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Manager, Food Science and Standards

United States Pharmacopeia
Rockville, MD
Start date
Feb 14, 2024

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Who is USP?

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP's fundamental belief that Equity = Excellence manifests in our core value of Passion for Quality through our more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

Brief Job Overview

The Manager, Food Science and Standards is a scientific and supervisory position responsible for the activities of the Food Documentary Standards Team contributing to all aspects of the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC). This includes strategy, prioritization of topics, overseeing development of standards, and related activities, support of Expert Volunteer Activities, participation in cross-functional teams and collaboration within and outside of USP. They will mentor direct reports and manage performance, as well as participate in and lead other department activities.

Lead strategic activities including topic prioritization.

Provide leadership and supervise scientists developing standards for the Food Chemicals Codex and related activities.

Work with expert committee members and expert panel members on topics relevant to monograph development and other issues.

Act as a management reviewer for colleagues in FCC and other groups as appropriate.

Collaborate with USP Laboratory and other colleagues as needed to move projects forward.

How will YOU create impact here at USP?

Ability to establish and nurture relationships with individuals of varying backgrounds and learning styles.

Provide leadership to scientists working in FCC monograph and general tests and assays (GTA) methods development.

Maintain the highest quality of science as the foundation of USPs FCC Monograph and GTA development process.

Manage the performance of staff, provide effective coaching, and develop/implement training and development plans to ensure the success and growth of staff.

Establish goals and metrics for the team, ensuring alignment with the program unit goals and organizational goals, and evaluates performance against established goals.

Manage staff workload, deliverables and output and provide updates to leadership.

Work closely with the Food Ingredients Expert Committee, USP volunteers, and engages with external stakeholders to further the development of FCC standards.

Collaboratively lead cross-functional teams working with USP staff, USP volunteers, consultants, regulators, industry, and other external stakeholders.

Collaborate with expert committee managers (ECMs) and Expert Committee Scientific Leads (ECSLs) to facilitate interactions with the various expert committees, volunteers and USP staff.

Collaborate with USP Laboratory and other colleagues as needed to move projects forward.

Represent USP/FCC at scientific conferences/meetings, outreach visits and other events sponsored by USP and/or food/food ingredients industry and regulatory agencies.

Prepare manuscripts for publication by USP (e.g., FCC stimuli articles) or in peer-reviewed journals.

Participate in the development and/or review of FCCs professional education course materials and may serve as an instructor, as needed.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Who USP is Looking For?

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of our mission, commitment to excellence through inclusive and equitable behaviors and practices, ability to quickly build credibility with stakeholders, along with the following competencies and experience:

Basic Qualifications:

Ph.D. with 5 years, or a MS degree with 8 years in Food Chemistry, Food Science, Science, or BS degree with 10 years in related field with relevant industry experience.

A minimum of 3 years experience supervising, leading teams, and mentoring staff members.

Experience and knowledge of food ingredients and food additives and the associated regulatory framework is essential.

Demonstrated ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely.

Strong presentation and communication skills (written and oral).

Able to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

Additional Desired Preferences

Able to establish and nurture relationships with individuals of varying backgrounds, cultures and learning styles.

Experience with developing monographs and general tests and assay methods.

Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: food chemicals, food additives, food ingredients, regulatory affairs, food ingredients analysis, biochemical analysis, food/dairy/industrial microbiology, and analysis.

Demonstrated research, technical, and analytical skills, as well as the ability to take highly technical scientific information and make strategic recommendations quickly.

Strong practical knowledge of modern analytical techniques including their development, validation, and application to the testing of food ingredients/food additives.

Ability to review, analyze, interpret and report effectively on data from various analytical tests.

Ability to share technical information with technical and non-scientific staff, and to communicate effectively with representatives from food companies, trade associations, government, and academic institutions.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to develop and deliver presentations to Senior Management and the entire organization.

Knowledge of global regulatory requirements and guidance (e.g., FDA, CODEX, JECFA, FAO, WHO, EFSA) relevant to food ingredients, foods, and dairy products.

Ability to operate independently where appropriate yet understands when to escalate issues and how to establish effective working relationships.

Well-developed organizational, interpersonal communications, negotiation, and listening skills.

Ability to lead in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines and priorities.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Yes. Directly manages a team of 4 senior scientists/principal scientist (food chemistry/ food scientists).


USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing is protected.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired):

As a condition of employment with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021, must be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our workfrom the standards we make to the partnerships and conversations we cultivate. An environment where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

Note: USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Chemistry & Scientific Standards

Job Type Full-Time


USP is an independent, scientific nonprofit organization focused on building trust in the supply of safe, quality medicines. We are working to strengthen the global supply chain so that the medicines people rely on for health are available when needed and work as expected. We do this through establishing public scientific standards and programs that help ensure billons of people around the world have access to safe and quality products.

USP aspires to be a diverse, inclusive, innovative, and engaging organization that empowers and engages staff and volunteers to contribute to its mission to improve global health. We are committed to creating a culture where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, family status, and where they can contribute their full potential to accomplish our mission.

At USP, you’ll join a talented and diverse team of 1,200 scientific, technical and public health professions, working in state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with the world’s leading experts from industry, academia, healthcare, and government to address public health challenges and advance cutting-edge innovation.

Whether you’re helping to establish new USP standards, creating key resources to address emerging health issues, or providing critical technical assistance in the developing countries, you’ll be inspired by the positive impact your work has on building public trust and a healthier tomorrow.

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