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Quality Assurance Food Safety Specialist

San Rafael, California, United States
February 06, 2018

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Nora Raak

San Rafael, CA



Skilled, experienced food scientist with HACCP and sensory analysis expertise as well as laboratory and quality assurance experience interested in working in the food industry. A detail oriented, hardworking individual with excellent problem solving skills trained in laboratory and administrative procedures. Proficient in chemical and biological hazards protocol, scientific methods, GLP, and GMP. Fluent in English and Hungarian. Master’s Degree in Food Product Development and certified in English and Hungarian with over four years of experience in Quality Assurance and Food Safety. An analytical, result oriented, organized individual with strong interpersonal skills, who works well independently and in a team.


•Certified in HACCP and Sensory Science in English.

•Successfully participated in BRC Certification Audit, as well as in YUM! Brands and Military Audit

•Verified compliance of food products with regulations and formulated customized reports meeting strict deadlines.

•Entrusted with providing consultation to customers and clients by assessing their needs and evaluating and ensuring customer satisfaction.

•Remodeled and maintained database to record judgments and conclusions regarding assessment of marketability of food products.

•Successfully completed trainings for smell and taste and participated in a sensory panel.

•Created product and manufacturing specifications as well as visual aid guides

•Lead and coordinated a sensory panel using proper sensory methods and techniques.

•Analyzed and interpreted sensory data using database.

•Expertise in sampling and sample preparation for sensory, analytical chemistry and microbiological tests.

•Excellent organizational and presentation skills.

•Trained and experienced in evaluating analytical results of nutritional content of food linked to US and European Union regulations.

•Diligent, supportive, and dedicated independent and team worker with strong analytical thinking and excellent problem solving ability.

•Proficient in Word, Excel, and Power Point.

•Motivated, open, and creative personality.


Food Safety QA Specialist and Sensory Lead, Aryzta LLC - Department of Quality Assurance, California 2/2016-10/2017

•Check and verify daily Quality Control and Production paperwork, as well as COAs of ingredients and COCs of packaging materials.

•Responsible for documentation of the Quality Management System including procedures, records, SOPs, and GMPs.

•Check and approve daily scale and thermometer verification, as well as monthly oven and caliper verification.

•Responsible for meeting and exceeding customer requirements, as well as reducing customer/consumer complaints.

•Prepare and implement sensory tests and reports.

•Maintain and update document control list with Aryzta Corporate and Newark bakery documents, as well as create new documents and forms.

•Successfully participated in achieving an AA grade in BRC Certification Audit, as well as in YUM! Brands and Military Audit.

•Engage in Traceability Exercises, HACCP Pathogen Validation & Verification for Baking, as well as Allergen Control Validation Test Procedures

•Responsible for thermometer calibration and shelf-life test schedules.

•Participate in daily food evaluation and weekly physical bakery inspections on HACCP, GMP, pest control, maintenance for food safety, sanitation, personnel practices, etc.

•Prepare daily, weekly, and monthly reports and summaries.

•Create labels with LABELVIEW 2015.

•Collaborate with production, sanitation, maintenance, and warehouse team.

•Train and supervise QC Technicians

•Helped other departments to convert their documents, forms, policies, and SOPs to AIMS format.

Food Safety Specialist, SGS Group – SGS Hungary Ltd, Department of Consumer Testing Services, Hungary 5/2011-8/2013

•Checked and approved analytical chemistry and sensory test results as well as labels of food products linked to European Union and Hungarian regulations.

•Prepared and implemented food sensory tests according to ISO standards.

•Took samples for several laboratory tests at restaurants, supermarkets, and manufacturers according to ISO and Hungarian standards.

•Maintained contact with local and foreign business partners via phone and e-mail.

•Successfully participated in laboratory accreditation.

Lab Assistant and Trainee, Hungarian Meat Research Institute of Public Utility Non-profit Ltd. – Department of Chemistry and Biology, Department of Quality Control, Hungary 7/2009 – 12/2009

•Took samples for several laboratory tests in supermarkets according to ISO and Hungarian standards.

•Prepared and implemented sensory, microbiological and analytical chemistry tests according to ISO and Hungarian standards.

•Accomplished daily administrative tasks.


Volunteer, Stanford Health Care - Stanford Blood Center, California 9/2015-1/2016

•Accomplished daily administrative tasks.

•Collaborated with laboratory team.

•Provide help with post-donation monitoring and refreshment service for donors.

Volunteer, Stanford University School of Medicine - Stanford Blood Center, California 6/2015-9/2015

•Accomplished daily administrative tasks.

•Collaborated with laboratory team.

•Provide help with post-donation monitoring and refreshment service for donors.


Project Manager, Free Faces Model Management, Hungary 7/2006 – 8/2013

•Organized and transacted hundreds of castings and modeling jobs.

•Supported and trained models for modeling jobs.

•Gave assistance to models working abroad.

•Maintained contact with local and foreign business partners via phone and e-mail.

Public Service and Information Contributor, Sziget Cultural Management - Sziget Festival, Balaton Sound, Volt Festival 7/2005 – 8/2013

•Sold tickets.

•Supported guests by solving festival related problems.

•Maintained contact with the airport and organized the return of lost luggage to guests

•Gave information to guests and answered their questions at the festivals as well as via phone.

•Maintained contact with the Main Sziget Office.


2016 Certificate in HACCP - AIB International

2013 Master of Science in Food Product Development, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

2012 Certificate in Sensory Analysis II. – Advanced, in English, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

2011 Certificate in Sensory Analysis I. – Basics, in English, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

2010 Bachelor of Science in Livestock Product Technology, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

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