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Director of Quality - FOOD

Company: Michael Page
Location: Meriden
Posted on: May 4, 2024

Job Description:

The Food Safety & Quality Director / SQF Practitioner leads the Company's Food Safety and Quality Programs to ensure high quality products are produced that meet or exceed customer expectations, while ensuring full regulatory compliance. Client DetailsMy client is a leading contract manufacturing and private label company (food manufacturing industry.)DescriptionLeads Food Safety and Quality programs by:

  • Ensuring all aspects of food safety, food security, food defense and customer quality systems are in place, functioning as designed, being followed and correctly documented.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the Company's Food Safety System including CCPs and the Environmental Monitoring Program.
  • Driving continuous improvement of the program through identifying ways to strengthen plans, process controls and food safety and quality training.
  • Promptly and thoroughly investigating a product or process failure, determining root cause, identifying & implementing corrective action, and determining product disposition as needed.
  • Reviewing trend data and reporting on KPIs.
  • Chairing the Company's Food Safety and HACCP teams and serving as Recall Coordinator.
  • Ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements for both food and supplements, including any special regulations /certifications such as FairTrade international, Kosher.
  • Establishing and implementing food safety training programs and ensuring the effectiveness of all training activities is verified.
  • Creating, writing and maintaining specifications for new and existing products manufactured by the Company and components thereof, including material specifications, recipe, manufacturing procedures, finished product quality to comply with regulatory, customer and Food Safety/Quality Assurance program requirements.
  • Ensuring weekly pest control inspections are conducted; performs weekly pest control inspections as needed.
  • Staying current on food safety regulations.
  • Promoting food safety and quality awareness throughout the Company.
  • Leading the Quality team to ensure established food safety and quality tasks are completed as assigned and that the results pose no food safety risk or quality concern.
  • Working with the head of Operations and Buyer to review supplier performance as scheduled.Supervises the Sanitation Program by:
  • Ensuring sanitation tasks are completed timely.
  • Reviewing and trending environmental monitoring test results, investigating trends and implementing corrective action as needed.
  • Reporting trends to management at least monthly.General:
  • Fully complying with company's safety, food safety & quality policies.
  • Must be compliant with the company's mandatory vaccination policy.
  • All other duties as assigned.Profile
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Food Science, Biology, Physical Sciences or related field (Master's Degree a plus).
  • Successful completion of formal training within the past 5 years in HACCP, HACCP Advanced, PCQI / FSCPA Preventive Controls for Human Food and Implementing SQF Systems.
  • Thorough understanding of FSMA and CFR Title 21 Section 117.
  • Work experience in an SQF or GFSI certified food manufacturing company (confectionery is a plus) and Quality Assurance/Quality Control department.
  • Proficiency in developing, implementing and maintaining SQF Systems and HACCP based food safety plans.
  • Experience developing and implementing an Environmental Monitoring Program, validating it's achieving the desired results and that the identified verification activities are occurring at the appropriate frequency.
  • Strong working knowledge of regulatory and customer requirements related to food and supplement manufacturing.
  • Experience hosting and managing audits and interacting with customers and regulatory agencies.
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Word and Excel, with some knowledge of ACCESS a plus.
  • Knowledge of Statistical Process Control (SPC) a plus.Skills and Abilities:
  • Management - Ability to lead, mentor, motivate, manage and organize teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to present and train others.
  • Keen attention to detail including identifying risks to food safety, security and defense.
  • Analytical - Ability to analyze, summarize and present information in a logical and understandable manner.
  • Problem solving - Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve promptly.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with customers.
  • Initiative - Identifies opportunities to strengthen the Company's Food Safety and Quality Programs.
  • Strong working knowledge of, or the ability to learn (desired):
  • Sciences and technology around chocolate processing.
  • Raw materials relationship to related manufacturing processes.
  • Job-specific food safety & quality training: Certified SQF Practitioner, Advanced HACCP, FSCPA Preventive Controls for Human Food, GMPs, Handwashing, Allergens, Food Security/Food Defense/Food Fraud, Adora, HACCP for Operators, Process Control-Weight and SQC Pack, Weekly Pest Control Inspections.Job Offer
  • PTO
  • Holiday, Persona, Sick Time
  • 401k plus match
  • Health
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Short / Long Term DisabilityMPI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or based on an individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. MPI encourages applications from minorities, women, the disabled, protected veterans and all other qualified applicants.

Keywords: Michael Page, Meriden , Director of Quality - FOOD, Executive , Meriden, Connecticut

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