This position manages the sanitation and pest
management operations within the Enterprise Quality Assurance Mills
Sanitation team. This function supports plant sanitation in the effective
use of chemicals, cleaning processes, sanitation equipment, equipment
design, setting standards for maintaining cleaning equipment, implementing
food protection procedures, implementing sanitation assurance initiatives,
pest control and platform regulatory compliance programs for sanitation.
This position may also cover transfer sites and wash stations used by
ConAgra Mills Transportation Department. The position is for the Hastings,
Reduce customer insect and foreign material complaints,
promote Integrated Pest Management techniques for Methyl Bromide
reduction/elimination, Master Sanitation validations, sanitation
assurance/effectiveness programs, implementation of Enterprise sanitation
policies and procedures, application of sanitary design standards, and
delivering effective sanitation training programs to drive enterprise and
platform sanitation initiatives.
Supervision: Plans and directs an operations staff of specialists
in the general day-to-day routine work in support of plant sanitation and
pest control. Meets strategic business needs by being involved in
Technical Support: For assigned plants, advise operations
management on effectiveness of routine plant sanitation and cleaning
programs. Guide plants during special plant sanitation issues including
microbiological, environmental control, insect and foreign material
control. Ensure plant follow up of food protections programs to detect and
eliminate sources of contamination. Provide sanitary design
recommendations for new and existing equipment. Provide support for
customers and 3rd party audits. Follow up on food safety related issue
root cause and corrective actions.
HACCP: Support the HAACP plan updates and validate the plan and
pre requisite programs directly in assigned plants. Work with high
collaboration to the Enterprise food safety group and others in the
Cost Effectiveness: Maintain cost effective programs and practices
that are consistent across all assigned plants. As requested, work with
internal resources and external sanitation vendors to improve sanitation
performance and costs.
Problem Solving: Utilize process metrics and experience to prevent
problems that could affect product safety and quality. Investigate
sanitation issues, which are resulting in product contamination, reduced
shelf-life, or customer rejection of products. Aid in the identification
of root cause and corrective actions.
Customer Service: Work closely with customers on sanitation type
complaints. Visit customers to help resolve issues. Acts as liaison
between Plants and customers to maximize services provided.
Education and Training: Teach appropriate operational personnel on
new or improved cleaning and pest control methods, procedures, equipment,
technologies and other new developments in the field of sanitation and
pest control. Attend technical meetings to continually update knowledge in
advances in sanitation and pest control. Conduct and manage activities
related to internal sanitation and pest control audits for assigned
Equipment: As needed, provide sanitary design advice on equipment
and machinery-based changes. Work closely with Engineering and equipment
vendors to assure that new equipment meets sanitary design and regulatory
design requirements prior to installation in assigned plants.
Policies & Procedures: Provide expertise in the development of
policies and procedures relating to sanitation upon request. Support the
standardization of practices across assigned plants. This includes
conformance to food safety and quality standards and working with plant
management and others to ensure that these standards are met. Help
establish labor requirements for each plant based on needs.
Pest Control: Support all pest management functions at assigned
plant including the purchase, storage, inventory, use and disposal of
restricted use pesticides and other hazardous substances. Position plays a
technical support role between pest management vendor and plant QA (if
Hands-on-Coverage: Spend at least 70% of time at the Hastings, MN
ConAgra Mill facilities shop floor observing process workflow, equipment
operations, and ensuring that sanitation guidelines are being followed.
Minimum B.S. Degree or 5 years of food
industrial experience in operations, Quality and/or sanitation roles. Dry
cleaning expertise is essential.
Excellent knowledge of FDA, AIB, GFSI and HACCP standards.
Excellent knowledge of sanitary design, sanitation and pest management
in food processing.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and
Good knowledge of flour milling processes.
Excellent understanding of food safety.
Good knowledge in using a full range of statistical and analytical
tools and fundamentals.
Excellent relationship building skills.
Good understanding of microbiological organisms and stored product
insects and their impact on process design, sanitary design and
Good experience with customer, 3rd party audit and government
regulatory requirements in the processing of food.