Principal Scientist, Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs Job - Valhalla, NY



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Valhalla, NY US

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Updated: 5/11/2010


Principal Scientist, Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs Job

Responsible for developing thermal and non-thermal processing parameters for the safety and quality of PepsiCo beverages.  
Implement PepsiCo-wide policy on low acid aseptic products (minimum requirements for equipment design, package sterilization, etc.  
Development of thermal processes for Low Acid . High Acid, and Acidified Foods and Beverages.
Support ongoing quality auditing function for these products.  
In cooperation with the process authority and other technical resources carries out validation trials on new aseptic equipment, new installations and new product launches. Re-validate systems as needed.  
Provides support in developing thermal processes for retorted products as necessary.  Assist the process authority in evaluating process irregularities and provide guidelines for product disposition.  
Maintain regulatory compliance policies for the LACF category worldwide.  Supervise the safety of LACF, Acidified, and High Acid products developed by R&D

Take a broad leadership role in the implementation and maintenance of thermal process and aseptic technologies within region(i.e. Audits, System Validation and Approval, Experimental Test Protocol, Pilot Plant Test Protocol, etc.).  This will require the individual to execute work beyon d the scope of their individual technical function in order to assess the feasibility and soundness of proposed approaches, techniques, and/or equipment design.  
Takes a broad leadership role on projects. Gaining alignment with Operations and R&D is critical in maintaining these systems.  Manage the specifications for maintaining and approving thermal process and aseptic systems across PepsiCo.    
Facilitate the transition to a common thermal process and aseptic standard across all PepsiCo facilities.  Communicating and implementing to Operations and the co-manufacturers will be QA's responsibility.
Participate in the development of the direction of standardized thermal and aseptic systems for PepsiCo and collaboration to harmonize all such systems. Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Food Science, or other related technical field with a minimum of 5 years of direct experience in Thermal Processing and Aseptics. Master's or PhD in Engineering, Food Science, or Microbiology preferred. Individual will need to understand business strategies, culture and work necessary to achieve results. Persevere in times of crisis and handle adverse circumstances effectively. Assist people through change and transformation effectively. Capable of influencing people regarding quality systems. A team oriented person with skills that effectively bring people and issues to decisive resolution. Achieve results consistently despite obstacles. Monitor progress against goals, identify issues and takes corrective action early. Manages related functional activities to ensure the alignment of team priorities with broader organizational initiatives, and works to set culture and tone for their area. Must be innovative, detail oriented, self directed and have good problem solving skills. Acts as a peer coach to junior scientists and other non-technical associates. Must have an understanding of the following; thermal bacteriology, LACF regulations including aseptics, process calculations and lethality determination, data collection and complex lethality calculations.
Nearest Major Market: White Plains
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City
Job Category: Engineering, Scientific, Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, R&D Engineer, Hospitality, Food Service, Legal, Law, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, Quality, QA, Research, R&D, Science, Food Science, Research Scientist, Scientist, Service, Safety, Technology, Quality Assurance

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