Food Safety and Quality Assurance Specialist

Number of employees

30

Albany, NY, United States

Posted on: 2024-05-17

Category: food

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

We’ve studied and become inspired by mycelium. We’ve learned there’s a lot you can do with it—from textiles to building materials to packaging alternatives, even to food! Really tasty food. Guided by the wisdom of the woods, MyForest Foods is harvesting this new approach to meatless food—one that can sustain AND satisfy all types of eaters. Our mycelium is grown—not ground, so it actually feels like you’re biting into a whole cut of meat.

Have you heard of Mycelium?

It’s the root structure of mushrooms, growing juuuuust beneath the forest floor. 

We believe mycelium is the forests’ best-kept secret. With a naturally savory umami flavor and a wonderfully meaty texture, mycelium is a delicious, naturally sustainable option for people seeking a meat alternative. At MyForest Foods, we grow this gourmet mushroom mycelium inside our vertical farm in big, WHOLE pieces that can be sliced up just like traditional cuts of meat. Our first product, MyBacon is winning the hearts of vegans and carnivores alike—and we're just getting started! 

Intrigued? If you’re a motivated, inspired, passionate foodie with a drive to revolutionize the future of food, we should definitely talk.

Are you passionate about food safety and quality assurance? Join our team at MyForest Foods as an FSQA Specialist and play a vital role in maintaining and enhancing our food safety and quality programs!
 
As an FSQA Specialist, you will be at the forefront of implementing and overseeing food safety plans, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and certifications, and driving continuous improvements in food safety practices across all our operations.
 
If you have a keen eye for detail, a commitment to excellence, and a desire to make a real impact, we want to hear from you. Apply now and be part of a team dedicated to delivering the highest standards of food safety and quality!
 
The FSQA Specialist at MyForest Foods is crucial in maintaining and enhancing our food safety and quality assurance programs. This position is responsible for implementing and overseeing food safety plans, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and certifications, and facilitating continuous improvements in food safety practices across all operations.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
Food Safety Plan Maintenance
  • Champion development and upkeep of comprehensive food safety plans, including Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC), food defense, traceability, and recall procedures
  • Regularly update and refine policies and procedures to comply with regulatory and third-party certification requirements
  • Lead audit preparations to ensure continual readiness for inspections and audits
  • Develop and implement sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Environmental Monitoring Programs (EMP)
Compliance and Enforcement
  • Drive daily on-floor compliance with food safety policies and procedures, including sanitation, pest management, and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Conduct routine audits, identify areas for improvement, and recommend training to enhance food safety practices
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to improve on-floor food safety compliance
  • Ensure suppliers and vendors meet our specifications for raw materials and services
Product Release and Quality Assurance
  • Oversee the release of products by verifying compliance with food safety plans, including Critical Control Point (CCP) verification and other food safety metrics
  • Lead quality testing activities, such as EMP sampling and final product testing
  • Manage the calibration of critical infrastructure like metal detectors and coolers
Documentation and Record Keeping
  • Maintain up-to-date process SOPs aligned with our food safety plan
  • Work closely with operations to ensure accurate recording and filing of batch records
  • Collaborate with logistics to maintain correct records for raw materials, shipping, and supplier transactions
Continuous Improvement and Training
  • Engage in ongoing education and training to remain current with food safety regulations and best practices
  • Suggest improvements and innovations in food safety practices to enhance operational efficiency and compliance
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS:
 
Education and Experience
  • A degree in Food Science or Biology, with specific training or certification in Food Safety
  • At least two years of experience in a food safety role within the food industry
  • Experience with SQF, BRC, or other similar quality and safety audits is preferred
Technical Skills
  • Proficient in Quality Management Systems and ERP software
  • Strong capabilities in developing and managing detailed documentation and record-keeping systems
Personal and Professional Qualities
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong collaborative and team-oriented mindset
  • Effective communicator, capable of presenting thoughts and ideas for process improvements
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
This position requires a proactive individual who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and is committed to maintaining the highest standards of food safety and quality. The FSQA Specialist will be a pivotal part of our team, ensuring that our products not only meet but exceed our stringent quality standards.

Albany Salary Range

  • Depending on candidates individual skills and qualifications:  $60,000 - $75,000 annually.

If you’re inspired by the potential of mycelium and the promise of a well-fed future, join us! Our team is always seeking passionate problem-solvers and forward-thinking foodies.

As a part of this bold and quirky band of fun-loving world-changers, you can expect...

  • A diverse and welcoming work environment
  • A fresh company culture (full of opportunities for involvement!)
  • Team-bonding retreats & community-based events
  • Immediate benefits (medical and dental coverage starts on day 1!)
  • Multiple voluntary benefit options; access to tele-med, pet insurance, 401k

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