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Director, Global Food Safety Aramark Philadelphia, PA


Director, Global Food Safety

Location: Philadelphia, PA

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ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world.  In FORTUNE magazine's 2010 list of "World's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement.  


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The Director, Global Food Safety will be responsible for managing a team of Food Safety Quality Assurance specialists that serve as subject matter experts to the Global Risk Management (GRM) department and the enterprise concerning food safety exposures.  This position will work closely with the Director - Risk Control Solutions and the GRM Account Executives, and will be responsible for interfacing with senior leaders across the organization to drive continuous improvement, and develop and execute ARAMARK food safety policies and standards on a global basis to manage and mitigate risk and create enterprise value.  In addition, the Director, Global Food Safety will be responsible for presenting at key external industry associations and conferences to positively highlight ARAMARK's food safety quality assurance program. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Oversee the development of field-friendly food safety processes, programs, procedures, enabling systems, and tools to support ARAMARK's Risk Management System and build and communicate ARAMARK's global standards as it relates to food safety.  Drive toward ISO22000 certifications to support the establishment of ARAMARK as a global food safety leader.
  • Develop, execute and maintain a global strategy for governance and regulatory compliance associated with food safety that includes measurement and monitoring to evaluate effectiveness; report findings to Director - Risk Control Solutions, AVP - International Risk Control, GRM Account Executives, and ultimately to the applicable line of business (LOB).
  • Oversee the assistance to LOBs during any alleged food borne illness outbreaks, and/or any other type of claims associated with food safety; based on the associated learning identified during incident investigation from food safety exposure, evolve existing programs and systems to mitigate any potential future risk.
  • Establish structured training programs and determine the appropriate delivery model for regulatory, safe food handling training. Assess effectiveness of training deployment and understanding needs associated with food safety. 
  • Interact with both the internal and external food safety communities, building strong relationships with groups relevant within the food safety industry and identify opportunities to externally present ARAMARK's food safety program.
  • Integrate and work with ARAMARK Supply Chain Management and ARAMARK Strategic Assets to ensure food safety systems work seamlessly across the enterprise.
  • Support contract review of new and existing business to identify food safety system exposures associated with scope of work.  Support new business development opportunities in partnership with Manager - New Business Development.
  • Provide strategic direction to ARAMARK Line of Business, including International as it relates to food safety and other health issues (e.g., H1N1).

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in microbiology, food science or other food related field; MS preferred.
  • 10+ years professional experience in food safety, required.  Experience in management systems or certified food safety professional designation preferred.
  • Experience leading and managing a staff of professionals through major organizational change initiatives and driving results through use of internal and external (3rd party) resources, required.
  • Diverse background/experience in addressing all types of food safety exposures and a proven track record of developing and implementing sound food safety management programs.
  • A strong understanding of food safety best practices (i.e., HAACP) and Department of Health and local food safety regulations is also required.
  • Knowledgeable of ISO 22000 principles (to serve global clients) and quality assurance programs (Six Sigma, etc.) is desirable


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