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Sysco Food Safety Manager in Nashville, Tennessee


US6469 Sysco Payroll, Division of Sysco Resources Services, LLC

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Minimum Level of Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Years of Experience:

5 Years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Travel Percentage:


The pay range provided is not indicative of Sysco's actual pay range but is merely algorithmic and provided for generalized comparison. Factors that may be used to determine rate of pay include specific skills, work location, work experience and other individualized factors


The Food Safety Program Manager is responsible for providing proactive leadership and instruction in the area of Food Safety within the Operating Company. This position drives corporate food safety strategy at the local level to mitigate food safety risk through the implementation of the field level risk-based food safety preventive controls program for the Manufacturing, Storage and Distribution segments within an assigned Sysco Operating Company.


  • Provide technical, customer relations, and personnel management for major programs and projects

  • Execute all corporate food safety related strategies, policies, and procedures; maintain open communication with all related departments to address the identification of food safety hazards and process improvement opportunities

  • Ensure compliance with applicable food safety regulatory requirements (Federal, State/Provincial and, Local) Maintain effective working relationships with regulatory authorities, industry trade groups, suppliers, owned companies, internal stakeholders, and customers

  • Handle and oversee the product recall process to ensure timely communication and execution of product recalls and completion of related documentation

  • Manage Sysco's participation in the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), audits by SQF, Primus GFS, independent third parties, customers, internal, and regulatory entities

  • Analyze results and gather corrective action plans for audit non-conformance. Review final results with Regional Food Safety Quality Manager

  • Monitor and manage compliance with the third party Good Agricultural Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices third party audit program in the Azure database

  • Deliver and track program training for all associates and supervisors with direct Food Safety program responsibilities

  • Serve as the Food Safety customer lead at the Operating Company

  • Follow-up promptly and thoroughly on food safety complaints from customers. Effectively communicate resolutions to internal and external stakeholders as needed



  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Animal Science, Biological Science, or Supply Chain/Operations from a four-year college preferred

  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) training required and ServeSafe certification preferred


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in Distribution Center Food Service Operations, Quality Assurance/Control, Research & Development, Food Production/Operations, Supply Chain, or related discipline

  • Knowledge of product traceability

  • Understanding of Food Safety regulations, laws, and best practices including those from FDA, USDA, CFIA, and other state/provincial/ local entities

  • Basic knowledge of food microbiology, food safety, and food defense

  • Supervisory experience preferred


  • The successful candidate will be comfortable working independently with minimal oversight

  • He/She will have a high level of integrity and accountability, specifically the ability to speak and act with complete honesty and trustworthiness

  • He/She will be flexible and adaptable to adjust quickly to new circumstances

  • In addition, this person will demonstrate active curiosity with a strong focus around proactively soliciting and acting on received feedback

  • This person will have a very high level of maturity and be able to read an audience and adapt his/her communication and influencing style quickly and appropriately

  • He/She will have high energy and thrive on solving complex challenges

  • He/She will be able to handle multiple assignments simultaneously, often with competing priorities

Developing and Leveraging Relationships

  • The successful candidate will have superior communication, relationship building, and influencing skills

  • He/She will be open-minded, transparent and they will have exceptional listening skills

  • This person will communicate ideas in a clear, practical and compelling manner

  • Further, they will balance data, personalities, and conflicting interests when influencing others and recognize nuances in reading others

  • Finally, this person will possess the highest level of integrity and character

Language Skills

The successful candidate will have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations in English. Candidate must demonstrate the ability to write reports, business correspondence, policies, and procedures, as well as effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of associates, managers, customers, and suppliers.

Mathematical Skills

The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide into all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals, as well as have the ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to create and interpret graphs.

Reasoning Ability

The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations

Valid driver's license

Certifications in Food Safety, HACCP and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)

Decision Making Authority

Most important decisions made fully independently:

Implement policies and procedures

Conduct training

Most important decisions made with review and approval of other individuals or supervisors (include the reviews/approvals required):

Any changes to ensure compliance that would involve equipment of the facility

Disciplinary action, including termination, due to a food safety violation

Other Information

  • Please provide any other information that you think would help us further define the nature and scope of this position

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis without future employment sponsorship

  • Sysco is committed to providing comprehensive retirement and benefits programs, a stock purchase plan, product purchase discounts and much more

  • Background & Drug Screen. EOE

  • Travel 10-15%


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Sysco is the global leader in foodservice distribution. With over 71,000 colleagues and a fleet of over 13,000 vehicles, Sysco operates approximately 333 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 700,000 customer locations.

We offer our colleagues the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations. We're looking for talented, hard-working individuals to join our team. Come grow with us and let us show you why Sysco is at the heart of food and service.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

This opportunity is available through Sysco Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates.