Food Safety Specialist -
Job Title: Food Safety Specialist
Location: Lumberton, NC
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 knowledgable
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. Focussed
on ‘root cause’ anaylsis.
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
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.
Advise direct supervisor and senior management
(DM, DO, Market VP) regarding food safety and sanitation issues within
their respective regions.
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
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.
A. Experience and Education required
A bachelor’s degree in a life science (food
science, biology, microbiology, zoology) or public health field is
preferred. Preferrably three to five years experience in managing food safety or quality
assurance related work including training and auditing. Three to five years experience in working with retail operations.
Preferred Registered Sanitarian or state equivalent and Certified
Professional-Food Safety (CP-FS) credentials.
B. Skills required
•Must be able to work independtly,
with minimial direct supervision.
•A self starter
with excellent interpersonal skills.
•Must be results oriented, have ability to
develop self and others.
•Focussed on ‘root
•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 intiatives 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.