Manager, Food Safety

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Job Description: 
At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.
 
The results: Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.
 
If you are an individual who has a drive for results, thrives working on highly collaborative, cross-functional teams and demonstrates the agility to work in a lean, fast-paced environment then get to know us at www.pinnaclefoods.com/careers.
 
Responsibilities
 
This position reports to the Plant Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance and develops, implements, and drives food safety and quality programs. The position utilizes personal experience and expertise in the areas of food safety, food quality, and good manufacturing and sanitation practices to provide both strategic leadership and tactical support to plant operations. The position routinely communicates with and advises Senior Management.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
  • Carry out food safety and quality assessments including validations of manufacturing processes, HACCP/FSMA Food Safety Plans, Food Quality Plans, Environmental Microbiological Monitoring programs, and finished product microbiological testing programs
  • Support the implementation of all food safety, food quality, and sanitation programs and ensure compliance to Pinnacle Foods’ Food Safety, Quality and Sanitation policies, procedures, and specifications
  • Ensure delivery of safe, quality products in a sustainable manner and with minimization of risk to the manufacturing facility and organization
  • Proactively identify potential and emerging food safety, quality and regulatory issues and develop strategies to effectively investigate and respond
  • Support the manufacturing facility in meeting food safety and quality objectives, goals, strategies, and measures
  • Facilitate the investigation and resolution of escalated plant issues including quality holds and FDA/USDA regulatory matters
  • Ensure food safety and quality individual and departmental capabilities including hiring and on-boarding, trainings, and other growth and development opportunities
  • Support growth and expansion including key projects and integration related activities
  • Support continuous improvement in internal GMP, Food Safety, and Quality Management System audits and support the manufacturing plant in effective closure of identified gaps
  •  Support effective food safety and quality training for QA team members and plant staff
  •  Maintain a safe working environment
  •  Ensure adherence to the QA department annual operating budget
  •  Plan and execute special projects as requested by the Plant Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance
 
Qualifications
 
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
 
  •  Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing plant quality assurance programs, or a combination of supervising or managing plant level food safety and food quality assurance programs and working with corporate quality assurance programs, required
  •  Good Manufacturing and Sanitation Practices experience required
  •  SQF and HACCP/FSMA Food Safety Plan experience required
  •  Experience with food manufacturing regulations (FDA and USDA) required
  •  Demonstrated “hands on” management experience
  •  Experience working with and leading diverse and cross functional teams
  •  Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma knowledge, a plus
  •  Strong interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate throughout all levels of the organization
  •  Strategic leadership skills
  •  Ability to train, coach and mentor staff
  •  Ability to effectively influence seniors, peers, and subordinates
  •  Auditing skills
  •  Knowledge of food microbiology
  •  Ability to use innovative approaches to resolve complex problems
  •  Strong computer skills, including a proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  •  Ability to analyze data and information, and to make effective and timely decisions. Ability to work with others to identify opportunities
  •  Ability to work under pressure and to react to situations with a strong sense of urgency
  •  Solid problem solving, project management, multi-tasking and prioritization skills
  •  Ability to listen and consider all ideas while working in a team environment
  •  Managing and budgeting; plan on budget spending and maintain waste elimination posture
  •  Ability to develop a high performing team
 
EDUCATION:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or a related discipline such as Chemistry, Biology or Microbiology, required
TRAVEL:
  • There is a 10% travel requirement for the position
Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer – qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other legally protected basis.
 

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.

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