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Manager, Food Safety Supply Partner Management

Requisition ID:  175106 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  Food Safety Logistics and Manufacturing 

Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%

Job Type:  Full-Time


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Ontario; Alberta; British Columbia; Nova Scotia; Québec  

City: Mississauga, Calgary, Vancouver, Stellarton, Montreal

Location: Tahoe Office, Bureau de Montréal-Nord, Calgary Office, Foord St. Office, Vancouver Office 

Postal Code:  


Our family of 134,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.  


A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 


All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.



Sobeys is full of exciting opportunities, and we are looking for top talent to join our team!


We have a full-time opportunity for a Manager, Food Safety Supply Partner Management.
The Manager, Food Safety Supply Partner Management, will lead the development of food safety standards, processes, and programs for branded supplier approval nationally. Responsible for identification of potential food safety risks and review of supplier audits including Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) audits, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification, regulatory licensing and implementation processes as applicable. Act as the primary food safety resource for development and support of branded supplier management strategies. Act as a secondary food safety resource for RSCs/e-commerce. Lead RFP processes and choose national service providers, as applicable.

Job Description


• Develop benchmarked food safety process, programs, training content, training delivery and auditing practices for the national branded supplier network
• Determine food safety approval criteria for various supplier groups based on food safety risk in product and processes. 
• Effectively risk assess new and established products and processes to evaluate potential food safety risks for suppliers, including in emerging areas of risk and novel food trends
• Execute and hold primary responsibility for supplier approvals nationally in key areas of business 
• Develop and maintain the vendor approval process for all branded product in key areas of business
• Develop training and support for regional and national teams on auditing and approving vendors
• Assist in the implementation, selection and maintenance of a vendor tracking system
• Develop resources for vendors who are not meeting requirements (including publicly available resources or tools) and execute the qualifying hold program
• Liaise with CFIA, other regulatory bodies, third-party auditing companies and external partners
• Support development of FS audit standards for RSCs and Voila, train RSCs and external auditors and oversee audit scheduling. 
• Conduct internal assessments to ensure all RSC’s meet FS requirements as requested
• Document and report unsafe practices, food safety/regulatory/quality issues
• Engage in personal development and be receptive to coaching, on-the-job learning and formal training support
• Support Sobeys Talent Management succession planning strategy with action plans that align to individual and organizational needs
• Embrace a safety focused culture
• Ensure all applicable company policies and procedures are communicated and adhered to
• Create metrics and report on results to senior management
• Participate in support of recall process, including scheduled rotation and emergency support of recall process after hours and on weekends
• Communicate verbally and in writing effectively, at a technical and professional level in English and French. The candidate will be expected to work with peers in other provinces in the development, development and implementation of tools and processes across Canada, as well as provide support to Sobeys employees across Canada


Job Requirements


• Ability to work with and influence government agencies or CFIA officials
• Ability to work in a highly dynamic environment, where projects and priorities can change often
• Ability to work independently, communicate effectively, work under pressure, and prioritize tasks effectively to meet deadlines
• Excellent organizational and prioritization skills with the ability to manage multiple projects with demonstrated flexibility/adaptability
• Demonstrated risk assessment, problem solving, decision making, and negotiating skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to be a team player
• Experience in developing and supporting policy and processes that have national applicability
• Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
• Strong technical knowledge of food safety manufacturing across multiple categories
• Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated ability to identify and communicate potential food safety risks
• Understanding of Canadian Food Regulation (Federal, Provincial, Local) nationally, including Quebec
• Technical expertise in food safety and HACCP certified/trained
• Experience developing/implementing food safety programs in distribution centres, vendor approval processes and GFSI schemes
• Ability to initiate projects, identify gaps and create solutions to reduce risk
• Understanding of CFIA and Health Canada’s recall processes and methods. Experience in managing recalls in a variety of products.
• Participate in support of recall process, including scheduled rotation and emergency support of recall process after hours and on weekends
• Excellent knowledge of food-related Canadian legislation, policies, and guidelines regarding manufacturing, distribution and logistics.
• Ability to communicate proficiently in technical subjects in both English and French
• 5-7 years experience in food manufacturing/food safety program development/food distribution
• 1 year managing HACCP federally regulated facility, 1-3 years managerial
• Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite

We offer teammates competitive total compensation packages that will vary by role and location. Some websites share our job opportunities and may provide salary estimates without our knowledge. These estimates are based on similar jobs and postings for general comparison, but these numbers are not provided by or monitored for accuracy by our organization. We look forward to discussing the specific compensation details relevant to this role with candidates who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process.

Sobeys is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.


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