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Quality & Food Safety Scientist- External Programs 

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Quality & Food Safety Scientist- External Programs

Business Unit Overview:

At Post Consumer Brands, we have more than 125 years of experience making the breakfast cereals that people love. And even after a century, we're still innovating. We are driven by our mission to Make Better Happen - and we want YOU to join our team!


With names like Pebbles, Honey Bunches of Oats, Great Grains, and Malt-O-Meal in our portfolio, we’ve earned more spots in the top 50 best-selling brands than any other cereal company. And as the third-ranked company in the cereal category, our business is growing. That’s where you come in. Our company is a hearty mix of ambitious people who want to make great things happen. 

Location Description:

Post Consumer Brands corporate headquarters in Lakeville, Minn. is about 20 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Lakeville has all the benefits of smaller town living with access to everything a large metropolitan area has to offer. Join more than 400 team members collaborating on the two-building campus to help put breakfast on the tables of millions of consumers in North America. 


This position will oversee the quality and food safety of a portfolio of materials and suppliers for the Post Consumer Brands External Quality Food Safety (XQFS) department.  Included in the scope of this position are ingredients, packaging materials, suppliers, contract manufacturers and Distribution Centers.  Responsibilities primarily include new material and supplier risk assessments, ongoing quality and food safety support as it relates to the assigned area of materials and/or suppliers, initial and routine supplier audits and supplier corrective actions and metrics.


Conduct initial quality and food safety risk assessments of all new materials and suppliers within the assigned areas of responsibility based on documentation provided and external literature search. Identify food safety risks, assign food safety risk ranking and identify controls and verification requirements.  Properly document and communicate results.    

Schedule and conduct assigned on-site audits, write and circulate audit reports in a timely manner, review, approve and file corrective actions from suppliers and keep management abreast of suppliers with significant non compliances especially those that can be considered a food safety risk.

Work collaboratively with both internal resources (i.e. R&D, Procurement, Plant Quality and Supply Chain) and external resources (i.e. suppliers, industry organizations or other experts) in support of material and supplier activities, quality and food safety issues, corrective actions, etc. within the assigned areas of responsibility.     

Assure any and all documentation within the assigned areas of responsibility are accurate and up to date. These include, but are not limited to, Ingredient Specifications, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Work Instructions, risk assessments, etc.

Provides information, corrective actions, results and other pertinent information pertaining to the quality and food safety within the assigned areas of responsibility as part of the Supplier Scorecard.

Review and update supplier risk assessments annually in support of auditing activities as well as being in line with 21 CFR Part 117 Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Foods”.

Participate in project meetings as required by the business representing XQFS. Identify project opportunities around cost savings, improving work efficiency, or improvement of QFS systems. Lead projects as assigned.

Keep abreast of industry trends in food safety, regulations and/or new food safety risks. Work collaboratively to modify current procedures to meet these changing conditions.  

Share best practices and build relationships both internally and externally. Be active in industry groups as well as within the greater Post Holdings organization sharing information, concerns and solutions to material and supplier related issues.  

All other duties as assigned.

Job Complexity


Internally work with R&D, Corporate and Plant Quality & Food Safety, Procurement, Supply Chain and others.

Externally work with suppliers, 3PL Warehouses and contract manufacturers.

Problem solving

Assess needs and make recommendations addressing Quality & Food Safety compliance.



Minimum 4-year college degree in a science discipline, preferably food science or food safety.

Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certification.

Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Practitioner or other GFSI equivalent.

Certification in auditing is preferred.


A minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience in a Quality and Food Safety discipline, preferably with low moisture foods.

Thorough understanding and practical experience with the requirements in 21 CFR Title 117 Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Foods”.

Development, Implementation and monitoring of Quality and Food Safety Systems such as, but not limited to, GMP’s, Food Safety Plans, microbiological control programs, adverse events response, etc.

Project management experience is preferred.


Must have advanced organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work. Results-oriented with strong attention to detail and meets deadlines. Good problem solving skills with the emphasis on presenting solutions. A team player with strong interpersonal skills who demonstrates good judgment, initiative, and works with a sense of urgency.  Excellent computer skills including the use of database systems are needed, as are excellent written and oral communication skills. 

Must be able to read, write and communicate in the English language.


Must be able to travel both within the United States and internationally up to 50% of the time.