Quality and Food Safety Scientist I

Post Consumer Brands
February 10, 2021
Northfield, MN
Job Type


OVERVIEW: Provide technical quality and food safety support to Operations, Engineering/Maintenance, and Product Development with an emphasis on continuous improvement, consumer/customer requirements, and continuous product quality. Support, implement, and maintain food safety practices as required through SQF. Responsible for completing job duties in a manner that supports all plant safety, food safety, quality, and environmental practices.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  1. Provide daily business support by attending and reporting out (where appropriate) business, project, test lot meetings.
  2. Coordinate, perform, and write work instructions as requested.
  3. Conduct consumer and customer complaint investigations and report findings to consumer affairs group.
  4. Work with Senior QFS Scientist to manage Food Safety Plan (FSP) process, including reviewing existing plans, modifying plans for new products/processes, and verifying current plans.
  5. Develop and conduct Quality and Food Safety function training for assigned Plants.
  6. Support the Plant Quality and Food Safety Manager in planning plant quality systems, procedures and methodologies to meet internal and external customer expectations.
  7. Interact with ingredient vendors by providing information and insight into non-compliant ingredient occurrences to track costs and assist in corrective action procedures.
  8. Work cross-functionally when problems arise to investigate and understand root cause and facilitate the holding/sampling and disposition of the product.
  9. Analyze noncompliance trends for assigned plants and develop improvement plans in conjunction with Plant Quality Assurance and Food Safety Manager and Operations Management.
  10. Collaborate with the Senior QFS Scientist for support of all audit activities, including preparation, support during the audit(s), and potential follow-up.
  11. Provide support to Operations for prerequisite program development outlined in the Food Safety Plan.
  12. Serve as back-up to Senior Quality and Food Safety Scientist.
  13. Back-up other positions in the department as needed.

Job Requirements


  • Four-year college degree in Food Science, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, or other related field of study strongly preferred.
  • Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), HACCP, Food Defense, and SQF Certification preferred.


Minimum of 3 years food product experience required preferably as a QA Technician or Quality Supervisor

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work with a PC and have demonstrated math/statistical computation skills
  • Knowledge of SPC
  • Ability to work safely with chemicals, as well as, in and around equipment
  • Ability to compile, analyze and present collected data in summary form as well as being capable of performing a variety of tests.
  • Ability to communicate technical, scientific, and regulatory information, both written and verbally.
  • Interpersonal and presentation skills, including the ability to make presentations, facilitate meetings, probe for root cause, and provide training to various groups within the organization
  • Knowledge of CI problem solving tools.
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