Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance Director
Gemini Food Corporation – City of Industry, CA
Gemini Food Corporation Seeks a
Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance Director
Leading City of Industry, California Food Importer and Distributor is seeking a Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance Director
The Gemini Food Corporation is a very well established Asian food import and distribution company located in City of Industry, California. Together with our sister company located in the San Francisco Bay Area we have a sales area that covers the USA. We are a leading company in the Asian food import industry with healthy sales, strong management and we provide a good benefit package. We are looking for a Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance Director with extensive experience—including significant experience with the FDA and other regulatory agencies-- to achieve the quality assurance goals of the Company.
Gemini Food together with its sister corporation has successfully managed our food safety function for over 20 years without a dedicated in-house food safety specialist, but we have grown to the point where we think it’s time to add to our team. The President of our Company is knowledgeable on product issues and has worked closely together with the Operations Manager on these issues. Together they have played a strong role in building our system to date, but with their broad responsibilities it is impractical for them to continue in that role. We are planning on working with outside consultants (software, labeling, etc) to add new capabilities to our systems, but we need someone in-house to oversee and manage the process. Therefore we think it’s time to add to our in-house food safety capabilities.
The Gemini Food website: http://geminifoodcorp.com/
Position characteristics: The successful candidate will exemplify the core values of Gemini Foods which include honesty, integrity, respect, diversity and the safety of others. This position provides leadership and support within the company to operations, warehousing, purchasing and top management. The role includes approval of new vendors and new products, review of labeling, the product recall process, and assistance in regulatory activities involving the company and including the FDA, the USDA, the DHS, and other regulatory agencies. Understanding the regulatory arena and being able to develop standards and practices with which to build a food safety department is essential.
Candidates must have very good interpersonal and communications skills, as well as excellent project management abilities. He or she has to be able to work independently in a dynamic environment.
-Coordinate food safety and quality assurance efforts and programs
-Act as liaison for food safety policies/issues with vendors and government officials, including maintaining a proactive relationship with the FDA and USDA
-Develop and maintain a vendor quality program per the requirements of the FSMA
-Review and approve new product labels, ingredients, nutrition panel, and allergen statement to ensure they meet requirements for the US markets.
-Works with internal and external parties to resolve product issues
-Oversees product recall program and product complaint resolution
-Evaluate current labels for compliance with the US food labeling regulations
-Work with outside consultants in food safety and labeling compliance
-Performs other job-related duties as may be assigned or required
-Review of FDA/USDA compliance documents, such as vet certificates, etc
-Up to 20% travel; including international travel (typically Asia, and specifically Taiwan. We are known for our strength in Taiwanese food imports, but coverage of other sources is useful as well.)
Behaviors and Skills:
Some of the behaviors necessary to perform this position well include:
Communicates clearly and candidly
Has a team orientation
Guides, coaches, and develops other staff
Provides clear and strategic direction
Executes tasks efficiently
Has a strong awareness of safety
Is resourceful, flexible, and results-oriented
-BS in Food Science, Meat Science, Microbiology or related field and at least 5-6 years experience in food safety or quality assurance management
-Strong knowledge and understanding of FDA, USDA requirements and food safety standards
-Working knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice, HACCP, basic quality testing and safety issues
-Effective communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and organizational skills along with analytical and problem-solving abilities
-Ability to express technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences
-Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word
-Experience working for or with the US Health Dept, FDA or USDA preferred, including experience with import compliance
--This is a new position for this firm. Although the firm is committed to the highest quality standards, there are no other employees in this company that have a job that is exclusively devoted to food safety. Therefore, the successful candidate should be resourceful, independent, flexible, and able to problem-solve creatively.
--The company and its sister company combined have a total of less than 50 employees. Therefore, the managers, supervisors, and other employees of this firm typically ‘wear a number of different hats’. Gemini Foods has a friendly and collegial work environment. An ability to work well with other staff will be critical to this candidates’ eventual success.
--Although the firm does have a very small house brand operation for some imports, the vast majority of its effort is devoted to the importing and distribution of other firms’ products.. An important role for this candidate will be explaining U.S. regulations to suppliers from various countries, and then overseeing their adherence to those regulations.
--This firm imports over 500 products from over 6 Asian countries. An ability to work in an international context is critical.
--Some domestic and international travel (up to 20%) may be required.
Gemini Food offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical and insurance, retirement savings account, PTO, paid holidays, and employee development opportunities.
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