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Sr Food Safety Specialist




Full Time


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, MN Mill.

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 cross-functional teams.

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 reassessment process.

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 plants.

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 applicable).

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 verbal).

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 sanitation.

Good experience with customer, 3rd party audit and government regulatory requirements in the processing of food.



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