Quality Labeling Specialist

Job Number: 14067
Location(s): Minneapolis, MN

General Mills is reshaping the future of food. We believe food makes us better. It nourishes our bodies, brings us joy and connects us to each other. As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie’s Homegrown, Old El Paso, Epic Provisions, Blue Buffalo and more. Are you passionate about the future of food? You’ve come to the right table. We want the very best talent to help lead something big.

Job Details

Overview & Responsibilities

The position is responsible for creating and assuring compliance of federally regulated product label information, including nutrition, ingredient declarations, allergens, claims and other third-party certifications.  This role also addresses regulatory issues pertaining to food labeling and claims.  The Labeling Specialist manages several projects at once while working across all functions (marketing, R&D, legal, supply chain and quality) and communicates on labeling related and compliance matters for General Mills.  

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Provide food labeling expertise and communicate cross functionally regarding current and emerging food labeling issues, opportunities and impact to products and claims.
  • Work across functional teams to assure compliance with local and regional regulations, third-party certification standards, and company policies.
  • Develop and maintain accurate food labeling information for finished products (e.g. allergens, nutrition, ingredient statements, product name, claims) to assure compliance with federal and state regulations (FDA, USDA), third-party certification standards (non-GMO project, GFCO) and General Mills policies.
  • Complete and submit documentation to support regulatory requirements and claims (USDA, dairy, state regulatory requirements, import/export) and interact with regulators and/or third-party agencies as necessary.
  • Contribute to, review and approve artwork, packaging, graphics and text of existing and proposed product labels to ensure accuracy, consistency, and regulation compliance.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current regulations, relevant technical product and processing information, industry trends and food labeling practices.
  • Develop and inform communication for consumer and customer inquiries pertaining to labeling.
  • Collaborate to manage regulatory, food safety, litigation, brand and third-party risk for General Mills products and businesses and provide input into risk management decisions, balancing regulatory risk with business and operational needs.
  • Effectively problem-solve and leverage regulatory relationships and tools to minimize impact of sourcing and production challenges.
  • Lead with ideas for process and system simplification and standardization.
Qualifications
  • Minimum BS in Food Science, Nutrition or a related field
  • Minimum 3 years related experience

Knowledge

  • Working knowledge of regional regulatory standards and documentation requirements
  • Working knowledge of food product development, commercialization and related processes
  • Working knowledge of food safety and allergens

Skills & Abilities

  • Possesses strong teamwork and interpersonal skills to facilitate interaction with cross-functional team members and external vendors and/or regulators.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, proficient in multitasking and prioritization to meet deadlines.
  • Detail oriented, organized, and self-motivator.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including: root cause analysis, risk assessment and corrective action.

Overview & Responsibilities

The position is responsible for creating and assuring compliance of federally regulated product label information, including nutrition, ingredient declarations, allergens, claims and other third-party certifications.  This role also addresses regulatory issues pertaining to food labeling and claims.  The Labeling Specialist manages several projects at once while working across all functions (marketing, R&D, legal, supply chain and quality) and communicates on labeling related and compliance matters for General Mills.  

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Provide food labeling expertise and communicate cross functionally regarding current and emerging food labeling issues, opportunities and impact to products and claims.
  • Work across functional teams to assure compliance with local and regional regulations, third-party certification standards, and company policies.
  • Develop and maintain accurate food labeling information for finished products (e.g. allergens, nutrition, ingredient statements, product name, claims) to assure compliance with federal and state regulations (FDA, USDA), third-party certification standards (non-GMO project, GFCO) and General Mills policies.
  • Complete and submit documentation to support regulatory requirements and claims (USDA, dairy, state regulatory requirements, import/export) and interact with regulators and/or third-party agencies as necessary.
  • Contribute to, review and approve artwork, packaging, graphics and text of existing and proposed product labels to ensure accuracy, consistency, and regulation compliance.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current regulations, relevant technical product and processing information, industry trends and food labeling practices.
  • Develop and inform communication for consumer and customer inquiries pertaining to labeling.
  • Collaborate to manage regulatory, food safety, litigation, brand and third-party risk for General Mills products and businesses and provide input into risk management decisions, balancing regulatory risk with business and operational needs.
  • Effectively problem-solve and leverage regulatory relationships and tools to minimize impact of sourcing and production challenges.
  • Lead with ideas for process and system simplification and standardization.

Qualifications

  • Minimum BS in Food Science, Nutrition or a related field
  • Minimum 3 years related experience

Knowledge

  • Working knowledge of regional regulatory standards and documentation requirements
  • Working knowledge of food product development, commercialization and related processes
  • Working knowledge of food safety and allergens

Skills & Abilities

  • Possesses strong teamwork and interpersonal skills to facilitate interaction with cross-functional team members and external vendors and/or regulators.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, proficient in multitasking and prioritization to meet deadlines.
  • Detail oriented, organized, and self-motivator.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including: root cause analysis, risk assessment and corrective action.

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