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Warehouse Safety & Training Specialist

At SpartanNash, we deliver the ingredients for a better life through customer-focused innovation. We do this for our supply chain customers and U.S. military commissaries, retail store guests and, most importantly, our Associates. In fact, we see a day when each will say, “I can’t live without them.”

Our SpartanNash family of Associates is 17,000 strong, ranging from bakery managers to order selectors; from IT developers to vice presidents of finance; from HR Business Partners to export specialists. Each of them plays an integral role in SpartanNash’s People First culture, Operational Excellence and Insights that Drive Solutions. Ready to contribute to the success of our food solutions company? Apply now!


3030 Main Ave - Fargo, North Dakota 58103

Job Description:

Position Summary

The Safety and Training Specialist is responsible to ensure that all job specific training for the distribution centers positions have been completed and certified. Ensure all new hires are fully and properly trained on company policies and procedures, safety, and preferred methods using specified best one-way training methods. Recruit and train new trainers, delegate training tasks and evaluate trainer performance.

Provide Safety support and validate compliance with federal, state, and local laws for the distribution center to maintain, promote and exceed safety standards. Keep leadership informed on all training and re-certification progress for all compliance trainings. Maintain in house training equipment, materials, and facilities for up to date standards. This position will assist with implementing programs to drive a culture of safety at their location. This leader will facilitate and support all safety KPI’s that drive the distribution centers scorecard.

Here's what you'll do:


  • Foster/develop a culture where safety is ingrained as a core value with all employees, everyone believes zero is achievable, everyone is actively engaged in performing their work in a safe manner, everyone actively interacts with co-workers to prevent at-risk behaviors.

  • Actively address unsafe behaviors and engage with operations management to enforce the required safety disciplines by all associates on all shifts. Constantly promote a culture of prevention by identifying all potential unsafe conditions and behaviors and leading the effort among all associates to address them.

  • Develop and implement programs, processes and procedures (SOP's) to ensure Site compliance with company and regulatory agency policies, including record keeping, documentation, processes and procedures, and daily operational execution.

  • Conduct safety audits and complete audit reports with recommendations for corrective action on findings. Verify and enforce compliance, engaging directly with distribution center management to review audit findings, secure proper resources and follow-up to resolve issues and immediately correct compliance gaps.

  • Participate in the thorough and complete investigation of all accidents, incidents, and near misses to ensure proper mitigations and resolutions are permanently implemented. Focus on communication to all associates regarding the incidences and preventions which have been put into place and their role in maintaining a safe workplace is a must. Provide for any required documentation and/or involvement with internal safety leadership or outside government agencies as the situation warrants.

  • Prepare and submit required information to the appropriate agency to include risk management plans, environmental reports, OSHA recordkeeping reports and other reports, as necessary.

  • Partner with Facility Maintenance to ensure compliance with PSM/RMP and program requirements where applicable.

  • Evaluate all manner of safety communication and visual guides on the floor including signage, mirrors, banners, display boards, floor line markings, etc., and work directly with maintenance and others to drive effective use of these tools. Provide safety messages and tips to operations management daily so they can be included in the daily shift startup meetings.

  • Execute without exception the actions dictated within our safety scorecard at the required intervals: safety audits, internal self-audits, safety improvement team (SIT) meetings and minutes, attendance at safety calls, and safety recognition.

  • Engage periodically with our Environmental Health and Safety Team and other Safety and Training Supervisors to coordinate safety training development and rollouts, share knowledge and experiences, and discuss industry trends and best practices which can be leveraged across all distribution centers


  • Maintain detailed knowledge of preferred methods for each job function and overall workflow in the distribution center.

  • Oversee the execution of our company training programs at the required duration, quality, quantity, and effectiveness to include new hires and more experienced associates. Adjust resources and time commitments as necessary to ensure a fully trained staff at all times and on all shifts. Focus on new hire onboarding as new hires are a primary source of safety incidences.

  • Ensure all training guides, materials, videos, job aides, and other means of communication for training purposes are readily available and in active use.

  • Drive a structured training plan daily and weekly using proper tracking tools to monitor and validate compliance with our training program requirements. Address deficiencies and risks with operations management to secure proper resources and alignment with training demands.

  • Recruit and oversee a training staff. Certify them as qualified trainers and provide ongoing coaching, feedback, and development opportunities. Monitor performance and success rate and make personnel changes as necessary to drive the best training program outcomes possible. Instill in trainers the need for positive, fun energy during training while also teaching the seriousness of the job (safety, quality, etc.).

  • Engage regularly and directly with new hires on their progress and the effectiveness of the training they are receiving. Tailor training methods and frequency to optimize opportunities for success for each individual.

  • Ensure all training guides, materials, videos, job aides, and other means of communication for safety training purposes are readily available and in active use. Provide input into the refinement and improvement of distribution center training programs over time.

  • Review associate performance weekly with operations management and devise a plan to address under-performing associates including additional methods observations, further training, and regular check-points during the week to evaluate progress.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred or Associates and equivalent work experience required

  • 3-5+ years’ experience in Training, Environmental and Safety or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Entry level professional certifications in EH&S related fields are considered beneficial and may include GSP, OHST, ASP, etc. OSHA 10 certification a plus.

  • MHE Certification preferred.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

May be required to lift and/or move 20 pounds. The associate is frequently required to sit/stand/walk. While performing the duties of this position, the associate is subject to a typical office environment and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions. Temperatures may vary for those subject to any of the following areas: computer/server room, print shop, production area). The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate but may be high in distribution settings. Travel requirements vary by assignment.

As part of our People First culture, SpartanNash is proud to offer a robust and competitive Total Rewards benefits package.

SpartanNash is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and veteran, that celebrates diversity and believes employing a diverse workforce is key to our success. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals.

We are not able to sponsor work visas for this position.

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