Senior Director of Quality and Food Safety

$180,000 - $200,000 yearly
Job Category: Supply Chain
Position Type: Direct Hire / Permanent
Work Model: Hybrid
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Job ID: 138074
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LaSalle Network Is partnering with a food manufacturing company based out of Boulder, Colorado. They are seeking a seasoned professional to fill the role of Senior Director of Quality and Food Safety. This position is crucial to ensuring our client’s company maintains the highest standards of quality, safety and compliance within the food industry. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in quality assurance, food safety and regulatory affairs in the food industry with a proven track record of leadership and strategic decision-making. Relocation assistance will be provided if necessary.

Senior Director of Quality and Food Safety Responsibilities:
  • Leads the QFSR team to ensure the Company’s compliance with cGMP against 21 CFR 110, 21 CFR 113 and 21 CFR 117  21 CFR 120, regulations, and manages all company SOPs
  • Maintain robust food safety program (e.g. EMP, HACCP, sanitation, pest control, GMP, traceability, supply chain control and training)
  • Develops and manages processes and procedures related to food safety and quality assurance across the enterprise
  • Ensuring that all the requirements related to QFSR are applied by MFG QA, R&D, Operations, Engineering and other functions involved in the design of products and processes
  • Leads the organization to achieve and maintain GFSI standards and customer requirements
  • Guarantees the Company’s compliance with OOS Results, Deviations and Corrective and preventive Actions (CAPA) according to FDA standards and guidance. Ensures smooth operation of the Analytical Laboratory with respect to collection of samples and testing for nutrients, flavors, microbial testing and other quality parameters
  • Lead, safeguard, maintain and monitor the Company’s Food Safety management records, including those from production, the laboratory, administration and relevant development projects
  • Responsible for managing and maintaining ingredient, intermediate and finished product specifications
  • Lead Supplier Approval Program to ensure suppliers of raw materials and packaging materials are meeting required food safety standards
  • Manage pest control and chemical suppliers of services to ensure the services are effective to maintain food safety management system as per required standard
  • Guarantees all the Company’s products, packaging and labels are accurate prior to release
  • Partners with sustainability partner to ensure compliance with EPA regulatory standards for wastewater and regulated plant activities
  • Act as a subject matter expert and liaison to Federal, State and local public health authorities Manage regulatory issues across our supply chain network
  • Establish a Recall Committee and chair it.  Lead Mock Recalls and traceability exercises
  • Coordinates critical change control activities with Regulatory Affairs to evaluate the impact to the Company’s customers
  • Prepares and reports product reviews and Consumer Inquiry Information to the leadership team on a regular cadence
  • Ensure competency to investigate safety and quality related customer/consumer complaints and non-conformance issues
  • Utilize Six Sigma, Lean and/or other continuous improvement concepts to improve quality efficiency
  • Responsible for traceability and preparing organization for new FSMA rule
  • Lead and maintain Food Defense program management and certifications of implicated staff
  • Stay current with all regulatory and certifying agency guidelines

Senior Director of Quality and Food Safety Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in a science or related field and 15+ years of Food CPG industry experience – preferably in meat, dairy or fermented foods; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.  Master’s or PhD degree preferred
  • 7+ years of team development / management experience, required
  • Strong project and portfolio management
  • 7+ years in a management capacity within a manufacturing environment under FDA and USDA compliance, frozen or refrigerated experience preferred
  • Familiarity with FSMA, SFCR and Health Canada requirements
  • Proficient in building and maintaining Global Food Safety Initiative such as SQF or BRCGS
  • Proficiency in food safety quality system manufacturing processes, quality assurance principles, food manufacturing, SPC and electronic QMSs (e.g. SAP QM, NetSuite QM, TrackWise, RedZone, SpecRight)
  • Relevant experience with government regulatory requirements including cGMP, in food and beverage manufacturing (USDA, FDA, etc.)
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with demonstrated multi-tasking and project management skills
  • Deep statistical and evidence-based decision making and proficient with JMP and/or MiniTab
  • Capable of working well with cross-functional teams in a dynamic setting to achieve company goals
  • Works well in high pressure situations to meet company deadlines

If you are interested in this role and meet the qualifications, please apply!

Thank you,

Becky Clifton
Senior Project Manager
LaSalle Network

LaSalle Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer m/f/d/v.

LaSalle Network is the leading provider of direct hire and temporary staffing services. For over two decades, LaSalle has helped organizations hire faster and connect top talent with opportunities, from entry-level positions to the C-suite. With units specializing in Accounting and Finance, Administrative, Marketing, Technology, Supply chain, Healthcare Revenue Cycle, Call Center, Human Resources and Executive Search. LaSalle offers staffing and recruiting solutions to companies of all sizes and across all industries. LaSalle Network is the premier staffing and recruiting firm, earning over 100 culture, revenue and industry-based awards from major publications and having its company experts regularly contribute insights on retention strategies, hiring trends and hiring challenges, and more to national news outlets.