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Food Safety Specialist (2nd shift Monday - Thursday)

Newburyport, Massachusetts
Dianne's Fine Desserts, Inc. has implemented COVID-19 precautions to create a safer working environment for our employees.

We are offering full time employment with competitive benefits including 401(k), health and many more benefits.

PURPOSE:
  1. Coordinate & oversee the daily food safety functions in the plant
  2. Monitor the food safety of the ingredients and products ensuring all standards are met
  3. Collect data daily from all areas of the plant to maintain food safety records
  4. Provide food safety technical services to manufacturing, R&D, Purchasing, and Distribution
  5. Assist Food Safety Manager, R&D, and Production in product development
  6. Guide QA technicians as needed                             
             ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:       .          
  • Perform routine laboratory tests including moisture and microbiological analysis of ingredients and products
  • Participate in the GFSI/FSSC22000 yearly audit and assist in the development of procedures and corrective actions
  • Help control the department’s budget for food safety programs; generate cost savings initiatives and reduction of food safety program spend through risk-based evaluations
  • Perform product shelf life evaluations
  • Monitor perishable materials for food safety non-conformance
  • Execute internal microbiological evaluations
  • Assist management with material cost avoidance by assessing food safety risks
  • Verify that each production line is properly set up, uses the correct standards for each product, and completes the proper documentation; ensure the product is correctly labeled.
  • Assist in developing, posting, revising, and maintaining product specifications and other operating standards
  • Collect data from each production line daily, reporting variances from the specifications to management and production line personnel to ensure corrective actions have been taken; follow up to ensure effectiveness of the action
  • Familiar with and use such equipment at the ATP Swabber, Moisture Analyzer, Petri-film plates, recording and calibrating thermometers, labeler, various computer programs, etc.
  • Participate in and occasionally lead Food Safety team in evaluating and improving operational and product quality and food safety awareness
  • Participate in Material Review meetings, offering opinions and recommendations on how to address issues; track defects of product and distribute to the appropriate personnel
  • Generate and/or assist in generating a wide variety of reports and manuals based upon data collected by the Quality, Production, and R&D departments
  • Communicate issues and concerns with all other members of the QA & Food Safety Department
  • Promote Food Safety through maintaining high product standards and product consistency
  • Minimize the cost of non-conformance of finished goods by providing technical support to the operation and avoidance of loss from food safety issues
  • Provide ongoing training to Quality Technicians to ensure competency levels and microbiological awareness
  • Provide support for microbiology lab activities on the respective shift
  • Follows all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s)
  • Adheres to the plant’s HACCP plans
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Minimum of two (2) year’s experience in the bakery environment
  • Extensive knowledge of baking methods and finishing products
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills including the ability to work well with peers as well as superiors
  • Possess analytical skills, paying attention to details
  • Must be able to work equally well with peers as well as supervisors
  • Analytical skills and detail oriented
  • Knowledge of food safety issues, GMP’s and other industry requirements
  • Must be able to perform basic mathematical skills.
  • Must be able to read, write and comprehend basic instructions and processes of the job.
  • Familiar with computer programs as in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Flexibility to work other shifts as needed. May be required to work overtime
  • Goal oriented; ability to lean new tasks
  • Ability to project positive behavior; encouraging others to do the same
  • Self motivated individual
  • Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) a plus
WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

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