Retail Specialist/Standardization Officer (Food Safety)
Environmental Specialist I - 59031
Job Open Date
Restricted Full-Time Salaried - Non Faculty- FTS-1R
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?
$31,979 - $44,500
Dept of Agri & Cons Services (301)
Virginia Beach - 810
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General Public - G
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Food
Safety and Security Program is seeking a Retail Specialist/Standardization
Officer for the Virginia Beach area and surrounding counties. The successful
candidate will be responsible for the following: enforcement of the Virginia
Food Laws and related regulations in retail food establishments by conducting
both food safety and food security related inspections; collecting official
samples of food and food related products; investigating consumer complaints;
training and Standardizing field staff through performance based inspections
and ensuring Food Safety Specialists maintain Standardization status through
the re-standardization process; ensuring conformance with the FDA National
Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards; coordinating the development of
guidance documents for field personnel, consumers, industry and other
relevant clients and working cooperatively with the Food Safety and Security
Program management staff to coordinate and implement special projects and
programs. The selected individual will work from a regional field office.
The ideal candidate will possess significant knowledge of food safety practices and principles; knowledge of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; extensive knowledge of all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection; and knowledge of the regulatory inspection process, product labeling, food processing, food microbiology & Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) concepts. Proficiency using standard professional computer software applications. Must have the ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations; to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other documents; to perform technical science based research relative to food, dietary supplement and regulatory related issues and make independent technical decisions; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to be self motivated; and to effectively plan and organize work activities and successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. A valid Virginia Drivers License is required.
Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Science or a related field. Current or recent experience in a similar regulatory position dealing with food safety and security in a retail environment. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for this education and experience.
Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, the incumbent of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and annually thereafter.
Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, you must complete a
Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application)
through the on-line "Virginia Jobs" employment site no later than
the cut-off date stated in this announcement.
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