Food Safety Manager

Food Bank
Food Safety Manager

Applications accepted through November 1, 2021. This is an essential position. A cover letter is required for consideration. The pay range for this role is $75,207-$84,876.

Oregon Food Bank offers fair and equitable compensation with a clear outline of earning potential. We prioritize safety, work-life balance and equitable support of our employees and their families. We believe deeply in the continued practice of a culture of learning where staff have the opportunity, take applicable courses toward professional development, earn advanced certifications, cross train, and broaden their understanding of the organization's mission commitment to equity. We place a high degree of value on skills developed through lived experience, outlined below under preferred organizational qualifications, and compensate employees for those skills. We offer excellent benefits including vision, dental, retirement and an employee solidarity fund. We offer flexible work scheduling - and a supportive environment to back it up, as well as a very generous PTO package that includes paid volunteer hours, as well as personal and wellness days.

Who You Are: You care deeply about community, about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You are committed to apply equity as a process and an outcome of your work to disrupt systemic social patterns that promote hunger such as racism, sexism, and cissexism. You have a strong affinity with OFB’s 10 Year Vision and are profoundly excited to achieve this vision for and with our community.

Position Summary: The Food Safety Manager will lead all aspects of OFB’s food safety effort including implementation, maintenance and optimization of food safety management systems at five Oregon Food Bank Branch Locations. The primary function of this position is to develop and execute objectives related to food safety, product quality, regulatory compliance, auditing and product recall. This position collaborates consistently across departments to ensure consistency and compliance with internal, regulatory, and Feeding America standards.

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-Lead the management of food handling practice for Oregon Food Bank with Operations, Volunteer and Facilities management teams to ensure compliance with internal food safety management systems, FSMA, USDA, FDA, and ODA regulations; as well as monitoring 3rd party audits and contractual compliance with Feeding America.
-Coordinate all regulatory and contractual food safety audits including preparation, day of participation and corrective action follow-up.
-Function as a technical expert regarding food safety and quality systems. Represent the food safety and quality function to all departments and serve as a conduit for information.
-Prepares the organization for heightened regulatory expectations by monitoring changes in the environment (Federal, State and Local) and developing enhanced quality and food safety programs.
-Maintains and updates knowledge with new regulations and current events regarding food science and safety. Develops and ensures delivery of training to all relevant staff.
-Engages in the continued practice of a culture of learning where staff have the opportunity to take applicable courses toward professional development, earn advanced certifications, cross-train, and broaden their understanding of the organization's mission commitment to equity.
-Collaborates with the Network Compliance Team in all areas of food safety intersection: Recalls/Partner Agency Support and Auditing/Distribution Program Development.
-Manage vendors and service providers associated with food safety and quality assurance programs.
-Transforms and analyzes data to create metrics to develop strategy, tactics and activities to drive continuous improvement.
-Responsible for internal auditing program: conduct regular facility, product, process and personnel inspections to ensure compliance and quality and to identify potential hazards.
-Conduct internal investigations of compliance issues and lead root cause analysis across teams, ensure completion of corrective actions, documentation and file compliance reports with regulatory agencies when necessary.
-Responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Oregon Food Bank Recall/Market Withdrawal program - leads cross-departmental coordination of activities.
-Coach and direct the work of staff. Oversee all aspects of personnel management, including hiring, training, coaching, employee development, performance appraisals, discipline, and conflict resolution.
-Other duties as assigned

Organizational level responsibilities:
To be an ambassador and a leader for OFB’s vision and mission, a cross-departmental collaborator, and an active contributor to building a movement to end hunger for good. Provides leadership and exemplifies professional communication and behaviors to OFB standards.
In consultation and coordination with the supervisor, actively contribute to:
-Cross-departmental efforts
-Work culture activities and programming
-Advisory and consultative groups such as the compensation committee, affinity groups, Equity Ambassadors, Equity Think Tank meetings, among others
-Plan and engage in professional development activities that strengthen your capacity for your specific role as well as your capacity to contribute and advance organizational goals, OFB’s vision and mission.

