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Food Safety Quality Engineer - CP Kelco

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Date: Oct 21, 2021

Location: Okmulgee, OK, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: CP Kelco 

CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty ingredients which are added to improve texture, consistency, and stability in food, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Our products are derived from renewable raw materials found in nature for use in jam, fruit and milk drinks, confectionery products as well as industrial applications. We work across the whole value chain from natural raw materials to customers’ end products. CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the United States.  With approximately $2.3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries.

 

Where permitted by applicable law, candidate must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered for U.S.-based job, if not currently employed by J.M. Huber Corporation or one of it's affiliates.

Position Summary

This role will report to the facility Quality Manager is responsible to provide leadership and direction for cGMP and food safety & quality engineering to Maintenance, Engineering, and Operations Departments. You will oversee food safety plan, HACCP to HARPC transition and assure facility meets FSMA Section 103 Preventive Controls and Supplier Controls regulatory requirement. You are the lead site quality and food safety risk assessments and management programs.  You will improve and implement projects to mitigate and address potential quality and food safety risks for the site. You will support for areas such as CAPA/Nonconformance Investigations, Customer Complaints and Audits and leads validation of corrective actions that meet CAPA closed-loop regulatory requirements of FDA registered food or pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.  Leads the plant Food Safety Management System in a manner which will ensure compliance with regulatory, quality system and customer requirements. This includes a thorough evaluation of building infrastructure and expansion or upgrading facilities and food contact equipment to assure that quality and food safety are built into all new/upgraded equipment or structures. Supports the facility Quality Manager in continuous improvement activities of the Quality and Food Safety Management System. Serves as food safety project lead, ensuring cGMPs are adhered to during design & commissioning.  Leads all product adulteration incident reviews and provides leadership in microbiological management and sanitation excellence. Capable of influencing people while managing issues with a wide variety of internal and external partners. Validates systems for food safety control points per HACCP/HARPC plans.

Responsibilities

  • As the Food Safety leader for the facility, you will work with the facility Quality Manager to drive implementation of the Global Food Safety Policy and improvements needed to meet final FSMA regulatory requirements.
  • Manage and focus directly on cGMP food safety engineering/food security and validation, in preparation for the commercial production of regulated products.
  • Lead projects of facilities and equipment and optimization of existing manufacturing processes to deliver products with the production requirements consistent with the requirements of the regulatory FDA/Global products.
  • Support strategic plans for improvement of plant and processes, in order to increase efficiency, reduce costs, but make sure that quality, cGMP and food safety are designed in equipment before commissioning.
  • Support supply chain management program, as it relates to Quality & Food Safety (including toller management, raw material supplier management, etc.)
  • Ensures plant Food Safety documentation is maintained in an audit-ready state, meeting all statutory, regulatory requirements & customer expectations
  • Lead Microbiological Environmental Monitoring Program & monitor plant data & performance for trends as they relate to Quality & Food Safety
  • Guide in the specification and selection of manufacturing/equipment and product contact surfaces and ensure that the equipment purchased meets the regulatory requirements of the product and packaging.
  • Motivate, develop, train and recruit key employees for the facility food safety team.
  • Support environmental protection programs, preventive maintenance and plant safety, metrology and industrial hygiene to work effectively and to meet the compliance requirements of Regulatory Agency.
  • Optimize the documentation for quality systems engineering, cleaning and validation SOPS, SSOPs, HACCP plans and food safety policy and protocols.
  • Lead incident reviews to investigate and correct microbiological, physical and chemical product non-conformities and provide recommendation regarding process design, product disposition and continuous improvement.
  • Lead HARPC / Food Safety risk assessment for all new lines and as needed to update Food Safety Policy

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 3-5 years experience in Food Microbiology, Process Development and Quality and Food Safety Management Systems
  • Certified HACCP manager preferred; Certified in Food Preventive Controls and ASQ preferred
  • Knowledge of food microbiology, good laboratory practice, food safety controls, manufacturing processes, sanitary design, food law, cGMP, auditing, troubleshooting and microbiological test procedures is required.
  • Experienced with implementing management systems in the CPG Industry-ISO 9001, 22000, 22002 background with accomplishments in design and implementation
  • Demonstrated leadership in QA, Quality and Food Safety Management Systems, New Product Development and Food or Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Ability to lead constructive, positive change within a plant environment. to create awareness to Food Safety regulations and execute programs and achieve goals t meet regulatory requirements.
  • Strong computer skills with proven proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and flowcharting software
  • Be able to display proficiency in developing mutual respect with operators, mechanics, forklift drivers, etc in order to execute programs and achieve goals.
  • Ability to be flexible with work hours, shifting priorities, ambiguity.
  • Strong knowledge of FSMA Preventive Controls requirement and development of Food Safety Plans with experience driving corrective actions of food safety issues

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J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO/AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required.

   


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