• Food Safety Leader

    Job Locations US-SC-Spartanburg
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  • Job Overview

    The Spartanburg operation is a state-of-the-art coffee roasting and pod packaging facility in addition to hosting a full beverage distribution center.  Spartanburg is the largest KDRP manufacturing and distribution location.  The site will operate on the foundational principles of TPM (Total Productive Maintenance); leverage the principles of Lean manufacturing and harness the power of High-Performance Teams.  All associates at the Spartanburg site will have accountability to a functional business unit in addition to the full site operation.  The site will run on state-of-the-art enterprise IT and manufacturing execution systems with highly automated processing, packaging, and material movement equipment.



    The Food Safety Leader is responsible for obtaining ISO 22000 (FSSC 22000) Food Safety Certification for the Spartanburg Site, and for ensuring all prerequisite programs and food safety program elements achieve the highest standards of compliance.  The Spartanburg Food Safety Leader will work with the site leadership team to implement GFSI-compliant Prerequisite Programs, create documentation, lead the Food Safety audit process, and oversee every element of Food Safety certification. This is a unique opportunity for a Food Safety professional to both develop and maintain a Food Safety Program and set the benchmark standard by which other sites are measured.



    • Perform a gap analysis for the Spartanburg site and develop a project plan for certification. Engage with food safety professionals across the Keurig Dr Pepper network; identify and adopt best practices, and ensue Spartanburg efforts are fully aligned with corporate guidelines for certification
    • Prepare for and host external and 3rd party food safety audits; respond to audit findings for closure and verification of effectiveness
    • Lead in the development of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans for the site
    • Collaborate with site leaders to document and implement prerequisite programs such as Pest Control, Layout and Workspace, Cleaning and Sanitizing, Personal Hygiene, Food Defense, and Rework/Recall.
    • Work with certification bodies and establish an appropriate timeline for full site certification; ensure certification is achieved prior to the production of saleable product.
    • Lead the ISO site steering team; ensure site leadership has the knowledge and authority to make decisions and devote resources to Food Safety compliance; develop a cadence for continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of the Food Safety Management System.
    • Develop an internal audit process and effective tools for monitoring compliance, assessing food safety culture at the site; develop a corrective and preventive action process and ensure findings are addressed with permanent solutions.
    • Create mandatory Food Safety Management System process documents as required by FSSC 22000, and ensure Food Safety Management is referenced as appropriate in all site SOPs and work documents.
    • Conduct food safety risk assessments on new equipment, new processes, and as required to determine if controls must be implemented to ensure the safety of raw materials, in-process and finished product.
    • Work with the Quality Leader to ensure the Corrective and Preventive Action process is highly effective in the resolution of food safety nonconformances. Employ the use of effective root cause analysis tools, and lead/facilitate teams to find and execute sustainable solutions.
    • Develop site Food Safety leading indicators so that Business Units may quickly identify gaps and implement improvements. Develop a non-punitive approach to finding opportunities for improvement; drive a healthy, engaged food safety culture at every level in the organization.
    • Develop and deliver Food Safety training and support the operations team by creating a culture of food safety excellence for ALL Business Units and maintenance teams.  Develop food safety competencies and skills within these functions through standardized processes, training and auditing



    • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Microbiology or related technical field required
    • 5 years of experience in food production as a Food Safety leader in a GFSI-compliant and FDA-regulated plant (FSSC 22000, SQF, or BRC)
    • PCQI or HACCP Certification required
    • Deep understanding of FDA Compliance and new Food Defense requirements
    • Working knowledge of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
    • Experience in obtaining first-time Food Safety management system certification (FSSC 22000, SQF or BRC) a plus
    • Working knowledge of Food Safety Prerequisite Program requirements
    • Experience working in a TPM environment preferred
    • Competency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience with SAP or similar manufacturing data systems


    Company Overview & EEO Statement

    Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.


    Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.


    Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled


    Candidates must be able to pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role.


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