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Posted June 19th

Food Safety and Quality Improvement Associate Manager

Hanover Township, New Jersey

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Danone North America


Production and Manufacturing

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Posted June 19th

Food Safety and Quality Improvement Associate Manager

Hanover Township, New Jersey

Danone North America Inc, a subsidiary of Danone, is looking forFood Safety and Quality Improvement Associate Manager in United States (US) for Cedar Knolls, NJ

Danone is a global food company holding top positions in healthy ood through its four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission, bringing health through food to as many people as possible, embodies commitment to human progress and business success. It gives meaning to the work of our 100,000 Danoners worldwide on an everyday basis.
For passionate people looking for autonomy and exciting career opportunities, Danone truly has something special inside.

Position Summary

The Food Safety & Quality Improvement Associate Manager is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of all aspects of quality and food safety ("QFS") for our Cedar Knolls, NJ manufacturing facility, key suppliers and 3 rd Party co-manufacturers. Other key functions include training and coaching of personnel on QFS related topics, KPI tracking and reporting.

The position works closely with the Country Business Unit ("CBU") Quality & Food Safety Manager to provide an interface for local regulatory agencies (FDA) regarding food safety issues and plays a vital role during inspections. Ensures quality management system elements (Danone Medical Nutrition (DMN), regulatory and 3 rd party accreditation bodies) system requirements are fully implemented, efficient and diligently monitored to ensure compliance.

Essential Functions:

Key responsibilities cover Nutricia North America Cedar Knolls Manufacturing Plant operations, their associated suppliers and 3 rd party co-manufacturers.
  • • Drive the Quality and Food Safety (QFS) system for the Cedar Knolls manufacturing plant, through effective monitoring of key processes from raw material and packaging material receipt through to final product realization.
  • • Formalize and maintain processes through clear and simple procedures.
  • • Ensure consistency and effectiveness of processes described in procedures to support to daily performance management.
  • • Validate equipment/process/product changes from a quality standpoint.
  • • Manage the site internal audit program to ensure compliance between daily practices and the documented quality system, and actively support continuous improvement projects across site.
  • • Implement and maintain site sanitation standard operating procedures and provide training to operations team as required.
  • • Ensure Good Manufacturing Practices ("GMP") are implemented and maintained throughout the plant operations and site Quality Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) are regularly monitored.
  • • Update site Quality KPI dashboard and ensures timely generation and review of reports with Senior Manufacturing Manager before submitting to CBU Quality Manager.
  • • Responsible for maintaining the site HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) program, ensuring it is reviewed and updated as required. Leads the site HACCP/Food Safety Team.
  • • Review, monitor and maintain the site allergen control program to ensure practices conform to the medical division's directive on storage and handling of allergens, and ensure all personnel involved with allergens are sufficiently trained.
  • • Ensure that sanitation and pest control programs are up to date and in compliance with Danone standards.
  • • Ensure site's chemical and microbiological testing programs (methods and sampling plans) for raw materials, packaging materials, in-process checks and finished products are adhered to, to guarantee product and process safety and conformance.
  • • Manage the site non-conformance/deviation.
  • • Monitor customer complaints and conduct investigations in a timely manner.
  • • Participate in the successful implementation of the site DaMaWay (Dannon's internal process) Processes.
  • • Directly supports the CBU Quality Manager in drafting the site related standard operating procedures (SOP's) for the successful implementation of FSSC22000 (Food Safety System Certification).
  • • Ensure supplier and 3 rd Party manufacturing compliance by ensuring all delivered materials and products meet specifications as agreed.
  • • Conduct food safety and quality audits of supply chain partners including packaging, raw materials, work in process (WIP) and finished product co-manufacturers.
  • • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • • Experience working in high care food environment.
  • • Experience managing food safety systems (HACCP, ISO22000, FSSC22000 or related systems) and familiarity with local agency GMP requirements (FDA, USDA).
  • • Experience writing and implementing quality and product safety procedures within a food/pharmaceutical based operational environment.
  • • Strong quality and safety knowledge and culture.
  • • Strong ability to initiate and lead change at site level.
  • • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.
  • • Team player, pro-active, doer and result oriented.
  • • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Power Point.

Working Conditions:

Work is conducted in office, manufacturing and warehouse environments. This role should be able to lift 30 pounds.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Food Safety & Quality Improvement Associate Manager does not have direct reports. Position may also occasionally be responsible to provide temporary supervision to the manufacturing team.

Minimum Qualifications
  • • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering or similar background.
  • • 4+ years quality related experience in a food/pharmaceutical/nutraceutical manufacturing environment.
  • • 1+ year experience working with Electronic Management Systems (EMS), such as MAS.

Success Factors
  • • Team member with ability to positively influence peers in a cross functional environment.
  • • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • • Flexible and pro-active approach to work to ensure timely delivery of site objectives.
  • • Creative approach to problem solving, root cause and corrective action implementation.

For more information about Danone, its people and its business, please visit We have something special inside, do you?
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Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition is focused on pioneering and delivering specialized nutritional solutions and Best Care for medical professionals and their patients, helping people live healthier and longer lives. Nutricia North America was established in 1983 and is headquartered in Rockville, MD. We seek to provide solutions and services wherever nutritional intervention can be shown to improve clinical outcomes. In partnership with doctors, healthcare professionals and caregivers, we work to make a real difference in people's lives by speeding recovery and encouraging independence. Our ambition is to deliver only proven benefits through nutrition, as an integral part of disease management.

Consisting of a wide variety of FDA and Health Canada regulated nutrition products, we are especially active in the management of inherited metabolic diseases, severe pediatric allergic and gastrointestinal disorders, pediatric epilepsy, and long term and critical care for seniors.

Nutricia North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.
Hanover Township, New Jersey