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Quality and Food Safety Manager

Location: Bayonne, NJ, United States

Job Function: Innovation Quality & Food Safety

Req Number: 511

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We are a global leader in food & beverage 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
 
Reporting to the Director of Quality & Technical Services, Food Safety Manager will be part of, and have matrixed leadership from the operations team at ofi - Olde Thompson in Bayonne, New Jersey.  This position will be responsible and accountable for Food Safety and Quality Assurance programs and implementation based on regulatory standards and customer specifications. They will provide day to day support to the corporate technical team and site Quality and Operations teams for measurement and management of product quality and ensuring food safety across the product portfolio manufactured at the Bayonne plant and other warehouse locations. They will assist in developing quality systems such Safe Quality Foods (SQF), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), and provide technical expertise in Physical, Chemical and Microbiological analysis and interpretation of results. they will lead a team of supervisors and technicians to support operational food safety/quality and provide data and troubleshooting support to the operations team.
 
The ideal candidate will have 5-10 years of experience as a Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) manager and an advanced understanding of food laws and regulations. This role will be expected to be the onsite subject matter expert, have advanced risk assessment skills and be comfortable performing and leading root cause analysis and complaint trend analysis.
 
 
 
Position Responsibilities
 
  • Ensure full compliance of all products from the Bayonne plant and warehouse as per the Food Safety Plan, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) food safety regulations and maintain the highest level of food safety. 
  • Ensure that facilities follow all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), HACCP, and Global Food Safety Initiatives (GFSI) guidelines including developing a Food Safety Culture.  
  • Develop training programs for Food Safety & Quality (FSQ) team and frontline workforce with emphasis on continuous improvement and measure effectiveness of training programs.   
  • Participate in GMP, Food Safety, and Quality Management System audits and monitor corrective actions to deficient findings for completion and effectiveness, providing gap closure assistance to the manufacturing facilities.  
  • Responsible and accountable for Product Hold & Disposition based on Quality Inspection results based on risk assessment, business value, and data analysis. 
  • Implement appropriate Corrective Action and Preventative Action (CAPA) as needed. 
  • Lead Bayonne’s HACCP and Food Safety team for product designs, manufacturing processes, Food Safety plans, environmental monitoring and pest control programs, finished product microbiological testing programs, allergen program, and sanitation programs.
  • Validate and assure compliance with established food safety and quality objectives through daily monitoring programs, team supervision, and on-going verification of internal and external laboratory or industry benchmarking. 
  • Establish new and improved quality/food safety programs, policies and procedures to ensure that established standards of quality are consistently achieved, measured, documented and maintained. Provide food safety risk assessment information, new technology information, and risk management strategies to operations and leadership.  
  • Lead Root Cause Analysis and develop corrective actions for customer complaints and implement the corrective actions working with all the relevant functional teams. 
  • Monitor Supplier Quality and ensure ingredients and packaging material suppliers adhere to the supply chain compliance program as per FSMA regulations.
  • Responsible for maintaining the Organic, Kosher, Halal certifications for products manufactured by the Bayonne plant per the requirement of the customers and central Quality Assurance (QA) team.
  • Provide data, resources, and participate in continuous improvement initiatives as applicable.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
 
 
Position Requirements
 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Food Science /Microbiology or related discipline is required.
  • 5-10 years of leadership experience in multiple types of food processing.
  • Extensive technical knowledge and experience in food chemistry, microbiology, food safety. Preferably in a dry/powder packing facility.
  • Ability to understand plant operations which include dry powder filling, value-added retail product manufacturing and packaging.
  • BPCS (Better Process Controls School) and PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) certifications is preferred.
  • Ability to lead and develop a team of supervisors in both technical capability and effective communication is required.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to effectively work with all managerial levels, customers, regulatory, and industry organizations is required.
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills with and ability to understand the key requirements in the Food Safety and Quality Systems, development of continuous improvement programs.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to build and conduct training programs to the QA and operations team.
  • Must have the ability to focus on operational excellence using team building skills and clarity of purpose.
  • Knowledge and execution experience in GFSI & SQF auditing schemes and requirements.
  • Formal audit training or equivalent certification or experience is required.
  • Working knowledge of SAP or other ERP platforms for data generation, analysis, and decision making is required.
  • Bilingual, English and Spanish preferred.

 

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. 
  
ofi provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. All employment will be decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us for support at: [email protected] 
 
At ofi, we celebrate our diversity. Olam Americas LLC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.  
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