Principal Quality Specialist - Food Safety Audits - Military veterans preferred

Conagra Brands (


  full-time   employee

United States

Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact culture in food. Our people persistently challenge and disrupt marketplace/business conventions and we are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results. Conagra Brands, be part of building something BIG.
Position Responsibilities
Assists or supervises others in the organization within assigned technical areas of responsibility.
Provides technical and decision-making support and/or data analysis in managing situations and issues relative to quality and/or food safety.
Conduct quality and food safety audits, individually or as part of a team, at Conagra processing facilities, suppliers, and contract manufacturers.
Collaborates and provides technical support to appropriate functions and employees to assure, food safety and quality of company products.
Gauges and evaluates effectiveness and assure continuous improvements in assigned areas of responsibility.
Execute appropriate inspection criteria to determine degree of compliance.
Take part in cross functional teams to assure effective implementation of food safety and quality initiatives and other processes, as necessary.
Responsible for the sharing of audit best practices and deficiencies across the company to improve performance and scores at facilities.
Knowledge of GFSI Benchmarked Schemes (namely SQF and BRC), GMP’s, Sanitation, Pest Control, Food Safety and HACCP systems, Training, Allergens, Operations, Personnel Practices and applicable programs/regulations.
Assist in confirming Food Safety Plans (HACCP) are current, relevant, and executed effectively to meet Conagra standards, regulatory requirements (FDA and USDA), and prevent adulteration of product.
Clearly and concisely capture audit findings to provide recipients with a report of unambiguous actionable items.
Assist on audit summary calls as needed.
May communicate with facility leadership teams and Platform Quality throughout all phases of the audit process.
Assist in driving continuous improvement of the Conagra audit process.
Gather and study data and/or provide technical support to understand trends and issues to make decisions and provide input related to product safety and quality in areas of assigned responsibility, as necessary.
Incumbent must be able to work under direct or indirect supervision
Must follow the travel and expense policy and in accordance with the budget.
Position Qualifications
BS in Food, Biological or Chemical Science or related field required.
Minimum of 8-9 years’ industry experience required.
Knowledge of food safety, food manufacturing processes, technologies or other relevant area of responsibility.
Sound report writing, with good interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
Knowledge of government regulatory requirements in food (GFSI, FSMA, FDA, USDA)
Demonstrated strength in setting a good example for others.
Troubleshooting, data analysis, and investigative skills required.
Ability to travel up to 70-80% of the time. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible company representative.
Physical Requirements
Ability to sit, walk and/or stand for up to 8 (or more, possibly) hours a day
Climbing to various heights via stairs or ladders on a regular basis
Possibly pushing/pulling various plant materials and/or equipment
Will possibly maneuver in cramped/confined spaces
Exposure to manufacturing environments for up to 8 hours (or more) per work day to include: loud noise, excessive heat, cold, wet, slippery conditions, dirt, fumes, smoke, smells and allergies
Frequent bending and/or potential crawling; must be able to move safely and freely around machinery
Travel by airplane
Driving a company or rental vehicle for up to 8 hours if needed
Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.