Food Safety Specialist - Kansas City, KS 

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Kansas City, KS 

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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 a competitive salary and 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 be a key member of the Food Safety and Quality team and has responsibility for leading implementation and on-going program management/oversight on Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs and Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Certifications and initiatives as they evolve within a state of the art, highly automated meat slicing facility located in Kansas City, KS.


* Organization/coordination of the following as it relates to the development, implementation and maintenance of the HACCP Plan: Hazard Analysis; Corrective action; Validation; Verification; Reassessment; Records; Training; USDA Agency verification.

* Organization/Coordination of the following as it relates to the development, implementation and maintenance of the SSOP`s: Provide verification and follow-up with all department supervision; Training programs; Assure documentation for all parts of plant SSOP`s; Provide support and verification for all USDA actions and measures; Assure equipment, personal hygiene, receiving, storage and shipping in regards to product food safety concerns.

* Submit quarterly report to the HACCP steering committee to be signed by HACCP Coordinator, Quality Assurance Manager and Operations Director.

* Coordinate external audits as designated by Sara Lee Corporation and provide follow up action plans to assure compliance.

* Develop and execute SQF Plans to achieve/maintain SQF Level 3 Certification at the facility and to meet all Sara Lee Corporation requirements related to quality and food safety programs.

* Oversee plant relationship with SQF Certification Body.

* Assure Facility meets all requirements related to SQF Trademark use.

* Develop and maintain systems to assure facility meets 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.

* Train and maintain all training records on critical food safety and quality requirements. Document and maintain training registry for all employees at the facility.

* Maintain all registries as required by SQF.

* Oversee monitoring, verification, and validation activities to ensure that all products leaving the facility meet the facility Food Safety and Quality Plans.

* 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 HACCP and SQF plan(s) at least annually or whenever there is a change to program, process, procedure, ingredient, equipment, industry philosophy, technology, etc.

* Bachelor`s degree in Food Safety, Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, or related field.

* 4+ years of food processing experience, with at least 2 years in a manufacturing environment under USDA and/or FDA and HACCP.

* Demonstrate leadership in the areas of food safety and plant regulatory affairs

* HACCP Certification from a nationally / internationally recognized and accredited HACCP training firm

* SQF practitioner certification recommended, but not required.

* 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 and leadership 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 of a production process

* Able to work with cross functional departments within the organization

* Good problem solving skills

* Strong computer skills with experience using Word, Excel, Access, Power Point. SAP experience is a plus.

Personal Skills & Attributes:

* A passionate leader who is able to motivate the team and influence others to achieve results.

* Excellent communication skills. Able to foster excellent relationships, trust and credibility quickly at levels within the organization while achieving key operating objectives

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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