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Sr. Manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance job in Plano

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Texas (TX), Plano
Employer:  Yum! Brands
Job Ref:  89036
City:  Plano
State:  Texas (TX)
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has nearly 43,000 restaurants in 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The Company's restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

Since our spin-off from PepsiCo in 1997, Yum! Brands has become a truly global company going from approximately 20 percent of profits coming from outside the U.S. to almost 65 percent in 2015. We're a leader in global retail development, opening on average over six new restaurants per day worldwide.

We're proud to be the worldwide leader in emerging markets with nearly 17,000 restaurants, nearly twice as many as the nearest competition. With about 2.5 restaurants per million people in the top 10 emerging markets, compared to 57 restaurants per million in the U.S., we are on the ground floor of global growth.

Our goal is to continue to build three global, iconic brands that people trust and champion. We are evolving KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell into more relevant, engaged, connected and caring global brands. We will focus on sharper brand positioning and insight-driven marketing programs by concentrating on these key areas: more product customization, more transparency, leading innovation and more engagement through social media and digital. We also remain focused on the three keys to driving shareholder value: new-unit development, same-store sales growth and generating high returns on invested capital.

Importantly, we're extremely proud of our associates around the globe and the unique culture we've built, one that's filled with energy, opportunity, and fun. We believe in our people, trust in their positive intentions, encourage ideas from everyone, and have actively developed a workforce that is diverse in style and background. Yum! Brands is a place where anyone can, and does, make a difference.

Job Description
The ideal candidate will provide microbiological expertise for supply chain risk assessment and new product/restaurant development as well as regulatory expertise for crisis management and outbreak response. The role will champion Yum!'s food safety position with regulators through trust building, regulation influence, and education on Yum! food safety policies and standards.

  • Define global microbiological risk and necessary standards for all divisions of Yum!
  • Provide microbiological expertise for food safety risk assessment, risk management, hazard control and monitoring, and surveillance on ingredients, products and restaurant operation
  • Lead engagement with federal, state and local regulatory and health agencies to gain regulatory insights, influence regulation making, champion Yum!'s positions on food safety, and formulate internal decision making for regulatory compliance
  • Develop and deepen a credible and productive rapport with colleagues across functions and BUs/Brands globally to provide microbiological and regulatory input and guidance that minimizes and manages risk during food safety crises/incidents and outbreak and to manage the perceived current and emerging human health issues affecting the company
  • Project and advocate Yum! food safety policy and standards at regulatory, trade and research association meetings to effectively carry forward Yum!'s position
  • Maintain a highly productive leadership position and relationship with food safety/quality assurance leaders in US brands
  • Accelerate change and improvement in US brands' food safety initiatives

Minimum Requirements
  • MS in Microbiology, Food Safety, Biology or related field although PhD is a plus
  • 5-10+ years' relevant experience of applied microbiology in the food/restaurant/beverage industry and regulatory area
  • Working knowledge of food regulations, microbiological methodology and practices, GAP, GMP, and FSMA, environmental monitoring program, HACCP, HARPC, and preventive control programs
  • Prior experience and credibility with leading regulatory bodies, such as CDC, FDA, and USDA, and with academia, external experts and industry
  • Established/proven capability to form policy and risk mitigation programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate clearly and concisely in a way that not only influences regulatory decisions but also provide leadership in the development of food safety strategies
  • Professional stature and credibility to interact with and influence state food safety experts
  • Ability to maintain a customer-focused approach to achieving food safety risk prevention and reduction objectives
  • Leadership style is consistent with organizational "Smart, Heart & Courage" mantra

Position type:  Full-Time
ref: (89036)
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