Position Overview: NCA’s Food Safety & Scientific Affairs Director is responsible for monitoring, assessing and engaging on food safety issues and regulations relevant to NCA members, the confectionery industry and broader food industry. He or she is the key association subject matter expert for internally and for members on regulatory and policy issues in the area of food safety and toxicology. Specific issues of high priority include ingredient and product safety, allergens, manufacturing standards, food recalls, import and agricultural practices, biotechnology and other emerging issues. Importance is placed on a deep technical understanding of food safety issues and related regulatory actions/rules such FSMA, Prop 65, food additives, contaminants, standards of identity and biotechnology disclosure. Knowledge of agricultural import procedures and tolerances is a plus. The Director will aid in assessment of relevant industry scientific and regulatory issues, prepare summary materials and public comments for distribution to members and other stakeholders, build and leverage a network of contacts at government agencies such as FDA, USDA and EPA, provide educational presentations and webinars on food safety and related issues and contribute to the strategic plan for the Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (SRA) department at NCA.
The ideal candidate has a strong technical background in food safety and/or toxicology, is flexible and willing to become an expert on new issues, and has a proven ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences.
Manage the food safety and toxicological issues portfolio, serving as internal subject matter expert to ensure the industry is well informed, prepared for and responsive to matters relating to food safety.
Provide member support in the form of education and rapid response to inquiries.
Serve as an advocate for the confectionery industry, working in coordination and in coalition with a network of food safety and toxicological experts to achieve positive outcomes for the industry.
Candidate will achieve these objectives by:
Assessing and understanding food safety and toxicological issues relevant to the confectionery industry.
Developing web-based and on-demand materials and tools to help members navigate complex technical issues and come into compliance with food regulations.
Providing input on the development of policies and regulations relating to the food safety and toxicology issue set.
Generating creative and effective educational webinars, workshops and other educational activities for members with both technical and non-technical backgrounds.
Developing and fostering relationships with a network of food safety and toxicological experts from member companies, partner trade associations, U.S. government agencies (e.g., FDA, USDA, EPA) and contacts outside the U.S.
Key duties include but are not limited to:
Support SVP of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (SRA) and other NCA leaders to assess and optimize the current approach to member support on technical issues.
Lead and coordinate SRA project teams and committees on regulatory issues such as FSMA, Prop 65 and allergen regulations.
Monitor developments, engage stakeholders and drive creative solutions/advocacy positions for specific cocoa supply chain and agricultural issues.
Monitor CODEX (CODEX Committee on Food Additives and CODEX Committee on Contaminants in Food) activities and coordinate responses to CODEX circulars. Attend CODEX meetings as necessary.
In coordination with member company representatives and the SVP of SRA, develop public comments and advocacy strategies for developing/proposed regulations and policies.
Develop web-based tools, such as FAQs and summary documents, for member company use for regulatory compliance/education.
Work with SVP of SRA, other department heads, consultants and counsel to maintain and accelerate NCA’s best-in-class scientific and regulatory affairs offering as a critical component of the association’s multidimensional value proposition.
Master’s degree or higher in food science or toxicology, plus 3-4 years of experience in food safety, compliance or toxicological field.
Demonstrated technical knowledge in food safety, toxicological and regulatory processes. Knowledge of nutrition science a plus.
PREFERRED: Knowledge of agricultural practices and import regulations.
Experience in scientific project management.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative relationships with members, other trade association partners and government officials.
Ability to translate complex scientific and technical concepts for non-technical audiences.
Superior communication skills, oral and written.
A member-service orientation and attitude.
Keen attention to detail and strong time management skills.
Self-motivation with ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
PREFERRED: Government agency experience (FDA, USDA, EPA) or previous work in the confectionery industry.
Comfort working in team environment.
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
To Apply: Applicants should send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference Food Safety & Scientific Affairs in the subject line.
About National Confectioners Association
Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. As the leading association for the U.S. confectionery industry, NCA helps ensure the public understands and appreciates the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle.