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Sr. Scientist- Quality - Food Safety

Company: Kraft-Heinz
Location: Glenview
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

General information

All posting locations: Glenview, Illinois, United States of America

Job Function: 07 - Quality

Date Published: 05-Oct-2023

Ref #: R-75502

Description & Requirements

This role supports the implementation and execution of key food safety factory programs within a specific business unit. Role includes reviewing product/process design with R&D to ensure food safety and designing challenge studies when & where required. The position provides HACCP plan development and validation support to internal/external plants. This position builds an awareness of regulatory requirements directly related to the product category supported so to advise category business partners. The person will work with a Business Unit on food safety related issues and partner with central Quality and R&D functions on development and implementation of policies & procedures.

Key Components of the role

  • This role provides scientific and technical food safety to the BU/Region to ensure product safety and quality by participating in evaluation of suppliers and co-manufacturers. Identify and communicate food safety risks to BU/Region, giving actionable advice on Food Safety programs (GMPs, verification testing, foreign material management, contaminants, allergen management, HACCP, etc.).
  • Work with business partners where improvements and execution of relevant HACCP models, zoning and environmental monitoring are required at internal factories, pilot plant facilities, and suppliers/external manufacturers.
  • Conduct validation of Critical Control Points related to lethal/kill steps (Cooking, formulation, etc.) for renovated products and/or processes, and assess validity of data obtained by others. Advise factories on implementation of thermal processing, formulation or related control steps to ensure critical limits are consistently met.
  • Work with Product Development/R&D to ensure proper design of renovated products through food safety/quality controls and provide risk evaluation to the Business Unit.
  • Work Cross-functionally with POD Quality, Supplier Quality, and Procurement to establish food safety specifications for ingredients and ensure compliance.
  • Review application of challenge studies, shelf-life studies and process control validation studies to ensure critical limits for critical processes are appropriate for renovated products.
  • Review validation data and approve microbiological test methods (rapid and cultural) for the Kraft Heinz Laboratory network.
  • Remain current in scientific and regulatory principles of food safety to ensure most relevant information and emerging issues are identified and incorporated into Kraft Heinz food safety programs.

    • Master's degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Food Engineering, or related field required. Ph.D. degree preferred.
    • 3+ years of experience of relevant food safety or food processing experience required.
    • Prior HACCP certification preferred.
    • Knowledge and implementation of HACCP and Food Safety practices, ideally across different product categories.
    • Knowledge and in-depth understanding of various regulatory requirements (USDA, FDA, CFIA).
    • Knowledge and in-depth understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices, Pathogen Environmental Monitoring, and Facility / Equipment Design.
    • Experience with microbiology laboratory techniques and rapid test methods.
    • Awareness and understanding of quality systems/processes (ISO, Six Sigma etc.)
    • Prior experience with PMO
    • Prior experience low acid canned foods and acidified foods
    • Prior experience with cheese and dairy products
    • Excellent communication skills (presentation, report writing, teaching/training).
    • Work experience in team-oriented functions as well as individual contribution.
    • Action oriented with good project management skills.
    • Travel requirements up to 30% a year.

      About Us

      Kraft Heinz is a global food company with a delicious heritage. With iconic and emerging food and beverage brands around the world, we deliver the best taste, fun and quality to every meal table we touch. We're on a mission to disrupt not only our own business, but the global food industry. A consumer obsession and unexpected partnerships fuel our progress as we drive innovation across every part of our company.

      Around the world, our people are connected by a culture of ownership, agility and endless curiosity. We also believe in being good humans, who are working to improve our company, communities, and planet. We're proud of where we've been - and even more thrilled about where we're headed - as we nourish the world and lead the future of food.

      Why Us

      We grow our people to grow our business. We champion great people who bring ambition, curiosity, and high performance to the table as the guardians of our beloved and nostalgic brands. Good isn't good enough. We choose greatness every day by challenging the ordinary and making bold decisions. All while celebrating our wins - and our failures - as we work together to lead the future of food.

      Challenging the status quo takes talent. We invest in your purpose and potential by developing skills and nurturing strengths that leave a legacy on our business and a lasting impact on your career. Because great people make great companies, and we're growing something great here at Kraft Heinz.

      Office Collaboration & Hybrid Work Environment

      We believe our office environment fuels our collaboration, connection & community as an organization and allows our employees to grow toward greatness. We also believe providing a more flexible and agile model is essential in today's workplace. A majority of our office-based employees will be able to work remotely for up to two days each week. Additionally, employees who are subject to this hybrid model will be eligible to work from anywhere for up to six weeks in a rolling 12-month period (in maximum two-week increments and according to benefits and tax guidelines). Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in office depending on the role's responsibilities and requirements.

      Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact

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