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Food Safety Sanitation Specialist – Diamond Foods


CA - Stockton





Diamond Foods is an innovative packaged food company focused on building and energizing brands including Kettle Brand potato chips, Diamond of California culinary nuts, Emerald snack nuts, and Pop Secret popcorn.  The Company’s products are distributed in a wide range of retail partners in North America as well as Europe and wholesale partners in 100 countries. 






The Food Safety and Sanitation Specialist will be responsible for continuous improvement of food safety and sanitation systems across the manufacturing facility.    This position will support and implement programs and training to ensure compliance with GFSI standards and procedures for sanitation, government, and third party regulations.  This position reports to Quality Assurance Manager.



·        Analyze sanitation needs, and make recommendations for improvements while minimizing food safety risks and keeping best sanitary conditions.

·        Lead and coordinate sanitation staff activities and goals.

·        Create and maintain Master Sanitation Schedule.

·        Assist in the development of Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) and related trainings in all departments. 

·        Develop and provide training and assessments to support food safety and sanitation systems.

·        Coordinates trainings for operators and staff on chemical safety, use of sanitation equipment, and sanitation procedures.

·        Work closely with sanitation chemical providers and pest management contractors to maximize technical expertise and to drive results while being cost effective.

·        Manage chemical and cleaning supply inventories.

·        Manage the integrated pest management program.

·        Investigate potential sanitation issues, which may result in product contamination, reduced shelf-life, or customer complaints or rejection of products. Assist in the identification of root cause and corrective actions.

·        Interface with production teams and supervisors to resolve food safety/quality questions and to implement continuous improvement projects.

·        Conduct food safety verification and validation activities to ensure systems are working well across the manufacturing facility.

·        Provide input on sanitary design of equipment and building changes or capital projects.

·        Adhere to GMP’s, Standard Operating Procedures, and Safety Regulations consistently.

·        Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.



·        Basic knowledge of GFSI food safety programs, HACCP plan management, and Good Manufacturing Practices.

·        Strong understanding of manufacturing and sanitation requirements to meet personnel safety, food safety, and quality standards.

·        Basic technical knowledge of COP and CIP, cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, and sanitary design of food processing equipment

·        Experience with training sanitation and production personnel.

·        Knowledge of standards and regulatory issues related to Kosher, Gluten Free, Organic, and/or Non-GMO Project.

·        Effective communication skills with ability to resolve questions cross-functionally

·        Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.

·        Knowledge of food science, food processing techniques, processes, and measurements.

·        Highly proficient in Microsoft Office products including Word, Power Point, Excel, and Access.

·        Write in a technical format and articulate to a broad audience.

·        Interpersonal and team skills for working with employees at all levels within the company.

·        Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills.

·        Ability to actively listen, understand, and provide assistance to others.

·        Effectively manages priorities to meet dynamic deadlines.

·        Self-motivated, flexible and positive in a fast-paced business environment.

·        Able to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

·        Work in an environment with medium level safety risks.

·        Work unusual hours as required to accomplish job tasks.


·        English language literacy, including effective oral and written communication skills.

·        Physical Requirements include:

o   Exposed frequently to an environment with high levels of seasoning dust and fumes, heat, humidity and moving machinery.

o   Frequent sitting and repetitive motion with hands with dexterity to key board.

o   Occasional standing, walking, and talking.

o   Infrequent climbing, stooping, bending, reaching and turning/twisting.

o   Infrequent lifting of up to 50 pounds.


·        Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Microbiology or similar field

·        Minimum 2 years of progressive responsibility in food processing and/or quality assurance, or equivalent. 

·        Experience with 3rd party food safety audits. 



Pre-employment drug testing required. AA/EOE/M/F/D/V.

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