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Regional Food Safety Specialist - Marlborough, MA 01752

Whole Foods Market 





Regional Food Safety Specialist will support and sustain store, regional, national and global programs and specifications in Food Safety and, Good Organics principles.. They will partner with store leadership, regional support and Global Food Safety in providing support to store teams to maintain and improve compliance and excellence in all facets of the above. The individual in this role will be responsible for supporting stores and facilities in the region. This position is based out of the region and will report to the RVP of OPS.

Essential Duties

  • Review and monitor all forms of store audits and reports from 3rd Party Food Safety Audit Provider, Pest Control Service Providers, Chemical Providers and city, county and state Health Inspections.
  • Collaborate with store leadership in establishing and revising on ongoing pro-active Corrective action Plans to support stores in meeting and/or exceeding all deliverables in a timely and effective manner.
  • Execution of successful training methods and matrices to provide effective regional/store training on all the above.
  • Assess consistency and continuity in Food Safety programs including 3rd Party Food Safety Audit Provider, Training, Pest Control Service Providers, Chemical Providers and Regulatory Agency Inspections and report on trending and improvement opportunities.
  • Assist regions with store openings, plan review and permitting process with regulatory authorities.
  • Assist regions/stores with the implementation of technology that promotes Food Safety.
  • Provide support with food safety regulatory issues.
  • Calibration of 3rd Party Food Safety Auditors to WFM Food Safety standards.
  • Provide Pest Control support for regions/stores.
  • Assist with recalls and/or foodborne illness outbreak investigations as needed.
  • Oversee and/or act as a liaison with regulatory agencies.
  • Provide food safety analysis reports, newsletters and presentation materials to regional/store leadership and team members.
  • Provide support and guidance for federal, state and local regulations with regard to food safety, organics and country-of-origin labeling requirements and control methods
  • Must be able to work with all levels of operational leadership in a collaborative and influential manner toward continuous improvement of food safety standards and operational excellence

Job Requirements

  • Bachelorís Degree (BA/BS) or equivalent from a four-year college or 2-4 years related experience and/or training; or a combination equivalent.
  • Serv-safe certification
  • OSHA training including 10 hour classes preferred.
  • Excellent working knowledge of FDA Food Code, USDA Requirements, State/Local Regulations, GRPís, SSOPs, HACCP requirements, Organic Standards, CFIA Regulations, etc.
  • Work independently in planning and implementation of multiple projects and assignments


  • Able to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations.
  • Can effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of Leadership, Team Members and the general public.
  • Able to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively with others.
  • Ability to work independently and maintain high productivity.
  • Good at multi-tasking, time management and decision making.
  • Excellent computer skills (Knowledge of PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Quark, Outlook).
  • Must be self-motivated, solution-oriented, and have good follow through.
  • Willing and able to work flexible hours.
  • High level of creativity and vision.
  • Can travel frequently (about 50%) within the region and occasionally outside the region.
  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and meet deadlines.
  • Proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Passion for the Whole Foods Market mission and core values.
  • Ability to embrace change.
  • Able to meet physical job requirements; able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted.

At Whole Foods Market we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all team members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the position to be filled.


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