Associated Food Stores - Food Safety Manager
Job Characteristics - Overview
Candidate will work in partnership with Associated
Food Stores Member Retail Operations MRO (independently owned retail
grocery stores), in delivery of food safety services and food safety
education. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance in
regards to general food safety practices and compliance with federal, state
and local food safety laws. Applicant will conduct detailed food safety and
compliance inspections in MRO retail stores, including deli, meat, bakery,
produce and grocery departments; will investigate and follow up with
consumer complaints related to food items prepared and sold from MRO stores
and will provide a variety of food safety training MRO store employees.
Candidate will help with educating MRO stores with compliance policies and
- Plans and manages food safety
projects and / or programs.
- Conduct thorough and detailed
food safety inspections of AFS and MRO facilities, personnel,
machinery, equipment methods and systems to ensure good practices.
- Identify and mitigate
potentially and immediate food safety hazards in retail food
- Write (discuss) project(s) /
program plan(s), recommendation(s) to individuals, management and
- Suggest and / or implement
corrective actions for deficiencies related to food safety and compliance.
- Plan and execute food safety
training; food handler training and certified food safety manager
- Respond to and mitigate
negative press and provide solutions to customer complaints.
- Will provide technical
consultation, expertise and training to AFS and MRO teams on producing
accurate food labeling and nutrition fact labeling as needed.
(Includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into
position and must be trainable after entry into position)
The candidate should have good working knowledge of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services – FDA Food Code, State Department of Agriculture
and Health Department - Food Protection Rule(s), and local health
department rules governing food safety and compliance. Candidate must also
be knowledgeable of recent Acts implemented by the USDA and FDA (country of
origin labeling act, federal food allergen and consumer protection act,
bioterrorism act, FSMA, etc.). Applicant must be familiar with and able to
read / interpret data, laws and other information relevant to food safety
and compliance, including 7 CFR, 9 CFR, 21 CFR; State Plumbing Codes and
the International Plumbing Code. Candidate must be able to communicate with
others effectively, tactfully and professionally.
Candidate must be able to become a certified food safety trainer by a
nationally recognized agency. Also, the applicant will be expected to
occasionally travel long distances both in state and out of state, with over night stays. Candidate must also possess excellent
communication skills, follow through skills,
relationship building skills and computer skills.
Education / Experience
BS Degree, or higher in biology, microbiology, environmental health,
chemistry, food science, nutrition or other similar fields preferred.
Education can be substituted with 4 years’ experience in food
manufacturing, food safety, environmental health or other similar field.
Preference will be given to those applicants with BS degree in
microbiology, biology or environmental health sciences and have at least 4
years or more experience in environmental health science and current
environmental health scientist licensure.