The Director of Regulatory and Export Compliance is responsible for overseeing and providing leadership for all regulatory and export compliance matters within the MFI/BEF integrated Supply Chain. The position must effectively collaborate with all functional groups within the business, its customers, and external governmental agencies, primarily the FDA, USDA FSIS, USDA FAS, and USDA AMS. The position will report to the VP of FSQ
In addition to providing leadership and over site for regulatory compliance, the position will work to identify opportunities to impact policy at a national and political level to enhance the value of the business and its customers.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Seek out and drive opportunities to add value to the business by impacting the development of regulatory policy, and governmental execution of policy, at a national and political level.
Support the annual internal FSQ assessment process at all MFI and BEF facilities through verification of compliance to applicable food safety related regulatory requirements.
Solicit, assess, draft, and submit value added project requests to the USDA FSIS New Technology group based on current and forthcoming regulations and/or process changes. Once approval is granted, monitor and submit data to the New Technology group in compliance with each specific waiver and letter of no objection that is obtained.
Provide expertise and guidance regarding all customer and country required export documentation. This includes, but is not limited to, regulatory forms and letters, pro forma invoices, commercial invoices, packing lists, letters of credit, bank drafts, shippers export declaration/electronic export information, letters of instructions, Free Trade (NAFTA) Certificates, Certificates of Origin, Certificates of Analysis, "Food" Re-Export Certificates, USDA certificates, Proof of Delivery, and Bills of Lading.
Solicit, draft, assess and submit comments to all applicable FDA and USDA proposed rules and guidance documents.
Maintain all company and facility food safety related regulatory permits and approvals (e.g. - Grants of Inspection, Food Facility Registrations, Off-Premise Freezing Permits, Alternative Shipment Protocols, Forms 5200-6 for Export Certification, Voluntary Inspection, organizational chart updates, AMS Form LPS109, AMS PEEPEV approved products and plants lists, Voluntary PY200s for domestic shipments, etc.).
Develop and maintain positive relationships with all internal functions and applicable regulatory agencies, while leading the management of any regulatory related issues that may arise at a plant or corporate level.
Research regulations for a wide spectrum of applications, including, but not limited to, product development, ingredients use, animal disease, labeling, USDA challenges and appeals, and export compliance, for all MFI/BEF functions and facilities.
Monitor various regulatory web sites (e.g. FSIS Export Library and FSMA), attend regulatory meetings and webinars, receive and review automatic notifications (e.g. FSIS, FDA, AMS, APHIS, OIE, Federal Registry), participate in industry groups and associations, and personally interact with regulatory officials to maintain an awareness of regulatory policy changes and an understanding of how it may affect the Integrated Supply Chain (ISC).
Research countries' import requirements, educating the sales force and the functions within supply chain on those requirements. Monitor existing countries' continually changing requirements.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Bachelor's degree in business or a related field.
A minimum of 10 years of experience in food related regulatory/compliance management is preferred.
Experience working with federal and state agencies in food manufacturing organizations.
Ability to work independently using sound judgment, legal research and organizational skills.
Must have excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and presentation skills.
Must be able to work with individuals at all levels of the organization.
Must have proficiency with computer skills (such as Microsoft Office suite); experience developing and maintaining user databases for technical information and standardized forms is highly preferred.
Must always demonstrate adherence to ethical standards.
Knowledgeable and able acting in strict accordance with the requirements of all relevant laws, regulations, and Company policies, including, among other areas, Food and Drug Administration regulations.
An extensive knowledge of food related regulations and the applicable regulatory bodies (e.g. FDA and USDA).
Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize and multi-task.
Ability to lead and be a contributing member of cross functional teams.
Successful project management experience preferred.
Business acumen, innovation, strategic thinking, professionalism, visionary leadership and problem-solving skills are beneficial.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the work and may not include all the duties associated with this position.