Global Food Safety Manager


Lebbeke-Wieze, VOV, BE, 8005

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role:


The Food Safety Manager is responsible to keep abreast of changes in technology, processes and to update our food safety policies, standards and procedures as needed to ensure that regulatory, GFSI certification and customer requirements with respect to food safety are achieved or exceeded. The Food Safety Manager is the global subject matter expert with regards to Micro, Allergens and Toxicology food safety risks.


Key responsibilities:


1. Develop and continuously improve BC food safety standards

  • Developing, improving and maintaining Food Safety Policies, Standards, Procedures and Programs applicable to BC sites and suppliers, based on new developments in technology and processes, industry best practices, GFSI standards and customer requirements.
  • Support the BC Food Safety expert community and specific core expert network(s) to share knowledge, information and best practices.
  • Develop and deliver global training programs on:
    • Micro, Allergens and Toxicology risks
    • BC Standards and requirements


2. Drive Compliance to BC’s Food Safety Standards

  • Drive the BC Micro, Allergen and Chemical food safety risks control and prevention programs in HACCP, TACCP, VACCP by sharing best practices, supporting when issues occur and providing expert advise on prevention and control systems.
  • Lead the food safety validation of emerging technologies, processes and products.
  • Contribute to the BC corporate Food Safety and Quality FSSC 22000 certification.
  • Lead pro active prevention to avoid reoccurrence of non conformances identified in internal Food Safety audits, by Internal Audit, in Issue Management and FSSC22000 audits.
  • Analyse and Review Issues to identify gaps against standards that require further training or review of standards.


3. Provide expertise and risk assessment

  • Author Global Statements related to Food Safety as and when required.
  • Lead specific Food Safety Projects, as and when required;
  • Support in Issue Management, as and when required.
  • Interact and work with external groups (research, industry groups) on emerging issues and new technologies in areas of expertise.


About you:

  • Masters degree in Food Engineering, Food Science or equivalent.
  • Formal training in HACCP.
  • 7-10 years experience at a GFSI certified food manufacturer as a Quality Manager or in another operational role.
  • Experience in communicating with customers, auditors and regulatory agencies.
  • Successful recording of passing audits by customers and third parties.
  • Experience performing audits of internal and external facilities/suppliers.
  • Experience working with the design and implementation of food safety plans / programs.
  • Experience with Root Cause Analysis and Continuous Improvement.
  • Continuous Improvement experience and skills an asset.
  • Teamplayer, drive to deliver, customer focus.
  • Flexible to travel up to 25% of time, including trips on short notice.
  • Fluent in English, other languages an asset.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.