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Food Safety and Quality Assurance Technologist- College Point, New York US

Food Safety and Quality Assurance Technologist - College Point, NY

Job Description

At Restaurant Depot good business begins with food safety. We are one of the largest wholesale distributors of food, equipment and supplies to restaurant owners and have almost 100 stores across the nation. We are growing very fast and with our growing customer demand, reputation, food products, food imports and private label products, comes a growing responsibility to ensure top quality and safe products for our customers. The Food Safety and Quality Assurance Technologist will provide technical expertise and leadership for Restaurant Depot's Food Safety and Quality Assurance Program. Located at our New York corporate office in College Point, Queens, you will focus on quality and food safety of imports, quality assurance of our private label brands, foreign supplier verification and product testing. Come join us in our industry recognized food safety and quality assurance ventures.

Role objectives:
Work with third party laboratories to test imported food products and ensure food safety and quality
Analyzing and reporting of test results from product testing
Monitoring of the Food Safety Modernization Act regulations and identifying effective implementation of regulations pertaining to Restaurant Depot
Quality Assurance of private label brands. This involves comparing product specifications for private label products and ensuring products have good quality standards.
Meeting with suppliers and buyers to discuss food quality and safety requirements.
Creation of Restaurant Depot specifications for all private label products as a standard for all existing and new suppliers to follow thereby ensuring safe and high quality products
Creation of company policies pertaining to imports, implementation of FSMA regulations, store HACCP and food safety
Promotion and development of our Keep it Kool Program
Work with regulatory officials (FDA, USDA) to make sure the company food safety and quality policies are in line with regulatory requirements
Review and update of the annual Quality Assurance Program binder for the stores with the corporate food safety/HACCP team
Assisting our stores with any food safety and quality concerns or issues
Assisting with managing product recalls in the stores
Attending relevant conferences and seminars to keep in line with current developments in food safety and quality both in industry and regulatory
Membership and participation in industry recognized food safety organizations

Qualifications and Skills:
Bachelor's degree in Food Science or related field
Knowledge and understanding of food safety, HACCP, food microbiology and food regulations
Strong communication and written skills
Ability to work independently as well as in teams
Focused and detail-oriented
HACCP certified/ability to obtain HACCP certification on the job
Preferred: Master's degree in Food Science or related field
Preferred: Relevant work experience in a role of food safety/quality assurance

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