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Head of Food Safety - Amrop Knightsbridge

Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Proudly Canadian, Amrop Knightsbridge is one of the leading executive search firms in Canada

with offices across Canada and partner offices around the globe. Amrop Knightsbridge is an

integral part of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, Canada’s fastest growing human capital

management organization with a truly integrated platform that spans the entire employment

lifecycle from organizational development, talent search and selection, organizational productivity,

career management and career transition. Knightsbridge was recently honoured as one of the 50

Best Managed Companies in Canada. Further information about Amrop Knightsbridge is available

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Our client is large Canadian national grocery retailer with more than 1,300 stores across Canada.



A senior, national leadership role reporting to the Vice President and Chief of Operational

Compliance, the Head of Food Safety is charged with raising the food safety profile for this

organization. The Head of Food Safety must develop a solid working knowledge of the company

and have the ability to work as a business partner to support the needs of the organization as it

evolves. The individual will collaborate with the Directors of Food Safety in each of the five regions

to create a National Food Safety platform.


Role Scope

This is a mission critical area for this retailer. The individual will lead a National Food Safety

program working closely with each of five Regional Food Safety Leads. The mandate will require

the Head of Food Safety to work with retail, logistics and private labels groups to identify, assess

and develop industry-leading best practices, standardized processes and other initiatives that

support our client’s commitment to consistently providing safe food to its consumers. Essentially

the mandate spans ‘farm to fork’. The organization has established a National Food Safety

Taskforce and this individual will be an integral part of this group. The person will need to increase

access to global best practices and provide expertise in the area of food safety. In addition, the

individual will represent the organization on Government Committees and Sub-Committees.


The Head of Food Safety will be measured against his/her ability to:

· Develop & oversee implementation of strategic plans to ensure effective execution of Food

Safety standards & practices.

· Develop Food Safety standards, policies and guidelines nationally.

· Coordinate regional compliance to Food Safety objectives.


· Oversee product recall activity.

· Drive Food Safety improvement across the company.

· Integrate & Enhance Food Safety Standards end-to-end, Vendor to Consumer.

· Provide Technical Advice & Expertise to VP & Chief of Operational Compliance inclusive of

strategic/technical guidance related to emerging Food Safety issues.

· Ensure industry leading best practices are implemented and maintained across the company.


Required Skills, Qualifications, Experience

· Degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Food Engineering or related sciences.

· 10 or more years progressive work experience in food safety, quality assurance, or other

related areas within manufacturing, food retailing or foodservice for a business of similar size.

· Knowledge of both Canadian and Provincial regulatory requirements for food safety an asset.

· Proactive, big-picture thinker capable of translating the strategy into actions that deliver


· Experience implementing & communicating a structure of governance and reporting that

ensures the company minimizes food safety risks.

· Good collaborator with the ability to drive results working cross-functionally and across


· Proven project management skills with the ability to coordinate/lead multiple projects


· Highly developed communication skills (verbal and written).

· Able to manage roadblocks creatively and constructively.

· Develops/Identifies initiatives to reach targets, measures their impact and adjusts

appropriately to deliver results.

· Highly developed relationship and influencing skills as well as demonstrable success in

influencing people at all levels.

· Demonstrable knowledge of current and industry-leading global food safety standards and




Food safety is of critical importance to this organization. This individual, working with regional

professionals and corporate leaders, will create a program to harmonize and align food safety

across the vast network of stores and formats. The Head of Safety must be capable of translating

a complex scientific function into a practicable retail application without compromising integrity.

They must be grounded and business savvy.



If you are interested in applying for this unique opportunity, please send your resume in

confidence to




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