Summary: The Manager of Food Safety & Quality Assurance (FSQA) is responsible for managing all food safety and quality assurance policies / programs, USDA compliance and product quality initiatives. These programs will be managed using strategic initiatives and execution excellence to provide compliance with all quality specifications, USDA/FDA regulations and International Regulatory laws that have jurisdiction over Seaboard Foods facilities and products for the assigned operations shift. The Manager of FSQA is responsible for assisting with the development and implementation strategies and programs to achieve exemplary food safety and quality standards and customer satisfaction. The position has direct management responsibilities over the Food Safety, Quality Assurance programs, sanitation monitoring and laboratory programs.
Assists with the development and implementation of corporate and plant FSQA procedures, HACCP plan, and lab procedures; set up and maintain the FSQA software systems (Cat2, 3M, Carlisle, etc.) during start-up and throughout production environment.
Assists with the development of a high performing team driven by solid talent identification, development and succession planning of employees engaged food safety, quality assurance and laboratory activities during start-up and beyond.
Coordinates, develops and provides oversight of all corporate and plant FSQA compliance activities, including all regulatory label compliance, specification approvals, GFSI, HACCP and USDA relationships.
Proactively works and develops processes to prevent customer complaints, recalls, withdraws and loss of customers due to quality issues; research and recommend enhancements to food safety, product quality, production procedures, equipment, and management practices.
Collaborates with plant management on all FSQA activities to add guidance and expertise in all areas where a subject matter expert is needed. (ex. Lab, AMS, AW, data collections, etc.)
Effectively partners with Operations, Maintenance, Sales, Supply Chain and other functional areas in the organization to teach, lead and guide all employees engaged in food production in food safety and quality initiatives.
Ability to manage written responses, customer inquiries and visits for food safety and product quality complaints or claims.
Creates and foster a culture that understands and recognizes food safety and quality as a top priority, ensure employees are trained on an on-going basis and in compliance with company regulations to ensure quality and consistency of products; ensure high levels of engagement from all levels of employees within the facility through positive and effective employee relations.
Foster an environment of continuous process improvement to drive efficiencies, increased accuracy, and stronger decision making.
Bachelor's degree in meat science, food science, microbiology or related discipline with two (2) years of progressively responsible positions or five (5) years of progressively responsible positions in the meat/pork industry.
Must have comprehensive knowledge with and application of USDA and FDA rules and regulations.
Must have adequate experience to demonstrate thorough knowledge, skills and abilities of both commercial and technical aspects related to FSQA for the pork business.
Well-developed management skills utilizing sound management principles in leading a large team of diverse employees.
Demonstrated ability to understand advanced statistics and statistical analysis for process control, along with the ability to design experiments and use mathematical formulas and calculations to prepare or interpret routine statistical information.
HACCP/Food Safety Certification and experience with GFSI/SQF (SQF Practitioner, PCQI certification a plus).
Must be well versed in current FSIS and FDA directives and regulatory requirements.
Must hold a valid driver's license and be able to travel as required.
Additional essential duties and responsibilities may be assigned.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Long durations of standing and walking in the production areas.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud with cold conditions.
Internal Number: #GUY-2622
About Seaboard Foods
As a connected food system, Seaboard Foods cares for and raises pigs to produce safe, quality pork to feed people. The company has operations in six states and employs more than 5,000 people working on it's farms, processing plant and in support areas who oversee of every step of production from raising and caring for the pigs to processing pork. The company is a top U.S. pork producer and processor and a leading exporter of U.S. pork to more than 30 countries. In addition, Seaboard Foods subsidiary, High Plains bioenergy, has biodiesel, biogas and compressed natural gas operations. Because it's pork products are served on tables throughout the world, Seaboard Foods fosters a culture of asking why it is committed to constantly doing better in the way it raises and care for pigs for food every step of the way from before the farm to be on the fork.