Food Safety Manager

| Greater LA Area
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About sweetgreen:

sweetgreen is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. We passionately believe that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day in each sweetgreen, our 4,500 team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. And in our local communities, we’re committed to leaving people better than we found them. We’re in the business of feeding people, and we’re out to change what that means.

The Food Safety Manager is responsible for providing food safety and quality leadership and instruction to all Sweetgreen locations in our West Region (CA, CO, TX, IL). The position drives food safety and quality at a local level and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements, internal policies and procedures and third-party audit standards.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree; preference will be given to candidates with degrees in Food Science, Microbiology, Biological Science, or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in food safety, preferably in QSR environment.
  • Food safety experience in restaurants preferred.

Job Requirements:

  • Proven leader with experience influencing across an organization, gains satisfaction when sharing knowledge, coaching, developing, motivating.
  • Knowledge and understanding of pathogens and microbes associated with food production and food microbiological testing.
  • Knowledge of HACCP, SOP’s, and government/industry food safety and quality regulations, codes, and standards.
  • Knowledge and understanding of food safety principles, root cause analysis strategies, and continuous process improvement.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Team player who demonstrates initiative and integrity while being able to work with little supervision.
  • Ability to travel (max 75% of time).


  • Partner with operators to drive performance improvement for all sweetgreen locations in the West Region.
  • Facilitate shop leadership training in food safety principles and sg SOPs.
  • Provide food safety support to operators to deliver world class standards in the restaurants and ensure compliance with applicable food safety regulatory requirements (Federal, State, and Local).
  • Maintain open communication with all departments to address the identification of food safety and quality issues and continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Manage the third party audit program for the restaurants, evaluate performance and drive improvements through the operation.
  • Review reports regarding regulatory, customer, internal and third party audits, sanitation violations, customer complaints, pest control, temperature monitoring and ensure corrective actions completed and recorded on a timely basis.
  • Collect, trend, and analyze food safety and quality performance and prepare reports to evaluate the local unit’s compliance and overall performance.
  • Keep up to date with government regulations, industry best practices and food safety and quality advancements.
  • Develop relationship with local health departments and provide guidance to operators regarding violations and requests.
  • Project manage development of SOPs, training materials, crisis management.
  • Project manage food safety initiatives from concept through to launch.
  • Provide food safety guidance for store design, store development and refits.
  • Provide training and support for new restaurants openings.
  • Manage pest control for market, working with operators and facilities to fix issues. 

What you'll get:

  • Three different medical plans to suit your and your family's needs
  • Dental and Vision insurance
  • Flexible PTO plan
  • 401k; company match of 50% up to 3% of employee contribution
  • 5 months paid family leave; we believe in fully supporting new parents
  • Employee HSA and FSA
  • Complimentary greens
  • An opportunity to make a real impact on the people around you, both by growing them and by connecting them to real food
  • To live the sweetlife and celebrate your passion + purpose
  • A collaborative family of people who live our core values and have your back
  • A clear career path with opportunities for development, both personally and professionally
  • Free sweetgreen swag

Come join the sweetlife!

sweetgreen provides equal opportunities for everyone that works for us and everyone that applies to join our team, without regard to sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, any service, past, present, or future, in the uniformed services of the United States (military or veteran status), or any other consideration protected by federal, state, or local law.

sweetgreen participates in the federal government's E-Verify program to determine employment eligibility. To learn more about the E-Verify program, please click here.

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What are sweetgreen Perks + Benefits

sweetgreen Benefits Overview

sweetgreen is committed to offering a benefit package with flexibility and options to help you live your sweetlife. Our suite of benefits includes the core options of medical, dental, and vision as well as other voluntary benefit options to help you create the benefit package that best meets the needs of you and your family.

We believe that our employees are the most important ingredients in our restaurants and aim to support you throughout your journey at sweetgreen. FAMILY FUND

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 5 months of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We believe in fully supporting new parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
sweetgreen provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times. Do what you love on *and* off the clock.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees Give back with 5 paid volunteering hours per year.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Sweetgreen has partnered with Classpass to offer a different kind of gym membership. All benefits-eligible employees receive a subsidy per month to use towards your membership.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
sweetgreen hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits


The family fund provides emergency financial aid to employees experiencing financial hardship caused by catastrophic events outside of your control, like a natural disaster or life altering personal crisis.

Every person in the sweetgreen family can elect to donate part of their paycheck to the family fund pool of money. This is the money that will be distributed to individuals who apply for funds that will help them cope with an unfortunate situation.

With your continued support, we can truly make an impact in the lives of our sweetgreen family members who are experiencing hardship.

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