Senior Director, Food Safety

DANONE - Louisville, CO (30+ days ago)4.2

USD - Dannon within ESSENTIAL DAIRY & PLANT-BASED is looking for a Senior Director, Food Safety in the United States (US) for Louisville, Colorado.
With our global presence, brands and business within our mission "bringing health through food to as many people as possible" we believe that people growth is a key asset to reach a sustainable business performance.
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About Danone North America

Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. Danone North America was formed as a Public Benefit Corporation in 2017 to nourish people, communities and the world through its diverse portfolio of healthful dairy- and plant-based products, coffee creamers and beverages. Its portfolio of brands includes: Activia®, DanActive®, Danimals®, Dannon®, Danonino®, Danone®, Earthbound Farm®, Horizon Organic® premium dairy products, International Delight® coffee creamers and iced coffee, Light & Fit®, Oikos® Greek yogurt, Silk® plant-based foods and beverages, So Delicious® Dairy Free, Vega® and Wallaby® Organic. The mission of the Company is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. For more information, please visit


The Director of Food Safety establishes and delivers all food safety strategies across the enterprise comprised of numerous category leading brands and manufacturing facilities. As a member of the Corporate Quality Leadership Team, the Director will lead several programs including Corporate Food Safety, Quality Systems, and compliance to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Director will partner closely across the Supply Chain and Research & Development organizations; and with other members of the Corporate Quality Leadership Team including the Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Technical Services, Sr. Manager of Compliance and Manager of Laboratory Services in order to develop appropriate strategies and objectives that drive continuous improvement and regulatory compliance. The Director will then lead the implementation of these strategies in order to achieve, maintain, and improve food safety programs and performance enterprise wide.

In addition, the Director will have oversight of our state of the art corporate laboratory and all Danone North America facility laboratory operations in the areas of research, validation, and performance excellence.

The Director of Food Safety will also serve on the corporate crisis management team.


Lead the Food Safety effort to include developing strategies, objectives, and priorities. Publish and deliver annual operating plans and strategic plans.
Ensure tight linkage to higher-level Supply Chain and enterprise-wide priorities.
Assure Food Safety’s needs are built into key cross functional processes from concept through commercialization.
Prepare the organization for heightened regulatory expectations by developing/optimizing enhanced quality and food safety plans/programs across the Supply Chain.
Represent Food Safety to all business teams and serve as a conduit for information. Improve visibility to performance and business team needs.
Lead the Quality Systems program to define standards for the Supply Chain and broader organization.
Transform data into meaningful information by developing new metrics and define activities that will drive improvement.
Interact effectively at all levels within the organization, influence key stakeholders, and constructively manage opposition.
Provide thought leadership within the broader organization.


Serve as principle investigator and lead troubleshooting / root cause efforts related to microbiological challenges; design preventative solutions.
Serves as a technical expert for food science and microbiology matters.
Assists in the development of specifications for raw materials and finished goods with regards to food safety and quality
Promotes positive change (continuous improvement) in WWF facilities.
Oversees the development and review of standardized sampling and testing programs.

Job Specifications

Education and Experience

At least 10 years of previous Quality Assurance, food manufacturing, food safety, and laboratory experience
Minimum of a B.S. degree in Food Microbiology or Food Science, or other related fields; M.S. or PhD strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent communication skills
Great organization, Multi-tasking, Great customer service and coaching abilities, Team oriented, Motivator, Detail oriented, effective time management
Extensive experience in a food/beverage manufacturing and laboratory environment, HACCP, and food safety practices
Ability to perform complex statistical data analysis is a must utilizing statistical process control (InfinityQS) or other software
Experience with baking, dairy, plant-based nutrition, cereals, and grains a plus

Travel Requirements

Estimated between 5% and 20%

For more information about Danone, its people and its business, please visit We have something special inside, do you?
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The Dannon Company is a US-subsidiary of Danone, a Fortune 500 company and one of the most successful health-focused food companies in the world with leading positions in fresh dairy products, water, baby nutrition and medical nutrition. Danone’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Our core values foster individual professional growth. We reward entrepreneurialism and innovation. There truly is something very special inside our company. You can see it reflected in our people, our products and our culture. If you like what you have learned, we encourage you to apply and learn more.

Dannon is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.