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Quality Assurance Hygienist

Company: Nation Pizza and Foods
Location: Schaumburg
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Job Description:

Position Summary: The Hygienist provides direction / leadership with the factory GMP's, sanitation, Pest Control and hygienic design programs. This position ensures that the Quality Management System is consistently applied throughout the factory within the guidelines of hygienic practices. The function is the guardian of Food Safety and compliance monitoring systems administered by the Quality Department. This position requires an in-depth knowledge of sanitation/GMP principles, methods, and technology. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Key position within the Quality Team providing service and support to the Operations department and Management staff, aiming to continuously improve overall hygiene programs and fostering a cross departmental quality and compliance mind-set.
  • Ensures that factory sanitation programs are effectively implemented, validated, and maintained to ensure that all products are manufactured in a sanitary and wholesome environment. This includes assessment of the sanitation and hygiene of the facility environment (internal/external) as well as the processing and supporting equipment.
  • Ensures that validated SOP's (Sanitation SOP's) are in place for all sanitation and cross contact (including allergen) management needs.
  • Ensures that effective/efficient cleaning frequency is managed through an MSS (Master Sanitation Schedule).
  • Coordinates activities with sanitation manager and operations required to ensure the consistent use of the program procedures.
  • Ensures that this cleaning program complies with Nestl-- internal policies and procedures, as well as with any regulatory (Federal, State, Local) requirements.
  • Stays abreast of new government regulations (USDA and FDA) to ensure we maintain compliance in HACCP and SSOP's.
  • Works with Sanitation on investigations, corrective actions, and follow-up for hard to clean areas.
  • Assists with a new product/project, plans plant audits, GMP training, and developing a GMP audit program.
  • Maintains effective relationship with USDA inspectors, responds to their inquiries and concerns, and monitors NR (Non-compliance Records) trends.
    • Actively involved in hygienic design and zoning review process at the factory for existing and new process equipment as well as the facility structure, including early management of design and capital review process.
    • Provides leadership/direction in hygienic design.
    • Active member of the factory HACCP /Food Safety team. Duties include supporting PRP verification activities and providing the link with these activities back to the Food Safety team.
    • Ensure that the Cleaning Validation and Allergen Validation programs meet Nestle and Regulatory guidelines. Also, check on scheduled program completion by operations management.
    • Works with Manager to attain goals, carry out strategies, plans, and policies to increase profitability and success of the Company.
    • Assists in developing and carrying out department's goals, objectives, and systems.
    • Suggests ways to control labor and supply costs as well as improve processes.
    • Ensures that all work activities are performed with attention to the highest standards for quality, safety and compliance with all appropriate legal and food safety requirements and a focus on continuous improvement.
    • Follows all company policies & procedures as well as the GMP's (Good Manufacturing Practices).
    • Maintains a high level of safety awareness for an accident-free work place.
    • Reports any unsafe or hazardous work conditions or safety-related issues to Management
    • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested. Education, Skills and Experience: Education:
      • Bachelor's Degree (B.S.) in Food Science, Microbiology, Food Sanitation or other related field preferred. Skills and Experience:
        • Prefer individual with AIB/ASI or some other professional GMP/Sanitation training.
        • Prefer individual completed Pest control training (i.e. State Pesticide Certification, Purdue Correspondence Course).
        • Minimum of 5-7 years in Food Plant Sanitation / Supervisory experience preferred.
        • Knowledge in Food Safety / HACCP / SS & GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).
        • Basic knowledge in Hygienic Design, Quality Management, Competent in analytical / microbiological lab environment.
        • Ability to establish trust and credibility with employees.
        • Ability to influence and promote change on all levels of the organization. PI196403688

Keywords: Nation Pizza and Foods, Schaumburg , Quality Assurance Hygienist, Other , Schaumburg, Illinois

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