Senior Food Labeling Specialist in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 10/25/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time

Location:

IL Oak Brook

Job Type:

Research and Development Packaging & Labeling

Job Posting Title:

Senior Food Labeling Specialist

Job Description:

Position Summary:

This position is an expert in reviewing, updating and approving label copy and designs in multiple food categories to ensure information is accurate, meets customer requirements and is compliant with government regulations and TreeHouse policy. This person will collaboratively work across functions and is expected to communicate with all functional groups on matters relating to product labeling and compliance.  This person will participate in addressing regulatory labeling issues that arise across the company, providing guidance and direction on applicable regulations or industry standards.  Position may lead other Food Labelers.  This position supports the Labeling Manger with category-specific oversight including labeling-related guidance and communication with the cross-functional team.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide food labeling expertise and guidance to internal customers.  Collaborate cross functionally with Legal, Regulatory, Marketing, Sales, Product Development, Quality Assurance, Food Safety, Purchasing, plants and others to leverage regulations, support positions and ensure compliance in the marketplace.
  • Responsible for the development of label copy which includes product name, weight statement, ingredient statement, allergen declaration, nutrition facts panel and claims which meet government requirements and standard of identities.  This includes ensuring compliance with all label related health and wellness claims. 
  • Approval of label artwork upon review, ensuring compliance to all applicable USDA, FDA, CFIA, Kosher approved and other governing group’s regulations.  Support review of labels and printed packaging by Regulatory and Legal Counsel.  Track label development and artwork reviews.
  • Ensure accuracy in the development of the Label Copy and support of all product claims, and that information for use in labeling is accurate and properly presented. 
  • Contribute to the development of labeling personnel in the areas of regulatory compliance, collaboration, planning, communication and accountability.
  • Support a culture of quality throughout the organization.  Participate in process improvement initiatives to increase accuracy, improve efficiency and drive standardization of labeling practices.
  • Actively participate in improving labeling systems and processes to help with consistency and agility including maintenance updates of database systems. 
  • Obtain USDA/FSIS & CFIA label approvals, temporary approvals and extensions for U.S. and/or Canadian products.
  • Contribute to research and recommendations for issue positions as it relates to labeling and regulatory.  Assist in development of internal policies and procedures in collaboration with team management on labeling and claim support standards; identify and advance nutrition and regulatory strategies for business growth.  Participate in providing training regarding new/changed labeling regulations and trends that may impact customer or branded labels.
  • Provide internal and external customer’s technical support.  Respond to customer inquiries regarding questions on claims, nutrition and ingredients.
  • Oversee and administer customer required product information; gather and communicate into customer forms, surveys and databases as required.
  • Manage cross-functionally to improve efficiency and drive standardization across categories.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • B.S. required in Food Science/Nutrition or related field
  • 10+ years of food industry labeling experience or comparable experience
  • Strong working knowledge of FDA, USDA, CFIA food label regulations and documentation requirements 
  • Ability to work with multiple database systems and network efficiently to get information required to complete tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) 
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and handle multiple priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage projects and time effectively
  • Detail oriented and self-motivator 
  • Excellent relationship and development skills 
  • Strong Ability to collaborate with all levels of the organization 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Products 

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree Required – Type: Food Science, Nutrition or related

Preferred Attributes, Qualifications & Working Conditions:

Repetitive Motions

Explain Motion

Computer

Enter % of time

70%

Travel (other than driving)

Enter % of time

Up to 10% Travel

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to disability-accommodations@treehousefoods.com. In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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