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Food Safety Analyst (LA/ Glendale) - Austin, TX 78703

Whole Foods Market

Promotes store, regional, national, and global programs and specifications in Food Safety and Good Organics principles. Analyzes store food safety performance to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal food laws. Analyzes weights and measures, pest, and chemical store performance against regulatory requirements and company policy. Coordinates with region and store leadership to drive compliance by understanding gaps, verifying that corrective action is complete, and adjusting processes and audit criteria.

Will Do:

The Food Safety Analyst will support and sustain Store, Regional, National and Global programs and specifications in Food Safety, PAWM, Chemical, Pest, Training, and Good Organics principles. They will partner with Store and Regional leadership and Global Food Safety in providing support to store teams to maintain and improve compliance and excellence in all facets of the above.

The individual in this role will be responsible for supporting approximately 20-25 stores in the Southern Pacific Region (CA, AZ, HI, and NV, but may also be asked to support other areas, for a limited time, during extenuating circumstances). Candidates must live in the LA area or be willing to relocate. This position will report to the Area Team Leader of Food Safety and have a strong dotted line to regional leadership.


  • Work with all levels of operational leadership in a collaborative and influential manner toward continuous improvement of food safety standards and operational excellence.
  • Delivers clear, concise, and well-organized communication and reports for leadership
  • Assists the region with new initiatives that require food safety oversight by monitoring food safety performance, site visits, and corrective action completion.

Store Support

  • Collaborates with store leadership to:
    • Understand audit, report, and inspection findings to identify areas for improvement
    • Implement food safety and related training.
  • Develops a collaborative relationship with regional / store leadership, regional support teams, and third-party auditors to ensure an aligned and integrated approach to compliance, maintenance, and educational activities.
  • Collaborates with store leadership in establishing and revising ongoing pro-active Corrective Action Plans to support stores in meeting and/or exceeding all deliverables in a timely and effective manner.
  • Assist region with regulatory communication for store openings, plan review and permitting process.
  • Engages regions / stores with the implementation of technology that promotes food safety and enables improved Food Safety deliverables.
  • Provide support to Amazon Prime Now business as it pertains to in-store execution for picking, stowing, and monthly Mystery Shop follow-up as needed.
  • Leads RISE calls and walks (Rapid Improvement Store Engagement) stores to engage store leadership on the importance of food safety store processes and policies to elevate store food safety culture and accountability.
  • Supports the resolution and root cause analysis for RISE stores, including swift execution of Corrective Action Plans and sustained improvement.
  • Provides store presence as necessary for Retail Food Safety and Incident Management support.
  • Supports the execution of Organic standards and processes.

Audits and Regulatory

  • Reviews, monitors, and provides guidance for all forms of store audits and reports from 3rd Party Food Safety Audit Provider, Pest Control Service Providers, Chemical Providers and city, county and state Health Inspections.
  • Liaises with regulatory agencies as required.
  • Supports compliance with and adherence to established standards and practices, including health, sanitation, and safe work practices.


  • Execute successful training methods to provide effective regional/store training on all the above.
  • Guides Team Members and ensures the team meets all applicable WFM health and safety requirements.

Process and Projects

  • Supports the development of corrective action strategies; ensuring execution and appropriate follow-up.
  • Implements science-based WFM food safety policies and procedures developed by Retail Food Safety Leadership.
  • Participates in food safety projects that support continuous improvement of our Food Safety Program.
  • Ensures assigned deliverables are completed according to established timelines.
  • Reports any project roadblocks to leadership to ensure on-time completion of projects.

Job Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree and 2-4 years’ relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Food Safety Certifications –Registered Sanitarian (RS), Certified Professional Food Safety (CP-FS), or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), or willing to achieve certification within 6 months.
  • Working knowledge of FDA Food Code, USDA Requirements, State/Local Regulations, GRP’s, SSOPs, Organic Standards, CFIA Regulations, HACCP, ISO Quality Systems, Food Safety Management Training Programs, federal, state, and international food safety legislation.
  • Ability to work independently and maintain high productivity.


  • Familiar with recipe and product development, contract language, and specification management.
  • Understands the trends and emerging challenges facing the customer, market, and industry.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the product mix, supply base, and retail operations.
  • 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.
  • Good at multi-tasking, time management and decision making.
  • Good 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.
  • Can travel frequently (about 75%) within the Area and occasionally outside the Area.
  • 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.

Physical requirements:

Lifting: Maximum 50 pounds unassisted, occasionally lifting, unpacking samples, carrying articles. In an 8-hour workday: standing/walking 1-4 hours and sitting 6-8 hours. Hand use: fine manipulation with some pushing & pulling. Work motions: twisting and reaching. Noise level in the work environment is moderate.

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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.


525 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703



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