Quality & Food Safety Manager (SQF) Grand Rapids, MI

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Grand Rapids, MI 

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We make it our mission at Sara Lee to "Simply delight you...every day." Our brands make up one of the world`s best-loved portfolios of innovative food, beverage, household, and body care products. Our leading, trusted brands include Ambi Pur, Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Kiwi, Sanex, Sara Lee, and Senseo. Collectively, these brands generate nearly $13 billion in annual net sales as they delight millions of consumers every day in approximately 200 countries around the world. The global Sara Lee team consists of 41,000 employees.

At Sara Lee, we believe that careers are as unique as individuals. That`s why we offer employment opportunities that give you ownership of your career. With the resources of a global corporation and direct responsibility to make it happen, you can be confident that you`ll always be able to perform your best and be recognized for it. At Sara Lee, the difference is you.

The Sara Lee compensation program is designed to provide you with comprehensive, flexible benefits that enable you to select those features that best fit your needs. Our benefits include, but are not limited to: medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life, short and long term disability, retirement plans, and tuition reimbursement. 

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Position Summary:
This position will lead Food Safety and Quality programs at designated fresh bakery facility(s). This includes leading implementation and on-going program management/oversight of Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Certification, compliance to Sara Lee corporate Quality Assurance / Food Safety requirements and other related initiatives

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
* Lead integration of the current quality assurance and food safety processes into one integrated process. This includes HACCP system, regulatory audits, quality systems review process (QSR), standard operating procedures (SOP`s), incoming ingredient inspections, product scoring, food safety audits, field complaints, standardized work instructions.
* Develop and execute SQF plans to achieve/maintain SQF Level 3 Certification at the facility(s) and to meet all Sara Lee Corporation requirements related to quality and food safety programs.
* Oversee plant(s) compliance and interactions with SQF Certification Body.
* Assure facility(s) meets all requirements related to SQF Trademark use.
* Develop and maintain systems to assure compliance to all SQF 2000 System requirements including Commitment, Document Control and Records, Specifications, Attaining Food Safety, Verification, Product Identification Trace and Recall, Incident Management, Food Safety Fundamentals - Building and Equipment Design and Construction, and Food Safety Fundamentals - Pre-requisite Programs.
* Maintain all registries as required by SQF.
* Manage finished product evaluation system and provide leadership to drive improvements in key customer/consumer Quality attributes.
* Train and maintain all training records for critical food safety and quality requirements, and for meeting Federal, State, and Local regulations. Document and maintain training registry for all employees at the manufacturing site(s).
* Oversee monitoring, verification, and validation activities to ensure that all products leaving the facility(s) meet Sara Lee Food Safety and Quality standards.
* Provide guidance and leadership in situations where deviations have occurred or a potential risk has been identified related to food safety and/or quality attributes.
* Reassess SQF plan(s) when ever there is a change to program, process, procedure, ingredient, equipment, industry philosophy, technology, etc.
* Take appropriate action to ensure the integrity of the SQF system.
* Responsible for reporting and taking any necessary action to prevent food safety and food quality problems from occurring.
* Responsible for following and enforcing procedures outlined in the Food Safety Plan and the Food Quality Plan and any other programs that support the SQF system.

* Bachelor`s degree in Food Safety, Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, or other science related field.
* 6+ years of progressive food processing experience, with at least 4 years in a management capacity within a manufacturing environment under HACCP, USDA and/or FDA.
* 3+ years facilitating food safety/quality related training events.
* Demonstrate leadership in the areas of food safety, plant regulatory and Quality Assurance.
* Previous experience with Safe Quality Foods or SQF Expert Practitioner is a plus.
* HACCP Certification from a nationally / internationally recognized and accredited HACCP training firm
* Possess a thorough understanding of FDA and/or USDA inspected manufacturing facilities
* Comprehensive experience with FDA and/or USDA Rules and Regulations
* Must have strong organizational, leadership and communication skills
* Ability to analyze processes for Biological, Chemical, and Physical hazards with a thorough understanding of the science and support behind each type of hazard and each step within a production process
* Able to work with cross functional departments within the organization
* Good problem solving and corrective action/resolution skills
* Strong computer skills with experience using Word, Excel, Access, Power Point. SAP experience is a plus.
* A passionate, high energy leader who is able to motivate the team and influence others to achieve results.
* Excellent communication skills. Able to foster solid relationships, build trust and credibility quickly at all levels within the organization while achieving key operating objectives.
* A trained designee will be appointed by plant management to cover for absences or vacancies.
* Travel required
* This position may support multiple facilities within a geographic region

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


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