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Post Date

01/02/2017

Job Title

Food Safety Specialist - Delhaize America

Positions Available

1

Operating Company

Delhaize America, Food Lion

Full/Part Time Status

Full-Time

FLSA Status

Exempt (Salary)

Address

2110 Executive Drive

City

Alexandria

State

VA

Description

Position Title: Food Safety Specialist
Location: Northern Division/DC Beltway Maryland/Virginia
Career Level: Sr. Professional

Position Summary:
Help ensure customer satisfaction through the education and validation of applicable food safety standards and procedures as they concern our store/distribution center (DC) facilities and associates. Instruct through training, coaching, auditing and mentoring. Interact regularly with the regulatory arena as official liaison.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities
•Perform food safety inspections of store/DC facilities to ensure we meet or exceed established internal and regulatory requirements. Conducts in-depth ‘root cause’ analysis of food safety and sanitation procedures for compliance and necessary follow-up/assessment.
•Provide education and training to business partners. Conducts food safety training/certification sessions (authorized trainer and exam administrator).
•Develop contacts and relations with regulatory officials (health department, department of agriculture, weights & measures, etc.). Participate in regulatory meetings, educate and be advocate for company food safety standard practices/policies/programs.
•Monitor and follow-up with sanitation and pest control vendor activities daily. Work with the local pest control and sanitation vendors to ensure compliance with contractual arrangements and directs them as needed.
•Provide direction/advice/consultation to retail/DC locations, supervision and senior leadership regarding food safety and sanitation issues within their respective areas.
•Conduct regular food safety/sanitation assessments of assigned distribution center operations. Focus on GMPs, sanitation, pest control support to ensure compliance with all regulatory and internal standards, including FSMA regulations.
•Assist as needed in other regulatory compliance issues and follow-up including but not limited to Country of Origin Labeling, WIC, weight and measure standards.
•Provide field support for corporate food safety initiatives and assess execution levels.
•Analyze, interpret and incorporate data/metrics to further minimize food safety risks.
•Interpret regulatory standards and identification of industry trends and best practices.
•Provide food safety field support, direction and follow-up for emergency/crisis situations (power outages, fires, floods, claimed illnesses, recall audits, etc.).
•Provide food safety field support, direction and follow-up pertaining to consumer complaints.
•Provide microbiological sampling of store equipment and facilities and interpret the data so as to provide feedback and direction to the store and district management staff.

Requirements

Basic Qualification:
•Bachelor’s degree in life science (food science, biology, microbiology, community health) or public health field.
•Seasoned knowledge of food safety, sanitation audits, pest control, food safety training, weights & measures, Country of Origin requirements, regulatory food codes (FDA Food Code).
•3 to 5 years’ food safety or quality assurance related work.
•Overnight travel, as necessary (approximately 15 - 25%).
•Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Registered Sanitarian or state equivalent and Certified Professional-Food Safety (CP-FS) credentials.
•Master’s degree in public health or food science related field.

Skills:
•A self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills.
•Excellent communication skills for both one-on-one and group interactions with all associates.
•Effective in delivering food safety training programs to adult learners.
•Excellent written skills.
•Basic computer skills to operate MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and e-mail.

Abilities:
•Ability to interpret data, diagnose ‘root’ cause effects and provide sustainable and practical corrective actions.
•Ability to influence without authority.
•Must be results oriented, have ability to develop self and others.
•Ability to interact with all levels of associates and management.
•Self-starter with ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
•Must have ability to act as a team leader or team builder.

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