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Associate Director, Micro Food Safety

Job Code: 1200956

POSTED: Apr 21




Glenview, Illinois


Kraft Foods


Full Time - Experienced

Required Education:

4 Year Degree




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About Kraft Foods

What we do. We make delicious foods you can feel good about. Whether watching your weight or preparing to celebrate, grabbing a quick bite or sitting down to family night, we pour our hearts into creating foods that are wholesome and delicious. Our reach. We believe we can make a delicious difference, everywhere. We’re constantly looking for fresh ideas to improve our workplace, our partnerships, our communities and our world. How we behave. We understand that actions speak louder....more info

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Job Description



Develop and lead the Midwest and Canada Microbiology department strategies and programs to supply technical expertise and support as well as timely analytical data and interpretation across the Business Units located in the Midwest (C&D, Grocery, OM, KFI & Food Service, and Canada). Partner with R & D, Operations and Procurement to ensure appropriate product design and commercialization. Participate on WW HACCP team to provide world class food safety policies to the organization. Establish and maintain key contacts with relevant external organizations and experts to ensure rapid data assimilation and Kraft representation. Manage a department with individuals in various locations to ensure a highly skilled and motivated group of experts. Manage the operating and capital expenditures budgets. Provide clear direction and communication of issues and technical expertise on issues concerning food safety. Responsibilities include: 1. Product Design and Commercialization • Lead delivery of focused technical support necessary to progress R&D projects. Support the organization in new product/equipment development and launches prior to and post commercialization, including troubleshooting as issues arise. Initiate and maintain effective exchange with counterparts (NA Micro, Analytical Chem) to identify improvement opportunities. 2. Strategy, Compliance, Policy • Develop and lead the Midwest Microbiology department strategies and programs. Proactively assess available data and expert information to foresee and quickly react to potential issues and emerging issues. Design and execute studies as necessary to identify clear recommendations on food safety and quality standards. Ensure key technical input to the development, implementation and measure of our food safety and quality standards and programs. • Identify, develop and implement science based, worldclass microbiology policies, systems, programs and analytical services, relevant to WW R&D and Operations strategies. Lead policy development related to microbiological laboratories (internal and external), the design requirements of safe and microbiologically stable products (HACCP), environmental monitoring programs. 3. Value Chain Programs • Lead microbiology laboratories in delivering technical support to R&D and Operations, by providing analytical services, method development, expertise, result interpretation, and implementation of the latest business relevant analytical technology and methodology. Ensure reliability of pathogen laboratory results through audits/assessments, and proficiency tests. Deliver expert business impact assessments and recommendations and ensure key technical input to issue, specification and emerging issue management. 4. External Reporting and Liaison • Ensure proactive interaction with key relevant bodies, experts, conferences in order to establish and maintain contacts for rapid data assimilation and to direct research programs to best reflect the needs of Kraft including participation/representation in expert panels, technical forums, scientific societies, institutes, universities. Leverage company position with advisory, regulatory, governmental and scientific bodies through recognized expertise. 5. Supplier Safety • Responsible for administering the supplier safety program for the Region. 6. Leadership and Department Management • Develop and broaden the technical skills, company business/products knowledge as well as awareness of pertinent external developments of team members by appropriate training, developmental assignments, external networking and training and coaching. • Responsible operating and capital expenditure budget for department. • Responsible for overall safety and diversity awareness and compliance.





• BS, MS or PhD in Microbiology, Food Technology or related field (Microbiology optimal) • Sound product safety knowledge/food technology/sanitation across wide product portfolio • Quality systems/process know-how • Strong management skills, handling complexity & judgement, good business acumen and change management skills • Business process know-how Skills • Demonstrated organizational, project management and people development skills • Proven ability to apply technical expertise to address business issues and develop actionable recommendations • Proven understanding of business and external activities in order to foresee and assess potential business implications • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in a diverse environment which facilitate rapid decision making in complex situations • Ability to identify, develop, communicate and drive strategic vision/direction Experience • Minimum 10 years related technical experience with at least 5 years of management experience in the Food industry with demonstrated leadership in a customer-focussed role • Work in cross-functional, cross business teams and established knowledge of company's functions and products • Food safety management • Manufacturing experience

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