SQF Coordinator

Job Locations US-MO-Carthage
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/13/2018 7:48 AM)
Functional Group


Americold provides temperature-controlled warehousing and transportation to food producers, restaurants, schools and retail outlets such as grocery stores. We're proud to provide an essential link in the food and beverage industry supply chain, and to play our part in ensuring families across the US and overseas can sit down together to eat.


Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates 165+ temperature-controlled warehouses in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina, and Canada. In North America we have over 11,000 associates and offer a wide variety of employment opportunities - from warehouse forklift operators and supervisors to accounting, customer support, engineering, transportation, and technology solutions positions.


Primary Responsibility:


Reporting to the Manager will have primary responsibility for leading and overseeing the development, implementation, review, monitoring, validation, and auditing of the SQF system, including the Food Safety Fundamentals and Food Safety Plan. This position will ensure compliance to applicable food safety, customer, quality, and regulatory requirement.


Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for developing ongoing management, evaluation, and improvement related to all aspects of the SQF and prerequisite programs to ensure their effective implementation and maintenance.
  • Perform daily monitoring activities on SQF programs including: Verification, Validation, Audit, and Recordkeeping to ensure facility’s continuous compliance with SQF code requirements.
  • Participate in food safety and other regulatory audits.
  • Maintains log of required corrective actions for audits non-conformances and ensures closure of these issues
  • Responsible for identifying the training needs of the organization, to include food safety, quality, health, sanitation, and good manufacturing policies and practices. Ensures the site’s-training needs are met and each employee has a thorough understanding of the rules and guidelines, and an understanding of their contribution to the production, storage and distribution of safe quality food.
  • Serve as Food Safety Coordinator for the site.  Facilitate HACCP (hazard analysis critical control point system) Team meetings, including preparing agenda and minutes of the meetings.  Ensures closure of food safety concerns.
  • Work closely with production, warehouse, QA and other staff to ensure each member understands their personal responsibility to identify and properly report food safety concerns in accordance with programs and policies.
  • Inform management of all significant non-conformities and take action to maintain the integrity of the SQF program.
  • Assist Senior Management in establishing and implementing continuous improvement processes to improve the effectiveness of the SQF program.
  • Supervisory responsibilities.
  • Other duties as requested.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Minimum of 2-4 years’ experience working in a USDA or FDA food manufacturing or distribution environment
  • Bachelor degree preferred in science-related field (minimum associate’s degree
  • ASQ certification a plus (e.g. CQA, CQE, HACCP Auditor
  • Completed a HACCP training course
  • Experience developing, implementing and maintaining SQF certification and HACCP plans
  • Ability to critically analyze processes and procedures to identify and assess potential food safety hazards and quality defects
  • Knowledge of relevant prerequisite programs, industry guidelines and standards, and legal requirements (FDA & USDA)
  • Ability to supervise employees
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with variety of individual
  • Ability to reason, negotiate, instruct, persuade, or speak with others;
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and judgment in communicating with others.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to speak Spanish may be required.
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Must have very strong customer focus, orientation with high sense of urgency in meeting objectives and deadlines.


Tools and Technology Required:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.


Educational Requirements:


  • Five to eight years office experience in warehousing and/or logistics
  • Completion of HAACP training
  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Microbiology or relevant field; or combination of education and relevant experience.


Minimum Qualifications/Additional Skills:


  • Self-starter who relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Demonstrates consistency, flexibility and commitment to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrates planning, task organizing and execution skills.
  • Excellent negotiation and issue resolution skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively deal with a variety of individuals.
  • Strong customer service skills and proven ability to work with both internal and external customers at all levels
  • Must be able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and be comfortable in a high volume environment.


Physical Requirements & Abilities:


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Requires the ability to sit for long periods of time, with frequent interruptions
  • Requires several hours per day of sitting, getting up and down from chairs, and reaching, or bending
  • Requires manual dexterity with normal hand and finger movements for typical office work
  • Talking, hearing, and seeing are important elements of completing assigned tasks
  • May require visiting facility operations in temperatures at or below freezing
  • May carry loads and occasionally lifts, carries, positions, or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds
  • Requires the use of various electronic tools
  • Occasionally works evenings or weekends in order to complete objectives or to attend meetings
  • Requires the ability to relate to others beyond giving and receiving instructions: must partner with colleagues without exhibiting behavioral extremes
  • Requires the performance of work activities including reasoning, negotiating, instructing, persuading, or speaking with others; and respond appropriately to constructive feedback from executive management

             Americold is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer  EOE/AA M/F/D/V DFW


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