Senior Director of Food Quality & Safety – Houston, TX

Industry: Consumer Goods / Miscellaneous


POSITION: Sr Director of Food Quality & Safety

CLIENT: Confidential

SALARY: Commensurate with experience


OUR CLIENT is seeking a Sr. Director of Food Quality & Safety with the following qualifications:


OUR CLIENT: Is a well established food manufacturing firm located in Houston, Texas.



Our client currently has an immediate opening for a Sr. Director of Food Quality & Safety.  The Sr. Director of Food Quality & Safety will be responsible for providing leadership and direction in support of operational excellence, expanded markets (larger footprint) and a more profitable portfolio.  This includes assurance of compliance to all regulations and appropriate standards at all sites, the development and maintenance of policies in the area of Food Quality and Food Safety.  The Director is also responsible for the development of processes to achieve the policy objectives in these areas and, to provide assurance that personnel in all sites and at all levels have the necessary understanding of the policies and processes regarding food safety to fulfill their responsibilities.



  • Food Safety – Compliance with AIB and Safety Quality Food (SQF) Certification and no incidences
  • 10 + years managing FDA & USDA regulatory compliance
  • Recall management experience
  • Experience with food safety and systems



  • Advanced technical degree in microbiology, chemistry, food science or closely related discipline
  • Minimum of 15 years experience in food manufacturing management, preferably in the food industry, with demonstrated success at the Director of Quality Assurance level
  • Strong quantitative skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to think critically
  • Self-directed with the ability to work independently as well as with groups
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize and prioritize work



  1. Assurance of compliance to all regulations and standards at all sites
  • Ensures highly disciplined compliance with all regulatory and Company defined food safety and sanitation standards, systems, procedures, and practices to guarantee absolute wholesomeness of our product.
    • Examples of these systems include Vendor Certification, Inbound Inspection, Microbiological Testing, Lot Tracking, daily and periodic Sanitation, HACCP, Pest Control, and Food Safety and Quality Systems Training.
  • Conduct regular inspections of all facilities, discuss findings with the site manager and work with the site manager to develop the appropriate action plans
  • Keep abreast of federal and state regulations, codes and other key constraints including changes to them, assess the potential impact on the Company and develop proposed plans to assure compliance, and report the recommendations to all levels of leadership.

2. Assure proper record-keeping of results (see above) in all areas and develop effective and efficient reporting mechanisms that meet the regulations and that keep leadership informed.

  • Work appropriately with regulatory and standard-developing bodies regarding new and / or proposed regulations and standards. 
  • Communicate and proactively address the requirements of new regulations and standards.


3. Development and maintenance of policies in the area of Food Safety

  • Develop and/or update as necessary policies in food safety and facilitate review and approval of these policies with input from site managers.  These policies should include, but are not limited to:
    • The achievement of the measureable results listed above
    • Industrial Hygiene program
  • Working through the leadership, and site managers, assure policies are understood by employees.


4. The development of processes to achieve the policy objectives in food safety

  • Take the food safety policies to actionable levels through the development of documented processes that are consistent with all regulations and that are consistent across the Company’s system.
  • Develop a method to measure performance against the policies and processes and report progress on a regular basis.
  • Work with all site leadership to develop annual work-plans that improve the processes as well as the results from the processes.


5. Provide assurance that personnel in all sites and at all levels have the necessary understanding of policies, processes, regulations, etc to fulfill their responsibilities


6. Oversees, directs, and manages the Quality Assurance function to ensure highly disciplined compliance with all product and process quality parameters and standards including formulations, specifications, approved methods, procedures, practices and systems. These systems include: 


  • Product and process quality management system (Product Quality Guarantee) 
  • Customer complaint response, resolution, and tracking 
  • Product quality evaluation 
  • Foreign matter/metal monitoring, resolution, and tracking
  • Obtains excellent quality results, as measured by customer complaint frequency, product evaluation scores, internal and external facility and operational audit scores, quality systems compliance, and other formal and informal feedback mechanisms, using existing methods, procedures, and systems. 
  • Manages Technical Services function to build and maintain adequacy and accuracy of technical data, including specifications for product and process parameters and procedures, labeling details, formulations, recipes, and batch sheets. This function also facilitates and spearheads product and process troubleshooting. 
  • Develops, implements, and sustains new methods and procedures to drive improvements in quality and safety.
    Works with Plant Managers, Plant Engineers and other team members to ensure effective preventive & emergency maintenance activities.
  • Manages departmental activity to comply with all applicable safety laws and regulations, as well as Company safety policies, procedures and standards. 
  • Works with division and plant team members to ensure a safe work environment, including participating in safety inspections, safety training, leading safety work group meetings, and developing and executing safety awareness initiatives. 
  • Works to optimize efficiency within budgeted spending limits
  • Responsible for all food safety and quality assurance activity and results for two plants. 



  • The Sr. Director of Food Quality & Safety will report directly to VP Manufacturing and Engineering with a dotted line to the CEO.



  • Strong and proven leadership ability
  • Impeccable work ethic
  • Self awareness
  • Driv

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