Director of Corporate Food Safety - Grand Rapids, MI
salary: $120k-$138K + 20% bonus

Job Description:

  • Serve as central driver for all food safety standards; primary responsibility for development and implementation of food safety and regulatory compliance policies and procedures for all Federal regulated businesses
  • Provide leadership and technical support to manufacturing in conducting audits and to product development, product innovation and retail operations
  • Advise management on issues related to food safety, crisis prevention and management/regulatory compliance
  • Direct development of QC practices for overall corporate operations to protect the organization from liability and to promote customer satisfaction
  • Establish standards for selection of private label vendors and for monitoring vendor performance in areas of quality
  • Oversee operation of third party quality control laboratory; Reduce variation and optimize quality of private label products
  • Work with retail operations, legal and finance to manage risk and minimize liability expenses
  • Oversee relationships with appropriate regulatory bodies; Identify and implement food safety best practices
  • Ensure absolute safety of private label products manufactured at company facilities
  • Design, develop and implement SQF systems for deployment and sustainment in company private label manufacturing facilities
  • Manage multiple complex QA products; manage and direct financials for QA function
  • Liaison with food and drug regulatory agencies (FDA, USDA, etc.)
  • Remain current on state, federal and local regulations and develop strategic thinking relative to legislative efforts
  • Identify emerging issues related to food safety and work collaboratively across the organization to ensure safety standards
  • Attract, develop and maintain staff to ensure uncompromised quality of company private label products produced internally
  • Establish SQF Certification in collaboration with the Director of Manufacturing


  • BS - Food Science or related discipline
  • 8-10 years food safety, QA, food and drug regulations and operational management leadership experience
  • Certification needed: American Society for Quality; Certified Quality Manager, Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor
  • Prior experience establishing an SQF certification in an organization and is also an SQF practitioner
  • Technical knowledge and experience in statistical process controls and process improvement programs (LEAN or Six Sigma)

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