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Director, Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance

Posted on Apr 5, 2021 by KeHE Distributors

Naperville, IL 60566
Retail Trade
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

KeHE Distributors, LLC is looking for a Director of Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance candidate whose primary objective is to oversee and improve KeHE's food safety programs, including, but not limited to, ensuring KeHE's procedures and operations are efficient and meet or exceed all food safety standards, meet third party and customer requirements, and comply with government regulations and quality standards.

The candidate for this position will oversee and monitor all aspects of Food Safety/Defense and Quality Assurance (including recall procedures), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP's), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including Preventive Controls, Sanitary Transport, and Food Defense Plans.

Essential Functions

Execute and routinely update all corporate food safety related strategies, policies, and procedures; maintain open communication with all related departments to address the identification of food safety hazards and process improvement opportunities.
Establish, conduct, and oversee FSQA internal and/or third party GFSI scheme audits of suppliers and co-packers to ensure FSMA, FDA, and USDA compliance.
Develop, maintain, and continuously improve departmental policies, standard operating procedures, work instructions, templates, and other required documents.
Conduct calibrations and perform preventive controls monitoring in multiple areas, including, but not limited to wash water, temperature, allergen control, environmental, metal detection, and sanitation.
Ensure compliance with applicable food safety regulatory requirements (Federal, State/Provincial and Local) including USDA, FDA, FSVP, and Importing. This extends to product label review, approval, and creation to comply with applicable food safety regulatory requirements (Federal, State/Provincial and Local) for ingredients, allergens, country of origin, and nutrition information for KeHE's private label products. This also extends to food safety regulatory programs for KeHE's transportation of food products on KeHE's private fleet.
Use the document control system to collect, maintain, and update corporate standard operating procedures, policies, and templates for all Food Safety related records. Respond to customer requests for information regarding product specifications and/or food safety for products purchased or re-packed.
Manage product recalls and withdrawals, including during off hours and weekends. Conduct traceability during product recall process to ensure timely communication and execution of product recalls and completion of related documentation.
Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude


Bachelor's degree in Food Science or related field with minimum 10 years' experience, or Master's degree in Food Science or related field with minimum 5 years' experience.


Minimum 5+ years of related experience at the QA&C Manager level in the food industry
Minimum 3-5 years of food industry background/experience with food safety/quality knowledge required
Experience with FSMA (Including Preventive Controls, FSVP, Sanitary Transport, and Intentional Adulteration), HACCP/HARPC plan design, measurement, documentation, & training required
3-5 years of food industry background/experience with food safety/quality knowledge required
Experience in a food distribution and/or manufacturing environment, preferred

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

HACCP, Human Food PCQI, and FSVP certified, Food Defense experience/knowledge preferred
Auditor certification strongly preferred
Demonstrated knowledge with FDA (FSMA) & USDA regulatory requirements and food safety systems
Deep understanding of hazard analysis, developing standards, managing processes, methods, and procedures, improving processes, dealing with complexity, and problem solving
Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize required
Strong interpersonal skills required, including the ability to relate and positively influence at all organizational levels
Microbiology, technical understanding, and reporting research results

Work Environment/Other information:

Warehouse/office environment
Travel is required, up to 40%
Full Benefits
Work authorization: United States (Required)

Reference: 1152697261

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