Food Safety Specialist

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Job Description: 
Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals that solve nature's challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses, and specialty plant nutrition minerals that improve the quality and yield of crops. The company produces its minerals at locations throughout the U.S. and Canada and in the U.K. Though the company’s history stretches back as far as 1844, Compass Minerals became a public company in December 2003. The company is part of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, the Russell 1000 Index and was included in Fortune magazine’s 2010 listing of the “100 Fastest-Growing Companies.” Named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America in 2015 and 2016, Compass Minerals’ mission is to be the best essential minerals company by delivering where and when it matters.
Compass Minerals is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values the diversity of the people and communities around us and where employees can thrive and deliver high-performing, sustainable organizational success.  Our focus on diversity and inclusion is grounded in our company’s Core Values and is explicitly demonstrated in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct.
We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining diverse employees with the necessary skills to shape an inclusive organization. We especially strive to hire, retain and promote employees with a diversity of attributes, backgrounds, experiences and skills, who think differently, have varying perspectives and can bring forward unique ideas and points of view. 
Summary:  This position will be primarily responsible for leading the food safety effort at the Lyons plant.  This individual will oversee the plant food safety committee, lead and conduct meetings for food safety, conduct internal site and product traceability audits, oversee pest control activities, conduct annual plant food safety training; writing, implementing and enforcing policies; assisting with corporate food safety issues; assisting with quality control and quality system of the manufacturing process at the Lyons facility by performing analytical testing on process and finished product samples; troubleshooting process related issues to assure the overall quality of the end product.   This individual will also lend support to sales and marketing by performing competitive product analysis, sending out product samples, analyzing complaint samples and work with production personnel to investigate source of complaint.  This position holds the site accountable for the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:         
 (Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time.)
  • Lead plant Food Safety effort (training, procedures, audits) drive fafety, SOIP, and product quality
  • Food Defense Coordinator certification and activities
  • Document control and writing
  • Corrective Action Preventative Action log with Root Cause Analysis

    • Support quality system improvement
    • Provide analytical support for the plant and technical laboratory as needed
    • Sales and Customer Service support
    • Environmental sample collection,  analyses and QC analysis
    • Maintain analytical equipment as needed

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:                                         

Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Biology, or Food Science degree preferred or equivalent education and experience.  Minimum 0 – 4 years of experience in the field or in a related area.  3 – 5 years Lab or food safety experience; or equivalent combination of education and work experience/training is preferred.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Language Skills:                                          

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Reasoning Ability:                                    

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Knowledge - Food Safety Industry, HACCP/HARPC, FDA Regs., GFSI Certification, BRC, SCF, FSSC 22000, or other recognized standard and the requirements to maintain.

Computer Skills:                                        

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in MS Office.

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.

Design - Generates creative solutions; Demonstrates attention to detail.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Works well in group problem solving situations.  Team oriented.

Technical Skills - Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills. High level of math and reasoning.

Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places, or small quantities of cleaning/lubricating chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

Compass Minerals in an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or other group status protected by Federal, State, or local laws.

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.