Human Resources Generalist – Job Posting

CommCreamery
Job Title: Human Resources Generalist
Direct Report: Controller
Hours: Monday – Friday (1st shift) with some weekend work possible
Compensation: Salary (DOE) + benefits
Location: Jerome, ID
Date: May 6, 2014
Key Result Areas:
• Provide HR support to all departments with hiring, training, and terminations
• Serve as an in-house go-to expert for all legal compliance questions

Duties:
• Create, maintain, disseminate company’s policies and procedures and monitor compliance
• Participate in employee conflict resolutions
• Maintain optimal staff levels by establishing a recruiting, testing, and interviewing program
• Review and update compensation plan by conducting pay surveys
• Schedule performance evaluations and maintain records
• Perform safety training and coordinate other training activities
• Maintain compliance with federal and state laws concerning employment
• Ensure compliance with safety regulations and audit requirements
• Perform new employee orientations and provide benefit clarifications
• Review and support the payroll function

Education:
• Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent experience in human resources field
• IHR, PHR, or SPHR certifications desired

Skills & Experience:
• 3+ years in a similar position, preferably with a manufacturing company
• Demonstrated advanced written and oral communication abilities
• Resolute problem solver with patience, empathy, and diplomacy

• Enthusiastic and persuasive advocate for compliance with company’s policies and procedures
• Ability to maintain positive attitude under pressure and work effectively with diverse teams
• Highly organized with excellent record keeping skills

Commercial Creamery Company is a leading developer and manufacturer of cheese powders, other specialty dairy powders, snack seasonings, and sauce mixes. We have been in business for 106 years and serve customers in over 30 countries around the world.
Qualified candidates please reply to: careers@cheesepowder.com

Regulatory Compliance Associate – Job Posting

happyfamily
Title: Regulatory Compliance Associate
Department: Regulatory / Food Law
Summary: The open position for Regulatory Compliance Associate is responsible for supporting Happy Family’s Food Law / Regulatory Compliance department by assisting with organization of information and securing of organic, kosher, and non-GMO certifications, the labeling of food products, and supporting information gathering pertaining to ingredients for domestic and international projects.
Major Areas of Responsibility
• Assist in the review of product labeling and other consumer facing content for accuracy and compliance to internal and external standards
• Oversee certification of product accordingly
• Give applicable insight on innovation projects by bringing regulatory vision / knowledge of regulations (internally and externally) to project team
• Communicate with internal and external stakeholders about certifications, including supplier certificates, supplier specification sheets, supplier statements, and other essential documents.
• Support Regulatory Compliance team in gathering data related to product certifications (including organic, kosher, non-GMO) and nutrition labeling while maintaining professional relationships with 3rd party stakeholders.
• Assist in data entry and maintenance of information using a variety of software systems, including ESHA Genesis SQL (no previous training required).
• Solve problems and answer inquiries through communication with suppliers and certification partners.
• Search for opportunities to streamline work by driving efficiencies through process improvements or system enhancements.
Interfaces with: Production Team; Research & Development; QA; External Stakeholders;
Qualifications:
• Strong interest in food and nutrition. Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Nutrition, or related field preferred
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment
• Detail oriented, accurate and organized.
• Must possess strong computer skills including proficiency in Word and Excel, and the ability to learn new software systems.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) with a variety of internal and external contacts, including cold calling.
• Ability to prioritize workload and handle multiple tasks in an effective manner.
• Comfortable working in a high-growth, fast-paced environment.
• Self-starter with the ability to solve problems quickly.
• To apply: Please send resume to Kathryn via email at kathryn@happyfamilybrands.com

GROUP QUALITY MANAGER, JOB POSTING

Walter Findlay
Date: 8 April 2014
Reports to David Findlay – Managing Director
Function US Quality Assurance Manager
Site/Location – Caldwell
Responsibility – Quality/Food Safety at FFCL USA sites:

PURPOSE OF POSITION
Brief Summary:
 Objective
Key areas of focus • To lead and direct the Quality Systems and compliance issues associated with the FFCL sites.
• To work as a key member of the FFCL team to ensure that FFCL produces products that are safe, of the highest quality, and meets our customer requirements.
• To contribute and add value to FFCL through improved processes, systems and practices.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
KPI / MEASURES

