Director, Food Safety And Quality Assurance

Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Inc Shelbyville , IN 46176

Posted 6 months ago

A High Growth, Entrepreneurial Plant Based Protein Company

We are a newly formed division of Maple Leaf Foods, the largest protein company in Canada, which we can trace back over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we advance our strategic agenda in the plant protein space, remaining agile and quick to react to change. Our focus on growth is laser-like, riding the fast growing plant-protein movement.

Our job is to make great food

Greenleaf Foods embraces a strong, values-based culture, where dedicated employees take pride in doing what's right for our consumers, our customers and our communities. Our 400+ employees thrive in an engaging, open and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and responsibility. Each Greenleaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.

Director, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Greenleaf Foods

The Opportunity:

The Director, Food Safety and Quality Assurance is accountable for the execution of the Food Safety and Quality Management System (FSQMS) at Greenleaf Foods and for driving continuous improvement within Food Safety and Quality (FS&Q) in a fast-paced and demanding environment. Additionally, the Director will support the establishment and maintenance of positive relationships with other functions throughout the organization, regulatory authorities, customers and other external contacts.

.A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will do:

Food Safety

Drive execution of and compliance to all food safety programs at assigned plants, including but not limited to:

  • Accountability for compliance of the Food Safety Plan, including the HACCP system, to meet FDA regulations including FSMA (US Food Safety Modernization Act), Canadian regulations including SFCA (Safe Food for Canadians Act) and other regulatory requirements where applicable,
  • Continuous improvement of FS&Q programs to enable adherence to Internal Audit and GFSI / BRC requirements,
  • Oversight and approval of construction control protocols at plant level as they impact FS&Q,
  • Ownership of Pathogen Control programs such as EMP (Environmental Monitoring Program) testing and oversight and review of related Seek & Destroy investigative activities, etc. including trend analysis of results in the manufacturing facilities,
  • Lead the review of the Food Safety and Quality Risk Assessment as a key element of the product development process both at the BC (business case) and LR (launch request) levels,
  • Review and approve all FS&Q risk assessments conducted by the manufacturing facilities within scope,
  • Review, provide feedback to, and approve plant responses to regulatory non-conformances from the FDA, as well as state and local regulatory bodies,
  • Collaborative interaction with other FS&Q Directors and FSQA team members in support of information sharing, program improvements and consistency within all manufacturing facilities and distribution centres across Maple Leaf Foods.


Drive execution of and compliance to all quality programs and requirements (QMS Quality Management System) at assigned plants, including but not limited to:

  • Adherence to product specifications,
  • Establishing and assuring adherence to QMS governance,
  • Non-food safety related regulatory programs, `
  • Trend Analysis of QMS performance (CQPs, CTQs, etc.) to identify, enable, and support, implementation of process improvements as defined within QMS governance.

Talent Development

  • Lead and develop FSQA teams at assigned plants including succession planning,
  • Utilize the FSQA Competency Model to hire, coach and mentor FSQA team,
  • Provide guidance and direction on training of hourly FSQA and plant staff to assure compliance to Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Compliance,
  • Participate in recruitment processes, , merit planning, performance and development discussions, setting business objectives, talent review processes, and exit planning (as required).

External Customer

Manage customer requirements, including but not limited to:

  • Oversight of plant BRC certification and compliance,

  • Liaise with Sales to assure delivery of FS&Q expectations as required by the customer within the Greenleaf programs and affected plants.

  • Regular interaction with external customers, Sales and Marketing, Operations, and the Senior Leadership Team as required.

  • Connecting with peers in the industry, related professional associations and interact with applicable regulatory agencies.

  • Work closely with the assigned corporate Operations leads to assure compliance to FS&Q programs.

Work conditions

Onsite Presence at facilities on a routine basis, travel will be commensurate with plant assignments in relation to home base for the Director.

  • Travel in the United States and Canada, at a minimum, is required.

  • Hours vary to meet plant schedules including Sanitation, pre-operative inspection and all shifts of operation.

  • Operate with a great deal of independence, self-accountability, and thought leadership.

What we have to offer you:

  • Career development opportunities. Your career will not stop at this role, this is just the beginning

  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits

  • 401K plan

  • Commitment to Learning courses, resources and tools provided to all employee

  • Employee Assistance Program

What you will bring:

  • 5+ years' experience leading teams in the food industry

  • Minimum of 10 years in a regulated food manufacturing industry

  • Minimum 10 years in the Food Safety and Quality management function

  • Bachelor of Science in Meat Science, Food Science, Nutritional Science, Animal Science or other related science degree. Science degrees in other disciplines (e.g. Engineering) will be considered depending upon previous work experience.

  • Six Sigma Black Belt or Level 2-3 Six Sigma certified

  • Manufacturing Excellence understanding and participation

  • Project management experience including demonstrated change management competency

  • Experience in plant-based, bakery and/or prepared meat processing

  • Experience and understanding of Regulatory requirements and compliance (e.g. CFIA, FDA, etc.)

In addition to demonstrating alignment to the Maple Leaf Values, you will have the following proven competencies:


  • Clear and concise in all means of communication (e.g. written, verbal, electronic, public speaking, interpersonal, etc.)

  • Effectively apply situational communication to all levels of the organization and other stakeholders, with demonstrated ability to relay complex technical issues accordingly

  • Competency reading, writing and speaking a second language (French, Spanish, etc.) is beneficial

Problem Prevention/Solution Focused

  • Proven Continuous Improvement and Lean perspective to implement appropriate solutions

  • Ability to lead complex projects that require strong leadership, initiative, and change management

  • Ability to quickly derive root cause and to effect sustainable preventive measures

  • Research and apply functional best practices

  • Demonstrated ability to use data to predict and prevent problems before they arise

  • Ability to compile all relevant information into concise risk assessment reporting format and to provide the output to all stakeholders in a timely manner


  • Strong, decisive leadership and resilience to work in difficult, intense and ambiguous situations

  • Proven ability to coach, mentor and inspire teams s

  • Ability to engage others toward a common goal, including influential leadership of stakeholders

  • Resourceful and work independently without day to day guidance

  • Ability to develop and present go forward actions in a way that results in commitment from the team

Commitment and Teamwork Focused

  • Demonstrated skills in team building and collaboration both within the function and with other functions and stakeholders

  • Holds self and others accountable to deliver on FSQMS programs, Regulatory requirements, customer requirements, etc.

Technical Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint

  • SAP QM, SAP RD is required

  • Visio and Minitab proficiency is an asset

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