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VP of Food Safety – Blue Apron

New York, NY




We are looking for a leader and expert in all food safety matters to join our leadership team.  The VP of Food Safety will be champion best practices and provide guidance to BA leadership to ensure we understand and anticipate the needs of our customers and meet or exceed their standards.   This role will be responsible for a national team and will maintain a high level of expertise on all food safety related subjects, including regulations, legislation, and trends in the US and abroad, closely monitoring and evaluating new developments, anticipated changes, and innovative methods.  The VP of Food Safety will develop and maintain working relationships with relevant regulatory agencies, serving as a highly-regarded counterpart on all safety, quality and regulatory matters.


  • Establish policies and procedures, monitor adherence and report on performance.  
  • Update leadership on safety and compliance standards, including expectations for microbiological performance, foreign material control, regulatory compliance, and HACCP programs.
  • Develop and maintain all relevant policies and documentation, in collaboration with R&D, legal, manufacturing and other departments, including HACCP, recall policies and procedures, food safety and other GMPs.
  • Work directly with Fulfillment, Procurement, Logistics and other departments to develop, implement and improve safety and compliance programs and procedures
  • Deliver thorough, timely and insightful reports on quality to senior leaders, from internal and external data, audits and assessments
  • Ensure BA and all partners in our supply chain comply with all quality requirements
  • Anticipate problems and establish practices to prevent and mitigate risks
  • Rapidly and effectively address any safety and compliance issues that arise.
  • Manage investigations, analyses and reporting of quality issues.  Identify root causes and take necessary actions to prevent recurrence
  • Coordinate mock recalls
  • Conduct regular as well as unannounced audits and tests at relevant points in the supply chain, relying on BA team members as well as external experts. Report on audits and tests, take corrective actions where necessary, recommend improvements and ensure their implementation
  • Manage a team across our National locations and partner cross-functionally with all departments and Leadership
  • Drive the hiring, training, supervision, management, and development of the Food Safety team
  • Educate and coach colleagues in other teams on food safety and compliance matters
  • Collaborate with other leaders at BA to ensure quality considerations are given proper consideration in all relevant activities.  Champion best practices in quality AND apply judgment and teamwork to ensure quality initiatives contribute to BA’s overall success
  • 15+ years of Food Safety experience, primarily within food manufacturing. Must include food safety matters, corporate regulatory work, and direct experience working in a plant. Experience with produce required.
  • 7+ years managing a team
  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Engineering, or related field. Advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Subject matter expert on food safety, audit regulations, trends, tools and programs
  • Specific knowledge and direct experience in ensuring adherence with FDA and USDA regulations, as well as international regulations
  • High level of business acumen
  • Excellent quantitative/analytical skills. Six Sigma credentials, Black Belt preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross functionally and lead/influence others, including third parties in the supply chain
  • Advanced HACCP, and Seafood HACCP Certifications
  • Ideal candidate will be PCQI trained
  • Lead SQF Auditor, or Lead Auditor in any other GFSI auditing schemes


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