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Food Safety Specialist

About VEGA

Vega is a premium, award-winning brand at the forefront of the plant-based, whole food revolution. We are committed to bringing sustainable plant-based nutrition to the world and we’re proud to be part of the B Corp™ movement; a commitment to meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Vega has been named one of the Best Workplaces in Canada and has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces for Women. We honor a triple bottom line approach to business placing emphasis on people, planet and performance. Join a great team atmosphere with a driven, vivacious group of people.

Overview

An exciting and challenging position exists as a Food Safety Specialist at Vega. Reporting to the Food Safety Manager, you will be responsible for advocating quality and continuous improvement with Vega’s raw material and packaging providers through mutual understanding and partnership. Day to day, you will participate in Vega’s ingredient approval process, communicate with both suppliers and cross-functional team members, review and interpret food safety documentations, and assist co-manufacturers to continuously improve on quality and efficiency. We are looking for outgoing individuals who are eager to learn in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.

This position is located at Vega’s HQ in Burnaby, BC.  During the exceptional circumstances due to COVID-19, we are currently working virtually while our office remains open for access.

Key Responsibilities

  • Carry out Vega’s Supply Chain Quality Program for raw and packaging materials and their suppliers. Duties include, but not limited, to the following:
  • Work with Food Safety to execute the raw material testing matrix (methods and limits)
  • Work closely with the Food Safety members to establish and execute standards for raw material risk assessment
  • Ensure raw material suppliers meet Vega standards
  • Manage raw material risk database and implementation of standards
  • Review and ensure raw material manufacturer SOPs meet Vega standards
  • Conduct GMP audits of manufacturer facilities and follow-up on deficiencies to ensure that corrective actions are appropriate and completed in a timely manner
  • Investigate non-conformances and out of specs relating to the manufacturing sites; work with manufacturers to achieve corrective and preventative actions
  • Help suppliers meet Vega requirements on product quality, design, or manufacturing processes
  • Assist manufacturers to continuously improve on quality and efficiency
  • Manage project timelines
  • Duties as assigned by manager

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science, Chemistry, and/or Biochemistry
  • 2-5 years of progressive experience in Food Safety and QA
  • Strong knowledge of Food Safety and GMP requirements for Food and Natural Health Products/Dietary Supplements
  • Familiar with Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulation and FDA’s FSMA/FSMR; as well as NHPs and DS GMP requirements
  • Experience with a GFSI or equivalent standard
  • Experience reviewing and interpreting Food Safety documentations
  • Experience with in-house and third party audits
  • Knowledge of the ingredients approval process a strong asset
  • Experience approving raw materials ingredient suppliers a strong asset
  • Ability to build relationships with both internal and external teams (suppliers, manufactures)
  • Strong communicator with proficient interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented
  • A problem solver and an advocate for continuous improvements
  • A self-starter who is able to work both independently and within a high performing, fast-paced team environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel

VEGA “Must Haves”

  • You have an unrelenting desire to achieve
  • The outdoors isn’t just the place between your car and house
  • You have a sense of humor and passion for health and wellness
  • You love to have fun, but take your responsibilities seriously
  • You live the Vega brand

Benefits of Working for Vega

  • Competitive compensation plan
  • Annual performance bonus
  • Vega product to try so that you can perform at your best and promote the Vegatopian lifestyle
  • Extended Health Plan
  • Employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Summer hours (June to September)
  • Group RRSP Matching program
  • Flexible, unlimited time off
  • Referral bonus program incentive
  • Fitness Subsidy
  • Education fund
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Virtual daily fitness classes
  • Access to Vega’s Online Learning Library
  • Dogs in the office (virtually on video calls) – Woof!
  • On-site kitchen with in-house Vegan Chef offering plant-based food and snacks*
  • Green Transit incentives*
  • Alternative refreshment options that go beyond coffee*

Let Your Journey Begin!

If you smiled and are motivated by this posting, we want to hear from you. Submit your resume to careers@myvega.com with “Food Safety Specialist” on the subject line and let us know why you’d like to be Vega’s next Product Developer. Let your journey begin!

Vega is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer reasonable accommodations to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. We thank all candidates for their time and interest in working at Vega, however, only candidates under consideration for opportunities with Vega will be contacted to participate further in this process. If you are contacted and you require any accommodation in the recruitment process due to a disability, please indicate this and we will work with you to meet your reasonable accessibility needs.