Team Leader Sanitation

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As you know, at ConAgra Foods, we make great food - everyday food - in extraordinary ways, which is why we are creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest.
Responsible for sanitation requirements for machinery, equipment and facilities; Develops and maintains plant sanitation programs and procedures; Collaborates with engineers, suppliers, contractors and plant partners to ensure a clean and sterile facility; Assures compliance with regulatory agencies in regard to sanitation requirements and the use of cleaning and exterminating agents; Responsible for managing and owning various functions of the business and creating an engaged and team oriented work force in order to improve business results.
1. Food Safety & Quality.
Responsible for food safety and quality.
Shall complete an orientation process which provides training in the Key Concepts of Food Safety and Quality.
Shall understand that identification of any failures in these areas is their responsibility
If they identify a deficiency in Food Safety and/or Quality, they are responsible for taking corrective action and reporting the issue to their direct supervisor or Quality supervisor.
The Quality Manual is available to this employee on the shared Marshall Network drive.
Monitor production work methods to manage overall product to meet USDA and quality objectives.
1. Supervision:
Directly supervises sanitation activities to ensure compliance to Enterprise Quality Sanitation Procedures and regulatory requirements (USDA/FDA/CFIS) within the plant.
Meets strategic business needs by being involved in cross-functional teams within the plant to drive sanitation knowledge and improvement.
Determines resources and provides technical guidance and leadership to plant personnel.
1. Technical Support:
Advise management on effectiveness of routine plant sanitation and cleaning programs.
Guide plants during special plant sanitation issues including microbiological and environmental control.
Ensure plant follow up of Pathogen Environmental programs to detect and eliminate sources of contamination.
Provide sanitary design recommendations for new and existing equipment and modification/installation of existing/new equipment.
Participate in all engineering projects to ensure sanitary design aspects of the project and review/approve project for compliance with Enterprise sanitary design objectives.
1. Start-Ups:
Provide sanitary design review, sanitation plan and verification procedures for new and/or modified equipment, new equipment start-ups, new product introductions, movement of equipment from one facility to another, or new product introductions to prevent problems resulting from inadequate sanitation procedures.
1. Cost Effectiveness:
Develop and maintain cost effective programs and practices within the plant sanitation program.
Work closely with internal and outside sanitation vendors to improve sanitation performance and costs.
Track and report key metrics to measure effectiveness.
1. Problem Solving:
Proactively utilize process metrics and experience to prevent problems that could affect product quality and safety.
Investigate sanitation issues, which are resulting in product contamination, reduced shelf-life, or customer rejection of products.
Aid in the identification of root cause and corrective actions.
1. Service Providers:
Work closely with sanitation chemical providers and others to maximize technical expertise and to drive issue resolution within sanitation/pest management Acts as liaison between Preferred Chemical and Pest Management Vendors and plant to maximize services provided.
1. Education and Training:
Actively participates in Enterprise sponsored training initiatives.
Manages technical training for plant sanitation employees and auditors.
Attend technical meetings to continually update knowledge in advances in sanitation and pest control.
Conduct internal sanitation and pest control audits as needed.
1. Equipment:
Provide recommendations for equipment and machinery-based change (new equipment, retrofits or design modification of existing equipment - sanitary design reviews).
Work closely with Engineering and equipment vendors to assure that new equipment meets sanitary design and regulatory design requirements prior to installation.
Validate that equipment modifications or new equipment can effectively be cleaned and sanitized to a microbial level.
1. Policies & Procedures:
Implement and maintain Enterprise Sanitation Procedures within the plant.
Development of plant specific sanitation programs in compliance with Enterprise Sanitation Policies/Procedures.
Track and measure key performance indicators and report out results on a monthly basis to Enterprise Sanitation Manager.
1. Pest Control:
Work with preferred pest management vendors during their service visits to the facility.
Assure that pest control is managed effectively by tracking, trending and reporting out results.
Be the on-site resource for pest management activities and the driver of facility repairs/GMP's to prevent pest egress into the facility.
1. Hands-on-Coverage:
Provide a safe work environment for all employees.
Assure safety awareness and training is provided for sanitation personnel.
Support safety programs within sanitation/pest management.
The development and implementation of sanitation programs within the facility to drive improvement in the overall sanitation program; Sanitation improvement in housekeeping and equipment cleanliness, extended cleaning request validations, sanitation chemical application, sanitation assurance / effectiveness programs, implementation of Enterprise Sanitation Policies and Procedures at the plant level, application of sanitary design standards, and delivering effective sanitation training programs to drive sanitation employee's knowledge in proper sanitation practices/procedures.
Directly supervises 10 to 100 employees in the Sanitation Department; Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Authority for manning and starting times of subordinates; issue discipline as needed; ordering ingredients and supplies; line shutdowns and authorizing time off for employees in accordance with Company policies; Refers to Quality Control for guidance regarding major quality issues, to the Maintenance Department on major repairs, and to the Human Resources Department on major disciplinary action while keeping the Shift Superintendent informed of present matters and disposition of aged items.
Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university, or three to four years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience; Minimum five years of experience in operations; Excellent knowledge of FDA, USDA and HACCP requirements applicable to the facility; Excellent knowledge of sanitary design, sanitation and pest management in food processing; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal); Knowledge of food manufacturing processes preferred; Understanding of food safety preferred; Excellent relationship building skills; Excellent understanding of microbiological organisms and their impact on process design, sanitary design and sanitation; Previous experience with government regulatory requirements.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; Ability to write routine reports and correspondence; Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees; Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs; Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions; CPR and First Aid certifications are preferred but not essential to the performance of this job; Will possess the ability to utilize personal computers and relevant software.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms, and taste and smell. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, and crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Requisition ID: 35005
Posted: 12/10/2014
Location: United States, Arkansas, Russellville
Category: Manufacturing/Operations

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