I'm interested in becoming a food safety auditor and have voiced this to my Q.A. manager as a career path topic. So far a year and a half in and I've received no feedback from him or the company. I'm wondering if there is a different route I could pursue on my own without the help of my current food manufacturing employer. I've been in food manufacturing for about 20 years mostly as an hourly employee running machines. However, the last 7 years or so I've had the privilege to see the business side of things. I've worked as
- an engineering tech (heavily involved with capital projects and as a facilities supervisor adhering to all food safety programs),
- an assistant startup manager/production supervisor for a startup company (I worked shoulder to shoulder with a food safety consultant and he mentored me for a while),
- and a sanitation supervisor for a different start up company where I was responsible for building the sanitation program from the ground up with very limited assistance or software and all with zero sanitation non-conformances from a surprise FDA audit and two NSF audits.
- All of these roles are/were for food manufacturers some of which were/are global leaders in food manufacturing. I've been through the mill to speak and still want to pursue this path. If anyone has some guidance I would truly appreciate your input.