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Manufactured Foods Regulator

Date Posted:  Nov 19, 2022
Requisition ID:  398321
Location: 

100% Remote, IN, US, 47901

 

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

 

Agency Statement:

About the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):
The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and safety of all Hoosiers so that they can reach their optimal health regardless of where they live, learn, work, or play.


Salary Statement:

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $53,222, but may be commensurate with education or work experience.


Role Overview:

A Bachelor's level degree is requested. Relevant work experience in a food manufacturing, food distribution or food regulatory is preferred.

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This role functions as a senior level wholesale food establishment specialist within the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) through education and enforcement of laws, rules and regulations governing the production, processing, packaging and distribution of foods.  You will conduct inspections, collects surveillance samples, interprets Code of Federal Regulations, statutes, administrative rules and guidance documents, and applies enforcement procedures as necessary to maintain compliance. This position conducts food inspections based on risk assessment, priority and necessary frequency.  Specializes in providing consultation services to food manufacturers, food distribution facilities, food protection staff members, governmental agencies, trade associations and the general public, and maintains regulatory inspection records in the electronic database.

About the Job:

​As the Food Scientist, you will be responsible for functioning as a specialist in food protection in the Indiana State Department of Health through enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations governing the production processing, packaging, and distribution of foods by conducting inspections.  In this position, you will conduct food inspections based on risk assessment, priority, and necessary frequency.  In addition, you will provide consultation services, training and education, certification evaluations, act as editor to publish the quarterly newsletter, and maintain regulatory inspection records.  

A Day in the Life:

​The essential functions of this role are as follows:  

  • Coordinate standardization evaluation activities with local health department staff who are candidates for the standardization certification.  
  • Review all standardization and inspection reports for technical accuracy prior to submission to the central office.  
  • Coordinate with the other staff to develop and implement program training activities that may occur or are assigned.  
  • Perform public speaking activities as requested and/or assigned.  
  • Act as the editor and publisher of the program newsletter and is responsible for its development for quarterly dissemination through the website and mail for the public, food industry and local health departments.  
  • Develop interpretations of food law and formal letters for the supervisor to provide to the food industry, public and local health departments.  
  • Provide consultation, technical assistance, and program information when appropriate or requested to field staff, industry, consumers, local health departments, and other agencies.  
  • Interpret state and federal laws, rules and regulations governing food protection to field staff, industry, consumers, and local health departments.  
  • Provide consultation to staff, local health departments on investigations concerning hazardous events, such as fires, floods, tornadoes, and truck/train wrecks or food processing equipment breakdowns and assures the disposal of dangerous, mislabeled, or contaminated foods.  
  • Conduct inspections of food establishments on state property, collects food samples, conducts complaint inspections, and utilizes inspection tools to produce reports and track data.  
  • Review blueprints and specifications for food production/storage facilities and provides consultation for potential new food businesses in conjunction with the food program Plan Review Specialist. 
  • May testify in administrative hearings and courts of law about the status of facilities subject to our food protection rules and laws.  
  • Conduct special sampling or surveillance initiatives.  
  • Effectively uses electronic forms of communication and reporting tools. 
  • Maintain updated electronic schedule and communicate any deviations to the central office. 

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Biology, Microbiology, or closely related field or an equivalent amount of related work experience. 
  • Be willing to travel with an appropriate accommodation. 
  • Extensive knowledge of food protection principles and practices including bacteriology, microbiology, chemistry, epidemiology, food technology, “Preventative Controls for Human Food” and “Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point” (HACCP) theory and application.  
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply federal; state and local laws, rules, and regulations which govern food protection.  
  • Thorough knowledge of legal procedures for collecting evidence.  
  • Specialized knowledge of inspection methods, of food manufacturing, preservation, and packaging techniques, such as irradiation, reduced oxygen packaging, acidified foods and low-acid canning techniques.  
  • Ability to conduct investigations and inspections of food facilities including conducting tests utilizing equipment, such as chemical test kits, pH meters, microcomputers, thermometers and collecting appropriate samples for laboratory analysis.  
  • Ability to recognize, observe, and evaluate potentially hazardous sanitation conditions and law violations and prepare technical reports documenting findings.  
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and prepare reports/technical documents for administrative or regulatory action.  
  • Specialized knowledge of and ability to review plans of facility construction and equipment layout and to make appropriate recommendations for needed changes.  
  • Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing with individuals and in group situations.  
  • Ability to direct statewide crisis reaction situations, such a special sampling initiative, foodborne disease outbreaks, consumer complaints, suspected tampering, natural disasters, etc. on short notice with effective results.  
  • Ability to collect and preserve food samples for laboratory analysis in accordance with chain-of-custody requirements. 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

 

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access

     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

 

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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