Food Safety / Safety Specialist (1 year contract)



Job Description:POSITION PURPOSE: The most important value at UNFI is “Do the Right Thing – Put Safety and Integrity at the Forefront of Everything We Do.” The Facility & Food Safety Specialist is part of the Risk & Safety team that helps the organization deliver on this critical value – day in and day out. The role has responsibility across their regions for creating a world-class safety and food safety culture in which UNFI associates are proactive and interdependent when it comes to food safety. This role supports Distribution centers and operation partners with all aspects of food safety. JOB TYPE: 1 year contract (Maternity leave) – Full Time LOCATIONS: Incumbent will support our Richmond and Burnaby , BC facilities to ensure facility and food safety compliance. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities of the role include ensuring compliance with food safety, sanitation and pest control programs within the region, interacting with Distribution Centre leadership teams to ensure policies, procedures, audits and training programs are understand and followed. This includes comprehensive support of any and all regulatory certifications. Health & SafetyServes on and coordinates the facility’s Emergency Management Group (EMG) and maintains an updated Emergency Action Plan.Delivers New Hire Risk & Safety Training and annual Risk/ Safety Refresher Training.Serves on the Joint Health & Safety Committee, participates in meetings and related activities including facility inspections, corrective actions and any other required functions.Trains team leads, supervisors, and managers in the proper methods of incident investigation to determine root causes of loss, safety inspections, report formats and compliance with safety laws and regulations.Works with Risk and Safety, Human Resources and Operations to manage the facility Return to Work program.Maintains safety programs to ensure facility, divisional and national objectives are met, including yearly review of safety policies, contribution to divisional safety moment program Food SafetyChampions promoting, communicating, and enforcing our food safety programs. Is a cultural ambassador of food safety and ensures that all associates, visitors and vendors understand the Company’s commitments to providing safe food.Coordinates food safety, sanitation, and pest control compliance efforts as directed by the National Facility & Food Safety Manager as required.Assist and interacts with Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and other Food Safety Regulators during inspections and follow up on corrective actions.Managing GMP/HACCP programs, including document maintenance and review, associate training and oversight of corrective actions.Coordinates and leads development of a GFSI food safety program (SQF) with the regional SQF Team.Investigates product quality and compliance issues (i.e. tampering, adulteration, mislabeling, etc.).Delivers training in food safety and quality issues for all associates.Assists with managing recall program across the distribution centers and provides direction and expert advice to management and other company personnel regarding recalls.Assists and leads the Organic Certification program at distribution centers under the Canada Organic Regime and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).Assists in the New Supplier Program and works with Supply Chain team to ensure supplier compliance under SFCR.Uses available metrics and reporting systems to track and measure food safety performance, identifying exceptions to outstanding performance and influencing leadership to resolve specific and cultural opportunities. Performs other relevant job duties as required. JOB REQUIREMENTS: Education/Certification:Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Food Science, Public Health, Environmental Science or related field preferredHACCP, Preventative Controls Qualified Individual and/or SQF Practitioner certifications desiredFirst Aid/CPR/AED and JH&SC certified Experience:Two to three years of related food industry experienceExperience in interpreting federal and provincial regulations, and maintaining working relationships with industry and regulatory officials Knowledge:Safe Food for Canadians ActSeafood HACCP requirementsWorking knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) Skills/Abilities:Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present effectively to groupsAbility to balance multiple priorities and ensure significant issues are communicated clearly to relevant stakeholders in a timely mannerStrong analytical skills required for data interpretation and analysisProficiency with MS OfficeMust be able to interface effectively with a wide variety of associatesPossess ability to communicate concepts, systems, procedures, etc., in a training environmentExperience in training large groups is beneficialMust possess leadership ability to inspire others to achieve desired resultsFlexible and adaptable to learning and understand new technologies PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT/ DEMANDS:Travel is required (Must have reliable means of transportation to access our Richmond and Burnaby facilities)Stooping, bending, twisting, lifting and reach may be required in the completion of job dutiesSome work is performed in a temperature-controlled office environment and some work may be performed in warehouse locations with temperatures ranging from ambient to below zero.Incumbent may sit for long periods of time at desk or computer terminalWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feet; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hearIncumbent may use calculators, keyboards, telephone, and other office equipment in the course of normal workdayCompany Description:UNFI Canada Inc. is one of the largest publicly-traded wholesale distributors of natural, organic and specialty food products in Canada and the USA. We ship grocery, refrigerated and frozen food from our warehouses to the major and independent grocery chains and stores across Canada.At UNFI Canada, we have a passion for the planet and see the big picture- doing what’s right for people and the earth. We embrace change to discover what’s next… and that is recruiting for new talent such as yourself!We bring healthier food options to people every day, and our team is driving these efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle best suited for you!New Routes can take us anywhere, and that is discovering YOU to come on board to join us at UNFI Canada!As an associate of UNFI, you will have the opportunity to bring healthier food options to more plates across the country. Job ID: 45237934
UNFI Canada, Inc.

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