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EY Food Safety and Quality Consultant (Senior) - Food and Agribusiness - Central Region in Charleston, West Virginia

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Enterprise Risk Senior – Food and Agribusiness

Consulting - Enterprise Risk Senior – Food and Agribusiness – Food Safety & Quality Focus

Consulting – Senior – Food Safety & Quality

The Food Safety and Quality Senior role is a key role responsible for producing and delivering high quality food safety and quality assurance engagement activities. Food safety and quality is of central importance to organizations involved in the food value chain, as protecting their consumers is necessary for their businesses' success. However, consistently achieving food protection and quality expectations remains an industry challenge: recalls, in number and scale, are on the rise, and companies face increasing regulations and enforcement. They also face the linked issue of food-related litigation, particularly as it relates to potential false advertising allegations given assertions such as 'healthy' or 'GMO' free. As a result, there has been increased pressure from stakeholders to effectively manage food safety and quality. Organizations look to us to transform their approach to risk management.

The opportunity:

  • The objective of our consulting risk services is to provide food and agribusiness clients with a candid and reliable overview of their risk landscape. Our solutions can be used by our clients to build confidence and trust with their customers, the overall market and when required by regulation or contract. Our clients consist of Consumer Packaged Goods companies in the areas of Human Food and Animal Food, Quick Service Restaurants, Food Service organizations, Ingredient Suppliers, Supermarkets, Food Retailers, C-stores, E-commerce, Distribution centers, Vitamin and Dietary Supplement Manufacturers, Food Packaging Manufacturing, Alcohol Producers, and Agricultural Inputs/Seed Producers.

  • As a member of the Food Safety and Quality team within the EY Food and Agribusiness - Risk Transformation Consulting practice, you will belong to a small network of professionals aiding our clients in transforming their processes and cultures to promote optimization, protect their business and brand, and grow the enterprise.

*Your key responsibilities: *

You will be responsible for completion of multiple client engagement deliverables at a senior level within the practice and the firm. You can expect to work with high level client personnel to address compliance, risk, and opportunity areas. You will perform work in the following areas: food safety audits, quality assurance program development, technical writing, nutritional labeling and product claims verification, laboratory compliance, sanitation, training, food packaging and sustainability.

  • Aid in the evaluation of current state food safety practices and in the design of overall leading practices to guarantee regulatory compliance across client organizations

  • Perform risk and controls assessments across various business units to identify high-risk areas and create implementation plans to mitigate risk and ensure the success of existing controls

  • Ensure effective implantation of quality initiatives and processes related to food safety protocols and practices, audit needs, insurance requirements and standard operating procedures according to the client's enterprise, industry and customer expectations

  • Consistently deliver quality client services by monitoring progress, managing risk and ensuring key stakeholders are kept informed about progress and expected outcomes, as well as staying abreast of current business and industry trends relevant to the client's business

Skills and attributes for success:

  • Provide guidance and share knowledge with team members and participate in performing procedures especially focusing on complex, judgmental and/or specialized issues.

  • Brief the engagement team on the client's environment and trends.

  • Maintain relationships with client management to manage expectations of service, including work products, timing, and deliverables. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of compliance, operational risks, and controls.

  • Bring and utilize extensive knowledge of the client's business/industry to identify technological developments and evaluate impacts on the client's business. Demonstrate excellent project management skills, inspire teamwork and responsibility with engagement team members, and use current technology/tools to enhance the effectiveness of deliverables and services.

  • Understand EY and its service lines and actively assess what the firm can deliver to serve clients.

  • Proven solid analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Advanced strategic thinking in recognition of business strategy and increasing food protection and reducing quality risks

To qualify for the role you must have:

  • Bring your significant experience in applying relevant technical knowledge in at least one of the following engagements: (a) food safety and quality management frameworks, including food safety risk assessments and audits. (b) developing risk remediation strategies. (c) performing and interpreting gap analysis (d) experience in Food System Management and related risk analysis, process analytics, and business intelligence. 

  • We would expect for you to be available to travel outside of their assigned office location at least 50% of the time, plus commute within the region (where public transportation often is not available

  • A bachelor's degree in Food Science or a related discipline Food Safety, Regulatory Affairs, etc.

  • A minimum of 3 years' experience in the food industry, specifically including food safety and quality

  • Experience working with regulatory agencies (i.e., USDA, FDA, CPSC, OSHA, etc.)

  • Certifications (HACCP certification, PCHF certification, PCAF certification, FSVP certification, etc.)

  • Microsoft Office Products including: Project, Excel, and PowerPoint, including Adobe.

  • Experience developing professional decks with high degree of visual and graphic content.

  • Client site can include Corporate, Technical, and or Plant manufacturing site locations. Corporate site is typical office environment. Technical centers and Plant manufacturing site locations are FDA and/or USDA sites requiring personal protective equipment

Ideally you’ll also have:

  • A bachelor's or master's degree (but not required) n food science, food safety, food regulatory affairs or a related discipline

  • Experience with food safety and quality audits (multiple GFSI management schemes desired, SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000, ISO 17025)

  • Familiarity with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

  • American Society of Quality - ASQ Certified Quality Auditor - CQA, Certified HACCP Auditor - CHA, Certified Quality Manager/Organizational Excellence - CQM/OE certification

  • NEHA National Environmental Health Association – Certified Food Safety Supplier Auditor - CFSSA , Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian – REHS/RS

  • IHA International HACCP Alliance - HACCP certification

What we look for:

We are looking for a motivated professional with an ability to lead, solve complex problems and work as part of a team. If you enjoy facing new challenges, challenging the status quo and being part of a culture that encourages teaming and creative problem solving, this role is for you.

What we offer

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, pension and 401(k) plans, and a wide range of paid time off options. Under our flexible vacation policy, you’ll decide how much vacation time you need based on your own personal circumstances. You’ll also be granted time off for designated EY Paid Holidays, Winter/Summer breaks, Personal/Family Care, and other leaves of absence when needed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

• Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.

• Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.

• Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.

• Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

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