Food Labeling & Compliance Specialist

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Food Labeling & Compliance Specialist
Job Summary
Unilever Food Solutions, the foodservice arm of Unilever, is looking for a talented food labeling and compliance specialist to generate and approve food label information including ingredient declarations, nutrition facts panels, and claims to assure labels meet US and Canadian regulations. This position is never boring and requires an exceptional multi-tasker who works across all functions (marketing, R&D;, regulatory, culinary and quality) and communicates on matters relating to product labeling and compliance for Unilever Food Solutions. The ideal candidate will be able to work on many projects at one time, be an independent worker as well as collaborative, be a self-starter, with a strong sense of responsibility and accountability, proficient in a variety of labeling databases (e.g. provision, interspec) and a good communicator (verbally and in writing). We are looking for it all-and we are a company (Unilever) with a reputation as a leader in nutrition and sustainability. This Food Labeling & Compliance role is critical within the company. It is a role that helps address regulatory issues pertaining to food labeling that arise on the food service business (gluten-free labeling, PHVO, caramel colors, on-pack claims). Minimum 3+ years related experience. This job reports to the R&D; Manager of Nutrition, Technical Insights & Compliance. Unilever is a recognized leader in nutrition and sustainability, and has been on top of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for more than 14 years. In foodservice, Unilever Food Solutions' iconic brands include Knorr sauces, bases, gravies and soups, Lipton teas and Hellmann's mayonnaise and salad dressings.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Develop accurate food labeling information including allergen, nutrition, and ingredient statements that comply with FDA and USDA and CFIA regulations.
Keep abreast of labeling regulations to ensure label compliance for the US and Canadian food businesses. Participate on cross functional project teams, providing technical guidance around labeling requirements. Ensure Unilever policies and procedures are applied to labels. Ensure Unilever Food Solutions food labels are compliant to all Government and Unilever Standards.
Food Labeling & Compliance:
Develop product allergen, nutrition and ingredient information for product label, (US and Canadian Food Solutions), that are in compliance with Unilever Standards and US and Canadian Government regulations.
Verify compliance of product labels, including ingredient lists, allergen statements, nutrition facts, nutrition claims, prior to the approval and printing of final Artwork.
Complete and file Meat registrations with the USDA regulatory agencies.
Support the development and maintenance of the nutrition formulation and specification databases.
Stay current with FDA, USDA and Health Canada regulations as they apply to food service product labels.
Stay current with all Unilever standards as they apply to food product labels.
Work on cross functional teams (R&D;, Marketing, Legal, Regulatory, and Supply Chain) to provide compliant label for innovation / renovation projects. Develop extensive networks with partners in Regulatory and Food Labeling & Compliance.
Lead the label approval process for specific product categories for Unilever North America Food Solutions.
Lead projects that relate to labeling and compliance issues (e.g. caramel colors, PHO removal, gluten-free labelling)
Approve ingredient, formula, and consumer specifications in Interspec specification database.
Key Requirements
B.S. Degree in Food Science or related Science field with demonstrated experience with regulatory agencies such as FDA or USDA or CFIA. And at least 3 years' experience with or in Foods R&D; or regulatory. Proven record in working on cross-functional teams with excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to think and demonstrate an ability to process work analytically to recognize patterns and develop innovative solutions for Food Labelling
Unilever offers a competitive compensation package which includes: Medical & Dental Plans, Life Insurance, including eligible spouses, domestic partners & children; Health Care Flexible Spending, Dependent Care, Retirement & Savings Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Vacation and Holidays.
Please note: as part of the job application, you will be asked to complete pre-screening questions. Completion of the pre-screening questions is mandatory in order to be considered. Please allow yourself plenty of time to complete both the application and pre-screening questions. If the pre-screening questions are partially answered or not at all, it will adversely affect the progress of your application. Please be aware that you will have to complete the pre-screening questions at once as you will be unable to return to it later.
Employment is subject to verification of pre-employment drug-screening results and background investigation.

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