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Food Safety Specialist - Food Lion

Positions Available


Operating Company

Food Lion

Full/Part Time Status


FLSA Status

Exempt (Salary)


Store #48100 -- Salisbury


2110 Executive Drive






Job Title: Food Safety Specialist
Department: Food Safety
Job Location: Northern Virginia/Maryland Area

Job Duties:
Help ensure customer satisfaction through the education and validation of applicable food safety standards and procedures as they concern our store/DC facilities and associates. The Specialist will instruct through training, coaching, auditing and mentoring. Specialist must be knowledgeable about food safety, sanitation audits, pest control, food safety training, weights & measures, Country of Origin requirements, regulatory food codes (FDA Food Code) and interact regularly with the regulatory arena as official liaison.

-Inspection of store/DC facilities to ensure we meet or exceed established internal and regulatory requirements. Conducts in-depth review of food safety and sanitation procedures compliance and necessary follow-up/assessment. Focused on ‘root cause’ analysis.

-Conducts food safety training sessions and serve as certification examination authorized proctor.

-Health department and department of agriculture liaison. Develops contacts and relations with regulatory officials responsible for food regulation enforcement. Participate in regulatory meetings, educate and be advocate for company food safety standard practices/policies/programs.

-Advise direct supervisor and senior management (DM, DO, Market VP) regarding food safety and sanitation issues within their respective regions.

-Monitor and follow-up with sanitation and pest control vendor activities daily. Works with the local pest control and sanitation vendors to ensure compliance with contractual arrangements and directs them as needed.

-Conduct regular food safety/sanitation assessments of assigned distribution center operations. Focus on GMPs, sanitation and pest control support.

-Assist as needed in other regulatory compliance issues and follow-up. Such as, Country of Origin Labeling, WIC, weight and measure standards.

-Provides field support for corporate food safety initiatives.

-Provides food safety field support, direction and follow-up for emergency/crisis situations (power outages, fires, floods, claimed illnesses, recall audits, etc.).

-Provides food safety field support, direction and follow-up pertaining to consumer compliants, claimed illnesses, etc.

-Provide microbiological sampling of store equipment and facilities and interpret the data so as to provide feedback and direction to the store and district management staff.


Experience Required:

A bachelor’s degree in a life science (food science, biology, microbiology, zoology) or public health field is preferred. Preferably three to five year’s experience in managing food safety or quality assurance related work including training and auditing. Three to five year’s experience in working with retail operations. Preferred Registered Sanitarian or state equivalent and Certified Professional-Food Safety (CP-FS) credentials.

Skills Required:

• Must be able to work indecently, with minimal direct supervision.
• A self starter with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Must be results oriented, have ability to develop self and others.
• Focused on ‘root cause’ analysis.
• Excellent communication skills for both one-on-one and group interactions.
• Effective in delivering food safety training programs to adult learners.
• Ability to interact with all levels of associates and management.
• Excellent written skills.
• Must have ability to act as a team leader or team builder.
• Must embrace diversity and support company initiatives and goals.
• Must be available for overnight travel, as necessary (often times reacting to inclement weather issues).
• Operate a car.
• Must have basic computer skills to operate MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and e-mail.

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