The Food and Industrial Safety Specialist works under the direction of Human Resources and Operations.  This position is responsible for designing, developing and leading the implementing the systems for measuring and managing conformity to Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA), National Organic Program (NOP), Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)/EPA and other established regulatory, industry and proprietary standards in all regions of the company’s operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as frequency/severity rates of injuries/accidents for food, third party and internal audit scores for food/industrial safety and sanitation and assure consistency of test outcomes for equipment and activity in those areas.
  • Conduct incident and root cause accident investigations and recommend methods for recurrence prevention. Present hazard reduction strategies to Safety Committees and monitor implemented corrections for successfulness in accident/injury reduction.
  • Lead and set goals and objectives for Valley Pride’s food and industrial safety programs throughout the organization including developing appropriate metrics, signage and monitoring methods to enforce compliance.
  • Adhere to GMP, GAP, LGMA, NOP, FSMA, EPA, OSHA and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and all other applicable regulatory standards for industrial and food safety as minimum standards in the field and facilities.
  • Develop and implement policies and programs that provide guidance and education on food safety, food defense and industrial safety from IIPPs, HIPPs and Hazard communications to OSHA information.
  • Embed safety policies in practices, processes and automation to ensure consistent safe outcomes and compliance at all levels.
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for food safety/defense and industrial safety.
  • Enforce policies related to food and industrial safety internal and external auditing and proactive regular inspections.
  • Coordinate and oversee third-party audits as well as reviewing and conducting facility and field risk assessments, inspections and internal audits to ensure compliance with regulatory and company policies and procedures.
  • Promote Valley Pride, Inc. programs by educating all stakeholders.
  • Verify the proper function, calibration and accuracy of all food and industrial safety monitoring equipment and methods including PH testing and chlorine dilution testing. Document all test results and responses to demonstrate continuous compliance.
  • Accurately document test results as well as recommending and implementing mitigation strategies with stakeholders for “out-of-compliance” conditions.
  • Lead Workplace Safety Committee and assist in troubleshooting food and industrial safety programs.
  • Develop, implement and adopt safety training models, presentations, schedules and materials.
  • Manage all aspects of safety training including content, programs and document control strategies.
  • Maintain safety incentive database and administer program.
  • Communicate analytical information in proper formats as directed/required to affected departments.
  • Review inventories of chemicals, pesticides, first aid kits for expiration dates and counts and update SDS sheets.
  • Administer food safety and safety incentive databases and programs.
  • Coordinate and collect environmental swabs for harvest machines and sanitation activities as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in science preferred. Will consider other degree with comparable experience in food/industrial safety.
  • Bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English.
  • Three to five plus years experience in food safety/industrial safety/food quality assurance.
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Must be able to travel and seasonally relocate to areas of operation.
  • Good math, written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Computer literacy and familiarity with MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint are required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. Must have ability to speak in large group settings to employees, customers and vendors.



Valley Pride provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.