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Food Safety Specialist – Visalia, CA

Company Description

At C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. our roots run deep. In 1905, Charles Henry Robinson started a small produce brokerage that developed the traditions and standards of service that shaped the Fortune 500 Company we are today. As a global provider of multimodal transportation and produce services, we are headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN and operate through a network of more than 7,000 employees in more than 235 offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and the Middle East. We are the largest third party logistics (3PL) company in North America, and our services extend to more than 35,000 customers globally, ranging from other Fortune 500 companies to small businesses in a variety of industries.

Our people are our greatest asset and create a unique corporate culture that has built strong relationships with customers around the world. They execute our tradition of service on a daily basis and take pride in sustaining our dynamic leadership in the transportation logistics industry. You'll feel the energy the moment you step into one of our branches. That energy is what inspires us to find motivated individuals to join us in our quest to find solutions, develop innovative technology, and provide exceptional service to our customers.

Position Description

The Food Safety Specialist will ensure that all established C.H. Robinson Corporate Food Safety protocols, practices, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and training requirements are administered and properly documented in all of the CH Robinson facilities.


- Lead potential recalls and product withdrawals in concert with the Corporate Commodity Management Team as they relate to product shipped from CHR facilities.
- Lead customer conversations (& visits) relative to food safety policies & practices.
- Monitor all personnel and business activities for total compliance with CHR Food Safety & Food Defense policies.
- Independently determine, write and implement customer’s specific food safety requirements.
- Ensure compliance with critical Food Safety compatibility policies:
- High-Risk Food Item Handling & Control (RTE, RTC)
- Allergen Control
- Management of all sanitation activities on the Master Sanitation Schedule:
- Review sanitation documentation daily for completeness and accuracy.
- Ensure that appropriate materials and tools are available to perform all activities.
- Conduct Production staff new hire orientation training for all CHR Food Safety policies:
- Provide ongoing Food Safety training on a quarterly (at minimum) basis.
- Develop and maintain SSOPs for all Production, material handling and facility support equipment, as well as physical facility equipment, exterior and grounds.
- Train Sanitation Crew members on all Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs).
- Schedule and oversee any third-party audits of the CHR facilities.
- Maintain and monitor facility equipment Planned Maintenance program:
- Ensure that all materials/supplies used in maintenance functions are food grade/food safe
- Conduct regularly scheduled Food Safety Program activities:
- Mock Recalls
- Chemical Inventory and Usage Tracking
- Potable water testing
- Microbial swabbing/testing of food contact surfaces
- Oversee product Shelf Life Sampling/Monitoring on all items packed in-house.
- Monitor Operations documentation and inventory transaction accuracy for Country of Origin Legislation (COOL) compliance.
- Review all food safety documentation for compliance, completeness and accuracy.
- Maintain control of all facility related food safety manuals, logs, training documentation.

Required Qualifications

- 2-4 years of experience in the produce or a food related industry
- Ability to travel between facilities 25% of time or more based on business needs
- Strong ability to engage in dialogue with customer’s food safety professionals – via telephone, in person and in writing
- Effective communication with multiple teams, emphasizing urgency in resolving issues or concerns
- Demonstrate strong and sound decision making capabilities
- Ability to determine which newly discovered industry practices could/should be implemented within the facilities
- Degree in Food Science or related discipline
- Knowledge of produce varieties, grades, conditions and defects
- Prior experience with food safety inspection testing procedures and techniques

- Position based in Visalia, CA.


We offer excellent benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, prescription drug coverage, paid holidays and vacation, disability insurance, life insurance, 401K with company match, profit sharing, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, and the opportunity to prosper in a growing Fortune 500 company.

Equal Opportunity Employer

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

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