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Regulatory Food Safety Specialist - IL-Chicago


Position Summary

Manage Regulatory and Food Safety documentation coming to Hillshire Brands from Suppliers and Co-manufacturers. Develop reports for monitoring the ingredient and food safety approval processes. Manage software systems designed to approve and track ingredients and ingredient suppliers. Assists Regulatory and Food Safety managers in projects and initiatives for our customers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Electronically captures, organizes and evaluates food safety and ingredient documentation which comes to Hillshire Brands from Suppliers and Co-Manufacturers.
  • Monitors compliance and performance through evaluation of the documentation received from Suppliers and Co-manufacturers.
  • Follows up and resolves issues with Co-manufacturers and Suppliers when documentation indicates possible deficiencies/clarifications and corrective actions.
  • Manages Regulatory and Food Safety approval of ingredients and ingredient suppliers.
  • Maintains and updates Regulatory and Food Safety databases under the directions of Regulatory and Food Safety managers.
  • Handles requests for 3rd party audits, compliance sign-offs, and surveys from all new Co-manufacturers and Suppliers.
  • Requests and reviews 3rd Party audits on an annual basis from Co-manufacturers & Suppliers.
  • Assists in supplier food safety certification projects and other Regulatory and Food Safety initiatives.
  • Writes food safety policies in ISO format for FSSA.
  • Manages inventory holds for samples and product releases as required.
  • Manages KPI tracking of processes and programs for the purpose of understanding and improving timing and performance of our processes.
  • Assists in Regulatory and Food Safety product and ingredient spreadsheets, reports and requests by internal and external customers.
  • Assists in invoicing and documentation for Regulatory and Food Safety.


  • Bachelor Science Degree in Food Science or related field preferred
  • One to five years experience in food safety, regulatory and/or quality with food products preferred
  • Knowledge of Regulatory and Food Law
  • Knowledge of food safety principles and food processing
  • HACCP Certified preferred
  • Computer software knowledge in Excel, Access, SAP required
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with internal customers, external suppliers and co- manufacturers


Hillshire Brands focuses on providing meat-centric food products that satisfy consumer appetites and offer exceptional quality and value. The flagship brands of our reinvigorated company include Ball Park, Gallo Salame, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean and State Fair. In addition, the company produces the well-loved Sara Lee frozen desserts. The Hillshire Brands foodservice division serves our portfolio of products to restaurants, schools, convenience stores, healthcare facilities, hospitality venues and other food service operations. Collectively, these brands generate approximately $4 billion in revenue as they touch millions of consumers in North America.

At Hillshire Brands, we believe that careers are as unique as individuals. That's why we offer employment opportunities that give you ownership of your career. All employees have a voice, and your ideas are valued. As an employee of the company, your individual contributions will make a significant impact on our overall success. Our organization benefits from the passion of individuals working together, so as an employee of Hillshire Brands you will have an opportunity to further develop your skills, gain new experiences and build new capabilities.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


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Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Job Level

Individual Contributor


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