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Director, Food Safety and Compliance

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!


850 76th Street S.W. - Byron Center, Michigan 49315

Job Description:

Position Summary:

This role is responsible for championing and leading a world-class food safety program that meets all federal, state and local compliance requirements and positively impacts the business.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Manage compliance with federal, state and local rules and regulations.

  • Responsible to develop processes, specifications, and preventative controls for ongoing quality assurance.

  • Direct product assessment, compliance, or operational risks and develop risk management strategies.

  • Oversee the filing of compliance reports with regulatory agencies and ensure all reports are filed appropriately.

  • Maintain current knowledge of legal regulations, industry trends and best Food Safety and Quality practices; make recommendations to improve current programs and processes and to ensure company legal compliance.

  • Responsible for department management including staffing, training, performance management and career development of associates, and developing and monitoring department goals.

  • Develop and monitor department budget as required.

  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required) in Business Administration or Food Service or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Ten years in food manufacturing, retail, distribution, or related area. Experience in Ready to Eat (RTE) or USDA cook facility preferred.

  • Five years' experience in a supervisory / management role.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to communicate, collaborate, and delegate efficiently with associates.

  • Excellent organization, prioritization, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

  • Must be able to multi-task and have good follow through to meet deadlines.

  • Must have good leadership and training skills; ability to work with all levels of management and line associates.

  • Must be able to correctly complete/review various daily quality/HACCP/BRC/USDA/FDA required paperwork.

  • Knowledge of food production, quality assurance, and food safety procedures required.

  • Knowledge of product traceability/recall preferred.

  • Knowledge of BRC and SQF GFSI systems preferred.

  • Understanding of USDA regulations and OSHA requirements.

  • Proficient with computers and MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

  • Ability to travel up to 25%+

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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