Director of Quality and Food Safety (Fresh Produce Industry)

Toronto Permanent CA$120,000 - CA$150,000 per year
  • Fresh Produce Industry - fast growing company based in Toronto
  • Lead Quality Assurance and Food Safety for the company

About Our Client

Our client is a fast-growing company in the food sector (Fresh Produce sector). Company is based in Toronto. They are currently recruiting their new Quality and Food Safety Director.

Job Description

Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, you are responsible for the overall direction, development, maintenance, training, certification auditing, verification and validation of the FSSC and SQF food safety and quality plans. You are the FSSC and SQF practitioner and the company's point of contact for the CFIA, FDA, USDA, Province of Ontario and organic, gluten-free and GMO-free certification bodies.

  • Responsible for the consistent quality and food safety of all food products produced or distributed by the companies.
  • Serves as the company contact for all governmental regulatory agencies and maintains compliance with all applicable legislation.
  • Authoring and development of the company GFSI Food Safety and Quality Plans and the associated Policies, Prerequisite Programs, Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions, Logs and Forms.
  • Maintaining compliance and certification for the SQF System, The National Organic, Gluten-Free, and Non-GMO programs. Conducts internal audits and arranges third party auditing to demonstrate compliance to certification guidelines.
  • Training of all employees on the GFSI system as noted in the Training Needs Analysis.
  • Serves as GFSI practitioner and HACCP Team Lead.
  • Provides scientific analysis of products and processes in an effort to improve product quality and consistency as well as improvement of the GFSI System.
  • Records all applicable lot numbers for product traceability in the event of a recall.
  • Verifies and Validates the GFSI System as a whole, and makes necessary correction or changes as needed.
  • Prepares inventory reports and distributes to appropriate personnel.
  • Maintains the company recycling program.

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The Successful Applicant

  • Master's Degree in Microbiology, Food Science or equivalent is mandatory for this role.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in food production plant operations; Fresh or just food manufacturing free of preservatives experience is mandatory for this role.
  • Proficient with general business and manufacturing software including MS Office, the SQF reliance database, ERP softwares, PHP, and server side applications.
  • Proven track record of improved results in the areas of quality, safety, service and cost.
  • Working knowledge of GMP and HACCP processes. Experience in a GFSI facility preferred.
  • Experience with government regulatory requirements in the processing of food and ability to work with regulatory bodies such as the CFIA, FDA, USDA, OTCO, GFCO, OSHA, etc.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microbiology, Chemistry and Physics and their application as they relate to Food Safety and Quality.
  • Ability to problem solve and create food safety and quality processes, corrective actions,
  • Initiative - ability to work independently; ensure responsive timely follow-up; meeting of deadlines; demonstrate a sense of urgency; ability to prioritize; organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills - efficient and effective oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate at all levels of the organization; builds and maintains strong relationships with peers.
  • Strong teamwork skills and ability to foster a positive and productive environment.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule that fluctuates in response to customer demand.
  • Commitment to company values.

What's on Offer

  • Salary 120/150k + bonus, depending on skills and experience.
  • Permanent full time position.
  • Confidential Search.
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Job summary

Engineering & Manufacturing
Sub Sector
Quality, Technical
FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
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Damien Loison
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