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Food Safety Specialist - Bradenton, FL 34201

First Watch Restaurants, Inc

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Job Type




    • Bachelor's (Preferred)
    • Food safety: 3 years (Preferred)


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Health insurance

Dental insurance


Paid time off

Vision insurance

401(k) matching

Employee discount

Life insurance

Full Job Description

The Company

First Watch is an award-winning Daytime Dining concept serving made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch using fresh ingredients. A recipient of hundreds of local “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch’s award-winning chef-driven menu includes elevated executions of classic favorites for breakfast, lunch and brunch along with First Watch-specific specialties such as our protein-packed Quinoa Power Bowl®, Farmstand Breakfast Tacos, Avocado Toast, Morning Meditation (juiced in-house daily), our Vodka Kale Tonic, Chickichangas and our famous Million Dollar Bacon. In 2021, First Watch was recognized as FSR Magazine’s Best Menu and as the fastest-growing full-service restaurant company based on unit growth. There are more than 425 First Watch restaurants in 28 states, and the restaurant concept is publicly traded on the Nasdaq under FWRG and is majority owned by Advent International, one of the world’s largest private-equity firms. For more information, visit

Job Summary

Coordinate and support operations with food safety, sanitation, and pest control programs to assure that regulatory compliance and internal standards are met. Uses knowledge base to creatively problem solve and drive continuous food safety improvement. Work closely with approved supply partners to develop, revise, and improve processes appropriate for food safety program standards related to restaurant operations.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions in this job description are not all-inclusive of this position’s duties and responsibilities. Reliable and dependable attendance is required.

  • Monitors and provides technical expertise for the company’s third-party food safety audit and health department inspection information management system programs. Ensure auditor calibration, dispute resolution and communication of results to appropriate stakeholders
  • Provide support with pre-requisite programs such as pest control and sanitation
  • Assist culinary with recipe HACCP writing and approve final specifications
  • Assist food safety team during crisis or escalated emergency related events as needed, including administrative support during any incidents or investigation as part of crisis management team duties in a timely manner
  • Provide support on alleged customer related food complaints
  • Ensure all training tools or materials are current, effective, in place and meet company and regulatory standards
  • This position is responsible to leverage technology to collect key performance indicator data and generate reports or analysis that identifies trends, risk, and opportunities to drive continuous improvement
  • Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with appropriate regulatory agencies, industry associations and academia to stay in the forefront of emerging trends impacting the company that will assist in operational compliance
  • Help maintain document control for all food safety related programs
  • Perform consult food safety support services at the restaurant level to help operational management comply with regulatory and corporate requirements
  • Responsible for maintaining a positive food safety culture, helping operations achieve active managerial control by demonstrating knowledge, with a focus on brand protection through education and collaboration
  • Maintains an effective collaborative working relationship with all First Watch functional area staff to assure food safety compliance, reduce potential company liability and risk
  • Provide ongoing support of the employee health wellness program and third-party management system of exclusions for ill employees and return to work restrictions, including communication and support with all key stakeholders in the process


  • Bachelor's Degree preferred in Food Science, Environmental, Public Health or a combination of related experience and education
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience in food safety or public health within the retail/restaurant/hospitality field
  • Certified Food Safety Professional (CFSP) or Registered Sanitarian (RS) credential preferred
  • ANSI-Accredited (i.e. ServSafe or equivalent) certified food protection manager
  • Experience in food safety audits in restaurants or retail foodservice establishments
  • Ability to support restaurant food safety, sanitation, and pest management programs
  • Solid understanding and knowledge of FDA Model Food Code, HACCP, foodborne risk factors and good retail practices, and State or local health department regulatory requirements
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

First Watch is an equal opportunity employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, First Watch will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $1.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Day shift


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Food safety: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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8725 Pendery Pl, Bradenton, FL 34201



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