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Sr. Regulatory & Compliance Specialist (Food Mfg quality)
Elk Grove, CA

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Job Summary:  The Sr. Regulatory & Compliance Specialist is responsible for assuring compliance with all food safety & regulatory matters, also for supporting the Sr. QA Manager in developing, implementing, and enforcing Food Safety Programs for the company (including SQF program), oversees the plant SQF program to ensure certification is maintained. Prepare and assist in annual SQF audits. Conduct annual re-assessment of SQF Manual and all supporting information including validations of all work instructions. Maintain and assist in all updates to the current processes and work Instructions.  They oversee the accuracy of the documents produced from the program.


Education & Experience: 

       Bachelor’s degree in food science or equivalent field of study or 5 + years of work experience in QA.  

       Minimum 5 years’ experience in Food Manufacturing. 

       Experience with USDA, FDA, or CA Dept. of Food & Agriculture guidelines/requirements.  

  SQF Certified Practitioner preferred

       Experience with HACCAP, SQF, HARPC preferred 

       Experience working with Kosher, Organic, GFCO and AIB/NSF programs.

       Bilingual- Spanish/English a plus.


Trainings/ Certifications Required:  

       HARPC/ PCQI Certified

       SQF Implementation & Auditing Certified 

       SQF Internal Auditing Training 



Essential Functions/ Duties and Responsibilities:


1.                Support the Sr. QA Manager with all QA activities (fill in when and as required).  

2.                Responsible for enforcing all company rules, policies, and procedures.

3.                Develop and partner with Sr. QA Manager on the implementation of Safe Quality Food (SQF) programs – including HACCP, Food Safety, Food Quality and Food Defense plans.

4.                Maintain Food Safety & SQF program compliance.

5.                Responsible for SQF readiness, Co-Packer, and Supplier quality communication.

6.                Manage and maintain all daily SQF documents and paperwork.

7.                Conduct food safety and quality training including Good Manufacturing Practices (for contractors, new hires, and current employees) and all other SQF required training.

8.                Conduct annual review (at least) of plant SQF Manual and ensure associated Sub-Elements and Registers are updated.

9.                Prepare and assist in annual SQF certification audits.

10.            Conduct food safety and quality meetings, produce meeting notes, and follow up on action items to ensure completion.

11.            Support senior management and operations with technical quality and food safety data for customer requests and surveys.

12.            Company representative for FDA, USDA, CDFA and sanitation audits.

13.            Company representative for SQF, organic, kosher, halal, gluten free, non-GMO, and customer audits.

14.            Conduct mock recalls, and internal audits.

15.            Collect, review, and ensure proper completion of audit paperwork.

16.            Lead and participate in problem solving activities concerning food safety.

17.            Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, company policies (including GMP’s) and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

18.            Reassess and re-validate associated Process Procedures (SOPs) with any implemented process or product change.

19.            Work with QA, Training, Process Systems, and Production personnel on any new changes to the Work Instructions.

20.            Effectively communicate any changes, modifications, or updates to managers, supervisors, leads, and other personnel.

21.            Responsible for keeping personnel motivated, productive and well informed. 

22.            Responsible for maintaining excellent and professional employee relations.  

23.            Responsible for promoting teamwork at all levels and between the departments.

24.            Other duties as assigned.  


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