Medifast, Inc.

Senior International Product Regulatory and Labeling Specialist

US-MD-Owings Mills
Job ID
2017-2797
Job Category
Supply Chain
Type
Regular Full-Time
Shift
1st

Overview

The Senior International Product Regulatory & Labeling Specialist supports the company’s business growth initiatives in the domestic and international markets. The position creates and manages all international product regulatory and labeling knowledge base as required by the company for international expansion. This person is fluent in FDA, USDA, Codex and European regulations for Foods and Food Supplements. This position is responsible for the execution of all regulatory and labeling activities related to: New product development & launching, quality improvements, new vendor and new ingredient approvals. Participates in evaluating marketing product related regulatory claims and in product certifications, such as Gluten Free, Kosher, Halal, etc.

Responsibilities

  • Evaluate new project or new product briefs and from the product regulatory perspective advise stakeholders of its feasibility and of potential regulatory and labeling hurdles; recommend alternative solutions or other options.
  • Be constantly up-to-date of current, new and upcoming product or ingredient domestic or international regulations and proactively analyze implications and impact to current products or products under development.
  • Participate actively in the planning, execution and review of labeling and packaging developments and packaging improvement initiatives.
  • Constantly seek improvements to all activities in which this position is involved, —including all functions executed under his or her responsibilities, by applying the Lean Management principles.
  • Provide accurate information related to Medifast’s products to government agencies responsible for determining product acceptability in other countries in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
  •  Research claims and regulatory items for packaging/ marketing claims.
  •  Provide recommendations for regulatory direction in items requiring potential market action. 
  •  Review current packaging and product formulation for potential changes necessary to sell our products internationally. 
  •  Function as a technical resource for various departments as directed.
  • Create and maintain regulatory documentation databases for raw materials, finished products and other departmental technical information.
  • Work with regulatory or certifying entities to achieve product certifications such as gluten free, Kosher, Halal, GMO, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Food Regulatory or related field: Food Science, Nutrition, Biology, Chemistry, Food Engineering.
  • At least 5 years of working in a food, biochemical, or pharmaceutical manufacturing company and at least two of them doing and being directly responsible for regulatory and labeling functions for product sold in domestic and international markets.
  • FDA, USDA and International experience such as in Canada, Europe, or Asia.
  • Proven ability of product regulatory research, as needed for company’s international expansion.
  • Strong knowledge of fundamentals of regulatory laws, food science, health and human nutrition, food manufacturing processes, quality assurance principles, ingredient supply market and market research practices.
  • Organization and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs, including excel, word, and power point.
  • Proficiency with ESHA Genesis or similar nutrition labeling software.
  • Collection, documentation, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Desired: Knowledge of food processing and manufacturing methods, particularly Baking, Extrusion, RTD beverages, food supplements and dry blending.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills and the ability to work with professional and nonprofessional personnel.
  • Team oriented, detail oriented, self-starter.
  • Ability to set priorities and deliver on deadlines.

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