Bachelor degree in Food Science, Microbiology, or related field.
  • 2 - 4 years experience in Quality or Food Safety in a food manufacturing environment, with one year experience in food service (ie: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points - HACCP)
  • Knowledge and application of federal and state food industry, sanitation and pest control regulations.
  • Previous experience with independent or third party audits. Demonstrated ability to work with and provide direction to internal and external cross-functional teams.
  • Working knowledge of GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) standards.
  • Evidence of organization, planning and prioritization skills with the ability to handle multiple ongoing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, make sound business recommendations and exercise discretion and judgment.
  • Evidence of highly developed communication skills (verbal, written and presentation) and the ability to communicate technical information to a variety of audiences.
  • Computer Proficiency (Microsoft Office, databases, Internet, etc.).

Preferred Knowledge, skills and abilities:  

  • Safe Quality (SQF) Practitioner certification preferred.

Working Conditions:

  1. Some distractions due to elements occasionally present (e.g. continual flow of employee traffic), working conditions less desirable than usually found in closed offices.
  2. Limited or intermittent visual/auditory attention, or limited lifting, standing or moving of lightweight material.




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