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Who May Apply: This vacancy is open to current Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Office (ORA), New England District employees with competitive status only. Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.
FDA/PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement. Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.
This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), New England District. One position to be filled in one of the following locations:
Worcester County (Boylston, MA)
East Providence County (Riverside, RI)
This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.
This position represents the highest level of expertise in a district from various facets of the food program area including but not limited to: Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, Low Acid Canned Food and Acidified Foods, Juice Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points, etc. Incumbent serves as a primary source of expertise in an assigned geographical area within the New England District who resolves the most difficult, controversial and complex inspectional problems which involve a combination of scientific and regulatory knowledge.
Duties include planning, conducting and directing highly technical, complex and multi-faceted inspections and in-depth investigations related to the production, control and testing of food products, is highly skilled in interview techniques as well as criminal investigation techniques and routinely makes recommendations to regional and district management officials as to whether or not a firm/individual involved in food products is in compliance regarding Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP). Reviews reports of inspections and investigations for violations and determines the sufficiency of the evidence. Independently acts upon the full range of violations within the area of expertise including emergency situations, uncooperative industry officials, ambiguous or dubious evidence and lack of precedents and guidelines. Meets with industry representatives to exchange information and to provide advice and guidance regarding those aspects of review with deficiencies. Industry officials are sometimes hostile or uncooperative and require considerable tact and firmness to obtain needed information.