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Food Safety Hygienist

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Date: Jun 6, 2021

Location: Irwindale, CA, US, CA 91706

Company: Bonduelle

By joining Bonduelle, you will commit to our mission: inspire transition toward a plant-based diet to contribute to people’s well-being and planet health. With a long term vision, our family-run company feeds more than 100 countries thanks to our 14,600 associates around the world.


Well established in the United States, our business unit includes 4 production facilities with more than 3,200 associates. We process fresh vegetables, salads and meal solutions with our own brands: Ready Pac Foods®, Bistro®, Ready Snax®, Cool Cuts® and Bonduelle Fresh Picked™. Join us and make a positive and sustainable impact on yourself, on others and the planet!

Position Summary:


Responsible for reinforcing the Ready Pac culture of cleanliness and product performance while driving best food safety practices and compliance throughout facility. In addition, this person oversees the sanitation strategy and environmental monitoring programs used in the design and operation of our plants. This person will support Plant QA Managers, Manufacturing Engineers and R&D Scientists, and leaders in their efforts to achieve and maintain Best in Class food safety standards and practices



  • Provide oversight for environmental monitoring program including zoning, sampling, mapping and optimization of clean-in/out-place SSOPs
  • Perform Risk Assessment, lead CAPA process to remediate deficiencies and develop Hygiene KPI Dashboard
  • Analyze environmental and finished product test data and help plants monitor adherence to "line health" specifications
  • Participate in microbiological investigations and foster continuous improvement of sanitation practices
  • Collaborate with sanitation chemical supplier and associated suppliers important to hygiene
  • Provide guidance and mentoring for plant sanitarian and ensure hygiene goals and initiatives are highly visibility within facility
  • Review and audit accuracy of processing sanitation records
  • Implement the internal auditing food safety & hygiene programs, assessing the performance of the quality system in this area, reporting its effectiveness to the management and proposing actions for improvement
  • Contribute to problem solving efforts in our manufacturing facilities
  • Develop sanitation validation protocols and lead optimization process
  • Support engineering in sanitary hygienic design efforts to improve equipment cleanability and assist in new equipment FAT's to ensure clean design and sanitation SSOPs
  • Audit testing laboratories ensuring compliance and accuracy
  • Share leadership for Annual Hygiene/Microbiology workshops


 Key Behaviors:

  • Establishes a high level of credibility to gain agreement and engage teams at all levels
  • Must be able to work and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization and work collaboratively to establish consensus
  • Innovative to meet/exceed expectations Intuitive skill to anticipated challenges and implement needed change
  • Persistent and creativity to find solutions
  • Ability to prioritize and work in remote environment Committed, passionate and energetic
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to represents company's interests & influence positive outcome to minimize risks
  • Sense of urgency and tenacity


 Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. or M.S. degree in food science, biology or related discipline is required
  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience developing and deploying an in-plant environmental monitoring hygiene programs in a food or drug related industry
  • Direct experience working with state health departments and third-party auditors.
  • Data analysis, statistical process control, and problem solving skills.
  • Subject Matter Expert with FDA and USDA sanitation and microbiological testing methods and compliance protocols
  • Must possess advanced computer skills in database management , Access spreadsheets specifically with Microsoft Office products and interface via SharePoint website
  • GFSI/SQF practitioner training and able to obtainFSMA PCQI Certification
  • Must possess excellent communication skills with all levels of the organization, vendors and customers
  • Understanding of and ability to apply Lean/continuous improvement concepts in daily work.
  • Ability to manage changing priorities, multi-task and to interact with different departments and as a team member.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with USDA, Fresh-Cut Produce Industry is a plus


Essential Job Functions:

  • Ability to climb stairs
  • Capable of lifting 50 pounds
  • Work schedule includes normal business hours, but must be able to work various shifts in a 24x7 business to focus on changing priorities
  • Capable of sitting at a work station for long period of time
  • Must be able to travel domestically. Up to 5% maybe required

Bonduelle Fresh Americas is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe in hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a workforce that truly reflects our communities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to veterans and individuals with disabilities or special needs during the application process and employment. If you need assistance, please contact us at (626) 856-8686 or bfa-info@bonduelle.com.