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FSQA Food Safety Specialist

Seattle, WA · Manufacturing
A High Growth, Entrepreneurial Plant-Based Protein Company

Established in 2018, Greenleaf Foods is a leading consumer plant-based protein company committed to shaping the future of plant-based eating.

Our portfolio of plant-based protein brands includes Lightlife Foods and Field Roast Grain Meat Co.  Lightlife products inspire clean, nourishing health with a simple ingredient deck and great taste the entire family will enjoy. Lightlife is proud to make the country’s #1 brand of tempeh and the #1 plant-based hot dog. Field Roast is known for bringing food enthusiasts together with globally inspired flavors, whole-food ingredients and innovative processes that make its plant-based meats and cheeses. Together, the brands feature more than 50 products and represent a leading market position in the plant-based protein category.

Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact on a fast-growing company? Greenleaf Foods is headquartered 20 miles outside of Chicago in Elmhurst, IL and is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods, Canada’s leading protein company. We have operations in Seattle, WA; Shelbyville, IN; and Turners Falls, MA. Our 500 associates embrace a strong, values-based culture and take pride in doing what’s right for our consumers, customers and communities.  Each Greenleaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We thrive in an engaging, open and fast-paced environment. We support one another to grow professionally and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.

The Opportunity:

The FSQA Food Safety Specialist is the backbone of the FSQA team, and will be responsible for maintaining and updating Food Safety Plans and any food safety initiatives at the Greenleaf manufacturing facilities.  The FSQA Food Safety Specialist is accountable for supporting the FSQA team in compliance to policy, regulatory standards, and business goals across the facility.

A snapshot of some of the exciting things you will do:
  • Maintain and update facility Food Safety Plans and associated programs to ensure compliance with existing or changing regulatory, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), or corporate requirements.
  • Train FSQA, Operations, Maintenance, and other cross-functional supervisors and hourly front-line employees annually and when changes occur to the Food Safety Plan thus maintaining an attitude of continuous process improvement.
  • Conducts audits to verify the Food Safety Plan and associated programs are successfully being maintained.
  • Conducts annual review of Food Safety Plan and validation of Process Preventive Controls.
  • Conducts training and performs paperwork verification on Process Preventive Controls documentation.
  • Maintains deviation program, following up on issues and corrective actions, if necessary, based on deviations found in plant programs.
  • Prepares agenda and facilitates monthly Food Safety Team meetings and issues monthly minutes.
  • Support third party, regulatory, and Maple Leaf internal audits (BRC, Organic, Kosher, FDA, etc.) and collaboratively prepare/coach cross-functional managers before and during these audits.
  • Maintains corrective action tracker database to ensure continuous improvement activities cited from internal and external audits are acted upon and remain on track.
  • Develops a constructive work environment through excellent interpersonal, team building skills, and open communication.
  • Coach, assess and review current and new Food Safety Team Members competencies through quizzes and participation.
  • Conduct internal audits of facility Food Safety and Quality Programs against corporate standards.
  • Maintain tracking of foreign material findings at the site and provide data for FMPC Team Meetings.
  • Participate and record minutes for Weekly Sanitation Meetings.
  • Participate and prepare presentations for Monthly Regulatory/HACCP Meetings.
  • Operates as back-up to the FSQA supervisory roles when necessary.
  • Updates facility documentation / job aids as required.
  • Ensures equipment calibration records are maintained to support quality and food safety.
  • Other duties which may be assigned from time to time.
What we have to offer you:
  • A collaborative and engaging work environment and team culture
  • Career development opportunities
  • Health and Wellness benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Account, and Employee Assistance Program
  • 401K plan with company match
  • Competitive salary based on experience
What you will bring:
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, or equivalent food industry experience
  • Certified FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI)
  • MUST be HACCP certified
  • Strong understanding of FDA regulations, Food Safety Modernization Act, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs, Sanitation, SOP development and implementation, and GMPs
  • Strong leadership skills
  • 2-3 years’ experience in the Food industry preferred
  • Previous experience in a technical role
  • Intermediate to exceptional MS Office skills
  • SAP experience preferred
  • Willingness to be flexible with schedule – typical schedule will consist of traditional business hours, but may be needed to start work early on occasion depending on business needs.

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