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Executive Vice President, FSQR

Company: Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative
Location: Herndon
Posted on: July 1, 2024

Job Description:

Description SUMMARY The Executive Vice President, FSQR will oversee FSQR strategies, policies, and initiatives across multiple divisions or regions. Their role involves setting the overall direction for FSQR efforts, aligning them with business objectives, and ensuring consistency and excellence in FSQR practices throughout the organization. The Executive Vice President, FSQR will work closely with the CEO and other executives to ensure that FSQR considerations are integrated into overall business strategies. They will represent the organization externally on FSQR-related matters, engage with regulatory agencies and industry stakeholders, and champion FSQR as a core value of the organization. The Executive Vice President, FSQR will provide strategic direction for company-wide Food Safety and Quality programs and systems. They will work with functions such as operations, human resources, and marketing to ensure implementation and adherence to these programs and systems. They will work in conjunction with all departments to provide a best-in-class food safety culture and quality focus, as well as equivalent guidance throughout the Food Supply Chain system. They will provide support with membership, customer requirements, supplier management, communications, and resolution of issues. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES --- Responsible for the strategic direction and effective execution of food safety and quality programs, policies, and actions. Monitors progress using effective leading and lagging indicators and spends the appropriate amount of time with manufacturing plants to observe and coach on FSQR matters. --- Responsible for the strategic direction of the food safety culture at the Company, collaborating with leaders throughout the organization to for example, implement project plans, educate, and train employees and ensure that food safety accountability is integrated into goals and objectives. --- Able to effectively collaborate with executives for example the manufacturing and human resource leaders to align on FSQR strategy and execution and drive change where needed with a sense of urgency. --- Drives the development and implementation of best practices in food safety and quality across common food manufacturing platforms. --- Serves as the leader and subject matter expert on behalf of the organization for food safety, quality, FSMA, GFSI, company FSQR policies/procedures. Also responsible for ensuring that all regulatory requirements are understood and acted on by responsible functions. --- Provides direction, development, and oversight of the FSQR team, empowering the FSQR team and holding them accountable for results. --- Ensures (and is directly involved when required) the effective management of key customer FSQR relationships in conjunction with sales personnel and inspires customer confidence. --- Represent the FSQR function to all business teams and serve as a conduit for information. Improve visibility to food safety and quality performance across the organization. --- Provide FSQR guidance to CEO, Executive Team, Functional leadership e.g., Plant Management and Plant Quality Assurance personnel. --- Development of working relationships with appropriate regulatory agencies and work as senior liaison regarding Food Safety and Quality matters. --- Development of metrics and benchmarking for Company FSQR performance through interaction with industry peers. --- Provides guidelines and procedures to manufacturing plant sanitation departments. --- Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate quality and food safety principles into the product development process. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES --- Lead and manage a team of FSQR professionals, providing guidance, training, and development opportunities. --- Hires and trains FSQR staff. --- Schedules, organizes, and assigns projects to members of the FSQR team. --- Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive. --- Handles discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with company policy. QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. --- Ability to communicate and interact with all levels of the organization, including executives, senior management, along with customers, consumers, and regulatory officials. --- Expert knowledge in GFSI, HACCP, PCQI, etc. --- Expert knowledge of FDA regulations. --- A working knowledge of USDA and CFIA regulations would be a plus. --- Strong working knowledge and experience with Lean process/culture. --- Demonstrated leadership experience and a sense of urgency with the drive to make continuous improvements. Must understand change management and how to drive positive change throughout the organization as it relates to food safety and quality. --- Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire and motivate a team. --- Demonstrated ability to make and act on decisions while balancing speed, quality, and risk. --- Demonstrated ability to develop and lead food safety culture initiatives. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE --- Bachelor's degree in food science, Microbiology, Engineering, or related field. --- Master's degree preferred. --- SQF practitioner certification. --- Valid Driver's License. --- 8 years of experience in a leadership role in quality and food safety. --- 15 years of industry experience in Food Manufacturing or related field. Preference is to have specific experience with USDA manufacturing. --- Ability to travel up to 50% as needed to support our operations. PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. --- Standard office environment but will spend time in manufacturing plants which can be cold/hot/wet environments. --- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. --- The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. --- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision for computer work and the ability to adjust focus. --- The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. --- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Keywords: Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, Chantilly , Executive Vice President, FSQR, Executive , Herndon, Virginia

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