The Plant Sanitarian will work closely with Manufacturing, Quality, and Engineering to implement, monitor, and improve the sanitation program at each manufacturing locations. Will help develop training, maintain and educate employees on current company-wide sanitation procedures that comply with regulatory and GFSI requirements to ensure food safety. The Plant Sanitarian will be expected to support plant sanitation on all shifts.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Assist in developing and coordinating sanitation training for sanitation and plant employees. Educate employees on the basics of the plant sanitation program. Train new employees on sanitation practices using SSOPs.
Develop and maintain Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) for plant equipment and plant infrastructure in compliance with regulatory and corporate requirements. Ensure 7 steps of sanitation are incorporated and drive toward effective cleaning with effective resource management (water, chemicals and energy).
Implement and maintain plant sanitation programs that ensure sanitary equipment for the manufacture of food products.
Implement and maintain the facility's Master Sanitation Program and work with the Production Managers/Production Supervisors to schedule completion of master sanitation tasks.
Assess facility sanitary conditions, assesses risk based on food safety principles, prioritizes corrective / preventive actions, and assist plant with improvements.
Monitor and assure compliance to the validation and verification activities related to sanitation (CIP, allergen, environmental pathogen program)
Provide leadership and technical expertise on resolution of food safety or food quality issues related to sanitation.
Develop relationship with Sanitation Service Provider to ensure excellence in service and cost management. Act as plant point of contact and liaison with Corporate Sanitation Program Manager.
Assist in evaluating novel sanitation technologies that improve food safety, quality, and cost.
This job indirectly supervises employees performing sanitation activities.
Employer Opportunity Employer
Basic knowledge of food safety systems with emphasis on equipment and environmental pathogen monitoring.
Some experience with food manufacturing operations that has led to a clear understanding of process steps and their relation to the management of sanitation.
Strong understanding of sanitation Preventive Controls and their applications.
Demonstrated skill in fundamental basic food microbiology.
Basic understanding of chemistry to the extent needed to recommend cleaning chemicals and monitor waste water.
Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams and achieve desired objectives.
Understanding of basic quality concepts, such as: frequency distribution, determination of test validity and reliability, process capability, and sampling to demonstrate compliance.
Ability to challenge team members to achieve results and respond effectively to challenging inquiries from regulatory and customer representatives.
Able to identify non-compliant behavior and address accordingly.
Attention to detail with the ability to organize and prioritize.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
This position requires a Bachelors Degree. Preferred study is in Microbiology, Chemistry, Biology, Food Science or a field related to the sciences but others may apply. A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in food sanitation required.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Food plant sanitation certification preferred.
This person must be able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. He/she must be able to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. The ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public is extremely important.
The understanding of basic quality concepts, such as frequency distribution, determination of test validity and reliability, process capability, and sampling theory to demonstrate compliance, particularly regarding microbiological testing, is required. This person also must be able to apply basic quality-related mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, probability and statistical inference.
This person must have proficiency with Microsoft Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, Visio, and PowerPoint), Controlled Documentum and Corporate Documentum, and have the ability to become proficient with SAP and Minitab.
This person must have the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and be able to present and explain those conclusions to SFI employees from various management and manufacturing functions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
Employee must be able to routinely work various shifts and maintain a flexible schedule.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Minimal local travel required to Sargento facilities.
Internal Number: 18-1331
About Sargento Foods Inc.
Sargento Foods Inc. has demonstrated its passion for cheese and cheese-based meal solutions for more than 60 years. Founded in 1953 in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sargento Foods is a leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of shredded, sliced and snack natural cheeses, cheese appetizers, ingredients, sauces and other culinary solutions. Sargento Foods is owned and operated by the Gentine family, has net sales exceeding $1.4 billion and more than 1,900 employees. For more information, please visit www.sargento.com.
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