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Regional Food Safety Manager

Corporate Services
Work Level:
Work Level 4
Job Type:
Full Time Permanent
26 Aug 2022
About The Role
We’ve got a fantastic opportunity for a Regional Food Safety Manager to join our field based retail team. You’ll be travelling between 38 of our Retail stores from Grantham right down to Swindon/across to Basingstoke and everywhere in between! This role will play a pivotal role in upholding all elements of safety and legality and really supporting our stores. The successful candidate will be a subject matter expert and the point of contact for the stores and supporting Retail Senior/Regional Management, they will relish in a role where they have specific responsibility for food safety, and will work to ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues as well as legality of our Brand. 

This role also supports stores in Trading Standards and Health & Safety matters, knowledge of these areas would be an advantage but full training would be provided. 

A typical week in this role looks like… 
  • Your home will be your base location, but you’ll spend most of your time supporting stores. Mondays are a big report and meeting day where you’ll engage and deliver key updates to your region
  • Your week will be driven by the business needs and will include visiting 1-2 stores a day supporting improvement plans, attending meetings, conducting audits and upskilling/coaching colleagues & managers. (Depending on location these may require you to stay overnight in a hotel) 
  • As the first point of contact for Safe and Legal in your region you will take calls, attend meetings and respond to emails throughout the week. You'll build relationships and influence others to support your delivery of a Safe and Legal culture
  • Virtual Technical Team meetings take place weekly for business updates and to share your experiences with your fellow Food Safety Technical Managers
  • With an individual project to deliver, you'll manage your own diary to ensure business critical activities are managed and your project is delivered on time
Role Responsibilities (this list is not exhaustive):
  • Provide a Safe and Legal management service for Retail stores, support in Logistics may be required occasionally
  • Proactively attend regional and store meetings, build engagement with the senior teams & share data trends, working with the teams to agree suitable solutions
  • Manage/coordinate activity where serious safety or legality concerns have been identified and work with stores and sites to demonstrably improve standards
  • Work with stakeholders to manage Enforcement activity, arrange for any necessary support, disseminate information and liaise with Enforcement Officers to reach a satisfactory conclusion
  • Provide a reactive service for serious food safety, trading standards and health & safety issues and incidents 
  • Support the central teams by providing timely information and advice
  • Use a partnership approach in order to coach Regional Managers, Store/Site Managers and colleagues in the required safe and legal standards/ general good practice
  • Work in partnership with the Training Team
  • Build strong relationships with the retail management teams in order to be recognised as the main point of contact for all technical queries
  • Build and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. Pest Controller) to effectively promote safety and legality
About You

Desirable Skills and Knowledge:

  • Degree in Food Science, Food Technology or a closely related discipline
  • Post-graduate experience in a food safety role
  • Food Safety or Safe & Legal auditing experience
  • Lead Assessor Qualification   
  • Recognised HACCP Qualification to at least Intermediate Level
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of catering, retail or manufacturing and the required food safety controls
  • Knowledge and understanding of food safety legislation and its requirements
  • An appreciation of the microbiological safety and quality aspects of high risk products
  • A good understanding of food safety / quality management systems
  • Knowledge of Retail operations
  • Customer focussed with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude
  • Great communicator
We pride ourselves on being a diverse and inclusive business and are committed to making Morrisons a brilliant place to work, harbouring an environment where our people can thrive. Treating all colleagues with respect and dignity is the Morrisons way - we celebrate individuality and love different perspectives. It’s what you bring to the table that matters.
About The Company
In return for looking after our customers, we look after our colleagues too. You can expect to enjoy:
  • 6.6 weeks annual leave, including statutory bank holidays and the option to buy an additional five days annual leave
  • Annual bonus plan
  • Market leading staff discount scheme
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Medical cover
  • Company car and fuel card