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Food Safety Quality Assurance Manager

Company: Foster Farms
Location: Turlock
Posted on: February 10, 2024

Job Description:

Pay Range: $126,500-$148,500 per year.Shift: DayJob DescriptionThe FSQA Manager works directly with processing plant manager to ensure compliance with Foster Farms, FSIS/USDA, and customer requirements.-- Oversees, executes, and administers the Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) programs to ensure the safety, legality, and quality of its products. --This position manages and develops an FSQA Supervisor at the processing plant level to achieve department goals.-- This position has the sole in-plant authority to release or retain product on hold for quality or regulatory concerns, thus sound judgment in rendering a product as wholesome or unwholesome is required.--Job FunctionsResponsible for: Functioning as primary FSQA leader; Managing and enforcing the implementation, verification and validation of Food Safety programs such as HACCP/SSOP Plans; Ensuring adherence with audit standards such as BRC and Siliker; Managing regulatory relationship with local USDA/FSIS or other regulatory agencies; Retaining product that does not conform to customer agreements, finished product specifications, or legal requirements; Rendering decision for product disposition, including release into commerce.Manage the implementation, maintenance, evaluation, and enforcement of: USDA regulations including the working relationship with local USDA/FSIS; Corporate programs (pest control, allergen, product quality); Any and all product monitoring programs that may have both legal (FSIS requirements) and customer implications.Manage the employee population of that site and its competence in food safety and quality procedures.--This includes the design and execution of training as needed with operations, sanitation, maintenance, and FSQA staff. Promote a food safety culture amongst FSQA staff and production employees.----Lead pathogen testing root cause investigations in partnership with production management to address processing, sanitation, and maintenance related issues.Lead investigation regarding quality monitoring defects to determine root cause. In partnership with production management, address manufacturing, mechanical, or--formulation issues that led to deficiencies.In partnership with the site s production manager, schedule meetings and direct communications with local USDA/FSIS to report non-compliance resolution, as well as Foster Farms response to trending concerns.Evaluate current FSQA programs to established standards and adjust programs to conform with regulatory changes or internal modifications to ensure conformance is relevant.--Manage and improve as needed, the FSQA data reporting systems, communicating trends and root-cause analysis to senior management for deficiency resolution and process improvement.--Actively lead projects (FSQA or operations) and activities to modify, retrofit, and improve performance from a food safety and/or quality perspective. This may also include commercialization projects organized by R&D for new products.Bachelor s degree from a 4-year, accredited college or university, preferably in the area of animal or food science or related field.Advanced degree in animal science, food science, food safety or related field preferred.Proficient use of Microsoft including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.Requisite
5+ years of work experience in food processing environment with food safety/quality programs focus.Required
former managerial experience of salaried supervisory employees.Cross-functional team leadership skills, as well as coaching and mentoring skills.Thorough, practical, and functional knowledge of USDA/FSIS food safety regulations including current regulations and directives and HACCP/SSOP programs.Detail oriented with analytical aptitude; exposure to Statistical Process Control is beneficial.Proactive problem-solving and critical thinking approach to FSQA program design, implementation, and improvements.Ability to adapt to product changes and commercialization of new products.Ability to work independently without direct supervision and instruction.Strong writing and presentation skills, in order to communicate at all levels throughout the organization.Ability to render sound judgment regarding food safety risks and/or product quality defects.Ability to execute sound judgment regarding communication for product disposition decisions.Preferable
knowledge of pest control practices and sanitation cleaning procedures.Ability to work flexible hours.Ability to travel for business related visits (other plants) or conferences.--

Keywords: Foster Farms, Turlock , Food Safety Quality Assurance Manager, Executive , Turlock, California

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