The comprehensive food safety information website

Distribution Food Safety Specialist, Corporate Quality Assurance

Orlando, FL





Apply Now

The CQA Distribution Food Safety Specialist implements technical oversight programs that help maintain food safety and regulatory compliance for Publix distribution centers. This includes conducting risk based facility audits, providing guidance and coaching related to food safety practices, and increasing overall food safety compliance. The CQA Distribution Food Safety Specialist reports to the Food Safety and Sanitation Manager.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • leading foundational food safety programs and quality assurance systems for distribution centers that support the FSMA food safety program
  • acting as Publix’s advocate during Publix’s interaction with food safety regulatory agencies such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA FSIS), and state departments of agriculture
  • site specific implementation and training of food safety and quality assurance programs within the distribution centers
  • providing support to Distribution leadership on any number of special projects and activities related primarily to food safety and product quality

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Food Safety, or food science related course of study with at least two (2) years of experience in a food retail, manufacturing, or distribution related field OR
  • Associate’s Degree with at least four (4) years of experience in a food retail, manufacturing, or distribution related field
  • must be willing to obtain HACCP Basic Training, Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, and SQF Certified Practitioner within one year of being in this position
  • knowledge of federal and state regulatory requirements specific to food safety and related areas (Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act; FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; FDA Bioterrorism Act; FDA Food Code; USDA Country of Origin Labeling; Federal and State Weights and Measures; and Code of Federal Regulations) and the principles behind these requirements affecting distribution, warehousing and retail food sales
  • in-depth knowledge of sanitation and how it relates to food safety and pest management issues
  • in-depth knowledge of different pest biological requirements and pest management systems
  • ability to demonstrate initiative and vision
  • ability to remain calm during crisis situations
  • critical thinking and negotiation skills
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • project management skills
  • leadership and influencing skills
  • effective time management skills
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • organizational skills and the ability to multi-task
  • willingness to address issues and respond to emergencies timely
  • willingness to travel occasionally
  • willing to work weekends, holidays, and extended periods of time as needed
  • willing to work in an environment where temperatures could exceed 90 degrees F or be as cold as -20 degrees f or below for an extended period of time

Year End Bonus: One month’s pay (pro-rated in the first year) if associate remains employed through issue date of the bonus check Address Line: 7350 Hazletine National Drive City: Orlando, FL Additional Information: Please be sure to monitor your email including your spam folder, daily for communications you may receive during the recruiting and selection process for this position. Please do not use your Publix email address when applying.

Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation email.


Apply Now







Main Page

Description: Description: setstats            Copyright (C) All rights reserved under

            If you have any comments, please send your email to