Director, Food Safety and Sanitation

Chicago, Illinois | Full-Time

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  • Bachelor of Science Degree in business or technical discipline, i.e. Engineering, Operations Management, Microbiology, Food Science or related field
  • 10+ years industry experience, with responsibility for a broad spectrum of Food Safety and Sanitation elements
  • Thorough, practical, and functional knowledge of food safety regulations including current regulations and directives and HACCP/SSOP/HARPC programs
  • Strong auditing and assessment skills
  • Strong written and verbal skills as well as project/program management capabilities
  • Preferred Certification: HACCP, PCQI, ASQ, PMP, Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt, ISO Lead Auditor
  • Excellent Project & Change Management
  • Integrated Sanitation and Pest Control Management
  • Thorough GMP and Personnel Hygiene Management
  • Strong analytical abilities, technical writing ability and comprehensive understanding of quality toolbox (SPC, 8D root cause analysis, control and inspection standards, basic statistics, etc.)
  • Open-minded self-starter with the ability to adapt, improvise and problem solve, as well manage multiple tasks and projects and concisely explain complex issues supported with data. Team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Adapts and thrives in a demanding, start-up, fast-paced environment
  • Possesses a high level of critical thinking
  • Must understand and comply with the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of GTI
  • Understanding of the Medical Marijuana laws, rules and regulations is preferred and the passion to further their understanding and knowledge of the industry and the laws
  • Cross-functional team leadership skills, as well as coaching and mentoring skills
  • Demonstrated competence to work and communicate effectively with all levels in the organization

Additional Requirements

  • A self-starter who brings the utmost level of integrity to the company
  • Facilitation skills with large, complex cross-functional teams
  • Experience working with both qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • A passion and curiosity for data and data-driven decision making
  • Influence and negotiation
  • Willingness to travel up to approximately 40%
  • Must pass any and all required background checks
  • Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry
  • Must possess valid driver’s license
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must be approved by the D.O.A. to receive an Agent badge


  • Responsible for the execution of all corporate food safety related strategies, policies and procedures at the plant level. Effectively communicate and work with all related departments to identify food safety hazards and to effectively mitigate food safety risks
  • Ensure compliance with local, state and federal food safety laws including applicable parts of the Code of Federal Regulations, FDA Food Code and Good Manufacturing Practices Regulations including industry best practices
  • Assist in external auditing to meet audit expectations. Analyze audit results; implement corrective actions as required to address audit nonconformance
  • Customarily audit food safety practices to evaluate performance and compliance; sanitation deviations, provide objective feedback to plant management to address opportunities for improvement
  • Work with R&D team to ensure product safety on new product introductions
  • Understand chemical specifications and their effectiveness/proper application for different processing and packaging equipment SSOP’s, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure.
  • Conduct scheduled sanitation validation audits including dismantling and inspecting critical processing and packaging equipment to ensure optimal cleanliness/sanitization
  • Ensure operational efficiencies, training and development, and streamlines process related to food safety with a focus toward CI (continuous improvement), to maintain standards and controls are in place and aligned with industry best practices and associated regulatory and/or compliance requirements
  • Direct activities related to pest control including monitoring, recordkeeping, exclusion practices and treatment programs
  • Define and implement the HACCP Plan across sites.
  • Define, managing and enforcing the implementation, verification and validation of Food Safety programs such as HACCP/SSOP/HARPC and FDA Food Safety Plan
  • Keep abreast of emerging issues/news in food industry and regulatory agencies on food safety and quality requirements that impact manufacturing facilities and provide potential solutions to the leadership team
  • Support and provide input for learning and development needs of manufacturing employees to establish robust food safety culture at the manufacturing site(s)
  • Conduct plan reviews of new construction for regulatory compliance
  • Define appropriate safety and sanitation metrics and report periodically to leadership team
Green Thumb Industries, Inc. (GTI)
Green Thumb Industries, Inc. (GTI)
HQ: Chicago, Illinois

Green Thumb Industries Inc. manufactures, distributes, and sells various cannabis products for medical and adult-use in the United States. It offers cannabis flower; and processed and packaged products, including concentrates, edibles, and topical and other cannabis products under the Rythm, Dogwalkers, The Feel Collection, Beboe, and other brands.

Company size: ~2000

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  • Career Level
  • Degree
  • Experience
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  • Attractive
  • Director
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 7-10 Years
  • Full-Time
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