Food Safety Superintendent at Cargill

Posted in Science 10 days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Nashville, Tennessee





Job Description:

About Our Business​

Want to join the global powerhouse that’s building a stronger, more sustainable future? Cargill has a team of 160,000 employees in 70 countries who are passionate about nourishing the world in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way. This position is in Cargill’s protein & salt business, which provides wholesome, high quality, nutritious and flavorful food products. Join the team that serves a wide range of customers around the world, from foodservice operators and grocery stores, to food manufacturers and export markets.

Job Purpose and Impact​

The Food Safety Superintendent is responsible for ensuring the facility’s food safety, regulatory, and quality programs and customer specifications are adhered to in order to produce food safe and quality products. In this role, you must be a self-starter and be able to manage and develop relationships with the operations, plant management, and contract sanitation teams. You will identify problems or bottlenecks in processes and resolve issues; ensure resources (including materials, equipment, and human resources) are available; support continuous improvement goals in food safety, quality, cost, and customer service. In addition, you will work with other departments on root cause analysis, corrective actions and preventative measures to ensure that they are effective. You will have some authority for personnel decisions related to hiring, performance, or disciplinary actions.


Key Accountabilities​


  • Verification and/or maintenance of the Food Safety and Quality Systems, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP), prerequisite programs, manufacturing processes, plant environment, and finished product.

  • Collaborate with operations on the initiation of corrective action and preventative measures when necessary.

  • Ensures adherence to corporate, regulatory, customer and facility food safety and quality requirements and completion of corrections and corrective actions.

  • Lead food safety focused audits (Corporate Food Safety, BRC, customer, regulatory).

  • Act as Food Safety Team leader by coordinating and leading Food Safety Team (FST) and overseeing the food safety management system and management review.

  • Manage food safety management system compliance to appropriate government regulations.

  • Investigate and follow up on food safety incidents that occur in the plant to ensure they are reported and that corrective action and permanent corrections are taken.

  • Provide leadership, development, and talent management activities for direct reports which may include forecasting resource needs, recruiting, hiring, performance management, training, and budgeting.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelors degree in Animal Science, Microbiology or related degree OR in lieu of degree 4 years work experience

  • Minimum 4 years of directly related work experience

  • Minimum 2 years of supervisory experience

  • Knowledge of USDA FSIS Food regulations

  • This position may require travel up to 10%

  • This position will require a flexible work scheduled when necessary


Preferred Qualifications


  • HACCP and BRC certification

  • Food Safety and Quality experience in ready to eat food processing (thermal screw and pepperoni processing)

  • Experience in Root Cause Analysis, Six Sigma, or other Continuous Improvement Tools

  • Advanced technical knowledge related to quality and auditing standards, regulatory practices and operational food safety policies/ procedures

  • Strong written and verbal communication and time management skills

  • Working knowledge of laboratory, SPC and plant processes

  • Microbiology knowledge

  • Advanced computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Package)