The Senior Food Traceability and Safety Scientist works on prioritized strategic initiatives of IFT and GFTC to advance systems for traceability - end to end in the supply chain – and across the global food system with focus areas in food safety/defense, regulatory compliance, legality and sustainability. They are responsible for the collection, analysis and application of qualitative and quantitative data that advances, applies, and implements traceability science. These solutions will be based on priorities set by IFT/GFTC in partnership with funding organizations in the form of contracts, grants etc. The Senior Scientist is responsible for serving as an internal and external subject matter expert on traceability and the intersection between food technology and digital technology. The Senior Scientist works within the science and policy team and partners across the IFT organization.
Works directly with the Executive Director of GFTC to propose, design execute programming initiatives and plan primary and secondary research data requirements to support GFTC strategic pillars and 3-year roadmaps.
Leads the execution of GFTC’s grant/funding activities related to traceability, technology, and interoperability. Manage grant data collection efforts, analyze, and present results to staff, leadership, members and other groups.
Researches and develops traceability best practices for planning, monitoring and requirements collection and analysis, including tools and training for stakeholders and leadership in public and private sectors.
Identifies future research needs in food traceability and seeks funding through various organizations with proposals and concept papers to help fill those needs. Partners with GFTC’s advisory council and technology committee for new program development and execution.
Collaborates with Academia and Industry for Traceability research and education in this emerging field.
Collaborates closely with sales, marketing, finance, communications, publications and membership teams to enhance value of GFTC to members and support revenue generation efforts.
Supports the Executive Director in developing the strategy and roadmaps.
Drives thinking and case studies/uses of the intersection of food safety, sustainability, regulation, and traceability.
Authors papers, articles, presents in various fora etc.
Represents IFT and GFTC in public-facing events, speaking opportunities, and media engagements.
This is not meant to be a complete or comprehensive list as responsibilities may change; other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned at any time.
Bachelor's Degree in Food Science, Engineering, Supply Chain or area
Advanced degree in related field preferred
Minimum five-seven years’ professional experience in industry, non-profits and/or government in technical and/or supply chain roles
Proven experience in anticipating the needs of clients and working to innovate processes and procedures to create efficiencies
Experience developing tools, training and best practices to be used by public and private sector stakeholders
Experience working with software developers to create open source coding solutions to complex problems.
Working knowledge of GS1 identification and EPCIS standards a plus
Ability to work with multiple data sets and use technology to analyze and synthesize
Proven successes in managing a variety of assignments simultaneously while maintaining close attention to details
High degree of rapid responsiveness and customer-centric attitude
Experience working in a diverse, international environment with key clients/customers/partners from a variety of countries and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity and awareness.
Able to demonstrate strong technical acumen and learn new skills
Shows initiative – actively engaged in continuous improvement, provides suggestions for improvement, offers solutions to challenges/issues
Excellent interpersonal skills including with the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with individuals and organizations
Superior verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with non-scientific and scientific/ technical audiences
Exhibits critical, creative and strategic thinking skills with the ability to assess and implement ideas
Able to work collaboratively across internal functions and external institutions that partner with GFTC on contract and/or grant work
Excellent computer skills with ability to learn and utilize multiple software systems
Able to work independently
Data-driven – resourceful and committed to data –anchored decision making and an ability to design, plan and conduct value-added research
Effective management of multiple projects simultaneously and ability to meet deadlines while also producing tangible results
A high level of drive, discipline, organization, and attention to detail
Demonstrates good judgment and excellent problem solving
Consistently demonstrates passion about innovation
Strong appetite for learning and applying new skills
Able to serve as a team leader and cross-functional team member
Manager Skill Requirements
Help facilitate initiatives to improve customer experience & enhance engagement; take ownership of customer issues and follow problems through to resolution
Manage projects, processes, and/or people to accomplish individual, departmental, project, and organizational goals; when supervising, provide effective feedback and help develop direct reports
Recognize and address issues that are outside a single perspective/role; promote creative, novel thinking and apply it to existing and emerging situations
Pivot when change occurs or priorities shift; be an enthusiastic supporter of new processes or initiatives; continuously offer suggestions for improvement
Maintain fiscal accountability while ensuring appropriate use of resources; may oversee budgets and contracts
Successful collaborator; foster effective working relationships with colleagues, especially those on teams, projects, and within the reporting relationship
Travel 30-50%, domestically and/or internationally, including the ability to occasionally attend evening, weekend and overnight meetings
Sitting for extended periods of time andmay involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
Ability to exert up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
Use of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and handling of other office equipment
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work
IFT Statement on Diversity
Diversity is vital to the immediate and long-term success of IFT. With an open mind, we continue to embrace and respect all peoples, regardless of background, lifestyles, abilities, or beliefs, reflecting the needs of a global population. We create an environment that celebrates, and benefits from, the richness of all cultures and the food needs they represent. We strive to empower all food professionals to excel.
About Institute of Food Technologists
Founded in 1939, and with world headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, the Institute of Food Technologists is a not-for-profit international scientific society with 17,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions in industry, academia and government. As the society for food science and technology, IFT brings sound science to the public discussion of food issues.
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