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Food Safety Manager

Kroger - Mid-South



KY - Louisville

Job Type:


Base Pay:

$45,100 /Year

Required Education:

4 Year Degree


Required Experience:

At least 5 year(s)


Required Travel:

Up to 25%

Employee Type:


Relocation Covered:

Not Specified



Job ID:


Position Title: Food Safety Manager

Enterprise Job Code: 200219

Department: Retail Operations

Position Reports To: Retail Operations Manager

Position supervises: N/A

Pay Level: 8/9

Salary Range: $45,100 minimum or a level commensurate with experience

FLSA Status: Exempt

Profile last updated: December 13, 2012

Position Summary:

Execute the company food safety standards and initiatives in stores. Develop division goals, strategies and action plans for implementation of company/division food safety initiatives. Coach and train district coordinators in all aspects of food safety. Identify division food safety initiatives in collaboration with Corporate and Division Operations Management to identify trends for such initiatives. Serve on professional food safety committees and in food retail trade organizations. Establish and maintain working relationships with the regulatory community and local health departments to assist in maintaining and improving overall department sanitation practices. Role model and demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety of others.

Essential Job Functions:

• Demonstrate excellence in developing and executing continuous improvement projects that will improve the overall food safety performance of the division, as measured by the Corporate Measuring Food Safety metrics.

• Audit store processes, observe employee practices, and review compliance of food merchandising programs to ensure that food safety & sanitation policies, practices, and procedures are being followed.

• Provide leadership for programs as it relates to food safety and sanitation in food preparation departments.

• Review pest control service reports and provide store operations with data and guidance to develop improvement action plans.

• Evaluate and recommend food safety measures for new merchandising plans, food production processes, new store designs, and new technologies that may be appropriate in enhancing the safe handling of perishable foods within the store.

• Lead the process of approving new regional vendors of perishable foods based on a food safety risk assessment.

• Take a leadership role among food safety professionals by becoming a member and leader of regional and national committees in the retail industry and their trade organizations.

• Proactively develop positive working relationships with local and state governmental agencies. This will include having partnerships on educating consumers, serving on local health department committees, and other activities that demonstrate Kroger’s commitment to food safety within the community.

• Ensure that food safety training programs from Basic Food Safety to the Certified Managers training programs are customized to be division specific and are up to date. Provide Train-the-Trainer training to division training departments. As needed, develop specialized food safety training programs.

• Lead in the development and distribution of consumer food safety education materials & programs.

• Develop communication programs to keep merchandising, operations, and store employees current in food safety & sanitation policies, procedures, metrics, and training.

• Maintain a food safety web page on the division’s web site, which includes corporate and division policies, best practices, food safety resources, contact lists, etc.

• Keep key division personnel informed of the latest scientific, technical, and practical developments in food safety and sanitation.

• Maintain a current Certified Food Safety Professional certification.

• Continue an aggressive personal development program to broaden the knowledge base and skills necessary to accept greater levels of responsibility within the division.

• Perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.


Some of the Leadership Behaviors needed to successfully perform this position include:

Puts the Customer First - Anticipates customer needs, champion for the customer, and acts with customers in mind, exceeding customers’ expectations, gain customers’ trust and respect.

Communicates effectively and candidly - Communicates clearly and directly, approachable, relates well to others, engages people and helps them understand change, provides and seeks feedback, articulates clearly, actively listen. Achieves results through teamwork - Is open to diverse ideas, works inclusively and collaboratively, holds self and others accountable, involves others to accomplish individual and team goals.

Leads through positive influence - Demonstrates strong character; builds partnerships; models a conscious balance between work and personal life; takes personal responsibility for own development; role models leadership qualities such as motivation, inspiration, passion and trust.

Coaches and develops others - Develops and cares about associates, builds effective teams, helps people be their best, values and manages diversity, provides candid and constructive feedback.

Leads change and innovation - Challenges the status quo, embraces technology, puts forward creative ideas, champions and implements process improvements, gathers the ideas of others, demonstrates good judgment about which ideas will work.

Executes with excellence - Is action oriented, drives for results, sets clear expectations and milestones, reviews progress, acts decisively, solves problems, can be counted on to consistently meet or exceed goals.

Provides clear and strategic direction - Plans and organizes well, sets a clear and simple course of action, stays focused on the most important priorities, has the ability to visualize and plan for the future, understands the industry and marketplace.

Safety Awareness -Identifying and correcting conditions that affect employee safety; upholding safety standards.

Potential Career Path from this position:

Other Retail Operations positions

District Coordinator

Store Management

Safety Manager




Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication, including formal presentation skills.
  • Possess a current Certified Food Safety Professional (CFSP) certification (or obtain within three months of assuming position).
  • Possess a working knowledge, including previous personal experience, of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc).
  • Prefer completion of, or progress towards, advanced Food Safety Education (university or industry association sponsored) courses in HACCP, Epidemiology, and/or Microbiology.
  • Prefer demonstrated success in improving or maintaining food safety metrics.

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • 5-10 years’ experience in food safety and knowledge of retail food operations is desired.
  • Bachelor’s degree (prefer degree in Food Science or a related field).
  • Possess a thorough working knowledge of store operations, food safety regulations and microbiological concepts.
  • Conversant in Food Code and appropriate State Health Regulations.
  • Demonstrated excellence in project planning, problem solving, program execution, and dealing with regulatory compliance agencies.
  • Typically recognized and respected by both company and industry peers as a leading food safety expert.

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