Food Safety & Quality Assurance Specialist

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Job Description: 

Position Overview

A Food Safety & Quality Assurance Specialist will play a leading role in the development, monitoring and enhancement of food safety and quality programs for AFCFC Supplier and Distribution operations. This position will ensure applicable processes are implemented in accordance with the guidelines constructed by the FSQA Manager and Senior Management. It will support the management of third party and internal food safety auditing programs; directly coordinate with team counterparts in establishing trend analyses, conducting one-on-one and group training sessions. The role will also author and implement policies and procedures to drive continuous improvement of the overall Food Safety and Quality systems.

Key Responsibilities & Duties

  • Collaborate with compliance team and cross-functional divisions in heightening the internal food protection program and suppliers’ performance
  • Examine and qualify potential suppliers’ ingredient proposals
  • Lead in maintaining the internal wholesale program compliant in accordance with subscribed food safety schemes and regulatory mandates
  • Provide technical expertise relative to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and food safety evaluations
  • Manage, monitor, and investigate consumer reported claims
  • Communicate and liaison with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies pertaining to new and existing legislation
  • Conduct regulatory research and provide support to ensure products meet regulatory requirements
  • Conduct scientific studies, compile results, and formulate reports to facilitate process and/or ingredient changes
  • Formulate data trend analyses; identify gaps, and develop viable action plans
  • Maintain and develop policy updates in accordance with customer, regulatory and third-party schemes
  • Conduct assessment audits of central DC, retail, and supplier facilities
  • Perform verification and validation activities to support and drive continuous improvement of the internal food safety programs

Qualifications & Skills

  • BA/BS Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Public Health, Microbiology, or related discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Food Manufacturing, Quality Assurance or Public/Environmental Health with an emphasis in Food Protection
  • Highly meticulous
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Proven analytical and leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Passionate and high-energy with the ability to lead
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic business environment
  • Strong technical knowledge and experience in food chemistry and microbiology
  • Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills combined with an aptitude for multi-tasking
  • Working to proficient knowledge of food safety regulations and schemes: SQF, BRC, GMPs, HACCP
  • Working to proficient knowledge of 21CFR101, 21CFR110 and 21CFR123
  • Able to travel approximately 25% domestically and internationally
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and execute projects diligently
  • Ability to adapt and excel in a fast-paced environment
  • Skilled in Microsoft office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

Highly Preferred:

  • SQF Practitioner Certification
  • Seafood HACCP Certification
  • Ability to communicate, both verbally and written, in Spanish
  • PCQI
  • Working knowledge of GSSI schemes

Employee Offered Benefits

AFCFC’s benefit package includes group medical, dental, and vision health benefits; basic life and AD&D, flexible PTO, paid holiday, and 401k retirement plan with company match provision

Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.