Manager, Product Safety and Compliance
Posted on Apr 6, 2021 by Newell Rubbermaid
The Product Safety & Compliance Manager is responsible for ensuring product safety and regulatory compliance in all countries where our products are sold. This position will support the Food Business Unit, including countertop electrical appliances, home canning products, cookware, bakeware, cutlery, and plastic food storage containers. The role provides leadership and support to Product Compliance Specialists.
Responsibilities and Duties
Research, understand, and communicate safety and compliance requirements relating to current products, new product categories and expansion of sales to new regions globally.
Participate in product development projects to ensure that safety, regulatory and agency requirements are identified and satisfied in target markets (global).
Participate in formal Product Quality Risk Assessments to identify and quantify safety and compliance risks and develop mitigation plans.
Review and approve product labeling, packaging artwork, and instruction booklets to ensure safety and compliance requirements are met.
Support continuous improvement and cost savings projects by ensuring that product safety and compliance is maintained.
Manage relationships with third-party agencies and test laboratories globally.
Monitor changes to regulatory and agency requirements, and initiate actions required to maintain compliance of active products.
Ensure that ongoing testing and compliance documentation updates for active products are planned and executed.
Ensure that records to support safety and compliance are maintained.
Lead the investigation and problem solving for safety or compliance issues.
Participate in industry associations, standards development, and rulemaking as appropriate.
Lead the function by developing strategies and processes to assure safety and compliance, and providing leadership and direction both within the team and cross-functionally.
Provide training and career development support to Product Safety Specialists (direct reports), with communication and feedback to encourage a motivated and engaged team.
Develop and deliver training to cross-functional teams on topics related to safety & compliance.
Promote a culture of continuous improvement, evaluating work processes and external relationships to identify and implement changes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
Assist with developing budgets and monitoring/reporting costs related to testing and agency fees.
Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Science (Chemical, Material or Electrical preferred).
3 - 5 years of management experience.
5 - 10 years of experience in assuring product compliance with regulatory requirements.
Experience working with global regulatory agency requirements such as EPA, UL, ETL, FDA, TUV, NOM, FDA, FCC, EU REACH, EU RoHS & WEEE.
Ability to build business partnerships across functional groups with a focus on overall success.
Ability to proactively identify and resolve potential safety and compliance issues.
Ability to understand complex, technical requirements and communicate in clear terms to a broader team what is required.
Ability to effectively plan and prioritize activities and multi-task.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications such as Excel & PowerPoint.
Demonstrates knowledge of problem-solving techniques and strategies, including root cause analysis, 8D, 5Why, PDCA methodologies.
Demonstrates strong interpersonal and project management skills.
Demonstrates excellent communication skills-verbal and written.
Demonstrates ability to perform in a team environment.
Experience with electrical appliance safety agency testing and maintenance of listing files.
Experience with product development and manufacturing
Experience with plastic food contact products
Experience with consumer products and FPLA/UPLR labeling regulations