Position Title: Director Food Safety & Sanitation – Edina, MN


  Nash Finch Company

Requisition: # 10-08-09-08-03 

Founded in 1885, Nash Finch Company is one of the leading food distribution companies in the , with over $4.5 billion in fiscal 2007 sales.  Our core business, food distribution, serves independent retailers and military commissaries in 31 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, , Puerto Rico, the Azores, and .  Headquartered in Edina, MN , Nash Finch’s mission is to provide solutions as diverse as the customers we serve.  These functions take place in a purpose-driven, team-centered culture that respects individuality, demands integrity, encourages innovation and celebrates success. 

 We are looking for a Director Food Safety & Sanitation Provides senior leadership in directing, planning and leading company wide food safety and sanitation programs to ensure that all distribution center and retail location adhere to the Company’s programs and guidelines.   Guides management to make better decisions and understand past events so appropriate actions can be taken.

 Duties: (not inclusive) 
·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 regulator 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 performs 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.  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. 

We offer competitive pay, promotional opportunities and great benefits, including health care, dental, vision, 401k and more. 

  Nash Finch Company is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer




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