BRC Practitioner
Responsible for:
• Development, implementation, review and maintenance of the BRC system.
• Communicate the requirements of BRC to all staff and provide the necessary information.
• Food Legislation (Regulatory/Compliance)
• Conducting Internal Audits; Mock Recall & Trace;
• Food Safety Plan
• Food Safety and Quality Management system
• Maintain Site Standards
• Staff Training
Quality Systems
• Quality & Food Systems including
– GMP
– HACCP
– BRC

• Develop the site quality plans in line with plant objectives
• In consultation with the Production Managers, develop and maintain the site quality & food safety systems including allergen management and food security
• The effective delivery of training programmes to staff
• Carry out internal audits to ensure procedures are being followed.

Quality Manual
• Development of Quality Manual
• Maintenance and update Manual
• Awareness of industry standards
• Adherence to GMP Systems
• Awareness of HACCP principles and application
Corrective Actions / Complaints • Corrective actions co-ordinated efficiently and effectively
• Verification and close-out effective
• Customer complaints managed efficiently and effectively
Audits (Internal, External, Supplier) • Effective use of internal audit tool
• Conducting Pre-Audits and attending External audits at all sites
• Following up on Audits within the Plants
• Limited non conformances
• Maintain current certification levels
Recipes / Specifications • Adherence to legislative and company policy and procedures
• Recorded who has which copy
• Error free documents
• Review dates on time
• Timely supply of documents to Customers
• Timely release to Manufacturing sites
Approved Suppliers / Ingredients • Adherence to legislative and company policy and procedures
• New ingredient Approval
• Maintenance of PIA Manual (Purchased Items Assessment)
• Supplier Audits
• Supplier Review dates on time
• Raw material Specifications held are current and on file
• Looking for pricing opportunities
QA Testing • Conduct Product testing as required by the Quality Assurance Program

Influence Company Culture • Compliance to QA Systems
• Clearly demonstrate commitment to “best practice principles”

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to:

This position:

MOST FREQUENT CONTACTS
NATURE OR PURPOSE
• Managing Director
• Site Production Managers
• Production Supervisors
• Site Engineering
• External Auditors
• Customers • Setting culture for Quality/Food Safety
• Mentoring to achieve quality targets.
• Providing leadership and assistance
• Assisting in achieving quality standards
• Setting ingredient standards
• Monitoring complaints & trending
• Product approvals
• Auditing and Quality standards
• Assisting in maintaining standards
• Development of systems, problem solving

DELEGATION OF RESPONSIBILITY

• In the absence of the Quality Manager, the Managing Director, Site Manager and the Technical Dept. will manage in their absence. Managing Director:
• will delegate responsibilities as required
Site Manager:
• Site Quality including CARs, complaints, mgmt. review, audits,
Technical Team
• Specifications, recipes, ingredients, technical issues

MAJOR CHALLENGES

1. Developing and improving WFL Quality Systems and meeting the certification standards for each site. 2. To ensure staff are trained and meeting the quality standards set. This can be measured through audits, CARs, Complaints and customer satisfaction.

CRITICAL QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE
Qualifications, (eg. Tertiary, trade):
Formal qualifications such as Diploma or Degree in Food Science, Science or Microbiology.

Quality training including internal and supplier auditing, HACCP, BRC, GMP

Business/Technical Skills, (eg. computing, negotiating, leadership, project management):
• Effective planning and organisational skills
• Effective leadership and motivational skills
• Good computer skills including Word,Excel, Flow charting
• Hygiene and Quality experience.
• Decision making within agreed limits.
• Effective communication skills to all levels in the business
Experience /Specific skills and knowledge
• At least three years practical experience in the food industry
• Demonstrated experience in all aspects of Food Safety, HACCP, GMP, BRC, Allergen, and management
• Team player to achieve overall goals.
• Auditing experience
COMPETENCY
Planning and Organising
Meeting Deadlines and objectives
Anticipation and allocation of resources
Workload Management
Communication Effective communication with team and customers
Build rapport
Approachability
Team Approach
Decision Making/Risk management Evaluates opinions
Responsibility for decision making
Practical and logical solutions
Take calculated risks
Presentation Skills Delivers presentations effectively
Technical Knowledge Understand relevant legislation
Understand computer and relevant technology
Understand broader business environment
Projects Deadlines achieved
Effective management of resources
Desired outcomes achieved

R&D Technologist

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Oregon Spice Company is a supplier of quality bulk spices, seasonings and customized blends to the food industry. We are looking for an additional R & D Technologist to join our growing team, and share our commitment to delivering Safe Food, Superior Quality, and Excellent Customer Service.

