Global Food Safety & Toxicology Manager


Lebbeke-Wieze, VOV, BE, 9280

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At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role

The Global Food Safety & Toxicology Manager is responsible to identify and assess food safety risks through carefully screening of scientific and regulatory environment and will support business to anticipate, prevent, and manage food safety risks.


Key responsibilities include

Drive Compliance to BC’s Food Safety Standards

  • To actively lead the screening of the scientific & regulatory environment for potential emerging scientific topics and risks related to raw and packaging materials and BC products
  • To capitalize on the data collected to enrich the knowledge, to inform the internal stakeholders and to secure safe business continuity
  • To create or animate a strong internal business stakeholders and external network (scientific experts, scientific organization and trade associations)
  • To deliver clear and transparent toxicological risk assessments enabling robust decision-making based on updated scientific data and recognized risk assessment methodologies in all circumstances (development, incidents, crisis).
  • To create databases and tools to support food safety assessment.
  • To build and animate internal food safety education and training modules related to ingredients, packaging materials and product safety
  • To assist in the creation and update of FS requirements for sourcing for Raw and Packaging Materials.


Drive improvement of Food Safety Standards

  • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of relevant and best in class food safety standards or related documents on raw and pack materials and BC products food safety as part of the BC Food Safety Management System (i.e. standards, guidelines, position, directives, recommendations of food safety limits, recommendations of surveillance plans…).
  • Support the BC Food Safety expert community and specific core expert network(s) to share knowledge, information and best practices.
  • Monitor and report on gap assessments against the BC Standards with the objective of achieving compliance and following up on issues requiring additional support/standardization and identifying repetitive related gaps that require global escalation and review
  • Develop and deliver global training programs on Chemistry and Toxicology risk reduction, control and prevention
  • Authoring and reviewing global Food Safety Standards related to areas of expertise


Provide expertise and risk assessment

  • Provides technical support and leadership in preparing risk assessments regarding toxicology and product safety
  • Provide expertise and troubleshoot incidents of moderate to complex nature having the potential for large food safety, regulatory, and/or financial impact
  • Author Global Statements related to Food Safety as and when required, responding to internal and external customer inquiries regarding product safety
  • Lead specific Food Safety Projects, as and when required
  • Support in Issue Management, as and when required
  • Interact and work with external groups (research, regulatory agencies, industry groups) on emerging issues and new technologies


About you

  • Master degree in Food Engineering, Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field
  • Relevant education in toxicology, food safety, biology, physiology, (bio)chemistry, pharmacology or nutritional sciences minimum MSc with experience (PhD is a plus)
  • Board certification in Toxicology i.e., ERT (is a plus),
  • Knowledge or hands on chemical toxicological risk assessment applied in the industry context (i.e., 3-5 years of experience)
  • High level of competence in reviewing, interpreting, summarizing, and communicating on scientific literature
  • Practical knowledge on new risk assessment methodologies in relation to computational and in vitro toxicological testing
  • Demonstrated project management skills and stakeholder (corporate & local) management
  • Knowledge on food safety regulations
  • Formal HACCP training
  • 7-10 years experience at a GFSI certified food manufacturer
  • Being a very effective communicator, navigating through different audiences
  • External and internal customer focus
  • Driving Change
  • Focus on continuous improvement and compliance
  • Must be flexible to travel up to 20% of time, including trips that arise on short notice

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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