Food Safety and Quality Program Specialist

Home Chef, 433 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607 (Downtown)

Home Chef brings people together around the dinner table.

Duration: Full-Time

Founded in 2013, Home Chef is the leading meal solutions company with both a retail and online presence. Available online at homechef.com and in retail at more than 2,100 Kroger grocery stores, Home Chef is committed to inspiring and enabling more people to cook simple, delicious meals, no matter how busy they are.

Similar to our recipes, we recognize that variety is the spice of life, and therefore, our employees also bring their uniqueness and color to our fantastic team. We’re eager to work with humble team players and pragmatic next-level thinkers to innovate on Home Chef’s offerings. 

While most of us continue to work remotely, our newly renovated headquarters at the Old Post Office is open for voluntary return to work. Our organization is closely following the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and will share updates on our 2022 return to the office plan as soon as any decisions are made.

The Food Safety and Quality Program Specialist provides systems support for the Corporate and Plant Food Safety and Quality teams. The role supports the design the Food Safety and Quality Management System Manual through ensuring effective and compliant management of records, SOPs, documentation and other necessary functional support of Home Chef’s Food Safety & Quality System. The Food Safety and Quality Program Specialist will also perform food safety and quality management administrative duties. 

Support the design and implementation of the Food Safety and Quality Management System:

  • Support the development and maintenance of key aspects of Home Chef Food Safety and Quality Systems, designed to meet the regulatory, Food Safety and Quality requirements to assure compliance with SQF requirements, including sanitation related activities
  • Works closely with the plant FSQA teams and cross-functionally in understanding, identifying gaps and proposing changes to processes that affect food safety & quality systems compliance
  • Support the design and development of SafetyChain, developing forms and programs as required
  • Develop training for plant FSQA teams related to program rollout
  • Champion change management for FSQA team

Food Safety & Quality Program Compliance, Preventive Controls Compliance:

  • Oversee monitoring, verification, and validation of Preventive Control for Sites Food Safety Plan, including allergen, sanitation and process preventive controls 
  • Track and trend environmental monitoring results (EMP), good manufacturing practice (GMP) audit findings, and other food safety program findings at a network level
  • Ensure internal audit program is followed as designed, review audit results for trends and best practices to be shared across the FSQA network
  • Review verification activities for scales, thermometers, etc. ensuring compliance to Home Chef’s food safety & quality program expectations

Quality System Documentation Management:

  • Responsible for document control activities including creation and maintenance of SOPs and training of associates to read, review and approve documents; and maintaining a fully compliant system.
  • Ensure food safety and quality records are maintained in a compliant manner and easily retrievable
  • Ensure all deviations from established procedures are appropriately documented through CAPA program and investigated to determine and fix root cause.
  • Oversees the documentation related to the internal audit program including checklist, schedule, reporting, and trending 

Other tasks as assigned:

  • Serve as back-up to shorts & replacement approvals and labeling activities among other daily and weekly FSQA team tasks, sometimes occurring after business hours, weekends and holidays
  • Serve as secondary resource for SafetyChain, becoming system subject matter expert
  • Drive food safety culture at Home Chef, contribute to the weekly Ops Bulletin FSQA section


  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in quality assurance, food safety, food distribution, food manufacturing, supply chain, or related fieldPrevious experience with GFSI, SQF and USDA audits preferred.
  • Understanding of Quality Management SystemsExperience developing, implementing, and maintaining food safety and quality programs
  • Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal skillsSelf-starter who is results-oriented, resourceful, and takes initiative
  • Capable of handling multiple responsibilities
  • Demonstrated ability to embrace change and learn quickly in a fast-paced environment
  • If not already obtained, must complete PCQI and HACCP training within 3 months of hire
  • Completion of a four-year degree program in a related field (please describe): Biology, Food Safety, Microbiology

  • The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

Perks and benefits:
- Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!
- Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance available
- Paid holidays, sick time and vacation time
- 401k program
- Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses

How We Work Together

We are humble team players. 
We are warm and gracious with team members and customers. We seek feedback to improve ourselves - and respectfully listen to and accept input.

We are pragmatic next-level thinkers.
We come up with novel and unique ideas. We explore new strategies to avoid being constrained by conventional thinking. 

We take ownership.
We approach ambiguous problems, prepared to dive in, get curious, and learn more. We are results-driven, always challenging ourselves to exceed goals.

Be at Home at Home Chef

We all show up authentically at Home Chef. Our team includes individuals with a variety of identities, backgrounds, and perspectives. You can trust that you’ll be able to bring your whole self to an inclusive and enjoyable workplace. 

We welcome people of all races, colors, religions, national origin or ancestry, sex (including sexual identity), age, physical or mental disabilities, pregnancy, veteran or military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, citizenship status, arrest record or expunged/sealed convictions, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law.

Home Chef is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Home Chef will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact our People team at [email protected].

Home Chef is an equal opportunity employer.

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About Home Chef

Every day, you're out there making things happen. That's why our CEO, Pat Vihtelic, created Home Chef: to provide everything you need to bring more delicious meals and moments to the table, no matter how busy you are. Because at Home Chef, we believe that preparing and enjoying a home-cooked meal should be a simply delicious experience. In fact, simplicity is our mantra. From online to doorstep...to your kitchen table, we make planning and preparing a home-cooked meal simple, intuitive and inspirational every step of the way. In 2013, Pat started Home Chef by partnering with a chef to design delicious, easy-to-follow recipes. Since then, our team has grown to include several chefs, and more than 700 employees across production, marketing, technology, product, design, and customer service. Last year, we delivered over 10 million meals and expanded our delivery to cover more than 97% of the U.S. population. Some days -- okay, most days -- we can't believe how quickly we've grown. But we believe that people continue to love Home Chef for the same reasons it was founded: it saves time, reduces food waste, and most importantly, brings people together for a home-cooked meal.

Want to learn more about Home Chef? Visit Home Chef's website.