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Director, Beverage Quality

Frisco, Texas Job ID 98335 Job Category Supply Chain Job Level Director Position Type Full-Time
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As the Director of Food Safety at Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP), you will play a critical role in ensuring the safety and quality of our products. You’ll be responsible for overseeing all aspects of food safety, regulatory compliance, and quality assurance.  Leading in a matrix organization, the position will provide strategic direction for the evaluation, design and implementation of quality programs across multiple company-owned and contract manufacturing sites. Your leadership will contribute to maintaining and improving on KDP’s reputation as a trusted brand in the beverage industry. 

Key Responsibilities:

Risk Assessment and Mitigation:

  • Constantly monitor and assess potential sources of food safety risks within the organization.
  • Develop strategies to mitigate risks and prevent foodborne illnesses.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to address safety concerns promptly.

Policy Development and Implementation:

  • Create and update food safety policies, guidelines, and protocols.
  • Ensure consistent implementation of these policies across all facilities and departments.
  • Stay informed about industry trends and regulatory changes to adapt policies accordingly.

Quality Assurance and Compliance:

  • Work closely with production, supply chain, and quality teams to maintain product quality and safety.
  • Conduct regular audits, inspections, network wide assessments and dashboards to verify compliance with food safety standards and drive continuous improvement.
  • Address any non-compliance issues promptly and implement corrective actions.

Training and Education:

  • Develop and deliver food safety training programs for employees at all levels.
  • Foster an engaging culture of food safety awareness and accountability.
  • Keep the workforce informed about best practices and emerging food safety trends.

Collaboration and Communication:

  • Collaborate with senior leadership, operations, R&D, Legal, and our process authority to align food safety goals with business objectives from product conception through end of life cycle.
  • Communicate food safety updates, incidents, and improvements to relevant stakeholders.
  • Represent Keurig Dr Pepper in industry forums and regulatory meetings.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives related to food safety and quality assurance.
  • Analyze data, identify areas for enhancement, and implement process improvements.
  • Champion a proactive approach to food safety rather than a reactive one.

Ensure high performance results of your team by:

  • Fostering a culture of trust and wellbeing that prioritizes the team and values employee contributions
  • Driving a shared vision with clear goals and accountability, supported by regular conversations to maximize talent
  • Embracing diverse perspectives to foster innovation, learning from both successes and failures
  • Establishing a safe environment where team members are motivated, heard, and aligned with clear expectations

Requirements

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Microbiology, or a related field (advanced degree preferred). 
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in food safety, quality assurance, or related roles. 
  • A deep understanding of World Class Quality organizations and standards. 
  • Strong working knowledge of FDA, USDA, Codex, WHO, EFSA, Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and other relevant regulations. 
  • Experience in managing food safety programs across multiple sites. 
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills. 
  • Proven track record of exceptional results in team development and continuous improvement. 
  • Ability to regularly travel for business; work a flexible schedule as needed; and travel for other business needs. 

Company Overview

Keurig Dr Pepper (NASDAQ: KDP) is a leading beverage company in North America, with a portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partners brands and powerful distribution capabilities to provide a beverage for every need, anytime, anywhere. We operate with a differentiated business model and world-class brand portfolio, powered by a talented and engaged team that is anchored in our values. We work with big, exciting beverage brands and the #1 single-serve coffee brewing system in North America at KDP, and we have fun doing it! 
 
Together, we have built a leading beverage company in North America offering hot and cold beverages together at scale. Whatever your area of expertise, at KDP you can be a part of a team that’s proud of its brands, partnerships, innovation, and growth. Will you join us? 
 
We strive to be an employer of choice, providing a culture and opportunities that empower our team of ~28,000 employees to grow and develop.  We offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development, while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.
 
Keurig Dr Pepper is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability or association with a person with a disability, medical condition, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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