Food Safety & Quality Assurance Senior Scientist
Lakeville, MA 
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In a nutshell:Do you have a passion for food safety and quality principals across multiple platforms from pilot to commercial scale? Do you enjoy cross functional collaboration with R&D, Marketing, Procurement, Supply Chain and Operations to make the impossible possible? If you love to roll up your sleeves and drive food safety culture in an agile organization, then you are who we are looking for.At Ocean Spray, we are farmer family owned with Food Safety and High-Quality products at the heart of all that we do for our consumers. This position is responsible for:Working across Corporate and plant Quality teams, product development, research sciences and procurement to initiate all ingredient and packaging supplier approvals. Scope of approved supplier database includes co-packer and International suppliers. Ensures an integrated approved supplier system is maintained with required documentation through the R& D administrative resources. Administers the domestic purchased ingredient supplier testing program. Influences the integrity of the sample testing timeliness and report accuracy in the testing database. Reads and analyzes lab results, and technical documentation from suppliers for the approved supplier database. This assessment includes HACCP/ Food Safety Plans, 3rd party audits, supplier surveys, and all related quality systems documents. Conducts searches on FDA recalls and warning letter activities across the approved supplier base and for new potential suppliers. Responsible for technical document writing requirements including the development of related raw material supplier procedures, technical analysis and reports of supplier incidents. Support ingredient and packaging supplier issue resolutions. Uses problem solving techniques to work with plants, suppliers, and procurement resources on each incident. Lead specific incidents using a standard process and form to document root cause corrective action and connect to the supplier complaint process and performance files. Uses statistical techniques to quantify capability of suppliers to meet ingredient and packaging specifications and for OSC functionality needs. Assists in preparing quality guidance including statistical tools and training material for suppliers and OSC plants where needs are identified. Leads supplier visits and audits as identified by the annual risk-based audit program. Supports the global supplier audit program planning and tracking. Manages the information systems which drive the supplier performance metrics. Creates and generates supplier related performance reports across all approved suppliers. Report management includes related raw material testing results for heavy metals, and the supplier complaint system. The Ideal Candidate Must have: Inspire Trust. Be an Individual contributor with an insatiable appetite for driving Food Safety and Quality into culture as well as business results. Technical and Business curiosity. Communicate directly and immediately. Be a critical cross functional partner in the organization, contributing technical insight to the broader team. Thrive in complexity. Highly motivated, dedicated and Self-starter with a natural inclination to contribute well beyond functional role. Can always be counted on to lend a hand and promote team engagement to achieve goals. Ability to multitask + work agile + identify new ways; one day you will work on domestic ingredients and review HACCP/Food Safety documentation, the next day you will be leading a supplier audit. Yes! You work in all altitudes. Timely /accurate administrative duties; keeping management informed of Food Safety & Quality program progress, challenges, opportunities & updates. Drive for results and follow-through. Strong, steady and unwavering. You will revel in the art of setting the grade, with an itch to shape the bigger picture. You will cut straight to the heart of the matter, and love making the plan to be reality. Build, Build, Build. A straight shooter who values and respects team members. Available to the team and forge strong relationships with those around you. Have a passion for Food Safety underpinned with science and technology. Thrive in cross functional teams to deliver safe and high-quality products with agile teams. When you join us: You will be expected to thrive in a unique and dynamic environment with positive and fun culture in our Food Safety & Quality team. If you are looking to join this environment and make your mark. This is your chance! You will be doing your part to drive Food Safety & Quality that impacts human, food and beverage industry, with a focus on helping the next generation of eaters build better behaviors, as well as helping us as food creators build better solutions to address our industry challenges and complex food system. Qualifications: 3 years minimum, plus related experience in Food Safety, Quality and/or Product Development working with manufacturing, suppliers and audits. Bachelor's degree required. Food Science, Chemistry, or other Sciences preferred. Excellent collaborative and problem-solving skills. A strong, broad technical background with expertise in the areas of, Quality Systems, Process Control and Auditing Protocols. Must be very familiar with food manufacturing. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required with specific skills in the area of policy and procedure development and documentation. Technical writing experience with procedures and audit reports. Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, as well as individuals with a disability or any other characteristic protected by law. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

 

Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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