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JOB FILLED - Director of Food Safety - #8158S

Job Description: 
Passion, that’s the first thing that will set you apart and make you a top candidate for this role. Passion for Food Safety, Passion for Produce, and a Passion to be and do your best all of the time.

Our client, a top importer and distributor of premium-quality fresh fruit, serves a diverse clientele in the US and Canada including retail grocery chains, club stores, food service companies, and wholesale customers. With global supply relationships, they ensure a year-round abundance of top-tier products and foster ongoing fresh produce partnerships worldwide. Their vertically integrated approach guarantees the finest fruit, enabling them to meet diverse customer needs and provide competitive solutions. Beyond its industry leadership, the company fosters a collaborative culture in which every team member can make an impact on the business.

The Director of Food Safety will be responsible for establishing, maintaining, and executing a robust food safety program, ensuring compliance with customer, company, and regulatory standards, including the Food Safety Modernization Act and Safe Foods For Canadians regulations. This role encompasses the development, maintenance, and enhancement of systems for securing approvals from producers, packers, warehouses, and service providers. It also involves actively monitoring performance and conducting audits. Continuous collaboration with supply chain partners is vital to drive improvements in products, processes, and systems, ultimately reducing business risk through prevention-focused food safety programs.

The role will additionally involve overseeing customer sustainability and social conduct requirements. This provides you with the chance to shape and personalize the sustainability program. Leadership plays a crucial role in shaping company culture, and by joining this team, you'll experience a collaborative and hardworking environment with colleagues you'll genuinely enjoy. Along with these positive aspects, you'll receive excellent benefits and a competitive salary.
Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Develop and execute food safety strategy and goals.
  • Lead continuous improvement of the food safety management system.
  • Oversee compliance with FDA, USDA, EPA, CFIA, and other regulations.
  • Ensure food safety compliance of all supplier exporters and service providers.
  • Develop, maintain, and communicate food safety policies and procedures.
  • Guide GFSI scheme compliance.
  • Maintain and enrich FSVP and PCP programs.
  • Develop food safety metrics and key process indicators.
  • Enhance supplier management for compliance and continuous improvement.
  • Monitor supplier performance and implement corrective actions.
  • Analyze food safety data and develop effective corrective actions.
  • Periodically review product recall protocol and conduct mock recalls.
  • Maintain USDA organic certification.
  • Participate in internal and external food safety audits.
  • Track regulatory requirements and advancements in food safety technologies.
  • Ensure compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • Interface with regulatory agencies and manage relationships.
  • Address potential concerns with food safety with suppliers and customers.
  • Provide technical guidance, coaching, and expertise in food safety.
  • Offer technical support to sales, procurement, and operations teams.
  • Manage customer sustainability and social conduct requirements in collaboration with sales and procurement teams.
  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Agricultural Science, Microbiology, or a related science program.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of five years of comprehensive food safety program management experience.
  • Hold relevant certifications in HACCP, FSVP, Produce Safety, GlobalGAP, BRC, PrimusGFS, and PCQI.
  • Specialized knowledge in FSMA, specifically FSVP and Produce Safety.
  • Familiarity with CFIA, specifically SFCR requirements.
  • Exhibit proficiency in document management systems, including Azzule, ReposiTrak, and FoodLogiq.
  • Showcase a commitment to sustainability, encompassing social, ethical, and environmental considerations

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