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Food Safety & Quality Assurance Process Leader Ė Minneapolis, MN

Operating Division

Target HQ

Division/Business Unit

Food Product Development + Quality Assurance

Position Location




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Job Description


Responsible for executing the Food safety & Quality Assurance programs and processes for Target Owned Brand non-perish food products. The primary focus includes working with Owned Brand and category buying teams in the review and approval of all prospective and current vendor manufacturing facilities for food safety and quality assurance programs and practices, quality management systems, and regulatory compliance. The primary objective is to ensure that Owned Brand vendor manufacturing facilities are in compliance with both Targetís and regulatory agency requirements for food safety and product quality. The scope of responsibility includes the initial review and approval of individual vendor manufacturing facilities through first production product review and approval and product quality improvements throughout the product lifecycle.



  1. Review and approve all prospective Owned Brand Foods vendor manufacturing facilities for production of Targetís food products.


    • Review and approve 3rd party vendor facility audits and corrective action plans.
    • Review vendor HACCP plans and food safety programs to ensure compliance with Target requirements.
    • Conduct an on-site, food safety risk assessment.


  1. Maintain information within the Owned Brand vendor facility database, including production locations, item attributes, and required food safety documentation.
  2. Work closely with the Buying team and Product Development team to ensure food safety, product quality, and regulatory compliance standards and requirements are being met throughout the Product Development & Design process.
  3. Review and approve food product specifications for analytical, microbiological, and physical attributes.
  4. Review First Production run samples to ensure compliance to Target specifications. Record and document results. Work with vendors to resolve issues.
  5. Continually manage and assess vendor performance and product quality.


    • Review and act on guest contact feedback and product quality audit results.
    • Identify quality trends which require corrective action; work with vendors for prompt resolution.
    • Develop metrics to effectively communicate vendor performance in meeting Target food safety and quality standards and requirements.


  1. Identify opportunities for improving current food safety and quality assurance programs and processes.


Internal: Works with Food Safety & Quality Assurance; Nutrition, Labeling & Regulatory Compliance; Owned Brand Product Development; Owned Brand Foods and Category Buying Teams; Legal; Store Food Operations; and Food Distribution.

External: Works directly with Owned Brand Food vendors, external audit and inspection services. Interacts with external trade and professional associations to maintain food safety and regulatory compliance technical expertise.

This position reports to: Program Lead, Food Safety & Quality Assurance, Non-Perishables.




  • B.S. in Food Science, Food Microbiology or related discipline
  • 5-7 years in food QA, food manufacturing or related experience with consumer packaged foods
  • Technical and working knowledge of food safety, HACCP, food GMPs
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in several product categories or technical platforms
  • Knowledge of regulatory agency requirements for the processing of consumer food products
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a cross-functional team member
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access)
  • Ability to travel as required



  • M.S. in Food Science, Food Microbiology or related discipline
  • Owned Brand Food Safety & QA or manufacturing experience
  • ASQ Quality Auditor Certification
  • Project management skills

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Eligible team members will receive one of the best earnings packages anywhere, including competitive pay, all-around insurance coverage, 401(k), flexible scheduling, training and development and many other perks and benefits. See a place of exciting challenges and rewards. See a place where you'll feel empowered to do something brilliant. See a place filled with creativity and unlimited opportunity. See a place where 'work' could easily be called play. See yourself here. Target is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace.

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