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Food Safety & Quality Assurance Specialist - Grocery Job - Minneapolis, MN

Date: Feb 12, 2011

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US


About This Opportunity

Use your skills, experience and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals. As a Food Safety & Quality Assurance Specialist you'll take the lead as you…

Primary Function:

- Responsible for executing the food safety and quality assurance programs for Target Own Brand Foods products.
- Work primarily with Own Brand Foods and category buying teams in identification, selection and approval of all prospective and current vendor facilities to ensure appropriate food safety, quality assurance and regulatory compliance.
- Act as technical liaison among merchants, vendors, brokers, third party partners such as laboratories and auditing agencies.
- Work closely with other functions such as product development and packaging to ensure design and execution of safe, high quality products in compliance with all appropriate regulations and Target requirements.
- The scope of responsibility covers the whole product life cycle from initial selection of the vendor through first production and product maintenance through subsequent productions.


- Conduct desk audit (review of food safety plan and programs) on all prospective Owned Brand vendors and facilities manufacturing products for Target
- Conduct on-site risk assessment to ensure appropriate implementation of food safety and quality programs and regulatory compliance.
- Work with business team to select, review and approve all prospective and current vendor facilities.
- Evaluate and approve product specifications to ensure it includes key requirements for analytical, microbial and physical attributes, including food safety parameters and shelf-life..
- Conduct on-site product evaluations at vendor facilities to ensure appropriate programs in place and implemented to manufacture safe products that are compliant with applicable regulations and meet Target specification.
- Advise and provide product testing requirements and testing protocols for 3rd party lab testing.
- Maintain accuracy and current status of all vendor information in appropriate Target systems.
- Monitor and manage product quality through systematic review and analysis of different sources of product information to identify and resolve potential product quality issues and reduce variability in products..

Minimum Requirements:

- B.S. in Food Science, Food Microbiology or related discipline.
- 2-8 years experience in food QA, food manufacturing or related experience.
- Working knowledge and proficiency with:
- Food safety principles, Consumer food product formulation, processing, and packaging and/or
- Food safety & quality assurance principles, programs & practices, including HACCP, SPC
- Food sanitation and GMPs; Food Code and/or
- Vendor/In-store production food safety and regulatory compliance audits and assessments.
- Ability to assess/communicate Food safety, quality assurance and/or regulatory guidance to organization
- Experienced and knowledgeable in several product categories/platforms (thermal processing, etc.)
- Knowledge of government regulatory requirements in the processing of consumer food products, including FDA and USDA requirements.

- Organizational and project management skills to adapt appropriately to competing demands, shifting priorities to achieve deadlines and meet commitments.
- Ability to work in cross functional team environment as well as with other internal and external partners effectively. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and a positive opinion leader.
- Problem solving skills to gathers and analyzes the most critical information needed to understand problems; do trend analysis and root cause analysis; advances problems toward resolution despite ambiguity or uncertainty; draws upon experience when interpreting data;
- Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access).
- Ability to travel as required.

Desired Requirements:

- M.S. in Food Science, Food Microbiology or related discipline.
- Private label manufacturing experience.
- Quality audit certification
- HACCP and/or food safety certification
- Retail grocery experience


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. Target is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace.

About Target®

Expect the Best. At Target, we have a vision: to become the best - the best culture and brand, the best place for growth and the company with the best reputation. We offer an inclusive, collaborative and energetic work environment that rewards those who perform. We deliver engaging, innovative and on-trend experiences for our team members and our guests. We invest in our team members' futures by developing leaders and providing a breadth of opportunities for professional development. It takes the best to become the best, and we are committed to building a team that does the right thing for our guests, shareholders, team members and communities.

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at stores nationwide and at Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education®.


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