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Regulatory and Food Safety Specialist Chicago, IL


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Position Summary:


Manage Regulatory and Food Safety documentation coming to Sara Lee 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 Sara Lee 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.

Each and every day, Sara Lee (NYSE: SLE) delights millions of consumers and customers around the world. The company has one of the world's best-loved and leading portfolios with its innovative and trusted food and beverage brands, including Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Sara Lee and Senseo. Collectively, our brands generate nearly $9 billion in annual net sales from continuing operations. Sara Lee has approximately 20,000 employees in its continuing operations worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and in-depth information about Sara Lee and its brands.


At Sara Lee, we believe that careers are as unique as individuals.  That's why we offer employment opportunities that give you ownership of your career.  With the resources of a global corporation and direct responsibility to make it happen, you can be confident that you'll always be able to perform your best and be recognized for it.  At Sara Lee, the difference is you.


The Sara Lee compensation program is designed to provide you with comprehensive, flexible benefits that enable you to select those features that best fit your needs. Our benefits include, but are not limited to: medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life, short and long term disability, retirement plans, and tuition reimbursement. 


 An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer




 Food Safety

Primary Location

 US-IL-Downers Grove (Metro Chicago)



Education Level

 Bachelor's Degree

Job Level

 Individual Contributor


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