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Food Safety - Hygiene

Nestle - Franklin Park, IL

Job Number: nest-00029131

Confections & Snacks

Quality Assurance - NWNA

Franklin Park IL

Relocation: If necessary, relocation assistance will be provided in accordance with Nestlé's relocation policy.

The factory hygienist, under the direction of the Quality Assurance Manager, provides direction / leadership with the factory GMP's, sanitation, Pest Control and hygienic design programs. This position ensures that the Quality Management System is consistently applied throughout the factory within the guidelines of hygienic practices. The function is the guardian of Food Safety and compliance monitoring systems administered by the Quality Department. This position requires an in-depth knowledge of sanitation/GMP principles, methods, and technology. In addition to sound technical skills, this function requires effective communication skills to work with a variety of cross-functional customers (QA, Operations, Engineers, Regulators) both in-house and outside the Company to ensure the factory is aware of and continuously improving overall hygiene programs.

Ensure that factory sanitation programs are effectively implemented, validate, and maintained to ensure that all products are manufactured in a sanitary and wholesome environment. This includes the sanitation and hygiene of the facility environment (internal/external) as well as the processing and supporting equipment. When fully implemented, the program should have validated SSOP's for all sanitation needs. Effective/efficient cleaning frequency is managed through an MSS. Coordination activities with sanitation manager and operations required to ensure the consistent use of the program procedures. This cleaning program must comply with Nestlé internal policies and procedures, as well as with any regulatory (Federal, State, Local) requirements. The hygienist will also be a primary contact with 3rd-party Sanitation partner and ensure that joint factory specific objectives are established and achieved.

Manages the factory Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) and ensures that it has been implemented and maintained effectively to support a pest-free environment. The factory hygienist must be knowledgeable and trained in IPM principles. As manager of this program, the hygienist will be the primary contact with 3rd-party Pest Control partner and ensure that joint factory specific objectives are established and achieved.

Ensures there is an effective hygienic design review process at the factory for existing and new processes as well as the factory structure. Provides leadership/direction in this area of hygienic design.

Administers and manages the factory Sanitation/GMP/Regulatory inspection and audit programs. Acts as the main point of contact for all external audits (NQS, regulatory, 3rd-party) as well as coordinates internal GMP inspections/audit program. This would include the management and communication of a formalized CA process to drive continuous improvement.

Coordinate hygiene training and development of employees for all factory hygiene programs (areas include: sanitation, GMP, Pest Control, allergens, and hygienic engineering). Promotes quality/hygiene awareness throughout the factory through participation with communication meetings. Active participant in Quality training for the factory and contractors.

Active member of the factory HACCP / Food Safety team. Duties include supporting PRP verification activities and providing the link with these activities back to the Food Safety team.

Employee shall follow Franklin Park Factory safety & environmental objectives & targets, follow the plan safety rules, report incidents & unsafe conditions immediately, maintain compliance with regulations, and refer to the Safety & Environmental Management System(s) on all related procedures and programs.

Perform additional duties as assigned.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology, Food Science/Technology, Food Sanitation, or comparable field required.

Prefer individual with AIB/ASI or some other professional GMP/Sanitation training.

Prefer individual has completed Pest control training (i.e. State Pesticide Certification, Purdue Correspondence Course).

Minimum of 5-7 years in Food Plant Sanitation

Supervisory experience preferred.

Knowledge in Food Safety / HACCP

GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) awareness

Basic knowledge in Hygienic Design

Competent in Quality Management

Competent in analytical / microbiological lab environment

Aware of 5S Principles

Effective communication skills and ability to train, facilitate, and has good supervisory skills.

Courage to escalate

Mental stamina to resolve issues day in and day out

Developed coaching skills

Ability to interpret data and make decisions on that basis

Ability to work under pressure and remain calm

Ability to set priorities and delegate activities

Ability to dialogue with all levels in the factory

Strategic thinker


Computer skills to include proficiency with the Microsoft Office Software.


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