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Sr. Director Regulatory Affairs

Company: Kelly Services
Location: Pleasanton
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Job Description:

The Product Development Department has an opening for a Sr. Director Regulatory Affairs in the Own Brands team. This position is located in Pleasanton, California.
Position Purpose
Responsible for the Regulatory function within the organization. Direct all regulatory activities related to product development such as identification, interpretation and implementation of all applicable federal, state and local regulations. This position is critical to ensuring regulatory compliance and avoidance of product retrievals and recalls that can result from non-compliance to regulations. This position is also the internal regulatory expert for the Own Brands Team.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Insure all consumer brands packaging is in compliance with federal, state and local regulations. This involves daily interactions with marketing, graphic design, sourcing and outside design agencies to ensure that all existing, new and revised packaging graphics and placements are in compliance with labeling regulations. This can include writing label copy and will include proofing artwork. This interaction is required from the beginning of the design process to review of final art work prior to package production.
Insure all new and revised product formulations comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. This involves daily interaction with internal product development as well as the regulatory contacts and developers at contract manufacturers. Requirements are to identify the applicable regulations, reconcile differences between agencies, understand post regulation updates via agency communications and interpret this information to provide guidance to product development for formulation requirements. Also included is the establishment of a network of external subject matter experts to be used when issues could have significant impact on planned business actions or regulations are so new that examples of agency enforcement are not known. This includes review and approval of product formulations and specifications.
Provide Regulatory Services to the manufacturing plants.
Provide Regulatory Services and advice to all divisions and Business Units.
Function as the chief internal subject matter expert on nutritional labeling regulations and requirements, on package or point of sale direct or indirect health and nutrition claims. This requires not only extensive knowledge of both USDA and FDA regulations but up to date knowledge of enforcement activities, consumer advocacy group activities, industry and university research and recommendations from public and private health experts.
Track and anticipate changes in regulations and provide an update to consumer brands management and the enterprise on the potential implications. This requires following all venues through which regulatory agencies provide information and seek input from industry including internet, federal register, press releases, letters and enforcement actions taken against other companies and product lines.
Direct, mentor and lead a team of regulatory professionals and trained administrative staff that could be composed of a combination of internal associates, consultants and contract workers.
Direct the activities of outside regulatory consultants who may be required as subject matter experts on key programs.
Understand and interpret the emerging sustainability trends, provide updates to the enterprise how sustainability influences regulation and the impact to the organization. Design guidelines as needed.
Qualifications:
Minimum of BS in Food Science, Chemistry or related technologies is required, but advanced degree preferred
Formal course work or seminars on Food Regulations preferred
15 years of regulatory experience with significant years in food products
Regulatory experience in non-foods is a plus
Experience with USDA and FDA food regulations and documentation requirements is required
Knowledge and understanding of the latest non-food/chemical regulations is a plus
Prior experience with understanding and introduction of workflow management and or project management
Proven ability to identify process improvement opportunities to achieve improved, more consistent results and shorter development times
Understanding of the latest sustainability trends and its impact on the regulatory environment is required
An in depth understanding of and extensive experience with the federal, state and local regulations that are applicable to food products
Experience in regulations applicable to health, personal and home care products would be a plus
In addition, the candidate must have a record of successfully moving new products through the regulatory process and must have established a network of contacts within the industry that includes trade associations, consultants and regulatory agency contacts that can be accessed and used to identify and resolve regulatory issues
It is critical that the incumbent not only have extensive experience with and understanding of the regulations they must also understand how the agencies interpret and apply the regulations as well as the impact on the organization
It is critical to understand how the regulatory agencies work and in building relationships to influence the regulatory environment
Experience working in alliance with Regulatory agencies on the city, county, state and federal level
Function as the chief internal subject matter expert on nutritional labeling regulations and requirements, on package or point of sale direct or indirect health and nutrition claims. This requires not only extensive knowledge of both USDA and FDA regulations but up to date knowledge of enforcement activities, consumer advocacy group activities, industry and university work focus based on shifting business and technical priorities
Develop a strategic approach to converting research into tactical outcomes for the company to implement within the regulatory environment
Management/Leadership:
Develop regulatory personnel by establishing personal and project objectives, providing constructive feedback and appropriate development and training opportunities
MUST have prior management experience overseeing a team of managers and associates
Establish and maintain a constructive work environment leading to retention of key personnel and a recruitment of desired personnel when necessary
Insure the needs of key personnel are addressed to maintain a focused and dedicated work force with minimal turnover
Exceptional leadership and motivational skills
Experience in building, training and leading organizations composed of a range of both technical and non-technical personnel
Business Acumen:
Knowledge across a wide range of products including manufacturing and technical systems
Strong strategic and critical thinking skills
Results oriented with strong problem solving, negotiating and decision-making skills
Ability to communicate effectively across a range of interactions (verbal, written, formal and informal) from entry level personnel to the companys senior executive team including all levels of outside contacts, industry counterparts, suppliers and shoppers
The ability to translate business objectives into technical objectives, establish team and individual objectives, measuring results and providing constructive feedback to continue to develop capabilities and skills for individuals and the organization
The incumbent must be able to think both strategically and tactically and have extensive experience in project management, multi-tasking, meeting tight deadlines and shifting priorities
Effective presentation skills and an executive presence is required in presenting to all audiences but especially to executives
Computer Skills:
Excellent computer skills required in MS office, especially Excel and PowerPoint

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