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Food Safety Specialist - Mills

Quality

Hastings

Minnesota

Full Time

Yes

This position will manage a small region of ConAgra Mills for corporate food safety and sanitation. This function supports plant food safety and sanitation in the effective use of chemicals, cleaning processes, sanitation equipment, equipment design, setting standards for maintaining cleaning equipment, developing and implementing Food Protection procedures, implementing sanitation assurance initiatives, integrated pest management, HACCP support, and platform regulatory compliance programs related to food safety and sanitation. This position also covers transfer sites and wash stations used by ConAgra Mills Transportation Department. 3 + years of related experience.

Plans and directs an operations staff of specialists in the general day-to-day routine work in support of plant sanitation and pest control. Meets strategic business needs by being involved in cross-functional teams. Determines resources and provides technical guidance and leadership.

Advise operations management on effectiveness of routine plant sanitation and cleaning programs. Guide plants during special plant sanitation issues including microbiological, environmental control, insect and foreign material control. Ensure plant follow up of food protections programs to detect and eliminate sources of contamination. Provide sanitary design recommendations for new and existing equipment. Provide support for customers and 3rd party audits. Follow up on Root Cause and Corrective actions.

Support the HAACP plan update and validate the plan and pre requisite programs.

Develop and maintain cost effective programs and practices that are consistent across all plants. Work closely with internal and outside sanitation vendors to improve sanitation performance and costs. Implement and strengthen Enterprise Sanitation guidelines that will be used in all ConAgra facilities.

Proactively utilize process metrics and experience to prevent problems that could affect product quality and safety. Investigate sanitation issues, which are resulting in product contamination, reduced shelf-life, or customer rejection of products. Aid in the identification of root cause and corrective actions.6. Customer Service: Work closely with customers on sanitation type complaints. Visit customers to help resolve issues. Acts as liaison between Plant and customer to maximize services provided.

Provide educational and seminar opportunities for Plant Sanitarians. Introduce new or improved cleaning and pest control methods, procedures, equipment, technologies and other new developments in the field of sanitation and pest control. Attend technical meetings to continually update knowledge in advances in sanitation and pest control. Conduct internal sanitation and pest control audits as needed.

Provide recommendations for equipment and machinery-based change (new equipment, retrofits or design modification of existing equipment sanitary design reviews). Work closely with Engineering and equipment vendors to assure that new equipment meets sanitary design and regulatory design requirements prior to installation.

Provide expertise in the development of policies and procedures relating to sanitation. Standardize practices across plants. This includes conformance to quality and food safety standards and working with plant management and others to ensure that these standards are met. Help establish manning requirements for each plant based on needs.

Support all pest management functions including the purchase, storage, inventory, use and disposal of restricted use pesticides and other hazardous substances. Position plays a technical support role between three key functions: Pest management vendor, plant QA and Enterprise Procurement.

Spend 50% of time at the various ConAgra Mill facilities shop floor observing process workflow, equipment operations, and that sanitation guidelines are being followed.

Minimum B.S. Degree or 3 years of food industrial experience in Operations, Quality and/or Sanitation roles.

Excellent knowledge of FDA, USDA, AIB and HACCP.

Excellent knowledge of sanitary design, sanitation and pest management in food processing.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).

Excellent knowledge of food manufacturing processes.

Excellent understanding of food safety.

Excellent knowledge in using a full range of statistical and analytical tools and fundamentals.

Excellent relationship building skills.

Excellent understanding of microbiological organisms and stored product insects and their impact on process design, sanitary design and sanitation.

Good experience with customer, 3rd party audit and government regulatory requirements in the processing of food.

Physical Requirements:
Incumbent must have the ability to effectively perform all of the following physical demands without assistance:

Sit up to 8 hours a day regularly.

Stand and/or walk up to 8 hours a day in a plant setting.

Lift up to 25 pounds occasionally (up to 40 pounds infrequently).

Regular exposure to a manufacturing environment with loud noises, strong fumes, fluctuating temperatures, and also slippery conditions.

Drive a company or rental vehicle for up to 8 hours as needed.

Use of tools, equipment, and machinery as needed.

Bending, stooping, climbing multiple flights of stairs.

Ascending and descending ladders both vertical and folding.

Occasional weekend, and off-shift work.

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