Provides technical expertise and/or guidance to solve ingredient, product, packaging and manufacturing food safety and quality issues. Applies leading edge scientific and technological solutions to business issues and opportunism in product innovation.
Essential Job Duties
Provides technical expertise based on innovative leading edge scientific technological solutions, and directions/ guidance to Quality, R&D, and manufacturing to solve food safety issues or asset with product launches.
Assists the Global Food Safety process responsible for chilled products produced at the CFresh division and bakery snack products.
Provides oversight and support to baking and high pressure processing validations.
Provides oversight and support to corporate policies along with facility environmental monitoring programs.
Uses working knowledge of Food Safety & Microbiological principles to design, manage, execute, interpret and report on scientific studies which drive innovation solving operational issues.
Manages the Microbiological ingredient specification SMI groups and special batch approval within Optiva.
Establishes benchmarking relationships with external technical experts at peer companies, universities, governmental agencies, and ingredient/equipment suppliers remaining abreast of current technologies related to food safety & food processing.
Holds in-depth knowledge regarding food safety regulatory requirements (HACCP, and FSMA) assist with evaluating company compliance.
Completes and/ or direct process validations studies which include review of time/temperature data as well culturing inoculation and microbial analysis of food samples.
Issues summary reports as scientific support of processing parameters.
Provides disposition for out of compliance situations due to HACCP deviations, temperature abuse from mishandling or evaluate risk and determine final disposition.
Through collaboration with external technical experts, evaluate and investigate efficacy of potential antimicrobial ingredients to ensure food safety/ stability of existing and new products in development within an effort to reduce TDC or assist with clean label initiatives.
May perform other duties as required.
Statement of Coverage
Employee may have supervisory responsibility when filling in due to absence of key management.
Scope of Responsibility
Works closely with R&D, Quality and Engineering innovation teams providing food safety guidance and support on new project initiatives. High level of autonomy and independent decision making.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
Thorough knowledge & proven experience in Food Safety, Microbiological, FSMA, and HACCP implementation is required
Must be proficient in all aspects of laboratory techniques required to direct/ execute the following types of studies: Pathogen Analysis, Lethality Testing, Challenge Studies, and Shelf-life Studies
Must be detail-oriented, well-organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Education and Experience
Master's Degree in Food Safety or Microbiology and a minimum of 10 years of food safety experience.
Professional Licenses or Certifications
FSMA, HACCP, SQF Practitioner
10% travel required.