Quality Standards Director Ė Austin, TX
- Global Support
Quality Standards Team is responsible for setting the strict standards that
make our products unique, including acceptable and unacceptable ingredients,
body care and household cleaning standards, seafood sustainability, dietary
supplement formulation and animal welfare. We also lead the companyís work on
key food and agricultural policy issues, including organic certification and
This position will play a critical role in driving our work on food
ingredient standards, GMO labeling, organic agriculture, responsible sourcing
and other key areas related to food integrity. We are seeking a seasoned and
accomplished leader with deep technical experience in food ingredients, food
labeling and quality systems, and a passion for natural and organic products.
This role is part of our Merchandising Evolution. Join us now in ATX!
Learn more at www.joinwholefoods.com/merchandising
- Coordinate all aspects of
Whole Foods Marketís ingredient standards for food products, including
compliance, development and ongoing management.
- Support the full
implementation of the Whole Foods Market GMO labeling policy, which
requires the labeling of all food products that may contain GMOs by
- Develop strong strategic
partnerships with Whole Foods Market Global and Regional stakeholders
to support the full implementation of the GMO Labeling Policy and other
ongoing standards initiatives.
- Collaborate with Merchandising
teams, Exclusive Brands, company leadership, suppliers and industry
stakeholders to evolve our industry-leading ingredient standards for
- Conduct research and
investigations into new ingredients, production methods, and
technologies, evaluating sourcing, manufacture, safety and regulatory
- Advise Merchandising
teams, product analysts, suppliers and others on the application of
Whole Foods Market Quality Standards to specific products.
- Partner with Marketing, PR and
Quality Standards Communications team to articulate our Whole Foods
Market Quality Standards and to drive the differentiation of our brand
- Represent Whole Foods Market
in relationships with certification programs, trade associations,
advocacy organizations, governmental agencies and other stakeholders.
- A four-year degree in food
science, nutrition, or a related discipline strongly preferred.
Graduate degree a huge plus!
- 5-7 years
experience in product formulation, certification, standards
development or a related field. Compliance experience in a food
manufacturing or certification environment preferred.
- Proficiency in the development
of formal Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Policy & Procedure
- Familiarity with Non-GMO
verification programs and testing technologies. Knowledge of the
current USDA/EPA/FDA regulatory framework around agricultural
biotechnology, and ability to stay abreast of latest regulatory and
- Experience with USDA National
Organic Program standards, certification requirements, related advocacy
organizations and industry stakeholders.
- Deep commitment to
transparency, authenticity and integrity in food product formulation
- Passion for Whole Foods
Marketís mission and Core Values.
- Ability to effectively and
positively collaborate with diverse business partners, including
company leadership, product category managers and buyers,
manufacturers, certification bodies, and governmental entities.
- Strong communications skills.
Experience developing detailed technical documents, including formal
standards and guidance.
- Excellent public speaking
skills. Ability to effectively and persuasively deliver presentations
to broad audiences. Experience as a media spokesperson preferred.
- Able to effectively educate,
mentor and lead other technical team members.
- Project management skills
suited to a technical, complex multi-stakeholder environment.
- Proficient with MS Office
(Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Data management experience preferred.
- This position is based at the
Whole Foods Market Global Headquarters in Austin, TX.
- Ability to travel domestically
and internationally up to 25% of the time.
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.