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Manager, Food Safety Compliance - (17002997) – Columbus, OH
Big Lots, Inc.






Responsible for day to day operations of Big Lots’ food safety and compliance program, including overseeing food recalls and related reporting, leading investigations of food safety allegations, and recommending private label product quality/testing specifications. Responsible to coordinate and oversee day to day compliance with global safety and quality programs such as Big Lots food safety verification plans under the FSMA, state departments of agriculture, and Big Lots’ stop sale and recall process to ensure one consistent process for Big Lots. Also responsible for helping to develop strategies to trend, track, analyze and report potentially hazardous products, based on from customer reports and returns data, to determine appropriate corrective actions and ensure that the best food products in terms of safety and compliance are sold at all Big Lots’ stores.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (include but are not limited to the following):

1. Drive the food safety culture within Big Lots.

2. Serve as point person for quality assurance and foodborne illness response.

3. Build internal capacity around private label and direct import food safety.

4. Own implementation of FSVP program in conjunction with third-party vendor.

5. Support supply chain selection and monitoring processes.

6. Manage the internal and external audit and inspection processes.




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Highly advanced technical aptitude. Knowledge in key business areas of food safety with a thorough understanding of risk principles and test methodologies.

2. Ability to analyze, disaggregate information in a structured way, identify core issues, and synthesize options moving forward to resolution. Also, the ability to predict future issues and concerns.

3. Ability to communicate technical information effectively within all levels of the organization.  Ability to remain calm and focused during crisis situations.

4. Ability to balance and prioritize workload for a portfolio of projects and ability to educate and assist less experienced staff.

5. Ability to apply technical expertise to benefit the larger organization. Ability to influence and drive positive results.

6. BS in Environmental or Public Health, Food Science, Food Safety, Biology, Microbiology or related technical, culinary or engineering discipline.

7. Multiunit/chain restaurant, retail or manufacturing experience in leading and facilitating food safety and quality operations (minimum of 5 - 7 years).

8. Applied knowledge of HACCP, SSOPs, GMPs, FDA and all other applicable State and Local health and food safety codes

9. Experience managing product recalls, foodborne illness situations, and interface with regulatory authorities (health departments, FDA, USDA, and CDC).

10. Basic knowledge of food microbiology.

11. Other food industry experience desirable; e.g. manufacturing, distribution, retail

12. Previous management and training experience preferred.


Primary Location


Work Locations






: Legal


: Regular


: Standard

Job Type

: Full-time

 Day Job

Job Posting

: May 18, 2017, 5:29:18 AM


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