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Sr. Quality Leader, Food Safety – Fredonia, NY

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  • FEB12-16
  • Regular full time
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  • Ralcorp Snacks Sauces Spreads
  • Fredonia NY
  • Open
  • Yes

Job Description

The Plant Quality Leader for Food Safety is responsible for managing all aspects of the facilities Food Safety and Sanitation programs in accordance with accepted Good Manufacturing Practices as mandated by government agencies and company policy and in accordance with customer specific requirements

Job Qualifications

· Maintain the facilities Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Program including all verification and validation activities. Responsible for leading the facilities HACCP/Food Safety team including the responsibility for performing all hazard analysis on any new raw material or equipment introduced to the facility.
· Supports the Quality Manager in leading the plant’s efforts to maintain GFSI certification.
· Establish and maintained detailed written procedures for the cleaning of all processing equipment and the facility. Perform verification and validation activities on the sanitation program.
· Manages the facilities environmental microbiological program including the coordination of all sampling, the tracking of results, the implementation of corrective action and the on-going verification and validation of the program.
· Manages the facilities Master Sanitation Schedule ensuring frequency and methods of cleaning are adequate.
· Coordinates the facilities food safety self-inspection program in support of the facilities internal audit program. Works with facilities trained auditors to perform monthly audits. Also responsible for documenting all deficiencies, assisting in the development of corrective actions, and tracks and reports the completion status of corrective actions.
· Coordinates key elements of the allergen control program including ingredient labeling, segregation, storage, cleanup process, verification of cleanups, and validation of cleanups.
· Manages Integrated Pest Management program including the supervision of external vendor(s) for bird control, rodents control, pest control, and weed control programs including the coordination and supervision of any necessary fumigations.
· Coordinates non-conforming product issues including identification, segregation, disposition, tracking, and corrective action of non-conforming situations.
· Develops Food Safety and Sanitation training programs, provides training for production personnel as required and ensures employee understanding of training through verification of activities.
· Monitors and provides monthly reporting on key food safety measures (HACCP and Food Safety Prerequisite programs) and leads efforts to drive continual improvement.
· Coordinates with Operations and Engineering management to evaluate new equipment and facility layout for sanitary design and works cross-functionally to implement necessary corrective action.
· Investigates consumer/customer complaints, identifies appropriate corrective action, and provides professionally acceptable written resolution as needed to the Division Q & FS group and Customers.
· Assist Quality Manager with Regulatory audits, 3rd party Inspections, division audits and Customer visits when necessary.
· Represents the plant’s Q & FS group as needed on special projects, process improvement efforts and supplier initiatives.
· Works with division Q & FS personnel to implement division and company food safety initiatives.
· Develops professional relationships with plant leadership team members, division Q & FS personnel, R&D, suppliers, regulators and auditors to ensure division product safety strategies are implemented across the division.
· Provides back-up support in the absence of the Quality Manager.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (List job duties which may be important to the performance of the job, but are not principal job functions.)

· Inform Management of ANY Food Safety or Quality issues or of any processes, which become non-compliant with specified requirements.
· Other duties/assignments as requested by immediate supervisor.
· Ability to relocate for future career advancement.

SCOPE DATA: (List number of employee’s supervised, annual budget controlled, sales volume, area of impact – i.e. plant, division, group, company-wide, U.S., Canada. Please attach an organization chart.)

· Plant level position within the facility’s Quality & Food Safety Department.
· Individual Contributor

WORKING RELATIONSHIP: (State types of contact required, both inside and outside the company. Describe type of supervision given and received.)

· Internal – At the plant interacts with all departments along plant management and supervision. Also interacts with division support groups for Q & FS, R & D, Purchasing, Sales and IT.
· External – Suppliers, trade customers, government regulators, laboratories, trade groups, and certification and auditing firms.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Describe what physical demands will be placed upon the individual in terms of lifting, pushing, pulling, etc.)

· Frequent use of personal computer
· Frequent sitting
· Occasional lifting, pushing and pulling up to 75 pounds.
· Climbing steps and ladders on occasion with heights reaching 50 – 75 feet.
· Travel upon request


Bachelor of Science required; Food Science, Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Entomology or related field is preferred.

§ HACCP Certified from a nationally/internationally recognized and accredited HACCP training firm.

Experience (Years/Type):

§ Minimum of five years’ experience in Food Manufacturing, Food Safety, Quality or Operations.
§ Must have a minimum of three years’ experience in Food Safety or Quality Assurance.
§ Direct experience with GFSI certification schemes (SQF, BRC, etc.) is required.
§ Must have the ability to coach and train on food safety related programs.
§ Efficient computer skills; advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes Databases and SharePoint are preferred.
§ Possess strong interpersonal skills, along with supporting verbal and written communications skills.


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Ralcorp is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Ralcorp to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.





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