R&D Technologist

The R & D Technologist is responsible for the development of high quality, customized seasoning blends. He/she also ensures the technical documentation required to meet Company, customer and regulatory requirements is in place when needed. Reporting to the R & D Director, the successful R & D Technologist will work closely with the technical services, QA, and Sales in the development and introduction of a wide variety of products.

The R & D Technologist fills a full-time, on-site position located in our Portland, Oregon headquarters. He/she primarily works regular business hours M-F, and may be asked to work overtime and travel infrequently as business needs dictate.

Responsibilities
• Develop new products based on customer flavor profiles, applications, uses,
and other requirements.
• Match and convert seasoning formulations and recipes.
• Conduct application testing of blends using basic cooking and other methods.
• Blend R & D samples for customer testing.
• Source new ingredients including the required documentation for formulation projects.
• Develop documentation for products as required, including but not limited to:
 Ingredient statements that meet FDA regulatory requirements.
 Develop blend specifications per customer and company requirements.
 Create nutritional documentation using Genesis R&D program.
 Organize and maintain records for R & D projects.
 Maintain a clean and organized lab.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• A BS degree in Food Science or related field, or equivalent education and experience.
• Three years experience in the food industry.
• Understands and applies a variety of R & D techniques in a laboratory setting.
• Applies his/her advanced ability to develop creative and well-balanced flavors.
• Demonstrates moderate level of knowledge of GMP, HACCP and GFSI programs.
• Applies advanced knowledge of USDA and FDA labeling regulations.
• Demonstrates moderate level of knowledge of Organic and Kosher Certification processes.
• Works on projects both independently and collaboratively.
• Manages multiple, and sometimes shifting, priorities within a fast-paced environment.
• Uses a high degree of organization skills.
• Demonstrates meticulous attention to detail.
• Moderate- to highly-proficient user of Microsoft Office, Genesis, and Outlook

Qualified applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resume to Jobs@OregonSpice.com. We offer a competitive compensation plan and work-life balance.

Research Scientist – Redmond, WA

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King & Prince Seafood Corporation, a global leader and processor of quality, value-added seafood products, is currently seeking a candidate for Research Food Scientist.  This career opportunity is located in Redmond, Washington. 

The qualified individual will serve as technical specialist in the development of new and improved seafood products.  A thorough foundation in food production equipment/processes, as well as strong communications, project management and team skills are required.  A BS, MS preferred, in Food Science is required, and at least 2-4 years experience in the food industry, seafood and/or meat and poultry preferred.  Expertise in food processing, new product development, batters/breadings/glazing/grilling technologies as well as shelf-life extension of processed food products are highly desirable.  The ideal candidate should be flexible to travel to our domestic and international process locations. 

We offer an excellent work environment, competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and insurance coverage, and 401k.  Additionally, our employees enjoy opportunities for professional development in a workplace that encourages initiative, fresh ideas and working and winning as a team. 

To learn more about King & Prince Seafood, please visit our website http://www.kpseafood.com

To learn more about this career opportunity, please contact:  Candy West at King & Prince Seafood, Redmond.  mailto:candy.west@kpseafood.com, 425-861-5348.

Senior Principal Scientist at HappyFamily in Boise, ID

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Position:  Senior Principal Scientist

Reports To: Senior VP of Quality and Senior Director of R&D

Location: Boise, ID

Overall Function: The Senior Principal Scientist reports to and works closely with the Senior Vice President of Quality and the Senior Director of R&D, and is responsible for the Research and Development technically based product development activities.  Secondly, the Senior Principal Scientist is accountable for leading the internal product development team to fulfill marketing and sales generated expectations for creating and executing new product concepts and finished product matches from the initial concept through commercialization stages.

This position will play a key role in working with outside product development firms to develop

finished product formulas and cost improved formulas while expanding the current finished product portfolio.  This position will work with outside product development firms focused on R&D bench development through finished product R&D commercialization at co-packing accounts.  This post will also be involved in raw material sourcing and approval, plus finished product formula costing.  The position will actively interface with marketing, the supply chain, quality, production and research and development resources.

