Pinnacle Foods

  • Sr. Director-Food Safety & Quality Assurance

    Location US-NJ-Cherry Hill
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  • Overview

    At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.


    The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.



    The Senior Director for Quality External Manufacturing will lead the food safety and quality assurance policy and programs for all external manufacturing. The position utilizes personal experience and expertise in the areas of food safety, food quality, and good manufacturing and sanitation practices to provide strategic leadership and tactical support for all External Manufacturing operations. The position routinely communicates with and advises senior management and works closely with Procurement in maintaining relationships with the External Manufacturers.



    • Selection and approval of External Manufacturers ensuring that they fully meet Pinnacle requirements for food safety, sanitation and quality assurance
    • Direct team of Managers to fully implement External Manufacturing strategy for Quality and Food Safety. Includes development and coaching of staff
    • Lead the development and execution of effective auditing programs to ensure full compliance with Pinnacle Foods policy and procedures as related to food safety and quality assurance
    • Ensure compliance to all federal, state and local regulatory requirements
    • Ensure that programs are in place and effectively managed to ensure preventive controls for food safety, supply chain, environmental monitoring programs, allergen controls and effective sanitation
    • Ensure that Quality Operations Plans are in place and consistently meeting Pinnacle quality requirements
    • Communicate and maintain appropriate information with regards to product specifications, supply chains, specific programs for food safety and quality and general policy/procedure
    • Ensure participation on business teams with food safety and quality point of contact accountability for the applicable manufacturing locations
    • Support the External Manufacturers in meeting food safety and quality objectives, goals, strategies, and metrics
    • Ensure Food Safety, Quality and Process Control issues, are successfully resolved including effective use of Root Cause Analyses and Corrective and Preventative Action tools
    • Work directly with Senior Management to ensure business objectives are met for External Manufacturing with regards to quality, service and costs. Provide technical support for same




    • 15+ years of experience in a food manufacturing environment
    • Experience managing to FDA and USDA regulations
    • SQF and HACCP certified
    • PCQI certification preferred
    • Leadership experience preferred
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team environment
    • Good collaboration and oral and written communication skills
    • Strong technical skills and attention to detail
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemistry or Biology is required
    • Master’s Degree in related field is preferred


    • There is a 60%-70% travel requirement for this position


    Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer –qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other legally protected basis.


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