ABOUT THE ROLE:
The Director of Food Safety is the standard bearer, the teacher & the validator for all things food safety in every DIG restaurant. You will travel between restaurants, performing internal audits with our restaurant leaders & teams to ensure standards are being met to the highest degree. You will work with our operations & culinary teams to identify & mitigate risks in our processes. You are a natural partner & collaborator with our Chefs, leaving each restaurant set up for success.
- Work with the operations & culinary teams to proactively identify & mitigate risks, covering both food safety & allergen requirements.
- Perform checks of each restaurant to ensure standards for quality, customer service, health & safety are met to the strictest of regulations.
- Work cross functionally to ensure success & pass inspections at all restaurants.
- Ensure that DIG adheres to all OSHA & DOH regulations.
- Work closely with the field by sharing detailed, thorough reports with clear action items for each restaurant. You will be responsible for follow up/progress markers in order to create better systems across all DIG locations.
- Assist restaurant leaders in training staff on proper cleaning procedures throughout all day parts.
- Liaise with DIGs Supply Center on food safety practices related to food manufacturing, receiving, & distribution.
- Own our tech program (SmartSense) for monitoring & tracking food temperature (refrigeration & hot holding) as well as our TPHC (Time As A Public Health Control) machines which are used to comply with DOH TPHC requirements. You will act as the liaison with our restaurant operators for any systems-related issues.
- Work with the culinary team to track all allergen information for our seasonal menus & ensure all allergens are properly communicated to our guests on our menus in store & online.
- Maintain a database of all permits, licenses, & DOH/ServSafe Manager certification.
- Help manage our internal food safety document library. Included but not limited to:
- Creating new logs, forms, SOPs, HACCP plans, etc.
- Organizing all draft versions, current versions & past versions of documents.
- Frequent analysis of the document library system to better understand how documents can be improved, better organized, better accessed, etc.
- Monitor relevant food safety news outlets to ensure were compliant with new food safety laws and/or developing food safety issues. This includes:
- Conducting conversations with relevant government food safety regulators (local, federal, etc.) on inspections, recalls, permits, variance applications, and/or any issues that arise.
- Monitoring any relevant recalls & helping to implement procedures to ensure recalls are quickly & effectively dealt with
- Assist in emergency response plans that jeopardize food safety such as: power outages, no running water, equipment failure, etc.
- 4-5+ years experience in the Food Quality/ Safety space.
- Exemplary organizational skills, & the ability to manage data.
- Excellent communication skills.
- A knack for the details. No problem goes unfixed on your watch.
- A natural ability to solve problems & see them through from start to finish.
- A can do attitude. No project is too small or too big. You love the challenges.
- Knowledge within food safety, HACCP, food quality, food manufacturing processes, & employee safety programs.
- General baseline knowledge of government regulatory requirements in food (GFSI, FSMA, FDA, USDA).
- Knowledge of rules & regulations surrounding Health Code, Building Code, & Fire Code.
- Your NYC Food Protection Certificate.
- A basic knowledge of city licensing agencies & basic mechanical skills.
- An entrepreneurial spirit - you are a self starter & can hit the ground running with minimal direction.
- A high level of integrity- you build & maintain trust with everyone you interact with.
- The ability to work flexible hours. You will travel between all DIG locations with limited travel to other markets.
- The ability to perform physical requirements of the position (lift up to 50lbs).
- A passion for real, good food.
WORK PERKS: Aside from the standard job description fare (competitive salary, medical, dental, vision) we also offer:
- Company laptop
- Flexible vacation time
- Phone reimbursement
- Bonus potential
- Commuter benefits
- Complimentary DIG lunch everyday
At Dig Food Group, were building a better food system for everyone by sourcing, cooking & serving delicious food everyday. Nine years in, weve grown to more than 30 fast-casual Dig restaurants, opened our first full-service restaurant, 232 Bleecker, partnered with 130 farms including our own Dig Acres, & taught thousands of people how to cook (really cook) in our kitchens.
To do this, weve built direct & real relationships with farmers. We dont just name check them on our menus -- were true partners in their businesses. We focus on farmers who are independent, first-timers, women, immigrants, LGBTQ & people of color. These relationships allow us to get the best ingredients all year round & change our menu based on what is growing in the fields.
Each restaurant is run by a chef & all our food is cooked on site. There are no microwaves, can openers or freezers, just an entire culinary team at every location, cooking vegetables all day. This requires training a whole generation of chefs & cooks from the ground up, including many who have never worked in a restaurant before. Knife skills are life skills.
Were not here to disrupt anything or become a platform. We run our business on good food & great people. From sourcing to serving, our mission is to create a better food system for everyone. That means a world where farmers can make a living growing food, anyone can learn to cook, & we can all eat well, together.
DIG believes in the power of a shared table to bring people together as we are committed to building a culturally inclusive team. Diverse candidates encouraged to apply
Additional Role Note:
The duties of this position may change from time to time. Dig reserves the right to add or delete duties & responsibilities at the discretion of Dig or its managers. This job description is intended to describe the general level of work being performed. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.
Dig is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, ancestry, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related condition, unemployment status, gender identity or expression, transgender status or gender dysphoria, marital status, domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking victim status, national origin, citizenship, disability, covered veteran and/or military status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristic, familial status as that term is described under the New York State Human Rights Law, caregiver or partnership status as those terms are defined under the New York City Human Rights Law (if you are employed in New York City) or other protected status or any other characteristic as protected under applicable federal, state & local law (Protected Status).