Manager January 2016 to April 2016ROHA USA, LLC － St. Louis, MO
Managed and oversaw the quality functions, ensuring that all products met specifications and quality requirements.
Created and managed all relevant technical documentation- including specifications, SDS, regulatory statements for synthetic and natural color additives.
around 600 SKUs) Provided support and direction for the region, including Mexico and South America, for the Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Regulatory functions.
Responsible for timely completion of all customer-required technical document requests, including customer questionnaires.
Responsible for the design and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure company quality standards and systems were consistently met during production, including GMP & HACCP.
Ensured compliance with Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, certification requirements, and other regulations governing products manufactured or distributed by the company.
Interfaced with all departments, including Customer Service, R&D, and Production, as needed.
Review and approve specifications of all raw material, finished goods and packing materials.
Reviewed and generated, as needed, standard operating procedures and protocols related to the Quality Laboratory.
Reviewed vendor approval documentation and history.
Oversaw the regular calibration, preventative maintenance, safety and GMP of laboratory and production equipment, ensuring compliance to quality standards.
Monitor production and laboratory compliance with all company quality and GMP requirements.
Authored and approved supporting regulatory documentation for finished products.
Maintained regulatory compliance for purchased and internally produced products within the targeted markets.
Reviewed customer specifications and determined compliance of ROHA products.
Managed the Regulatory Affairs function across all product lines.
Reviewed and approved raw materials and vendors for quality and regulatory compliance to be used by ROHA product lines.
Maintained ROHA's Approved Supplier Program.
Interpreted and applied current regulations domestically and, where required, regionally or globally to company policies and programs.
Key Accomplishments Updated Kosher database to reflect current products and SAP product codes for over 300 product SKUs.
Served as primary contact for all regional (North and South America) regulatory and quality documentation requests related to colorants in various food applications.
Director of Food Safety & Quality (formerly Manager of Food Safety & Quality) December 2013 to January 2016BISSINGER'S HANDCRAFTED CHOCOLATIER － St. Louis, MO
Directed the Food Safety & Quality Team and served as a leader on cross-functional teams to support core initiatives and continuous improvement strategies.
Implemented and maintained all food safety and quality assurance programs, standardized procedures, food safety audits, and standardized work instructions.
Maintained awareness of new and emerging regulations and standards and their potential implications to confectionary manufacturing.
Assured that the highest quality standards were achieved and products consistently met customer expectations.
Conducted annual food safety plan reviews to verify compliance with SQF and regulatory requirements.
Evaluated food safety plan effectiveness and directed the FSQA Team in the development of food safety metrics and validation plans to assure food safety and quality systems deliver expected outcomes.
Verified compliance to food safety pre-requisite programs and evaluated the validation plans to assure effectiveness and compliance with regulations and applicable best practices.
Directed the Regulatory and Compliance Specialists in the education, interpretation and application of emerging regulations and the implementation of changes necessary to maintain Food Safety and FDA Regulatory compliance.
Monitored food safety and quality complaints and led investigations to identify and rectify issues- including necessary revisions to food safety plans and prerequisite programs.
Served as a primary resource on cross-functional teams to continually embed quality standards in all facets of the organization.
Maintained a comprehensive understanding of all products manufactured by the plant as well as the raw materials, packaging materials, and operations required in the manufacturing process- including quality specifications and standards.
Monitored daily inspections and product quality evaluations.
Instructed and trained associates in improvement processes.
Maintained written product specifications for all ingredients.
Monitored lines for quality, based on written specifications and completed FSQA inspection documentation as required by production lines.
Experience managing Identity Preserved Programs- Kosher, non-GMO Key Accomplishments Promoted to Director after serving as Manager of Food Safety & Quality for 16 months.
Led the implementation of the Safe Quality Food Program- scoring 95 on initial certification audit Developed ten HACCP Plans and Food Safety Manual for brand new manufacturing facility Assisted with implementation of new ERP platform as an approved super-user on a cross-functional team established Purchase Order Receiving Procedures for ingredients and packaging) Developed and led team of four technical associates- managed areas of food safety & quality and regulatory & compliance.
Specification Technologist Quality Assurance Technician December 2010 to December 2012SMITHFIELD FOODS － VA
Ensured operational specifications (around 5,000 SKUs) for fresh meat products manufactured in three separate facilities were maintained, accurate, and reflective of current internal and industry standards and expectations.
Served as primary point of contact and liaison on a cross-functional team including, Master Data, Technical Services, Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Sales, Labeling, R&D, Marketing and Operations- on all changes to product specifications, development of new products, and training of line employees.
Reviewed and monitored Quality Assurance and Food Safety policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory and company guidelines and specifications.
Conducted trainings with Quality Assurance Inspectors, Technicians, and Operational line leads on various plant policies and standard operating procedures.
Verified facility compliance with the Safe Quality Food Program through internal and external facility audits.
Promoted to Director after serving as Manager of Food Safety & Quality for 16 months.
Promoted to Director after serving as Manager of Food Safety & Quality for 16 months.
Analyzed and evaluated data generated by quality audits conducted throughout the facility and reported results and trends to management team and personnel.
Key Accomplishments Centralized the role of specification technologist as a corporate function- consolidating position from five individuals to one Led two SQF re-certification audits within a Level III certified facility (Smithfield, VA North plant) Controlled document revisions and executed alignment strategies for product specifications and training modules across three factories in two states.
Research Specialist March 2010 to December 2010NC STATE UNIVERSITY- COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE － Raleigh, NC
Isolated and prepared nucleic acids from approved feline blood samples.
Performed DNA/RNA Extractions, PCR, Plasmid Cloning, and analyzed DNA Sequencing results specific to feline and canine Immunological research projects.
Maintained inventory and ordered supplies as needed to keep the laboratory adequately stocked.
Executed additional responsibilities and tasks with the graduate students to ensure laboratory projects were completed on time and results were analyzed quickly.
Utilized Statistical Analysis Software and other databases to evaluate experimental laboratory data.
Key Accomplishments Contributed to two published research papers as 2nd and 3rd author.
Spear-headed laboratory work for immunological research project to characterize Feline Leukocyte Antigen Class I Complex.
MASTER OF SCIENCE : ANIMAL SCIENCES, 2009University of Illinois － Urbana-Champaign, IL, USAANIMAL SCIENCES Muscle Biology-Meat Science-Animal Growth & Development
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE : 2007ANIMAL SCIENCES
Certification- Principles of Internal Auditing : Pre-Veterinary MedicineUniversity of Illinois － Urbana-Champaign, IL, USAPre-Veterinary Medicine
ACCOMPLISHED LEADER with over 5 years of expertise in food safety, quality, laboratory, & compliance. METICULOUS AND PROACTIVE BUSINESS PARTNER to senior management to guide in the development of customer-centric food safety & quality management systems. TEAM DEVELOPER able to build high-performing teams and inspire staff to achieve performance excellence. VISIONARY COLLABORATOR skilled in aligning strategies with organizational goals to enhance business practices, productivity, and quality/lean methodologies resulting in lower costs and improved efficiency.