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Food Safety Specialist- Saratoga – Bolingbrook, IL

Smithfield Foods









Food Safety/Quality Assurance



FLSA Status



1st Shift


The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


Under guidance of the plant QA Director, the Food Safety Specialist is responsible for coordinating and maintaining Saratoga's environmental food safety programs and projects including HACCP and Environmental Monitoring for both Bolingbrook and Eastvale plant locations. Works closely with QA, Sanitation, Production, and Maintenance at both locations in evaluating and improving equipment and facility condition for food safety.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

  • Trained as Preventive Controls Qualified Individual to review food safety hazard analysis and assists in implementation of preventive controls as appropriate.
  • Maintains all HACCP supporting documentation and validation data.
  • Manages designated plant related food safety preventive controls (pre-requisite programs) and supporting programs including allergen control, GMPs, Environmental Monitoring, and working knowledge of other preventive control programs such as training, sanitation, pest control, preventive maintenance, supplier programs and traceability.
  • Utilizes problem solving skills to facilitate resolution of food safety issues.
  • Works with QA Management to develop and maintain training material for new and existing employees on basic HACCP and quality issues, and presents training as needed.
  • Manages environmental monitoring requirements and programs including allergen testing, pathogen sample collection, water and air testing.
  • Works with plant Sanitation and QA staff regarding sanitation verification and environmental monitoring programs, results and improvements to deliver food safety and customer requirements.
  • Works with outside laboratories on protocols, test methods and analyses to support food safety.
  • Performs designated QA food safety analytical and microbiological testing as needed.
  • Manages test methods, equipment and software to support food safety, such as ATP.
  • Manages QA food safety purchases and supply inventory.
  • Assist in third party, customer, and regulatory audits.
  • Follows GMP, Quality and safety practices.
  • Member of plant Food Safety Teams responsible for hazard analysis and designated preventive controls.
  • Performs Lock Out Tag Out and Try on processing equipment to evaluate equipment condition and safely collects environmental samples.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Food Science, Microbiology, Animal Science or related field and 2 years' Quality Assurance experience in a food manufacturing environment, required.
  • FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual certification recognized by FDA and Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), preferred.
  • Understanding and training in HACCP, microbiology, regulatory and Quality Process Control.
  • Low moisture food related experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated understanding of quality control processes and equipment related to the food processing industry.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently and use a project management approach to work including design of project, setting milestones, establishing timelines and communicating updates as appropriate.
  • Ability to design, manage and present training topics to plant employees.
  • Strong planning, organizational, problem solving, and people skills.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of technical information in mathematical and/or narrative form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with remote location teams.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish, preferred.
  • Travel to Eastvale location as needed to support plant operations.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May have oversight of Quality Assurance Technologists. Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Quality Assurance Department.

·         Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

·         Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office and plant setting. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

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