Regulatory Affairs Specialist

R&D/Product Development Bakersfield, California


Description

Drive regulatory compliance assessment, label development and approvals, and engage with internal and external partners to contribute to the Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream regulatory agenda for the ice cream business.

Support RSA business processes, proactively monitors the regulatory environment relevant to the business, analyses impact to the business, and take action as appropriate to mitigate risks through implementation, documentation and maintenance of regulatory programs and systems.

 

Role and Activity

 

  • Contribute to early and effective Innovation & Renovation of ice cream products, leading to compliance by design of ingredients, labels, claims and communications in support of brand specific projects in the US Market from brief to launch.
    • Ensure compliance by design of label content and other product communications (printed-on-packaging labels, Smart Label, eCommerce, websites).
    • Ensures all claims are appropriately substantiated and documentation maintained.
    • Develop components of product label including ingredient statement, allergen declaration, nutrition facts panel, net weight statement and claims, which meet government requirements, standards of identity and certifications.
    • Collaborate with and provide regulatory guidance to cross-functional partners within project teams, including commercial marketing, legal, QA, food safety and product development.
    • Monitor the regulatory environment and watch for trends in local and international spheres for the product category and topic area owned to assess impact on our products and business; implement changes where chance for optimization exists within the compliance period.
    • Contribute optimally to the foundation of the Regulatory team by maintaining compliance tools, updating policies and procedures, and striving for continuous improvement to enable products to get to market quickly.
  • Ensure adherence to all regulatory, legal and company standards. Align with Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream requirements (includes Nutritional Requirement and Sustainability), external standards, and local regulatory framework.
  • Work closely with internal procurement and technical teams to ensure all existing and new materials comply with required documentation to support claims and label content.
  • Collaborates with corporate and site QA teams on Food Safety and Quality Plan development and annual review, bringing knowledge of regulatory requirements and ingredient risks for consideration in developing prerequisite programs and preventive controls.
  • Continuous improvement of technical skills and personal development, while growing internal and external networks.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Requires BS/BA, preferably in nutrition and/or food science; MS/MA preferred

BS/BA in another field with 3-5 years relevant regulatory experience in the food and beverage industry will be considered

 

Experience:

2+ years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry, primarily in regulatory affairs, regulatory compliance, food labeling, nutrition, quality assurance or product development

Understanding of industry quality and food safety standards

Strong knowledge of food and beverage raw materials, additives, and allergens

 

Skills:

•Results-oriented team player capable of working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities

•Organized and detail-oriented, with proven analytical and decision-making skills

•Strong verbal and written communications skills, along with influencing and negotiation skills, process knowledge in functional area, and an ability to communicate regulatory and technical issues in clear, concise terms to non-technical audiences

•Knowledge of FDA food labeling regulations and documentation requirements

•Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently