Director of Food Safety & Quality Assurance (Temp) at sweetgreen

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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 4,000 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.

Director of Food Safety & Quality Assurance - Temporary (5-6 months to cover a leave)

As a Director of Food Safety & QA (Temporary), you will lead a team focused on guiding quality and food safety efforts across all sweetgreen locations and concepts. You will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing the Food Safety & QA programs and 2020 strategy in accordance with sweetgreen policies, federal, state and local regulations. As the company grows, this position will provide guidance and support to all aspects of the organization to ensure the safety of sg food. This position will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

The right person for this role is a proven leader with experience influencing across an organization, is an excellent communicator, sets a high bar for him/herself, and is adept at developing talent. If you are someone who thrives in a critical leadership position and gains personal satisfaction when sharing knowledge and cross collaborating, then this is a great role for you.

What you’ll do:

  • Leads the food safety and quality assurance team
  • Manage food safety strategy execution, ensuring brand protection and driving performance improvements across the sweetgreen fleet
  • Collaborate cross functionally on emerging food safety concerns, crisis events and industry issues
  • Work collaboratively with supply chain team to deliver quality assurance initiatives and goals, onboard and approve new vendors with respect to food safety, quality attributes and product consistency
  • Provide guidance to assess, control and resolve food safety risks in restaurants and supply chain in an effective and timely manner
  • Drive continuous improvement opportunities in food safety across restaurant operations and supply chain
  • Develop and maintain business relationships with appropriate regulatory agencies and act as point of contact for all food safety matters
  • Maintain open communication with all departments to provide guidance on food safety and quality assurance programs and strategy
  • Develop and report on metrics to measure food safety performance against internal and industry benchmarks
  • Educates the organization on current food safety technology, understanding food safety trends and seeing their impact on the company’s strategy
  • Contributes food safety and quality expertise to new product development efforts to ensure safe food handling procedures
  • Drive food safety culture throughout the organization
  • Maintains knowledge of food safety and quality, regulatory requirements including, but not limited to HACCP, FSMA, GMP, FDA Model Food Code for food manufacturing, food products, packaging, distribution and food service operations
  • Serves as a liaison with regulatory officials for compliance with local, state, and federal regulations
  • Advanced ability to communicate, influence and negotiate decisions while motivating staff
  • Provides food safety and quality support to Consumer-Packaged Goods operations

What you’ll bring to the table:

  • Minimum 10 years experience in the food industry specifically related to restaurant/production food safety, quality assurance and regulatory.
  • Ability to deliver strategies that align with sweetgreen mission and core values.
  • In depth knowledge of HACCP, SOPs and government/ industry food safety and quality regulations, codes and standards.
  • Able to lead and influence both internal and external cross functional parties.
  • Experience and proven ability to effectively process information related to food quality.
  • Team leadership experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and orally with all levels of business.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Must be flexible to travel as needed.

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.

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Our office is positioned in the centerpiece for LA's newest creative generation, PLATFORM and directly across the street from the Metro Station.

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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