Position title:

Director Food Safety and Sanitation


Edina, MN


Term of employment:


Type of employment:

Full Time

Start date of this position:


Starting salary range:

Not Provided


Education (minimum):

Bachelor's Degree

Experience level (minimum):

7-15 Years


Quality and Process Improvement, Consumer Products



Position Description


Director Food Safety and Sanitation

Our client, the second largest publicly traded wholesale food distributor in the United States has an opening for a Director Food Safety & Sanitation. The Company distributes food products and provides support services to a variety of retail formats including conventional supermarkets, military commissaries, multicultural stores and extreme value stores. They are looking for someone to provide senior leadership in directing, planning and leading companywide food safety and sanitation programs to ensure that all distribution center and retail locations adhere to the Company’s programs and guidelines.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provides leadership for all food safety and sanitation initiatives, including evaluating and development of food safety policies, food safety training programs and continuous improvement of store food safety metrics.
  • Provides support to all areas for implementation of safety, sanitation and health programs and processes.
  • Partners with other departments to define, implement and maintain appropriate food safety and sanitation procedures.
  • Directs, leads and plans food safety initiatives to identify opportunities for continuous improvement of established food safety metrics.
  • Educates and assists management to ensure compliance with safety, sanitation and health regulatory requirements within retail stores, review, monitor and conduct follow up on “Fresh Check” audits and tests.
  • Functions are the primary point of contact to various regulatory officials and agencies. Effectively maintains positive working relationships with regulatory officials and agencies as it pertains to food safety.
  • Develops, plans and leads company-wide product recall programs.
    Serves as the primary point of contact for third party food safety/ sanitation audit services.
  • Leads investigations and resolution of food safety and sanitation issues.
  • May perform staff management and administrative duties of: recruitment, training, performance evaluation, development and disciplinary actions. Directs and sets staffing and budgetary requirements and sets department performance standards, policies, programs and schedules.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Regulatory Compliance or equivalent combination of education and/or experience
    MBA preferred.
  • Certified Food Safety Manager and/or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HAACP) certifications preferred
  • 10+ years Food Safety & Sanitation experience including at least 5 years of supervisory/ managerial experience
  • Current working knowledge of Food & Drug Administration (FDA) standards, codes and regulations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply regulatory requirements to company operations
  • Able to interpret food safety audit and test results and define and communicate corrective actions.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, oral and written communication, organizational, prioritization, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work with all levels of the organization and ability to influence management and executives
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems at both a strategic and functional level.
  • Ability to travel (up to 50%), to company locations.

Position offers outstanding salary and benefits package. Qualified candidates please send resume.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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