Senior Manager of Food Safety and Quality, Manufacturing

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Senior Manager of Food Safety and Quality, Manufacturing

This position reports to the SVP, Chief Food Safety & Quality Assurance Officer with a dotted line to our Manufacturing (FDF) VP.  The Sr. Manager, Food Safety and Quality Assurance will interact with Manufacturing Management and Associates as well as Panera’s Quality Assurance team and serve on cross-functional teams driving food safety initiatives. This position resides at Panera’s St. Louis Support Center.

The Sr. Manager, Food Safety and Quality Assurance will be responsible for planning, coordinating and directing Panera’s food safety program and Quality Systems at the plant level, designed to ensure production and distribution of safe food products consistent with our established food policy standards.

This position has duties which include the development of food safety procedures and policies, report writing, data analysis, facility auditing, assistance in the development of process improvement plans, formal communication to both internal and external customers, provide training to Manufacturing (FDF) Management and Associates related to food quality and food safety, and interaction with regulatory agencies as needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • To assist our FDF's in the development, implementation, and execution of our Food Safety policies and systems in accordance with FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act), HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Controls), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), and other appropriate regulatory guidelines.
  • Actively assist in the training and development of FDF Management and Associates on essential food safety guidelines and GMP’s (Good Manufacturing Practices).
  • Monitor, review, and investigate food safety complaint data and work with local management on thorough follow up and action plans to ensure we are mitigating food safety risks.
  • Provide technical expertise and support to the field on projects designed to improve our food quality, food safety and sanitation.
  • Conduct periodic internal audits and provide site support and training to properly inspect, risk assess, perform root cause analysis and implement corrective actions to ensure we remain in compliance with all local, state, and federal (FDA) regulatory agencies.
  • Collaborate and work in tandem with Quality Assurance to resolve food safety issues relating to fresh dough and produce.
  • Support and drive the execution of key food safety initiatives in our fresh dough manufacturing facilities.

Qualifications and Experience

  • B.S. in Food Science or related field
  • 3-5 years of work related experience in food industry, bakery manufacturing and/or produce experience desired
  • 3-5 years exprience leading teams and developing others in a plant setting.
  • GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) certification / experience
  • Knowledge of food microbiology, food safety, food safety controls, food defense, sanitary design, auditing, and GMP’s
  • Possess and maintain technical and professional knowledge as it relates to Regulatory Compliance, FSMA, and HARPC.
  • Prior Auditing experience
  • Prior Recall experience
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast pace environment
  • Ability to influence without authority and communicate appropriately for the intended audience
  • Must be computer literate, including word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Strong team and cross functional business partner
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to interact positively with Associates and Management at the Plant level
  • Intrinsically motivated, self-starter with a positive attitude
  • Ability to travel as much as 50%

Saint Louis Support Center

External Reference Code JR0020344

Company Name 100 Panera, LLC

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