Application qualifications

Skills and experiences of the ideal candidate:
-Bachelors of Science in Food Science, Biology or Chemistry; 5 years experience working in a QA, or Manufacturing environment, with 1-3 years of demonstrated supervisory experience.
-Knowledge and understanding of food safety regulations, (e.g., GMP’s, FSMA, Produce Rule.)
-Experience developing food safety systems. Preventive Controls Qualified Individual ( PCQI), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Certification.
-Experience in developing and delivering training, experience or familiarity with training software platforms is a plus.
-Experience handling recalls and complex food safety situations to federal, state and company requirements.
-Ability to work well in a highly collaborative environment.
-Strong ability to communicate complex topics, including the rationale behind decisions/practices/processes, in simple approachable terms in both a verbally and written format. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
-Ability to take initiative and be self-directed in a quick-moving, ever-evolving environment
-Proficiency with G-suite/Google applications. Demonstrated experience to analyze regulations, manage food safety data, generate reports, Standard Operating Procedures and processes.
-Disposition and willingness to innovate, problem solve, test, fail and adjust.
-Experience in modeling intercultural competence and demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice.
-Demonstrated ability to think strategically, take initiative, and to maintain confidentiality.
-Project coordination and organization skills; ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail; meet deadlines, ability to handle interruptions, and produce timely, accurate work.
-Self-directed, meets benchmarks and checks assumptions about results and end goals. Ability to work independently and as part of a team; provides role clarity, shows willingness to support others to build momentum and share success, comfortable working in an office environment and offsite.
-Ability to thrive in a creative, responsive, and fast-paced culture.
-Trained in techniques and tools for process improvement, Lean/Six Sigma. - Preferred.

Organizational level preferred qualifications:
Multilingual skills at a minimum professional level of proficiency or greater in English and any additional language/s, defined as being able to speak the languages with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical and professional topics.
Multicultural skills of adaptation and integration are strongly preferred.
Adaptation is defined as the capacity to communicate and interact with people of multiple cultures, backgrounds, and styles by incorporating and adapting to the world view and perspectives of others.
Integration is defined as being able to “code-switch” or move in and out of one's worldview and help others understand different cultures, backgrounds, and styles to promote diversity and inclusion.
Commitment to continued professional development to strengthen capacity to work through an equity lens for equity and racial justice.
Strong capacity to consider multiple perspectives, to pivot to respond to emerging needs and lead through organizational changes.
Personal living/lived experience of hunger and/or systemic inequity/oppression.


Comprehensive benefits package provided.

How to apply

Please apply directly through our website.

About the organization

Who we are: Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. We believe that food and health are basic human rights for all. We know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of systemic barriers to employment, education, housing and health care such as systemic racism, sexism, and cissexism. That’s why we work systemically to achieve our mission to end hunger: we foster community connections to help people access nutritious food, and we build community power and strengthen networks of support and the safety net to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good.

We build community power to dismantle systems and policies that drive hunger and poverty.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we strongly encourage applications from candidates who can increase the diversity of our organization and strengthen our capacity to eliminate hunger. We believe strongly in the power of lived experience — and we actively seek individuals who have experienced hunger and its root causes to join our team. Our organization is stronger because of the leadership of people who have faced food insecurity in their own lives and/or hail from historically under-represented communities. Learn more about our commitment at

Additional information

The Fine Print:
Work environment: Work is performed in an office environment while sitting in meetings or at a computer screen for extended periods inside and outside of Oregon Food Bank and will use computers and phones extensively. May work outside of general working hours of 8:00 – 5:00 p.m., such as evenings and weekends. This role requires travel/personal vehicle use /work outside normal with frequent travel by car to points outside the greater Portland metro area, with overnight stays 6-8 times a year.
Work may require to lift, move and carry objects from 20 to 40 pounds, such as boxes containing office and other supplies. Crouching, bending, kneeling and reaching when filing. Accommodations may be available upon request. This position does not require a criminal background check.