Subject Matter Expert - Quality & Food Safety Water (Water Stewardship)

The Coca-Cola Company
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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We’re accelerating our momentum as the fastest growing large consumer goods company in Latin America. People are our focus when we’re collaborating with our diverse network of locally connected bottling partners, and when we’re returning every drop of water we use to communities and nature. We empower our employees to challenge the status quo, make bold recommendations, experiment and adapt, so we can grow together and make a great business even better.

Position Overview:


The OU Quality & Food Safety Water SME report directly to OU Quality & Food Safety Lead and provides undisputed technical leadership for water, water quality & food safety subjects in the OU. He/she leads the implementation support for all technical operational QFS aspects that protects and enhances our corporate reputation.  


For the OU QFS water network orchestration, ensure QFS knowledge sharing management routines in place across the OU, drive organizational alignment across franchise bottling partners, other OUs and corporate. Active member, contributor in the global water QFS council. 


The Quality & Food Safety Lead will be part of the IMCR management in QFS/water subjects, which includes active participation in the process, technical expertise recommendations, root causes and corrective actions, communication, knowledge sharing and analytics & reporting.  

Scope Impact and Focus: 

  • Lead OU Quality & Food Safety Water Subject Matter Expertise. Water is our main ingredient – quality issues can lead to product withdrawals and food safety concerns can lead to product recalls – with high risks for consumer health, Company image and reputation and business performance. 
  • Determine technical recommendations based on OU / Regional level of water security risk for the Operations, the baseline water stress factor level and evaluate the compliance level of the water management plan against applicable technical references. 
  • Responsibility in multiple regions: Mexico, Central and South regions. 

Function Related Activities/Key Responsibilities:

  • Define OU QFS water governance in line with the KORE requirements, technical specifications and all relevant regulations - all global QFS methodology, standards and requirements for product, package and processes, distribution and marketplace  
  • Ensure effective communication and training of QFS water technical governance to bottling partners and other value chain stakeholders (suppliers, customers)  
  • Identify and communicate water trends and challenges that impact our performance and collaborate with corporate to ensure governance models remain relevant  
  • Develop and implement local/regional governance water requirements and risk management  
  • Provide QFS water technical expertise to all OU TI&SC, Bottling Plants, Co-packers  
  • Provide business and action-oriented quality reports with relevant reporting materials and identify issues to allow appropriate decision making.  
  • Lead a team working on water risk identification through data analysis. Lead management review routines with key stakeholders. Build anticipated external partnerships based on risk assessments to effectively support the business. 
  • Act as water technical expert in IMCR processes. Ensure lessons learned are captured proactively and shared across Operations.  
  • Ensure QFS Technical Risk Framework and Enterprise Risk Management systems are up to date about water subjects and OU level mitigation plans in place 
  • Internalize and communicate successful practices and lessons learned based corrective/preventive action plans  
  • Ensure QFS CAP resources and track progress for high risk water operations (GAO audit follow up) 
  • Develop the OU water QFS technical – picture of success ensuring the development of capabilities through processes - people - technology 
  • Ensure effectiveness, efficiency and continuous improvement of the water processes 
  • Influence and shape investment in high risk water treatment/processes plans including complex analysis of cost, infrastructure, innovations, process/technology developments, strategic partnerships.  
  • Ensure company natural mineral/spring water specifications, as well as follow the Formula Management Process.

    Education Requirements:

  • University/Bachelor´s degree: Engineering (preferred Food, Chemical) 
  • Required experience in Water Treatment / Packaged water processes Food/Beverages Industries.

    Related Work Experience:

  • +12 years of Senior technical experience in water chemistry, microbiology, hydrogeology. Proven successful track record in leading technical teams.   
  • > 1 - 3 years acting as a Water Subject Matter Expert. 

    Functional Skills:

Key Knowledge Requirements:

Mastery Of (Required)

  • Proven track record in Water Quality expertise. Water chemistry, microbiology, hydrogeology. 
  • Manufacturing of packaged waters, laboratory management 
  • Water Stewardship 
  • Incident Management & Crisis Response.  
  • Exceptional ability to translate scientific, technological, quality and food safety concepts to relevant business insights and growth opportunities 
  • Food and Beverage Technologies. 

Broad Expertise In (Good To Have

  • Risk management, mitigation and communication 
  • Scientific and regulatory affairs 
  •  Foresight on future knowledge, skills and capabilities in water. Ability to anticipate potential future scenarios and incorporate into innovation designs and strategies

Communication Focus 

Influence and alignment with stakeholders including Technical Operations, QFS compliance manager, IMCR leads, System Franchise Bottling partners leadership, Government and Industry stakeholders.  

  • Work with internal functions and networks - Close collaboration with key stakeholders such as R&D & innovation, Scientific Regulatory Affairs, IMCR leads, Finance, PACS, Strategic Security, Legal, Procurement/CEPG, Concentrate Plants, Supply Chain, OU- and franchise system leadership teams. 
  • Connect strategically with external networks through direct connections and internal partnerships 
  • Deal with situations where other parties have shared interests or opposing interests related to QFS immediate actions, agenda development and implementation plans. 
  • Think outside-in and is well connected, involve a broader set of stakeholders in decision making.  
  • Communication, negotiation and engagement with multiple key stakeholders to influence and gain alignment on the short- and the long- term operational sustainability strategies and investments.

    Our Purpose and Growth Culture:
    We are taking deliberate action to nurture an inclusive culture that is grounded in our company purpose, to refresh the world and make a difference. We act with a growth mindset, take an expansive approach to what’s possible and believe in continuous learning to improve our business and ourselves. We focus on four key behaviors – curious, empowered, inclusive and agile – and value how we work as much as what we achieve. We believe that our culture is one of the reasons our company continues to thrive after 130+ years. Visit Our Purpose and Vision to learn more about these behaviors and how you can bring them to life in your next role at Coca-Cola.

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