Food Safety Manager - Buffalo, NY


Requisition #: rich-00000457
City, State: Buffalo, NY
Employment Type: Full Time
Work Shift: 1st Shift

What would I be responsible for?
Rich Products Corporation is known around the world as the founder of the non-dairy segment of the frozen food industry and the leading supporter and solutions provider to the Food Service, In-Store Bakery and Retail marketplaces. We are one of the world's premier family-owned food companies with more than 7,300 associates worldwide.

We currently have a great opportunity as a Food Safety Manager to work out of our World Headquarter Office located in Buffalo, New York. However, 50% travel will be required throughout our North American and International manufacturing facilities. Please visit our website at www.richs.com/careers to apply for this position or view other exciting opportunities.

The Food Safety Manager will build and sustain a culture of food safety by leading with behaviors that promote cultural change through outstanding team based associate relationships and serving as the primary food safety and sanitation resource

To provide leadership, expertise and comprehensive value added technical support in the areas of food safety and sanitation

To drive all food safety standards throughout the organization through the development and implementation of food safety, sanitation, and regulatory compliance policies and procedures.

The QA & Food Safety manager primary focus is on holistic food safety and quality processes/systems across all RPC North America & Internationally as we continue to pursue our global quality initiatives. The QA & Food Safety manager will lead all internal audits to ensure compliance to RPC QA policies. The QA & Food Safety manager will provide support to all North American RPC suppliers and co-packers to ensure food safety & compliance to all local, state and federal regulations.

Serve as the primary resource for food safety and sanitation by providing leadership and comprehensive technical support to all manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, co-packers and vendors

Drive compliance with customers' requirements (BRC, AIB Inspectors, etc.)

Advise management on crisis prevention, risk management and regulatory compliance as it relates to food safety and sanitation

Provide relevant support to the areas of product development, innovation and retail operations

Establish food safety training programs for associates (HACCP, GMP, Allergen Control, lot traceability, associate food safety, etc.)

Develop selection criteria for private label vendors and a system to monitor their food safety practices

Ensure consistent adherence to documented regulatory, corporate and location regulations, standards & practices.

Collaborate with Finance, Legal and Operations departments to minimize risk and liability expenses

Work with other Shared Service groups to further process improvement, communication, and facility cohesiveness

Establish food safety best practices and implement throughout each facility

Design, develop and implement Safe Quality Food Systems (SQF)

Act as liaison with Food and Drug Regulatory agencies

Keep abreast of emerging issues and all federal, state and local regulations ' develop strategic thinking relative to current and changing legislation

Conduct risk based Food Safety/Sanitation and Quality Systems audits for all facilities, co-packers, DC's, and vendors

Review and monitor the progress of the corrective actions for all audit deficiencies

Identify trends in insufficient regulatory compliance within each of the facilities ' recommend training when necessary

OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

QA policies ' continuously strengthen RPC QA policies to ensure compliance to federal regulations. Lead annual (internal) QMS audits of RPC production facilities to ensure compliance to RPC QA policies.

Ensure linkage between BRC food safety audit scheme compliance and RPC QMS.

Provide technical support for North America & International ' T&I and VAB respectively.

Focused oversight of all NA co-packers. Initiate a risked based QMS audit program to ensure effective food safety systems. Oversee NPD (per product food safety / quality) at co-packer.

Provide RPC information pertaining to changes in US or International regulatory environment through active participation in industry working groups.

What do I need to be considered a candidate?
Bachelors degree in Food Science, Food Microbiology, or related field

8-12 years experience in quality and food safety systems,

Minimum of 4 years experience in a leadership role

Knowledge of HACCP and formal auditing experience

Specialized certifications (American Society for Quality, Certified Quality Manager, Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor) a plus

Established SQF certification in an organization

Thorough knowledge of federal and state regulations, AIB, BRC standards, and major customer requirements

Ability to work effectively both in a geographically close and distant team environments; strong interpersonal and communication skills

Strong PC proficiency to include Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint

The physical capabilities an associate must have to perform the essential functions of this position are:

Ability to conduct visual inspections.

Ability to physically travel interstate and internationally about 50% of the time.

Ability to climb ladders and enter confined spaces.

Ability to drive a car in order to reach any of our manufacturing facilities during and after working hours.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and invite qualified candidates to apply. As part of our efforts to provide a safe and productive environment and hire talented and qualified associates, we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background investigations.

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