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Corporate Sanitarian

Ventura Foods

Ventura Foods

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Employment Type: Salaried
Work Designation: Work from Home

Position Summary:

Responsible for execution of corporate sanitation program and performance expectations at the 12+ manufacturing plants. Includes monitoring of sanitation related KPIs and supporting non-conformance performance with gap closure initiatives. Conduct effective plant sanitation audit at all facilities and complete reports with action items. Execute the sanitation onboarding and training program. Provide technical expertise for chemical usage, sanitation practices, and continuous improvement of sanitation. Lead design and usage of systems like POKA and Redzone as tools for optimizing sanitation training, execution and documentation. Develop and execute an operating model that provides leadership, coaching, support to plants and regional managers.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • PLANT SANITATION KPI MANAGEMENT: Responsible for establishing annual sanitation performance metrics, monitoring performance, and closing gaps. Acts as liaison between plants and corporate. Monitor all KPIs and keeps scorecards updated including review of 3DT, ATP, MSS; assist with improvement opportunities. Tracks EMP program results and provides solutions. Ensures sites have all necessary SSOPs and validate them regularly. Manages changeover requirements to ensure maximize line efficiency while minimizing labor costs.
  • AUDITING/VISITS Conducts on site facility audits according to a schedule provided by management but at least each facility one per year. Support visits may be needed for incident management as well. Provide oversight to the Ecolab equipment fund and ensure funds are used annually in an appropriate way and report regularly to Director of Ops Quality.
  • ONBOARDING/TRAINING Execute an onboarding and training program for sanitation supervisors and sanitors. Work with plants to keep training matrices up to date. Train sanitation supervisors to be prepared to successfully respond to audit questions from customer, SQF, or regulatory agency using mock audits.
  • TECHNICAL GUIDANCE Provides technical support on effectiveness of plant sanitation and cleaning programs (SSOP's). Guides facilities during special plant sanitation issues such as allergen cleans microbiological and environmental controls. Assist in plant start-up activities of new sanitation impacted equipment/lines (including review of SSOP documentation and cleaning verification documents). Ensures facilities verify and validate automated cleaning systems annually.
  • SYSTEMS (Poka, Redzone,VRS) Identify ways to utilize tools to optimize sanitation management. Provide tools for training at the plant for systems that support. Helps plants build and maintain training matrix. Validate training.
  • OPERATING MODEL Develop an operating model with Sanitation Supervisors, plant QA managers, and RQAMs. Lead a monthly Sanitation Supervisor meetings with timely topics; participate in Sanitation University at least once per year. Train new Sanitation Supervisors and play a key role in their onboarding.
  • Travel required 60% of the time. Position can be remotely located.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a technical field.
  • 5+ years experience in the food industry, ideally in the Sanitation function.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • HACCPand PCQI certification is required.
  • Experience with diverse sanitizing applications (wet clean, dry clean, CIP systems, automation).
  • Experience in successfully addressing environmental sanitation challenges in areas such as drains, floors, walls roofs, equipment.
  • Experience managing compliance at multiple, remote locations and leading through influence.
  • Experience providing guidance, effective training and counsel to others.
  • Ability to understand and analyze issues involving food manufacturing, project management, mathematics (including statistics), technical and legal documents and schematics.
  • Ability to disseminate and monitor compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Ability to understand food and environmental regulations. and their impact on the organization, and our customers.
  • Strong organizational, communication and collaboration skills.
  • HACCP and PCQI trained/certified.

Why Join Us:
Ventura Foods innovates and manufactures food solutions for foodservice and retail businesses. We make exclusive products for the world's most iconic restaurants and retailers, we provide ready-to-go product solutions for professional kitchens, and we make consumer brands everyone knows and loves. When you work for Ventura Foods, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work. As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth because you invest in ours.

Ventura Foods offers career growth opportunities as well as competitive compensation and benefits:​

  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, & Vision – coverage beginning on your 1st day for eligible employees​
  • Profit Sharing and 401(k) matching (after eligible criteria is met)​
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Time, and Holidays​
  • Employee Appreciation Events​ and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Salary Base Range of $94,492.00 - $123,030.00 for Employees Located in California*
  • Annual bonus (based on the incentive program terms and conditions)

*The “base salary range” provided above is a good faith estimate of what we expect to pay for this position. The range provided is for California-based employees as Ventura Foods is required by California State Law to post pay rates. Ventura Foods reserves the right to pay outside of the given range based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: candidate skills and experience, complexity of the job, budgetary factors, and location/geography. Ventura Foods conducts regular reviews of compensation ranges and therefore reserves the right to alter this range at any given time.

Physical Demands:
Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling. Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance. Additional demands may be required.

Work Environment:
In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed. May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity. May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration. Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards. May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.

Diversity & Inclusion:
Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.

Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.