South San Francisco
Food Safety & Quality Specialist
Full time (Partial Remote work possible) – South San Francisco, CA
Nobell Foods is creating cheese and other dairy products from plant-derived dairy proteins for the 99% of people who are unwilling to compromise on taste and price. Nobell is made up of a team of passionate scientists, explorers, and storytellers on a mission to radically change the way we make food, so it’s better for you, the animals, and the planet. We are backed by Bill Gates’ client fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Robert Downey Jr. If you believe in our mission and are excited about our work, we would love to hear from you!
We are looking for a motivated, experienced Food Safety & Quality Specialist to join our team. In this role you will be responsible for the development, implementation, review, maintenance and integrity of the company’s Food Quality Management System (QMS) and SQF Food Safety during production of our food products.
To join our team, you should be excited about:
Collaborating with team members across the company to write QMS documents and records that comply with regulatory, GFSI, SQF, etc. requirements; and
Working with our operations team and external partners across our supply chain to ensure safe food production and prevent system failures.
This role is critical to the company’s success as we scale up production and you will have the opportunity to play a key role on the team in leading this work. Your experience and passion for the role will help our teams continue to strengthen and meet our strategic goals.
Position will require travel between growing or processing sites and to visit various partners across the Midwest region, as well as to company headquarters in South San Francisco, CA.
Ensure the company’s QMS is being implemented across the company and that all sites have adequate prerequisite programs, procedures, and organizational structure in place to comply with all company, regulatory, customer, and GFSI requirements.
Develop, implement, and oversee HACCP or other risk-based food safety programs, including SQF and FSMA Preventive Control Programs.
Develop QMS documents and records such as SOPs, work instructions, forms, policies, etc.
Participate in the investigation and resolution of quality issues, non-conformances, or regulatory incidents and establish corrective actions.
Serve on the Recall or Incident Response Team and lead activities, as required.
Train staff regarding their role in food safety and quality and ensure all staff are qualified to carry out their responsibilities relating to food safety and quality.
Coordinate and execute audit/inspection activities, as assigned.
Communicate effectively and timely, through regular updates, as required.
Promote a high level of awareness across the company to foster and maintain our food safety and quality culture.
Drive continuous improvement in Nobell’s food safety and quality programs and provide recommendations for food safety, quality, and sanitation processes and improvements.
Maintain a working knowledge of government regulations and industry quality assurance codes and standards, such as FDA, FSMA, SQF, etc.
All other duties as assigned.
Qualifications & Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to work independently and perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Bachelor of Science degree, with an emphasis in Food Science or other Agricultural Sciences, preferred.
Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in the food industry, with a broad knowledge of food safety and food science/chemistry.
Experience in writing HACCP or other risk-based food safety programs. HACCP certification, required.
Clear understanding of FDA regulations that regulate the production and labeling of food products (e.g. FD&C Act and FSMA regulations). PCQI Certificate for Human Food is required.
Experience with SQF or other GFSI schemes desired.
Excellent communication, team building, and interpersonal skills.
Detail-oriented, with excellent organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills.
Sound computer skills, which include proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software and willing to learn new software systems.
Ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with company policies and applicable laws.
Occasionally move items weighing up to 50lbs.
Occasionally ascend/descend a ladder and work safely at heights over 30 feet to inspect grain bins and production equipment.
Ability to move safely over uneven terrain or in confined spaces to access grain bins and production equipment.