Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance Specialist

Sheridan, IN

Position Title: Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Department / Division: Operations/Nutrition
Position Reports To: QA/QC Regulatory Manager
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Approx. # of People Supervised: 0

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Purpose of Position:
The primary function of this position is to administer company-wide food safety and regulatory compliance within the Nutrition Division. The role will lead on-site implementation of policies, continuous improvement processes and systems, shaping the United’s food safety and regulatory footprint.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Ensures implementation and compliance of all food safety and regulatory policies and practices at assigned location.
  • Assist customers with vendor and product approval requests and ensure expectations are met.
  • Supports local leaders by building a strong culture of food safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Monitors regulatory activities and acts as liaison with regulatory authorities at local, state, and federal levels.
  • Analyzes, reviews, and interprets food safety and regulatory policies and practices to identify and drive continuous improvement efforts.
  • Develops plans and deliver results in a fast-changing business or regulatory environment.
  • Collaborates with Purchasing prior to the introduction of new or revised ingredients.
  • Oversees vendor approvals regarding raw materials, ingredients, packaging materials, transportation, and contract services (toll mills, mill wrights, pest control, etc.).
  • Maintains the supplier and product approvals on UAH’s sharing platform.
  • Represents United by participating in organizations such as:
    • American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)
    • National Grain and Feed association (NGFA)
    • American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)

Food Safety:

  • Leads the Animal Food Safety Team
  • Coordinates Animal Food Safety meetings, records and maintains meeting minutes
  • Maintains the Animal Food Safety Plans and supporting documents for each manufacturing site
  • Develops and coordinates Animal Food Safety Plan training
  • Assists with the development and review process of facility management reviews.

Regulatory Compliance:

  • Oversees and maintains the Foreign Supplier Verification Program
  • Handles state feed licensing and tonnage taxes
  • Handles state sampling violation letters
  • Oversee compliance of regulatory requirements:
  • Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
  • Bioterrorism Act
  • Medicated Current Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
  • Food Safety Modernization Act
  • Preventive Controls Hazard Analysis
  • Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program
  • Sanitary Transportation
  • Assist with FDA and State inspections
  • Oversees product tag/label compliance with state and federal requirements
  • Oversee the registration for:
  • Bioterrorism Act (FFR)
  • Drug Establishment (DER)
  • Assist with international regulatory issues
  • Collaborates with Research, Marketing and Product Management on new product development
  • Reviews promotional material for regulatory compliance:
  • Website
  • Labeling
  • Advertisements
  • Company booth displays
  • Oral or written statements

Typical Work Environment

  • Majority of work is conducted in a temperature-controlled office environment
  • Exposed to a variety of environmental conditions in the mills including dusty conditions
  • Must be able to safely climb ladders to access equipment and storage bins
  • Some overnight travel to feed mills, customer sites and meetings
  • Hybrid work-eligible

Minimum Job Qualification Requirements:

Education / Training:

  • BS Degree in Agriculture or related field or a minimum of two years’ experience in quality assurance
  • Quality and regulatory auditing
  • Preventive Control Qualified Individual
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Specialized Job / Technical Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of animal nutrition and related software
  • Knowledge of quality issues/concerns in the feed industry (past, present, & future)
  • Knowledge of feed manufacturing and product delivery

Non-Technical Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to handle critical situations when a quality complication arises
  • Proactive with rectifying quality issues
  • Multi-tasking ability
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Team player
  • Proficient in relevant software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and TEAMs
  • Skilled within DERA Insight to utilize for internal auditing

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. or more pounds periodically

Safety Requirements:

  • Adhere to manufacturing safety manual when completing facility audits
  • Follow all company safety procedures and safety regulations

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4 years of professional experience in FDA regulatory compliance.
  • Possess extensive knowledge and organization when coordinating food safety and regulatory applications.

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