The Food Centre is an innovative and team oriented organization. We provide technical support to agri-food business owners who want to take advantage of growth opportunities in the Canadian food processing sector. We are an industry leader in providing services to advance Saskatchewan's food industry and giving companies a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
To work at the Food Centre, you must be willing to work in an evironment that is challenging, team oriented, and results oriented. We seek individuals with a diverse background and skills in the food industry.
The Food Centre offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits package to qualified candidates.
Food Safety / Quality Assurance Specialist
The Food Centre is seeking an individual with strong communication and organizational skills to work in a diversified food industry setting. The individual will assist companies in the agri-food industry through the development and implementation of new food safety and quality programs. Preference will be given to individuals with a background in food safety programming, regulatory framework and quality assurance. This is a full-time position with occasional travel required.
• Develop and implement food safety and quality assurance programs for food manufacturers. These may include HACCP, BRC, SQF, FSSC 2200, etc.
• Responding to client inquiries regarding food safety programming, training and regulatory issues.
• Ability to grasp and educate food safety audit criteria, food safety certification standards, and food safety principles based on client needs.
• Provide appropriate food safety consultation/education services to clients regarding implementation of food safety programs and preparation of third party audits.
• Provide direction and written advice to clients.
• Background in Food Science, Microbiology or other relevant combination of education and experience.
• Previous experience in implementation of HACCP / Food Safety Programs.
• Experience with Microsoft Office.
• Superior written and verbal communication skills.
• Training and experience in GFSI programs.
• Experience in food safety audits.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Ability to train and educate clients.
• Ability to maintain a positive attitude, create and maintain effective working relationships.
Laboratory Technician - In the Ingredient Program
We are seeking to hire a full-time Laboratory Technician in the Ingredient Program. The Ingredient Program helps food and ingredient companies develop new ingredients or ingredient functionalities, and characterize and evaluate ingredients. The Saskatchewan Food Centre helps entrepreneurs and established companies with their technical production needs. The Laboratory Technician will be an active participant in the Ingredient Program to help companies develop and evaluate ingredients. Activities will include design basic experiments, perform functionality analyses on ingredients, analyze and summarize data, operate equipment used in the manufacture of ingredients (mills, air-classifiers, dryers, among others) and write analytical reports. The Laboratory Technician will have the following skills and abilities:
• Follow standard operating procedures including food safety, quality and OH&S protocols
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong project management skills
• Observe and document outcomes
• Analyze and summarize data
• Report data to clients and stakeholders
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Aptitude for accuracy and precision
• A self-starter, enthusiastic and energetic with an ability to set time sensitive goals and to achieve outcomes.
• Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree – or similar credential in food science or related field is required
• Previous laboratory experience or experience operating ingredient manufacturing equipment is an asset
A competitive professional salary is available to the successful candidate, based on experience, education and a relevant skill set. Apply by June 21, 2021 to
Extrusion Specialist - Extrusion Program
Do you like to develop new food products? Enjoy a dynamic workplace? The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre is seeking to hire a full-time Extrusion Program: Extrusion Specialist. We will train an extrusion operator to aid in food product development using extrusion.
The Extrusion Program helps food companies develop and manufacture food products using extrusion technology. Extrusion technology is a way to reshape food ingredients into snacks, breakfast cereals, alternative meat products, among others. The Saskatchewan Food Centre helps entrepreneurs and established companies with their technical production needs.
The Extrusion Specialist will be an active participant in the Extrusion Program to help companies develop and manufacture extruded products. Activities will include set-up, tear-down and cleaning of the extrusion line, operating an extruder and auxiliary equipment (dryers, mixers, seasoning application equipment, among others).
The Extrusion Specialist will have the following skills and abilities:
• An ability to learn quickly
• Creative thinker, resourceful, problem-solver
• An ability to document equipment settings and observations
• An ability to follow food safety, quality and OH&S protocols
• Strong verbal communication skills.
• A self-starter, enthusiastic and energetic with an ability to set time sensitive goals and to achieve outcomes.
Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) Coordinator
The Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the overall quality and food safety in their assigned areas through the management of regulatory, company, and customer policies, programs and work instructions. Ensure all products meet company specifications and are produced in a wholesome manner that meets company requirements. This requires working closely with other departments on production issues/situations, product dispositions and investigations into root causes for deficiencies. Must assist in managing quality programs and exercising technical expertise, including training, assessing performance and making improvements.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This list is not all inclusive, other duties assigned as necessary.• Conduct all quality inspections in the area of assigned responsibility and manage quality programs. Maintain quality objectives, prevent complaints/claims and keep quality to specifications through accurate inspections, non-compliance procedures, appropriate reporting, corrective actions and accuracy of paperwork along with sample submissions. Routine verifications and inspections include process, metal detector type checks.
• Responsible for catching out of specification product by stopping the production process or removing product for rework as required.
• Works with other departments to implement procedure changes, based on predetermined specifications, involving raw materials/finished goods to remedy the cause of any non-compliance as quickly as possible.
• Ability to interpret customer/sales specifications and apply subjective quality decisions to product (ie: product appearance, color, texture, etc).
• Ability to effectively communicate with plant production, plant management. Management staff should always be aware of when issues arise. It is the technician's responsibility to communicate these to the appropriate personnel.
• Must be able to keep accurate documentation. FSQA Coordinator is required to pull/observe a "true sample". This is done by choosing "Random" samples and not by selecting pieces that would either pass or fail.
• FSQA Coordinator is required to conduct operational sanitation inspections. The duties include regular completion of Quality and Food Safety, CCP and sanitation paperwork that should ultimately result in no FS deviations. GMP and Sanitation audits are conducted as directed with documented corrective actions and follow-up as necessary.
• FSQA Coordinator is required to take action in response to poor observations by identifying/correcting deficiencies for negative micro or shelf life data in their area of responsibility with an eye toward improvement.
• Follow all appropriate departmental procedures regarding all potential QA or FS holds.
• Various other tasks can be assigned by the FSQA management team as business needs progress.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the work environment, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required or preferred. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Requires a B.S. in Meat or Food Science or other related area of study; or 4+ years in the food industry. Candidate needs a basic knowledge of processing plant operations, Food Industry Regulations (USDA, SSOP, HACCP, and GMP) or the combination of education and experience that enables performance in all aspects of the position. A PLUS: HACCP Certification and basic SQF training desirable.COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work well with others. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and/or governmental regulations. Requires the ability to work as a team member and individually to complete given tasks
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents in the English language such as safety files and procedure manuals. Must be able to effectively communicate with management personnel and others within and outside of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply mathematical applications to practical situations. Must possess strong analytical and metric-based skills.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical, diagram, written and/or verbal form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to troubleshoot, analyze varying situations and develop quantifiable solutions.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Proficient in computer skills such as Outlook, Excel and Word, as well as all standard programs used by the industry and the ability to learn and effectively use any and all other computer programs that are or will be made available. Must be organized, detail oriented and possess good troubleshooting skills. Must have reliable transportation.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear. Generally the incumbent must be able to sit and use a computer for extended periods of time. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; move about the facility; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift, push/pull up to 40 pounds. Must be able to climb ladders and platforms and enter confined spaces. Must be able to wear all safety equipment. Individual must be able to effectively work in a laboratory environment as well as normal production environment where temperatures and noise levels may vary.
The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre is seeking to hire a full-time Extrusion Operator for our co-manufacturing operations. The Extrusion Operator is responsible for material handling, clean-up and control of machinery to manufacture puffed snack and other food products. Responsible for production, quality and food safety on the line.
The Extrusion Operator Duties and Responsibilities:
- Set up, tear down and cleaning of the processing line
- Operate mixer, extruder, dryer (training will be provided)
- Monitor product for quality issues
- Communicate with supervisor
All position duties:
- Be safety conscious
- Observe HACCP and other food safety requirements
- Clean and sanitize machines and work areas
- Assist line leader with start-up and shut down
- Employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts
- Employee is exposed to high noise environments at times
- Employee may need to lift up to 10 lbs regularly and up to 50 lbs occasionally
- Experience 2-5 years in a sanitation role
- Excellent people skills
- Well versed in OH&S
- WHMIS 2015
- Scissor Lift certified
- PME Certified (preferred)
Saskatchewan's state-of-the-art centre of excellence in food processing is hiring Part Time/Casual Processing Personnel food production workers to staff its new facility in Saskatoon. Shifts vary starting as early as 6 a.m. to finishing as late as 5 p.m. with competitive wages for entry level food production workers.