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Director International Food Safety-CMP Bentonville, AR

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,100 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2009 sales of $401 billion, Wal-Mart employs more than 2.1 million associates worldwide.



Full Time


The Director of International Food Safety is responsible for overseeing that each country that we operate in has all necessary key elements of an effective food safety management system. This includes each country having a supplier approval process, distribution food safety plan, training and education of associates, store and club food safety policies, third party auditing services, recall procedure, regulatory compliance tracking process, complaint investigation procedures, and more. The Director indirectly leads a virtual international team made up of 10 food safety representatives, one in each country in which we operate. Through monthly conference
calls, email, phone calls, and in-country visits this person drives consistency in food safety and risk management approaches and ensures standardization worldwide. This position directs global third party audit and sanitation service providers to ensure our stores and clubs are operated in a safe and compliant manner around the world. This role is also responsible for advising international markets on more complicated, potentially severe, or controversial food safety issues as they arise. This person also oversees food safety reviews of potential new market entries, acquisitions, or mergers. Very importantly, the Director of International Food Safety must proactively stay abreast of current and emerging food safety issues and international and federal regulations and advise the company and country-specific businesses of needed risk
management actions.

The ideal candidate has a proven track record of management in food safety with at least 10 years of experience in a related role as a Director in food retail, food service, or food manufacturing sector. Experience in a third party consulting firm or regulatory agency is also valid. He or she must have an in depth knowledge of HACCP, food safety specifications, food processing, emerging foodborne pathogens and state of the art control strategies. They must have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in Food Microbiology, Food Science or related field with a graduate degree being desired. Global experience, working in emerging markets, and familiarity with global standards are highly desired and beneficial. This person must have a good business acumen, high energy level, and effective communication and influence skills. Being multi-lingual is considered very beneficial. He or she must be highly organized, analytical, and an excellent problem solver. This person must
be a collaborator with experience in interacting with company and regulatory officials at all levels and in various countries.

Graduate degree in Food Microbiology, Food Science or related field is desired. Global experience and familiarity with global standards are also beneficial. Beneficial Registrations or Certifications include: Registered Microbiologist, Certified Food safety Professional, or related registration or certification.




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