Food Safety Specialist

Food Safety Specialist
AVI Limited
Akasia, Gauteng


Posted 06 May 2021 – Closing Date 25 May 2021

Job Details

Job Description

An opportunity has become available for a Food Safety Specialist to join our Snackworks Rosslyn team, reporting directly to the QA Manager. The incumbent will be responsible for the management of compliance to good manufacturing practices, quality and food safety-related activities to secure consumer safety. The role interacts with internal customers within the manufacturing operation namely Production, Logistics, Site Services and Continuous Improvement.

Responsibilities include:

Quality, GMP and Food Safety:

  • Oversee the hygiene surveys for site including post CIP verification of wet plants. This is in accordance to AIB and FSSC 22 000 requirements
  • Manage risks associated with CIP process
  • Manage risks as identified by the HACCP studies
  • Investigate customer complaints with a food safety risk


  • Maintain and coordinate the calibration schedule for test equipment for controlled equipment including for Trade Metrology requirement
  • Maintain test equipment in the main and satellite laboratories and ensure they are maintained in good working order

Chemical Control:

  • Manage Chemical control process and its impact on Food Safety across the site
  • Maintain the Master Safety Data Sheets ( MSDS) file across and associated copies
  • Conduct monthly inspections in conjunction with the Environmental Officer to check for compliance


  • Manage the Pest Control Contract
  • Site liaison for cleaning queries
  • Ensure all areas of site are addressed by the MCS, Cleaning methods and cleaning checklists
  • Manage and coordinate high level cleaning
  • Ensure cleaning is as per GMP and FS standards
  • Chair monthly feedback meeting with service provider addressing all non-conformities

Pest Control:

  • Manage the pest control process on site by liaising with the pest control contractor on an on-going basis
  • Ensure all reported pest sightings are actioned and closed out
  • Ensure pest control is maintained and pest control programme performance is reported to the Food Safety Committee
  • Maintain oversight of the pest control contactor and ensure the pest control program is effective

Quality Management Systems:

  • Initiate Non-conformances and Corrective Action request where required
  • Participate in the internal audit programme for the site i.e. GMP and Business Process Audits
  • Participate in the Task Force Activities
  • Assist with QC lab activities where required


  • Ensures compliance to Safety procedures of self and fellow employees
  • Participates in team meetings and communicates with internal customers
    Assistance where required and performance of other general tasks where requested
  • Setting budgets and controlling spend for contracts managed

Qualifications, Experience and Knowledge required:

  • A completed tertiary qualification Food Technology / Biotechnology / Food Sciences / Analytical Chemistry
  • At least 5 years’ experience as a Food Safety Officer/Specialist
  • Experience in a food production facility essential
  • Good technical skill with laboratory instrumentation
  • Advanced understanding of FSSC 22000
  • AIB experience ideal