I have been a HACCP coordinator for 3 years for a company in Australia that manufactures plastic bags for food contact.
I came in at beginner level and over 3 years have written, educated, trained and implemented HACCP plan and maintain our FSQMS
Due to manufacture from raw resin state I have learnt alot about platics and food packaging within our scope.
However, I have had many other roles 'clipped' onto my HACCP role, including OHS coordinator-write, train, implement, keep up to date with current legislation etc. I also maintain all data entry for traceability and link this to production and 2IC production manager and human resources,maintain all systems and do material purchasing. We are a small business (by number of employees-15) but we are substantial in out put with 6 factories, 3 of which are production. I was on a very very low wage for a long time because my employer tells me there is no exact fit to my description of work and has found a best fit. It took some convincing 1.5 years ago to get a pay rate increase and still it was not much.
I am trying to look at options to move to food industry now as I don't know if there is alot of need for a HACCP coordinator in packaging companies? I have just asked for pay rise and been told no because the business is supporting other things right now.
Okay here are my actual questions-
1) Does anybody know what my title role would be by my description or how to find my real worth or pay rate?
2) I want to study to be a QA manager in a food company - I think? Is this a good career path? or is there a better position to aspire to.
My concern is I am 49 and have a child in high school so I cannot stop work and study full time. (I was looking at doing food technology but it is full time study)
Hoping I can get some suggestions, feedback.
P.S I absolutely love what I do, and my keen area of interest is legislation. I just need to afford to live!
Thanks for reading