Regional Campus: Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Posting Number: 17ST1896
Job Type: Full Time
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Senior Manager of Production Planning, Facilities and Compliance for the Food Innovation Center. This position reports to the Director of the Food Innovation Center and the Associate Director of Food Safety, Quality Assurance, and Training at the Food Innovation Center (FIC). Among the key duties are the following: Provides leadership for production planning, manufacturing, scale-up to commercialization, food safety, labor management, quality assurance and the associated steps to bring a food product to market. The candidate is responsible to interface with the entire management team at FIC, and be accountable to provide total business solutions for farmers, start-up companies and food processing clients that are served.
Oversees the mechanical functionality of the facility and equipment, and meet all Rutgers and regulatory requirements, working in conjunction with the FIC Processing Engineering consultant, and Rutgers Facilities and REHS personnel
Implements and maintains sanitation and quality assurance programs and personnel training, in compliance with FDA and USDA regulations for the manufacturing of food products.
Provides personalized and customized technical support to FIC clients in the areas of quality assurance, food safety, regulations, and compliance. Interface with clients on a daily basis and provide appropriate food safety training to maintain facility policies.
Develops protocol and manage day-to-day operations related to quality assurance, sanitation activities, microbiological and analytical testing, and technical support at the Food Innovation Center (FIC)
Identifies, implements and/or evaluates advanced strategies for sanitation and quality assurance in food manufacturing, building security, food defense, etc.
Home Location Campus: Off Campus
Preferred Qualifications: Certifications in HACCP (USDA, FDA and Seafood) and Better Process Control School are preferred.
If applicant does not already have these, they will be required to become certified in these areas upon hiring.
Plant Operations and/or experience managing all activities involved in a departmental / cross functional environment.
Experience with the fruit and vegetable processing industry, prepared foods, beverage industry and/or seafood industry is desirable, but not required.
Business entrepreneurial experience highly desirable.
SQF Practitioner or similar training experience in another global food safety program (BRC, Dutch HACCP)
Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to work in a team environment, and with clients on a regular basis for all of their business support needs
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Education and experience that demonstrates proficiency in food plant production, warehouse, quality, food lab operations and management of FDA / USDA interactions.
Has an understanding of food manufacturing, food safety principles, including GMP's and SSOP's and HACCP.
Experience with plant operations, quality assurance and technical services in the food industry are required.
Candidate must demonstrate an ability to develop strategies, manage multiple projects, and have excellent communication skills.
Should be comfortable in a training role and be capable of creating and leading an environment of continuous improvement.
Ability to work in a team environment is a must, as well as the ability to work in confidence with the individual needs of clients.
Computer literacy in Excel and Word, and the ability to analyze data and create technical reports are required.
Department: NJAES Food Innovation CtrSouth