Food Safety Specialist – Minneapolis, MN

Lab Support is seeking a Food Safety Specialist for an upcoming opportunity with one of our clients in the food and beverage industry. The position would report into the Director of QA, and would handle the retail side of food safety for the company.

Position Mission: 
Establish corporate quality assurance systems for company’s retail stores that align with the Federal Food Code.  Determine local regulatory jurisdiction requirements for proper safety and Food Manager requirements. Champion training initiatives for continuous improvement efforts that will raise the company’s compliance performance. Act as a technical regulatory resource to cross functional business teams.   
Responsibilities Include:  
1. Act as liaison and point of contact for state and local regulatory agencies regarding Food Safety concerns
2. Assist Retail and Commercial Business (domestic and international) operations to ensure all products and related store operating practices related to food & beverage conform to the governing regulations.
3. Monitor regulations and assure consistent understanding and interpretation of regulations for jurisdictions company operates in.
4. Monitor pending regulations via CFP, FDA Food Code, major State Health Departments, and other resource sites, identify and communicate impact to business
5. Research international markets for understanding and compliance with applicable regulations governing company’s products for ability to export new products.
6. Work with Product Management and Sourcing to resolve multi-country regulatory compliance
7. Leverage knowledge of product codes and regulations to assure required information is established on product specification sheets for domestic and international franchise stores.
8. Contributing resource for Learning & Development to establish an internal company Food Safety training program that leverages knowledge to all shift employees. 
9. Assist in updating the Operations Manual by providing process and protocol changes that reflect proper knowledge and include FDA Food Code revisions.
10. Facilitate efforts in partnership with company's Learning & Development team to understand and improve compliance of company stores with local Health Inspections
11. Assist PM/Marketing in assuring labeling compliance for company products.
12. Report to management as necessary on issues and trends related to Health Code inspections and violations.
13. Design, implement and promote plans that establish quality standards, process control, process improvement, testing methodology, and inspection processes.
14. Provide regulatory expertise and guidance to PM, buyers, marketing and creative.
15. Participate in Supplier Quality Audits as available.
16. Provide personal time to industry, community or government to enhance company’s image and presence in the industry.
17. Follow standard work, work safely, and attend required personal safety training.
18. Participate in training related to our products so as to enhance understanding of company's products and culture.
19. Create a working relationship and climate to attain and maintain a high level of executive and employee morale.
20. Establish by the first of each year a well-defined operational plan for the Retail Quality Assurance function that meets the Corporate and Division strategic goals.
21. Establish budget requirements for the Retail Quality Assurance function and present to the Director, Corporate QA as a part of the budgeting process.
22. Ensure the safety of new and existing products, and assure adequate flow of new products and ideas meet planned objectives.


Required skills:

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
• Expert understanding of emerging and current regulations applicable to company products
• Knowledgeable in ability to research regulations in North American and internationally
• Knowledge of Food Safety and/or Food Science
• Ability to train and mentor others
• Excellent communication skills, ability to simplify complex issues
• Ability to leverage knowledge and expertise to represent company
• Ability to leverage sound technical principals to problem solve
• Experience in or knowledge of all applicable food industry related quality systems
• Strong attention to details, organized, and problem solving skills
• Self motivated with ability to multi-task
• HACCP certified or complete HACCP certification within 6 months of accepting position
• Computer skills required; Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint.

Required Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or a related field
• 5 years experience interpretation and application of Federal and State Regulatory food and beverage compliance in North America.
• 5 years experience developing and reviewing information and processes that comply with regulatory requirements for food and beverage
• International QSR in Quality & Food Safety experience a plus

Physical Demands:
The physical demands for this position are sits, stands, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours. These physical requirements may be accomplished with or without reasonable accommodations.

The duties of this position may change from time to time.  The company reserves the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the company or its managers.  This job description is intended to describe the general level of work being performed.  It is not intended to be all-inclusive. 


Job Type:

Direct Hire

Job Status:

Full Time




Food & Beverage

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Lab Support, a division of On Assignment, is a recognized leader in the scientific staffing industry. Since 1985, our sole focus has been to place scientific professionals at all career levels in contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire positions. With a reputation for one-to-one career counseling and a track record that includes the placement of over 200,000 scientists, Lab Support has built a reputation as one of the best in the business.

Lab Support is supported by a nationwide network of branches serving all major markets, international branches in Europe, relationships with leading scientific companies and over 20 years of experience.

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