Career Opportunities Seminar

DATE:    Tuesday, May 8, 2018
TIME:    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ
Fee:         Free to Attend – To reserve  your seat email or call 201-905-0090. You may also register at the door.
Attend this seminar and learn what job opportunities FSMA has created. There is also a Career Fair during the Show from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Bring your resumes.
Food-safety-related certifications are in increasing demand. Employers, whether farms, food processors, national distributors or international exporters, often want to see GAP, GMP, HACCP, GFSI and other specific experience and/or certifications on an applicant’s resume. There are also CFP, SQF, BRC, IFS, BAP and FSSC 22000 certifications out there to up the ante.
Those who earn food safety-related degrees and certifications can expect to pull in initial salaries ranging from about $37,000 to about $63,000 per year, according to federal government estimates.  Where an individual salary lands along that range depends on whether the focus is on agriculture or food science, food service management, or some other related work.
Nolan Lewin – Director
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center (FIC) North
Mellonie O’Neill – Senior Manager of Production, Planning, Facilities, and Compliance –
Rutgers Food Innovation Center
Mr. Nolan Lewin is the Director of the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center (FIC) North, a globally recognized food business incubator and economic development accelerator program of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) at Rutgers University. The FIC services both domestic and international food businesses with extensive programs in training and workforce development; customized and comprehensive business and technical mentoring services; and USDA- and FDA-inspected facilities that enable design, development, analysis, commercialization and manufacture of value-added food products for sale to retail and food-service markets. Mr. Lewin is recognized as an experienced authority in diversified and complex manufacturing with a broad background of standards for efficient process operations, packaging and Continuous Improvement. During his 25+ year career in the food and beverage industry, he has demonstrated significant achievements with new business startups, mid-to-large sized and family-run companies, as well as restructuring and renovations. Mr. Lewin has a proven record of successful mentoring in all aspects of organizational development, employee training and technology advancements. His consistent record of significant achievements illustrate his ability to obtain maximum profitability: with an ability to combine quality and service through effective staff training, customer oriented policies and prompt, passionate attention to all business issues. In the private sector, Nolan has considerable leadership experiences in the specialty and perishable prepared foods industry, including fresh frozen, aseptic bottling, MAP and HPP processing.
Ms. Mellonie O’Neill has 20 years of food industry experience in dairy, plant-based “milks” (soy and almond), baked breads and aseptic beverage processing. Ms. O’Neill earned her degree in Food and Nutrition Technology from Montclair State University. Starting her career as a lab technician for a local dairy, she worked as a Quality Assurance Supervisor before moving to the position of Continuous Improvement Supervisor and helping to improve and maintain compliance of Environment Health and Safety then to a position of Corporate Quality Assurance Manager. She then broadened her repertoire of experience by working as QA Manager in a Bakery Operation and in a Flavored Water aseptic processing facility before coming to the Food Innovation Center to work with an assortment of food entrepreneurs. Ms. O’Neill holds training certificates in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Preventive Controls for Human Food, Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Practitioner, is a Lead Instructor for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual training and has her Certified Quality Auditors License (CQA).