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Job No. RX130092
Location New York (Lake Success, Long Island)
Company Corporate
Category Quality Assurance / Regulatory

Quality Assurance & Food Safety Manager

Summary:

Lead the quality assurance and food safety programs of all Hain Celestial Group (HCG) food and support Quality Control for personal care products in order to protect our customers, brands, partners, employees, shareholders, and our Company’s security by developing and implementing a comprehensive quality and food safety system across all Hain-owned and co-manufacturing facilities in accordance with the the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), cGMPs, and Company Best Practices and identifying productivity initiatives together with Operations to contribute to the company’s profitability.

Location: New York (Lake Success, Long Island)

Essential Job Functions – Duties and Responsibilities

Compliance
1. Develop and/or implement audit schedule across Corporate QA department, as assigned for Hain-owned and co-packer food and support to personal care facilities, including dietary supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) and drugs to assure compliance with Quality and Safety Systems Programs, as required based on risk assessment.
2. Assign Corp QA staff and/or maintain Supplier Audit Program, as assigned by completing periodic ingredient supplier audits and finished good mock recalls based on business risk and volume. 
3. Assess and implement relevant quality and food safety regulations promulgated by the Food Safety Modernization Act by working together with Operations and manufacturing facilities.
4. Manage ingredient and finished product quality, food safety and FDA holds; work with planning department to ensure products on hold and release are released on time and dispositions are completed.

Commercialization Process
5. Lead quality initiatives with Corp QA staff for all new business acquisitions as well as market actions for HCG products.
6. Maintain and communicate updated Quality and Food Safety Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)’s in accordance with FSMA to all Hain-owned and co-manufacturing facilities.
7. Direct quality assurance for new product development by working together with Corp QA staff, Purchasing, R&D, Regulatory and plant QC during the commercialization of new products, including auditing and qualifying new potential co-packers, specification development and documentation.
8. Ensure Hain manufacturing and co-manufacturing are meeting production efficiencies without compromising quality as well as delivering against productivity initiatives identified by Ops and Technical Services.

Continuous Improvement & Brand Maintenance
9. Direct Corp QA staff in working with Consumer Relations to identify key performance indicators for top brands, track complaint data and developing corrective action plan with assigned co-packers and Hain manufacturing facilities for quality improvement initiatives in an effort to reduce top complaints identified by the company.
10. Provide technical direction and responses to consumers and customer requests; handle product inquires and follow up on retrieved complaints as identified by Consumer Relations.
11. Prioritize all technical information requests, such as product registration requirements for international customers, including Hutchinson Hain Organic (HHO) joint venture partners.
12. Identify employee and organizational developmental opportunities to enhance knowledge of relevant QA and Food Safety-related topics.

Supervisory Responsibilities
1-2 junior professionals (optional)

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in food sciences, food process engineering or appropriate biological sciences.
• 3-5 years work-related experience in food and/or personal care product, process development or quality assurance.
• Strong understanding of US food manufacturing including Food GMPs, SOPs, HACCP/Food Safety, auditing and inspections as well as environmental guidelines.
• Supervisory/management experience is a plus.
• Experience with quality assurance of dietary supplements and/or OTC is a plus.
• Experience with regulatory requirements at manufacturing level, specifically organic and kosher certification
• Familiarity with applicable federal, state and local laws both domestically and internationally
• International quality assurance and food safety experience is a plus.
• Exceptional business acumen and effective communication skills, both internally including with executive staff as well as externally with regulatory inspectors, auditors, co-manufacturers and industry members.
• Strong ability to handle complexity and judgment in order to quickly problem solve and make judicious decisions regarding product quality and safety.
• Approximately 20% business travel is required

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