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Metro Food Safety Specialist - New Orleans, LA
Whole Foods Market




LA, New Orleans - Broad Street

TX, Austin - Southwest Corporate


        Job Description

The Metro Food Safety Specialist will support and sustain store, regional, national and global programs and specifications in Food Safety and Good Organics principles. They will partner with store leadership, regional support and Global Food Safety in providing support to store teams to maintain and improve compliance and excellence in all facets of the above. They will be responsible for supporting their assigned stores located approximate to their metro within the Southwest Region. This position will report to the Regional Senior Food Safety Specialist. Position is based in New Orleans, LA.


    • Review and monitor all forms of store audits and reports from third-party Food Safety audit providers, pest control service providers, chemical providers and city, county and state Health Inspections.
    • Collaborate with store leadership in establishing and revising on ongoing pro-active corrective action plans to support stores in meeting and/or exceeding all deliverables in a timely and effective manner.
    • Collaborate on the development, implementation and execution of successful training methods and matrices to provide effective regional/store training on all the above.
    • Assess consistency and continuity in Food Safety programs including third-party Food Safety audit providers, training, pest control service providers, chemical providers and regulatory agency inspections as well as report on trending and improvement opportunities.
    • Assist Regional Senior Food Safety Specialist in roll out of occupational safety initiatives, including program development, roll out strategy and developing evaluation metrics. 
    • Assist regions with store openings, plan review and permitting process with regulatory authorities.
    • Assist regions/stores with the evaluation and implementation of technology that promotes Food Safety.
    • Partner with Regional Senior Food Safety Specialist on providing metrics to stores to ensure safety programs are being executed properly.
    • Provide support with food safety regulatory issues.
    • Calibration of third-party Food Safety auditors to Whole Foods Market Food Safety standards.
    • Provide pest control support for stores.
    • Assist with recalls and/or foodborne illness outbreak investigations as needed.
    • Oversee and/or act as a liaison with regulatory agencies.
    • Provide food safety analysis reports, newsletters and presentation materials to store leadership and team members.
    • Provide support and guidance for federal, state and local regulations with regard to food safety, organics and country-of-origin labeling requirements and control methods.
    • Must be able to work with all levels of operational leadership in a collaborative and influential manner toward continuous improvement of food safety standards and operational excellence.


    • Associates Degree (AA) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or 3-6 years related experience and/or training; or a combination
    • OSHA training including 501 classes preferred
    • Excellent working knowledge of FDA Food Code, USDA Requirements, State/Local Regulations, GRPís, SSOPs, HACCP requirements, Organic Standards, CFIA Regulations, etc.
    • Work independently in planning and implementation of multiple projects and assignments

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

    • Able to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations
    • Can effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of leadership, team members and the general public
    • Able to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Able to communicate effectively with others and convey enthusiasm
    • Ability to work independently and maintain high productivity
    • Good at multi-tasking, time management and decision making
    • Excellent computer skills (knowledge of PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Quark, Outlook)
    • Must be self-motivated, solution-oriented, and have good follow through
    • Willing and able to work flexible hours
    • High level of creativity and vision
    • Travel frequently (about 80%) within the region and occasionally outside the region
    • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills
    • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and meet deadlines
    • Proactive approach to problem solving
    • Passion for the Whole Foods Market mission and Core Values
    • Ability to embrace change with enthusiasm
    • Able to meet physical job requirements

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.


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