Job Title: Director of Food Safety Grand Rapids, MI

Company Overview

Meijer commitment to innovation has led to continued growth in both the number of Meijer supercenters and the company's geographic footprint. From the 1960's when the company had 26 stores and 4,000 team members in Michigan, to the more than 180 stores and 60,000 team members in five states that make up today's Meijer, the company continues to do business based on the simple philosophy that led Hendrik Meijer to start his business in 1934-take care of your customers, team members and your community.

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Meijer is a retail supercenter offering a full Grocery department plus over 40 other departments including Fashion, Automotive, Home Decor, Health and Beauty Care, Pharmacy, Electronics, Pets and more!

Meijer stores are open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year.


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QA - Quality Control

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Job Description

Meijer is a leading Supercenter located in five states throughout the Midwest, with nearly 200 stores and almost 60,000 employees.   As a multi-billion dollar retailer, Meijer is ranked as the 18th largest privately held company in the country, as well as one of the top 30 most reputable companies in the United States by Forbes Magazine.
As you can tell, Meijer isn't just any company. We are extremely goal-oriented and customer-focused. We've achieved success after success to become a respected leader in a highly competitive retail market. We rely on our people to supply the talent and vision to achieve our goals.
From store leadership to marketing to buyers to finance, the variety of careers available at Meijer is as interesting and diverse as the people who fill the positions. While your job responsibilities may differ, the purposes are all the same: To make Meijer the best retail organization in the nation.
Currently, Meijer is looking for a Director of Food Safety.  The individual selected for this position will be responsible for serving as the central driver for all food safety standards throughout the organization; has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of food safety and regulatory compliance policies and procedures for all federal regulated businesses and provides Leadership and technical support/expertise to manufacturing in conducting audits and to product development, product innovation and retail operations.
Key responsibilities include:

  •  Advising management on issues related to food safety, crisis prevention and management and regulatory compliance
  • Directing the development of quality control practices for overall corporate operations in order to protect the organization from liability and to promote customer satisfaction
  • Establishing plans to provide quality control training to personnel throughout the organization
  • Establishing standards for selection of private label vendors and for monitoring vendor performance in the areas of quality
  • Overseeing the operation of the 3rd Party quality control laboratory
  • Working closely with retail operations, legal and the finance departments to manage risk and minimize liability expenses
  • Overseeing the relationships with appropriate regulatory bodies
  • Identifying and implementing food safety best practices
  • Ensuring the absolute safety of Own Brand products manufactured at Meijer facilities
  • Reducing variation and optimizing quality of all Own Brand products manufactured at Meijer facilities
  • Designing, developing and implementing Safe Quality Foods (SQF) systems for deployment and sustainment in Meijer Own Brand manufacturing facilities
  • Managing multiple complex quality assurance projects
  • Managing and directing the financials for the quality assurance function
  • Liaison with Food and Drug Regulatory agencies (i.e., FDA, USDA)
  • Staying current on state, federal and local regulations and developing strategic thinking relative to legislative efforts
  • Identifying emerging issues related to food safety and working collaboratively across the organization to ensure safety standards
  • Attracting, developing and maintaining staff to ensure uncompromised quality of Meijer Own Brand Products produced internally and serving as the Corporate liaison for other Own Brand products manufactured by others
  • Establishing SQF Certification in collaboration with the Director of Manufacturing
  • Building/sustaining a culture of Food Safety

Job Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in Food Science or comparable related work experience
  • 8-10 years experience in food safety, quality assurance, food and drug regulations plus operational management  leadership experience
  • Specialized Certification Needed:  American Society for Quality: Certified Quality Manager, Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Established SQF certification in an organization and is a SQF practitioner solving
  • Technical knowledge and experience in Statistical Process Controls and Process Improvement Programs such as LEAN or Six Sigma
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in managing financials for a department, driving down cost and increasing quality
  • Must know how to thrive in a fast paced, retail environment

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