Food Safety Officer

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Job Description: 

The Food Safety Officer is an individual that has the qualifications needed to be the essential force in our food safety and quality management systems. This position is primarily responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of the company’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), which involves assessing the potential hazards of imported produce, and verifying that our suppliers mitigate these hazards. This person participates in, and may lead, cross functional problem-solving efforts. Proficiency in reading the Spanish language will be valuable.

Responsibilities & Duties: 

This position requires a person who has the education, training and expertise to perform activities, required by the FSVP rule such as:

  • Hazard Analysis
  • Verification Activities
  • Auditing and document management

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • The person must be able to read and understand any technical Food Safety records that must be reviewed. They will act as liaison between the company, the farms and the FDA.
  • Analytical - Collects and researches data.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.
  • Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions.
  • Diversity - Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions.
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity - Completes work in timely manner; Works quickly.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness.
Qualifications: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:     

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Training in HACCP/FSMA and FSVP preferred.
  • Knowledge of FDA and USDA regulations preferred.                                 

Language Skills:                                            

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Spanish language preferred.

Mathematical Skills:                                                  

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:                                                     

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills:                                            

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Internet software and Spreadsheet software.

Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.