Food Safety Manager - Supplier & Co-Manufacturing Downers Grove, IL



Position Summary:


Manage the implementation and compliance with Sara Lee food safety requirements for our suppliers and copackers.  Work with suppliers and copackers on food safety issue resolution and corrective actions.  Work with plants, R&D, and other internal customers to assure compliance with food safety requirements of suppliers.  Manage third party and internal food safety audit and approval system for suppliers and copackers.     


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

         Managing the Supplier and Copacker food safety program. Develop and implement technical plans, clearly defining the critical issues and approach to be used in resolving food safety issues.

         Conduct food safety reviews to grant approval status for new suppliers and/or copackers

         Determine performance with existing suppliers and/or copackers.

         Develop and manage food safety auditing system using internal audits and reviewing third party audits.

         Manage supplier/Copacker food safety approval process for consistency across all lines of business.

         Work with R&D and Manufacturing on key food safety requirements for suppliers and copackers.  Define food safety testing requirements and compliance guidelines for suppliers and copackers.

         Present persuasive presentations to management on recommendations.



         Bachelor Science Degree in food safety related field.

         Minimum of one to five years experience in food safety

         Thorough understanding of food safety principles and food processing

         HACCP Certified required.

         Food Safety and Sanitation auditing experience required.

         Effective written and verbal communication skills with internal customers and external suppliers and copackers.

         Ability to travel nationwide.

We make it our mission at Sara Lee to "Simply delight you...every day."   Our brands make up one of the world's best-loved portfolios of innovative food, beverage, household, and body care products.  Our leading, trusted brands include Ambi Pur, Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Kiwi, Sanex, Sara Lee, and Senseo.  Collectively, these brands generate more than $13 billion in annual net sales as they delight millions of consumers every day in approximately 200 countries around the world.  The global Sara Lee team consists of 44,000 employees.


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


 Supply Chain

Primary Location

 US-IL-Downers Grove (Metro Chicago)


 Food Safety



Education Level

 Bachelor's Degree (16 years)

Number of Openings



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