Food Quality Scientist - Lenexa, KS


Discover Applebee's:

Your opportunity to support two of America's favorite restaurants has arrived! As the parent company of IHOP and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & BarŪ, DineEquity, Inc. is the world's largest full-service restaurant company. But while big is good, our focus is on being the best!

Our commitment to leadership in our industry and the continued success of our brands means we recruit only the best. If you seek a company committed to employee satisfaction and continuous improvement, DineEquity, Inc. is the choice for you.

--Competitive salary commensurate with experience
--Medical, Dental, Vision
--401(k) Retirement Plan: The Company currently matches 100% of the first 3% of pay you contribute and matches 50% of the next 2% you contribute
--$75 in Applebee's gift cards per month to use in any way you want!
--Flexible Dependent and Health Spending Accounts
--Life Insurance at one and a half times your annual salary
--Supplemental Life Insurance for you and your dependents
--Domestic Partner Benefits
--Pay for Performance culture where you will be rewarded for your performance based on agreed upon performance objectives and target performance ratings
--2 weeks vacation per year
--2 personal days per year (Philanthropy & Employee Choice)
--10 sick days per year
--Business casual dress
--Free soda at our Support Center Headquarters building!

Equal Employment Opportunity:

DineEquity is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Key Accountabilities:

-- Track the DineEquity New Supplier approval process to ensure that all potential suppliers are
assessed against required standards.
-- Assist with ongoing compliance to Applebee's Supplier and Distributor Quality Programs.
-- Coordinate management of 3rd Party Facility and Animal Welfare Audits and travel to conduct
on site supplier/distributor assessments as necessary.
-- Assess suppliers with results feeding into an overall scorecard vendor assessment.
-- Obtain or maintain Certification as a Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization
(PAACO) Auditor.

-- Coordinate the Product Monitoring Program for Applebee's and IHOP products to verify
conformance to specification.
-- Maintain and update the product auditing plan and complete supplier/product scorecards.
-- Oversee part time temporary employees who conduct product audits.
-- Work with Accounting and QA Administrative Assistant to verify supplier billback for costs
associated with this program.

-- Assist in the selection, approval, and continuous improvement of fresh produce growers,
shippers, suppliers, processors and distributors.
-- Work with the produce tri-ad with the approval of new and/or alternate suppliers of produce
with respect to food safety, quality attributes and product consistency.
-- Conducts or assists with product evaluation including but not limited to sensory testing,
process modification, specification alignment and/or development efforts as required to
develop supply source.

Ideal candidate will have:

-- Bachelors degree in a scientific discipline including food science, microbiology, chemistry, or
meat science.
-- Knowledge of HACCP, auditing principles, statistical process control
-- Strong computer skills

-- Training or Certifications in areas of HACCP, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), and
food facility sanitation.
-- Working knowledge of food microbiology and foodborne pathogens.

-- 1-2 years technical experience in the food industry with food safety responsibilities

-- Previous experience in a chain QSR or Casual Dining concept or Food Manufacturing.
-- Experience auditing food suppliers for compliance with food safety and/or Animal Welfare

-- Knowledge of food testing protocols, methodologies and microbiological issues in food.

-- Some knowledge of quality systems- GMP's, auditing, and/or specification writing.


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