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Food Safety Quality Assurance Specialist – Emeryville, CA

Clif Bar & Company





Clif Bar was born on a bike. In 1990, Gary Erickson set off on a 175-mile bike ride. Exhausted and hungry, he realized he couldn’t take another bite of the energy bars he brought along. In that moment he now calls ‘the epiphany,’ he had the idea to make a better tasting energy bar.


Today, Gary and Kit, husband and wife team, continue to lead Clif Bar’s innovative business model. Guided by Five Aspirations – Sustaining our People, our Business, our Brands, our Community and the Planet – Clif Bar is a family- and employee- owned company that loves food. We believe that food provides health, joy and energy to do the things we are passionate about. The food we create is good for people and the planet. 


We believe that happy, healthy people create the best food. We want to help our people live the lives they want to live so we’ve created an environment where our people can grow and succeed both personally and professionally. We strive to:


  • Create a company culture that inspires and supports our people in and outside work.
  • Sustain our people with competitive pay and benefits, holistic wellness offerings, and other innovative benefits.
  • Hire the right people for the right positions and support them to grow in their current and future roles.


Working at Clif Bar is a chance to make impactful changes. To your career. To your community. To the planet. And, to your life!


Come make a difference. Join the Clif Bar Team!


Position Description:


Clif Bar & Company is looking for a FOOD SAFETY QUALITY ASSURANCE SPECIALIST to join our Food Safety Quality Assurance (FSQA) Team.


The ideal candidate will have an immediate connection to our Five Aspirations, as well as embody the “Clif Bar Ingredients” (Create, Inspire, Connect, Own It, and Be Yourself).


This candidate will be extremely flexible and enjoy a “high-change” environment where priorities shift from day to day.  Candidates, who connect through positive and respectful interaction, inspire greater success across all Five Aspirations and create extraordinary experiences, solutions and ideas will be at the top of our list.


The Food Safety Quality Assurance Specialist will work with existing suppliers to ensure adherence to Clif Bar & Company (CB&C) food safety policies.  The ideal candidate will recognize any potential food safety risks at our suppliers and work cross-functionally to mitigate. 


Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage the supplier re-approval program:
    • Monitors and tracks re-approval requests via SafetyChain
    • Receives re-approval documents and ensures completeness
    • Analyzes documents and provides risk assessments to internal team
    • Communicates deficiencies to the Ingredient Manager and cooperatively determines status and next steps
    • Facilitates corrective actions and next steps
    • Communicates supplier approval status and provides updates to key internal contacts
    • Communicates annual status to supplier 
    • Provides complete packet to the FSI Coordinator for SharePoint upload
  • Responsible for the CB&C food safety program as it relates to existing suppliers, including supplier qualifications, communicating CB&C criteria to suppliers, monitoring supplier performance, and establishing or updating processes, as needed
  • Contribute to the current and up-to-date list of “Vendors of Concern” and work to mitigate risks
  • Maintain the Organic and Kosher compliance programs for CB&C
  • Contribute to the creation, implementation, and management of CB&C food safety strategy, standards, and programs for suppliers, co-packers, and products
  • Support internal process and system improvements for risk assessment, data analysis, and documentation management
  • Contribute to the development of FSI annual plans, priorities, and objectives
Leadership Skills Required


  • Successful experience in managing multiple projects with shifting priorities
  • Strong attention to detail with excellent organizational skills and follow through
  • Strong initiative and highly innovative, with an eye for continuous improvement
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated integrity and a constructive approach to challenges


Technical Expertise Required


  • Strong understanding of food safety programs (FSMA, HACCP, GMPs, Allergen Control, Environmental Monitoring, Sanitation, Foreign Material Control, Audit Schemes, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and SharePoint
  • Knowledge of organic regulations, FDA & USDA Requirements, and Kosher


Education/Training Required


  • Bachelor of Science degree, preferably in Food Science or related
  • 3+ years’ experience in food safety, quality assurance, technical services or related field
  • HACCP certified a plus
  • Food Safety or Quality experience in a manufacturing environment a plus


Travel Required

  • Less than 5% travel to ingredient and packaging suppliers, as needed


Be Yourself…

  • Take yourself lightly and your work seriously.  And…bring your best self to work each day!



Pre-employment reference checks and drug-screening are required for certain positions.


Clif Bar & Company is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply.

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