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Food Safety- Hygienist-12001350 – Chicago, IL


Under the direction of the Quality Assurance Manager, the Plant Hygienist provides GMP, sanitation and pest control direction for the Itasca Site. This position is responsible for the technical expertise and leadership in the facility for food safety. The position requires an in-depth knowledge of sanitation principles, methods, and technology. The individual will be required to work with contacts both inside and outside the company to assure the plant is aware of and continuously improves overall food safety. The incumbent must constantly seek cost effective methods to meet all regulatory and Nestle Sanitation standards. The scope will include site hygienic engineering, HACCP programs, ISO 22000, food safety team, pest control program, allergen control, foreign material control, and other food safety issues.


1.Assure that a sanitation program is developed, implemented and maintained to insure all products are manufactured in a sanitary and wholesome environment. The sanitation program must include the facility environment (internal and external) as well as the food processing and support equipment. Ensure all SSOP validations (allergen and non-allergen) are completed and current. Coordinate activities with Sanitation Supervisor to ensure consistent use of program procedures. The program must comply with all sanitation and environmental Regulatory requirements (Federal, State and Local) as well as Nestle internal policies and procedures.
2.Maintain an Integrated Pest Management Program that will provide and maintain a pest free environment. This position will be the key contact with the outside pest control partner and with Division on specific Pest control issues.
3.Maintain and make recommendations for improvement to plant allergen and foreign material control programs. Monitor complaints for trends and lead efforts to reduce/prevent foreign material complaints or potential allergen issues.
4.Coordinate ongoing Plant Sanitation (based on physical findings and environmental monitoring program results), foreign material source and GMP inspection programs. Evaluate and follow up on results and provide corrective action support and leadership to advance the Facility in areas of Sanitation/GMP/Pest Control.
5.Review and provide proactive input on sanitary design/hygienic engineering issues at the facility for existing and new processes as well as the facility structure. The position is expected to help minimize the sanitation issues and maximize cleaning capability on incoming and existing equipment.
6.Coordinate training and development of employees in the areas of Sanitation/GMP/Pest control/Allergens.
7.Relieve sanitation supervisor and direct activities of Hourly employees as needed. Manage any assigned employees or outside contractors, to provide sanitary manufacturing environment and welfare facilities.
8.In conjunction with the Food Safety Team, conduct regular, periodic reviews of the Itasca HACCP system.
9.Maintain the environmental monitoring program.
10.Represent the Site during Sanitation, Regulatory and internal Sanitation/GMP inspections and audits.
11.Work with outside vendors in collaboration with the Sanitation Supervisor on Sanitation chemical applications and other sanitation equipment.
12.Facilitate meetings with Sanitation crew and maintenance associates, to implement and drive corrective actions to closure.
13.Participate in NUSA Hygienist activities.
14.Perform additional duties as assigned

Employee shall follow and carry out company policy on all required GMP, quality and food safety requirements and escalate quality or food safety findings or incidents.

Employee shall follow Nestlé-Itasca's safety & environmental objectives & targets; follow the plant 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.

Support the Nestle Continuous Excellence (NCE) initiative through involvement in team improvement activities, formal problem solving and Operational Reviews 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 Illinois Pest Control License

'Minimum 5 years in Food Plant Sanitation
'Supervisory experience preferred


Quality Assurance/Food Safety

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