This position will facilitate the maximization of technical resources to ensure consistent regulatory compliance with all production processes and materials.  The position will deliver R&D technical support and hands on management while also meeting the business needs of Happy Family Brands.  Lastly, this person will be actively involved with specific R&D projects at the Boise, Idaho located R&D laboratory.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Oversee technical R&D product development activities
  • Desire a detailed knowledge of food manufacturing processes, especially thermal processing (e.g. retort, hot fill hold, and pasteurization), plus extrusion
  • Ensure finished product development compliance with FDA and USDA government regulations plus Organic, Kosher and Halal private industry standards
  • Support new product plant introduction/commercialization while maintaining compliance with quality and food safety mandates
  • Oversee and generate new product development finished product specifications
  • Oversee generation of R&D product briefs, R&D plant trial reports and R&D commercialization reports

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Food Science or Food Technology in combination with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Food Technology
  • 10+ years of experience in product development within a food manufacturing environment
  • FDA and USDA regulatory knowledge and prior experience
  • Organic and Kosher certification knowledge and experience
  • Prior experience working with organic ingredients in product development
  • Completed Better Process Control School (BPCS)
  • Experience with the following thermal processes (e.g. retort, hot fill hold) and extrusion
  • Strong working knowledge of GMPs, HACCP, basic quality testing and food safety issues
  • Organization skills and the ability to multi-task major project initiatives simultaneously
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Travel may be up to 25% to oversee R&D commercialization trials at various co-packing sites

Please submit resume and cover letter to Alton Bradshaw, Senior VP Technical Services

alton@happyfamilybrands.com

Senior QA Manager/ Director of Quality at HappyFamily in Boise, ID

happyfamily

Position:  Senior QA Manager/Director of Quality – Production Specialist

Reports To: Senior VP of Quality

Location: Boise, ID

Overall Function: The Senior Quality Manager – Production Specialist reports to and works closely with the Senior Vice President of Quality, and is responsible for establishing and validating the procedures (e.g. SOPs) that assure consistent quality and food safety production, while supporting the overall innovation strategy and commercialization process.  The position will also maximize the technical resources to ensure consistent regulatory compliance with all production processes and materials.  The position will deliver Quality/Technical support and hands on management of positions under the Quality and Food Safety department, while also meeting the business needs of HappyBaby Brands.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Must have a detailed knowledge of food manufacturing processes, especially thermal processing (e.g. retort, hot fill hold, and pasteurization), plus extrusion
  • Established company quality goals and food safety principles through continuous improvement ensuring compliance with OSHA, AIB, FDA, USDA, GFSI, and other relevant government and private industry standards
  • Provide routine technical support to co-packing facilities as it relates to process improvement of new products and equipment
  • Execute quality and food safety system audits of co-packers and suppliers
  • Work closely with Research and Development to support the co-manufacturing plants introduction/commercialization while maintaining all quality and food safety mandates
  • Establish and monitor production standards, examining samples of raw product and/or directing testing during processing, to ensure finished products are of prescribed quality and food safety.
  • Utilize statistical data techniques (e.g. SPC) to monitor production performance
  • Investigate customer concerns or complaints about food quality and/or food safety within a short time frame. Reduce risk through effective system design, implementation and compliance
  • Oversee and direct customer quality and food safety data management systems (e.g. iCiX, Aspirago)

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Food Science, Microbiology or Food Technology
  • 10+ years of experience in quality and/or food safety within a food manufacturing environment
  • Ability to actively engage in the plant operations – hands on manager
  • FDA and USDA regulatory knowledge and prior experience
  • Organic certification knowledge and experience
  • Experience with organic ingredients in product development
  • Completed Better Process Control School (BPCS) and/or the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) Thermal Processing Professional Training Regiment
  • Experience working with R&D and with the following thermal processes (e.g. retort, hot fill hold) and extrusion
  • 5-10 years of experience in quality and food safety systems auditing
  • Strong working knowledge of GMPs, HACCP, basic quality testing and food safety issues
  • Organization skills and the ability to multi-task major initiatives simultaneously
  • Excellent written & verbal communication
  • Travel will be > 35% to perform co-packer and supplier audits and on-site investigations

Please submit resume and cover letter to Alton Bradshaw, Senior VP Technical Services

alton@happyfamilybrands.com