Food Safety Manager – Oswego, IL


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Company: Griffith Laboratories

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·         Job ID:

·         Date:11/30/2009

·         Location:Oswego

·         State:Illinois

·         Degree:B.S./B.A.

·         Salary:Not Specified   Why?

Job Types:

Food Safety, Lab Manager, Quality Control/Quality Assurance

Job Description

Position Overview: The facility is regulated by both the USDA and FDA, and is currently pursuing BRC Global Standards for Food Safety Certification. Initially this role will fill the Plant Quality Manager role for a planned absence, then transition into a Food Safety Manager role that would encompass this location, and a 2nd location in Avon, OH (near Cleveland).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Food Safety Manager Lead the effort to obtain and maintain BRC Certification at all Custom Culinary® manufacturing and R&D locations.

Be the "BRC Expert" within the organization, train others so they can understand these requirements and take action to meet them.

Complete annual BRC internal audits, and train internal resources on how to perform audits (Certified Auditor status required)

Coordinate the completion and documentation of all BRC required training Be the back-up to the Plant Quality Manager in the event of extended absences, vacations, etc. (see Plant Quality Manager job description)

Temporary Plant Quality Manager

Quality Assurance

Develop and maintain quality objectives to support company policies and goals.

Manage relationships with regulatory agencies (USDA, FDA, etc.), 3rd party auditors, contractors, etc.

Develop and implement standards and methods for product inspections, testing, and evaluation.

Develops product sampling plan and result trending to assure product quality.

Create and maintain documentation for compliance with stated requirements including customer quality manuals, company policies / procedures, quality audit criteria and regulatory requirements.

Develop and update Procedures and Work Instructions pertaining to Quality Systems functions including Laboratory, Sanitation, etc.

Provide training to plant employees to assure compliance with Quality Systems requirements

Manage the disposition of nonconforming finished product, WIP and raw materials including returns, damaged and out dated product or material.

Manage supplier relationships and coordinate Supplier Non-Conformance process.

Point person for all 3rd party Quality System audits including planning / preparation, conducting the audit, documentation and improvement plans / activities.

Develop / maintain an internal manufacturing process audit

Furnish QC related customer information requests including investigation and satisfactory disposition of customer complaints.

As the Quality Systems liaison for new products co-ordinates test runs with Sales, Marketing, Production and R&D.

Laboratory Maintain test equipment and assure result accuracy by establishing preventive maintenance program, check sample program, calibration / verification program.

Provide training and education to QS/lab employees to ensure procedures or testing methods are performed correctly.

Establish / manage finished product test and release process including product cook-up, organoleptic review, Aw level, etc.

Work with R&D to establish product specifications that the production process is capable of reliably meeting.

Assure Good Laboratory Practices are adhered to.


Manage the Sanitation Team by coordinating with 3rd party contracted cleaning service.

Develop and maintain the MSS, develop proper sanitation procedures, etc.

Select chemical supplier, chemicals and equipment to facilitate proper cleaning of the facility.

Select the Pest Control service provider and manage Pest Control so both pest activity and the use of chemicals are minimized.

Review Pest Control records weekly to assure pests are being managed appropriately and all regulatory requirements for treatment and record keeping are met

Regulatory Compliance

Assure compliance to all applicable regulatory agencies including USDA, FDA, Bureau of Weights and Measures, State and Local regulations.

Maintain current HACCP plan for both USDA and FDA products.

Assure all package labeling meets applicable laws and regulations.

Chart pre-operational and operational sanitation findings.

Review and sign-off on the pre-operational inspection sheets.

Review pre-shipment review and CCP verification activities.

Coordinate pre-operational, operational, pest control and locker audits.

Develop and coordinate execution of corrective action and preventive measures from audit findings.

Demonstrate working knowledge of government and industry quality codes and standards.

Provide Certificates of Analysis to Customers as requested by Customer Service.


Develop new approaches to solve problems identified during quality activities.

Prepares and presents technical information to management team.

Develop computerized program for quality records, testing results, product and materials.

Use historical data to identify opportunity areas then lead cross-functional teams to address.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervise employees in the Quality department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems

Education and/or Experience:

College degree – technical field preferred (but not required) Strong microbiological control background.

7-10+ years of progressive experience in Food Manufacturing

Quality Assurance and Food Safety management.

Experience with managing QS in a USDA regulated facility.

Experience managing laboratory analytical testing.

HACCP Certification – USDA (required) and FDA Seafood (desired)

Past experience designing and implementing Food Safety programs,

preferably across multiple manufacturing facilities.

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) understanding and experience, preferably with BRC or SQF.

Project Management Skills and Experience, preferably multi-plant initiatives



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