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Vice President, Quality & Food Safety, North America

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Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Job Function: Innovation Quality & Food Safety

Req Number: 321

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 We are a global leader in food & verage ingredients. Pioneers at heart, we operate at the forefront of consumer trends to provide food & beverage manufacturers with products and ingredients that will delight their consumers. Making a positive impact on people and planet is all part of the delight. With a deep-rooted presence in the countries where our ingredients are grown, we are closer to farmers, enabling better quality, and more reliable, traceable and transparent supply. Supplying products and ingredients at scale is just the start. We add value through our unique, complementary portfolio of natural, delicious, and nutritious products. With our fresh thinking, we help our customers unleash the sensory and functional attributes of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts, and spices so they can create naturally good food & beverage products that meet consumer expectations. And whoever we’re with, whatever we’re doing, we always make it real.    


Position Summary     


This role will report to the Senior Vice President, Operations for North America and functionally report to the Global Head of Quality & Food Safety. This role will be responsible for QFS strategies across North and South America    


Position Responsibilities    

  • Active participant and leader in the global QFS Leadership Team
  • Support the global Centers of Expertise (COEs) as required
  • Provide leadership, direction and support for of Quality and Food safety across America to ensure effective QFS compliance.
  • Develop and implement a Food Safety strategy and programs for all platforms across the Americas consisting of approximately 24 manufacturing sites.
  • Drive shared goals and targets across the region
  • Collaborate with BU Business Heads, Operations Team, Innovation Team and extended management teams to achieve ofi QFS goals.
  • Develop a high performing America QA and Food Safety
  • Continue the development of the ofi Quality and Food Safety Management System.
  • Define KPI’s for food safety and quality for the American organization and cascade across all sites
  • Communicate and ensure alignment and shared accountability to achieve shared KPI’s.
  • Understand customer needs and requirements and develop effective quality management processes across the value chain to meet their expectations.
  • Build capability & career plans for the QFS organization.
  • Drive a culture of empowerment on in QFS
  • Quickly respond to food safety and quality issues reported, identify deviations and recommend corrective actions.


 Position Requirements     

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Food Science or relevant subject is required. MS degree strongly desired.
  • Deep knowledge of the food manufacturing industry and experience working within Operations.
  • A proven track record in driving change and developing people
  • 15+ years of experience in Quality leadership role
  • 10+ years of experience within the Food industry is required.
  • Ability to communicate broadly and ability to work cross-functionally is required.
  • Ability to lead through influence both globally and across the Americas
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • The ability and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time is required.
  • Portuguese and Spanish fluency is preferred



Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.    



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