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FOOD INSPECTION SUPV - State of Minnesota

$ 27.14-$ 39.27 hourly, $ 56,668-$ 81,996 annually

Date Posted:



Closing Date:



Working Title:


Manufactured Food Inspn Supv

Hiring Agency:


Agriculture Dept



FFSD/Food Safety Program




Who May Apply:


Open to all qualified job seekers

Posting Number:



Employment Conditions:


Permanent, Full-time

Work Shift:


Day Shift

Days of Work:


Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM

Travel Required:



Job Grouping:


Environmental Sciences

Classified Status:




What's Great About This Job:


GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low-cost medical and dental insurance, employer-paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. This position is located in Minnesota's great capital city, Saint Paul. The State of Minnesota offers employees a subsidy for public transportation allowing for convenient and easy access to commute to work. Ride the new METRO "Green Line" Light Rail Train to work! The Robert Street Station is located close by.

Job Description:



The positions are part of the the Food & Feed Safety Division, Manufactured Food Safety Program. NOTE: The locations of the positions are yet to be determined as each position will be based out of the incumbent's home office and will cover a designated region/territory in Minnesota.

The positions exist to effectively direct, supervise and train inspection personnel in the enforcement of state and federal laws and rules adopted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in order to promote uniform and effective inspections and investigations of all food manufacturers and wholesale food handlers within the State. Additional responsibilities include working with inspection staff and food facilities on advanced issues such as investigations, compliance, juice and seafood HACCP, specialized processing, acidified foods, low acid canned foods, and bottled water.

Minimum Qualifications:


Bachelor's degree in biological, physical, food science, nutrition, public or environmental health or related degree PLUS three (3) years of experience conducting advanced-level food safety work


Five (5) years of advanced-level experience working in food regulatory programs or related experience.

Must currently possess and maintain an active/valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.

-Applicable state laws and regulations relating to food and food safety.
-Food processing and handling procedures of individual food handlers and establishments.

-Effectively supervising people, training them and maintaining uniformity in inspections.
-Working with a broad spectrum of consumers, industry and academia.
-Making decisions rapidly on sanitation problems, improper facilities and equipment, and improper food handling technique.
-Interpreting complex laws, rules and regulations.
-Computer applications and programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail, internet and PowerPoint sufficient to communicate with program personnel, locate and retrieve documentation from the web, collect and analyze data, write educational materials and presentations, and format, review and edit documents.

-Recognize unacceptable sanitation, facilities, food handling procedures, fraud, false advertising, unsound practices, unwholesome foods, and employee practices.
-Interact with staff, licensee, and the public in a professional manner.
-Write legible, concise reports on assigned projects.
-Communicate in a clear, concise, accurate, and effective manner to a wide range of audiences such as external clientele, industry, citizens of the state, regulated businesses, etc.
-Evaluate trends and provide recommendations to division management on food inspection and enforcement activities.
-Effectively organize work load and determine priorities sufficient to track program activities and assign work to program staff.
-Pay close attention to detail.

May occasionally conduct investigations and inspections in the field. The work will require the:
-Ability to travel and maintain a stationary position for long periods of time.
-Ability to ascend and descend ladders and steps.
-Ability to move a variety of dairy, meat and/or food products during investigation and inspection work.
-Ability to traverse a variety of ground conditions such as uneven or slippery surfaces in a variety of wet, hot and cold environments.
-Ability to move/transport up to 40 pounds.
-Ability to detect shades of product color in order to make appropriate product acceptability decisions.
-Ability to communicate and share information in sometimes loud environments.
-Ability to detect odors in order to make product abnormality decisions.

Preferred Qualifications:


-Master's degree or higher in a biological, physical or food science, public health, veterinary medicine, or a closely related degree.
-Supervisory or lead work experience.
-Knowledge of dairy, food, and meat processing, handling, storage, sales, transportation and sanitation principles.
-Knowledge of foodborne illness investigation and response procedures.

Selection Process:


The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

How to Apply:


This position is open for bids and for all qualified job seekers simultaneously. This vacancy will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract provisions. Current employees of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture who are currently in a FOOD INSPECTION SUPERVISOR position and who are eligible to bid will be considered prior to filling the position via other means.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. You may edit your resume later should your contact information or experience change. The Resume Builder also collects your work preference information so we can match you with future job openings that meet your interests.

After you have completed your on-line resume using Resume Builder, apply directly to this job announcement # 15AGR000068.

If you wish to apply with a paper copy, submit your resume AND a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Bldg., 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the posting number of this job on your application. The paper application is available on the State of Minnesota "Careers" website ( at any state agency HR office, or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to both your current and anticipated Human Resources offices.

Applications will only be accepted until the closing date indicated on this job announcement. Job applications received after 11:59 pm on the last date of this announcement period cannot be considered.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply for job opportunities.

Individuals with disabilities in need of a reasonable accommodation during the application process should contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or during the interview process contact Tony Becker at 651-201-6640 or Please indicate what type of assistance is needed.

Contact for More Information:


Ben Miller, (651) 201-6670/


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