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Subject Matter Expert Food Safety

The Kroger Company



OH - Blue Ash

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Job ID:

30320 A 01072013


Position Title:
Subject Matter Expert Food Safety

Enterprise Job Code:
30320 A 01072013

Key Retailing

Position Reports To:
Vice President Operations, Key Retailing

Positions Supervises:

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Position Summary

The Subject Matter Expert (Food Safety) is responsible for the day-to-day management of solution development and implementation to create awareness and training in the advancement of food safety and product quality. Working as part of a Team, he/she will identify opportunities, define process, develop communication and training materials and guide Enterprise rollout of food safety and quality standards to support all Key Retailing Solution Streams. This position will work closely and coordinate with the Sr. Manager of Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance (CFT).

Essential Job Functions


  • Wave solutions involve working with stores, divisions and administrative departments on solutions which will create training and build awareness in food safety and quality.

Linkage to Customer 1st Strategy

  • Create enterprise standards for food safety to insure that our products meet or exceed FDA recommendations and product quality expectations for merchandising. Person must have the highest understanding of food safety standards.


  • Coordinate Corporate Food Safety initiatives between general office and division to create a unified food safety and quality environment which supports Key Retailing solution streams

Data Analysis

  • Have ability to compile and analyze food safety audits and standards.
  • Have ability to inspect and measure store food safety standards

Food Safety & Foodservice Specific Skills

  • Good understanding of microbiology principles.
  • Knowledgeable about sanitation principles, sanitation chemicals, and equipment sanitary design.
  • Sound understanding of retail and foodservice processes and operations, particularly perishable departments.
  • Competent in retail/foodservice HACCP programs and GRP’s.
  • Ability to provide leadership and direction to key stakeholders regarding core food safety concepts, and direct

the incorporation food safety principles into Key Retailing Wave department.

  • Strong skills in training and communication, and the ability to relate technical concepts to non-technical audiences.

Competencies / Skills:

Some of the Competencies/Skills required to successfully perform this position are:

  • Building Strategic Working Relationships - Developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of food safety and quality through working with facility and merchandising depts. at both a corporate and division level.
  • Building Trust - Interacting with division and corporate food safety managers, merchandising and facility as a leader in standards and process in food safety based on FDA guidelines while meeting state and local policies.
  • Communication - Clearly conveying food safety, sanitation & quality standards
  • Customer Focus - Making customers and their needs a primary focus of one's actions; developing and sustaining productive customer relationships through temperature controls and establishing enterprise best practices on food safety, sanitation and quality.
  • Inclusion – Appreciating and leveraging the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Working effectively with individuals of diverse style, ability, and motivation for a direct effect on business results. Strong working relationship with division food safety specialists/managers to insure enterprise best practices match all state and local standards.
  • Safety Awareness – Champion best practices for food safety, sanitation and quality training
  • Collaboration – Working effectively and cooperatively with others; establishing and maintaining good working relationships with Corporate Food Technology, retail operations, shrink, and merchandising.
  • Building Customer Loyalty – Effectively meeting Customer needs; building productive Customer relationships; taking responsibility for Customer satisfaction and loyalty through delivering standards insuring the highest possible standards for perishable products.
  • Contributing to Team Success – Actively participating as a member each Key Retailing team to move the team toward the completion of food safety, sanitation & quality training goals.
  • Decision Making – Identifying and understanding issues, problems and opportunities; using effective approaches for developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with federal, state and local regulatory guidelines, science, facts, constraints and probable consequences especially in dealing with product disposition.
  • Innovation – Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities using technology and automated solutions.
  • Continuous Improvement - Originating action to improve existing conditions and processes; using appropriate methods to identify opportunities, implement solutions, and measure impact.
  • Managing Change – Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.


Minimum Position Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, or related field
  • 3 to 5 years of retail or foodservice experience.
  • Conversant in the FDA Code and appropriate State/Local Health Regulations.
  • Certified Food Safety Professional, or equivalent credential.
  • Travel up to 30%, some of which may be on short notice and weekends.

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • Previous Management experience in retail food safety and quality.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Experience in a leadership role with direct reports.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, and presentation development.

It is the policy of The Kroger Co. to provide equal opportunity for all applicants for employment.

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