Job no: 502493 Position type: Full-Time 12-Month Department: 010208 - Custer Dairy Processing Plant Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS Categories: Professional Position Open Date: May 21 2021
Assure the safety and quality of the products manufactured by the Custer Dairy Processing Plant (CDPP). This includes four types of cheeses, bottled milk, buttermilk, butter and ice cream with the emphasis being on the cheese. The CDPP supplies the MSU campus with dairy products and provides aging and warehousing services for the cheese sold through the MAFES Sales Store which is also on campus. The QARS supervisor would work closely with the Plant Manager and Assistant Manager during every day functioning and problem-solving in the plant activities in order to meet these needs. This person will report to the the CDPP Plant Manager (on a daily basis) and to the MAFES Associate Director (on a periodic basis.)
This facility is also used for educating students in dairy products processing and for conducting dairy research. The QARS supervisor would assist in educating and guiding students and others in proper use and cleaning of the facilities during their time in the plant.
Employees hired into Intermittent positions are limited to working no more than 720 hours per fiscal year.
There are four essential tasks that this person will need to accomplish: 1. Oversee the sanitation and other prerequisite programs which include: a. Review, update and ensure the sanitation program is conducted and verified as it should, including pre-op verification, b. Monitor, review, and verify the adherence to GMPs, SOPs, and SSOPs during manufacturing of products, c. Review and update chemicals and other items used to include maintaining SDS for each one d. Monitor and verify the cleanliness and sanitation of equipment used in the production of cheese, milk, and ice cream. e. Ensure corrective actions are followed and verified, including conducting root-cause analysis and product disposition f. Convert to electronic, secured records wherever and whenever possible g. Insure completion, storage, and safety of all records
2. Oversee the food safety plans and other regulatory plans including PMO requirements and tasks a. Review, update and ensure the food safety plans and the PMO requirements are conducted and verified as they should b. Review and approve any ingredients, raw materials (as needed) and final products c. Ensure records are completed JIT and verify records within the regulation requirements d. Ensure corrective actions are followed and verified, including conducting root-cause analysis and product disposition e. Convert to electronic, secured records wherever and whenever possible. f. Insure completion, storage, and safety of all records
3. Oversee the quality assurance program from before reception of raw products/ingredients to the release of final products for distribution/sale a. Verify the suitability of ingredients, raw materials, inclusions, and packaging for all products b. Verify labeling and other specifications for all products c. Maintain compliance records for CDPP for state and federal requirements for inhibitory substance testing of all raw milk for at least two years, d. Monitor production of products to verify proper make and packaging procedures/materials are used, e. Verify net weight/size/volume specifications for all products f. Grade all lots of cheese before release for commerce g. Grade fluid milk and ice cream products. h. Monitor quality and testing of all products produced at CDPP in conjunction with the Plant Manager, i. Along with the Plant Manager, handle customer complaints and ascertain the root cause whenever possible, j. Insure completion, storage, and safety of all records k. Oversee along with Plant Manager other safety precautions: personnel, lab safety, etc.
4. Training and retraining of personnel a. In routine tasks assigned to them and how they can affect product safety and quality b. In proper health and hygiene practices c. In good analytical practices d. In good record keeping practices e. Re-training as part of corrective actions f. Training in laboratory safety and good practices g. Other training as needed h. Insure completion, storage, and safety of all records
This person must be available by phone/email to be informed/help resolve any problems that arise in their absence. This person may perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in dairy processing, food science, or a field of study closely related to the position's functions and demonstrated competence. Salary and rank (I, II, III, or Senior) will commensurate with qualifications and experience. FSMA training and SOP development is required.
Expertise in quality assurance and record development and keeping. Experience in quality management and the cheese-making process, and in the sensory evaluation of dairy products with an emphasis on cheeses and their flavors and off-flavors.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
* Ability to work with details and time-sensitive issues. * Outstanding interpersonal communication and organizing skills to coordinate project activities. * Good communication skills. * Good interpersonal and management skills. * Outstanding organizational skills. * Knowledge of organizational effectiveness and operations management.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
* Occasional and/or lifting required. * Limited exposure to elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., but none to the point of being disagreeable. * May involve minor safety hazards where likely results would be cuts, bruises, etc. * Externally imposed deadlines; set or revised on short notice; frequent shifts in priority; due to accountability for success for major projects or areas of operation. * Job frequently requires standing, walking, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands, and lifting up to 25 pounds. * Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically, ability to distinguish colors.
All applicants must apply online at http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu. Please submit resume, cover letter/ letter of application and a list of 3 references with name, title, email address and contact number. Please also submit unofficial transcripts. Any social security numbers on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. Contact Dr. Juan L. Silva (JSilva@foodscience.msstate.edu) if you have any questions.
Position contingent upon funding availability.
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MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Internal Number: 502493
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