Vice President, Food Safety (Corporate)

Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc. - Coral Gables, FL3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $140,000 - $190,000 a year
Purpose of Position:
This position will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and guidance on the company’s Food Safety programs. In this role, will also implement continuous improvements to enhance quality processes and enforce food safety policies company-wide, while adhering to compliance with Regulatory Agencies. As the company expands its business into the Food & Beverage (F&B) sector, and enters the Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) arena for the first time in North America, this position will provide critical guidance defining policy, training needs, and providing support to operations in defining Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's). Given the expansion of fresh-cut and F&B business in MENA, Europe and Asia, this position will have to oversee food safety related matters worldwide.

Function as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all Food Safety related trends, regulations, and legislation, while maintaining a high level of expertise on related subjects, to ensure full compliance with all regulatory requirements.
Develop and maintain business relationships with appropriate regulatory agencies, serving in the role of liaison as related to all Food Safety matters.
Implement continuous improvement enhancements in the Food Safety area by setting goals and identifying key performance indicators.
Work closely with Operations, Engineers, as well as Purchasing, Logistics, and other departments to provide guidance on, and assure implementation of, Food Safety programs and hygienic design of facilities and their equipment.
Develop company-wide benchmarks and corresponding metrics to measure Food Safety performance against industry markers.
Maintain product cycle consistency through shelf life studies, and regular contact with key customers to ensure their needs are met and exceeded.
Responsible for maintaining and upgrading HACCP procedures in all facilities. Using a risk based, preventative approach, make sure that food safety programs are effective and all facilities adhere and comply with GMP’s.
Oversee sanitation and environmental monitoring of production facilities, to ensure production takes place only under safe conditions. Follow up on corrective actions when issues are found.
Manage investigations, and reporting of quality issues, market withdrawals and recalls, and implementation of internal audit control processes in the Quality Assurance/food safety arena.
Develop new procedures to ensure production of quality products, as well as cost effective reductions.
Oversee hiring, training, managing and development of all Food Safety personnel.

Required Qualifications:
PhD in Microbiology, Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering (or related field) from an accredited institution.
7+ years of experience with food manufacturing processes, or QSR sector, specifically related to food safety matters, corporate regulatory work, audit procedures and fresh produce (preferred).
5+ years of experience in a similar role (i.e. Executive/Sr. Director level), with specific knowledge and direct experience related to overseeing compliance with FDA, USDA and International regulations (FSMA training).
In depth knowledge of legal and regulatory ramifications of the food safety area.
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs (i.e. Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.).
Excellent quantitative/analytical, communication (i.e. written and verbal) skills.
Must be able to work cross functionally and lead/influence others, including third parties in a supply chain setting.
Must be able to travel as needed to assigned regions.

Preferred but not Essential:
Preventative Controls Qualified individual.
Experience in the QSR sector.




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