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Regulatory Compliance Specialist


Location: Remote 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

The Regulatory Compliance Specialist is responsible for supporting the implementation of the strategic regulatory pillars across Ventura Foods, LLC.  This role:
• Ensures regulatory compliance of ingredients and finished products in United States and one of the global selling markets (APAC, EMEA or LATAM). 
• Provides regulatory guidance to R&D, Legal, Quality, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Customers, Co-Manufacturers, Suppliers, Consultants and other internal and external stakeholders.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Proactively seeks to enhance knowledge in food laws pertaining to local, state and federal statutory requirements, as well as those in a designated global selling market (APAC, EMEA or LATAM). The scope of work may include ingredients and finished products country permissibility assessments, labelling requirements, ingredients country of origin status and manufacturers' declaration statements to support domestic and international business initiatives.
  • Leverages knowledge of current or emerging regulations, product formulations and Company standards to provide regulatory compliance documentation in response to customers’ requests.
  • Independently coordinates and manages USDA label submission and approval process to ensure timely approval of labels to prevent production interruptions and logistics delays for Ventura Foods and its partners.
  • Works cross-functionally and collaboratively across the company on regulatory projects pertaining to Nutrition, Organic Program, Biotechnology and Export Process while building and maintaining relationships with internal and external partners, regulatory agencies and consultants to achieve desired business and regulatory goals.
  • Writes Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and One Point Lessons (OPL) to facilitate knowledge transfer and enhance regulatory capability and capacity. 


Education and Experience:

• Bachelor of Science Degree in Regulatory Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, Food Science, Food Nutrition, Quality Assurance, Food Safety, Biology, Chemistry, International Food law, or related field, or equivalent industry experience.
• A minimum of three (3) years experience in food, beverage, or pharmaceutical industry in regulatory compliance, or in a regulatory affairs capacity.
• Demonstrative experience managing USDA FSIS label submission and approval process, preferred.
• Demonstrative experience managing Kosher and Halal Religious Certification Programs, preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proficient knowledge in global food laws and regulations including food ingredients and food labelling under FDA and USDA jurisdictions.
  • A working knowledge of Kosher and Halal Certification Programs, Trade Agreements (FTA), Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and related geographic regional trade activities (APAC, EMEA, LATAM, NA).
  • Knowledgeable in hazard analysis, risk assessments and food safety concepts.
  • Demonstrative understanding of Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated Final Rules, Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), Codex Alimentarius, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Labelling Statutes and Regulations and other applicable regulations governing food manufacturing.
  • Excellent organizational, communications (both verbal and written), interpersonal and team interaction skills.
  • Highly motivated, collaborative, self-directed and self-starter team player.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office, regulatory software systems (e.g. Decernis gComply and Decernis gComply Plus) and Genesis labelling platform.

Scope of the Job

The Regulatory Compliance Specialist supports at least one geographic regions (APAC, EMEA or LATAM) within a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision. 
• Provides regulatory expertise across multiple business channels and product categories (dressings, mayonnaise, sauces, dips, edible oils, pan sprays, shortenings, margarines, spreads, soup bases, syrups, condiments).
• Collaborates cross-functionally internally and externally to ensure global compliance necessary as  result of changes to regulations including Religious Certification Programs.
• Interprets and communicates statutory requirements to key stakeholders (R&D, Legal, Quality, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Customers, Co-Manufacturers, Suppliers, Consultants) to ensure agreed deliverables are achieved.

Why join us:

Ventura Foods offers career growth opportunities as well as competitive compensation and benefits:​

  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, & Vision – coverage beginning on your 1st day for eligible employees​
  • Profit Sharing and 401(k) matching (after eligible criteria is met)​
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Time, and Holidays​
  • Employee Appreciation Events​ and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Salary Base Range of $63,400 – $80,000 for Employees Located in California*

*The “base salary range” provided above is a good faith estimate of what we expect to pay for this position.   The range provided is for California-based employees as Ventura Foods is required by California State Law to post pay rates.  Ventura Foods reserves the right to pay outside of the given range based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: candidate skills and experience, complexity of the job, budgetary factors, and location/geography.  Ventura Foods conducts regular reviews of compensation ranges and therefore reserves the right to alter this range at any given time.


Diversity & Inclusion:

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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