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Food Safety Specialist Minneapolis, MN
Buffalo Wild Wings 





Requisition Number 17-1078

Title Food Safety Specialist

City Minneapolis

State or Province MN

Country United States

Description JOB PURPOSE: Provide food safety oversight, monitoring and follow-up to food safety audits, health department inspections, pest control inspections and Guest complaints to protect the Buffalo Wild Wings brand.





Monitor restaurant emergency contact hotline and Guest complaint information for food safety related incidents that need further investigation.

Conduct epidemiological assessment of foodborne illness claims. Contact Guests that share food safety related experiences to help improve their experience and gather vital information to conduct further food safety investigation.

Manage third party food safety audit program and third party provider for all corporate and franchise stores.

Manage pest control program and third party provider for corporate stores.

Monitor third party food safety audit and health department inspection results for appropriate execution of BWW standards and identify restaurants that need additional food safety education.

Follow-up with restaurant field leadership to improve food safety execution, educate on food safety process and improve guest experience.

Assist in the development, analysis and trend reporting for food safety metrics.



Identify food safety issues that could affect products and impact the BWW brand.

Monitor for unusual food safety occurrences, evaluate exposure to business based on risk and science-based principles, and escalate to appropriate levels of leadership.

Communicate food safety trends to appropriate levels of leadership.

Work cross functionally with internal business owners to improve food safety execution.

Responsible for maintaining a positive food safety culture with a focus on brand protection, collaboration and education.

Participate in restaurant emergency contact hotline response night and weekend rotation.

Perform other related duties, tasks, and projects as assigned.




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Strong understanding of food safety regulations, best practices, HACCP and pre-requisite programs

Ability to convey a Guest focused, brand protection mindset

Skill in time management and organization with excellent attention to detail

Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to make clear, concise and convincing food safety recommendations

Basic ability to make appropriate business judgment and recommendations independent of supervisor

Ability to travel periodically

Working knowledge of Microsoft based software, including Excel, Power BI, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, and OneNote

Freedom to Act:

Basic ability to work through problems without supervisor input

Size and Complexity:

Ability to work in fast paced environment


Ability to work with all levels within an organization and ability to work with diverse work groups

Ability to contribute to teams and/or committees

External Relationships:

Ability to connect with Guests, convey empathy to their experience and represent the BWW brand






Minimum BS in Environmental health, food science, biology or related field, with a minimum of 4 years of food industry experience

Work experience in food safety, HACCP and a strong understanding of federal, state and local regulations for restaurants is required

Understanding of restaurant operations and procedures required


Experience in restaurant industry

Experience with guest complaint monitoring, follow-up and resolution

Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian

Corporate food safety experience in food service, retail or food manufacturing





The physical demands for this position are sits, stands, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours. These physical requirements may be accomplished with or without reasonable accommodations.


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