Food Safety Scientist - Plano, TX (USA)

Pizza Hut - Plano, TX

The Restaurant Food Safety Scientist is part of the broader Food Safety & Quality (FSQ) team which is focused on food safety risk prevention from field to fork.  This role is the primary contact for the FSQ team with restaurant auditors and other key restaurant preventive control programs.  The candidate will need to develop strong relationships with cross functional partners, other brand / YUM FSQ teams, suppliers, restaurant field operators including Franchise and Licensee partners.  The person must have a passion for food safety and the drive to foster continuous improvement.

JOB SIZE: Provide quantitative data such as # of restaurants/markets, sales, budgets, etc.  Indicate size of operations for which job is responsible.  Indicate domestic/worldwide accountability.
Organizations Supported: PH LLC (brand), Franchisees and Licensees
JOB FUNCTIONS: List major job functions using simple task statements.  For example: Supervises the construction of all new restaurants. 
  • Manage Third Party Restaurant Food Safety Audit Program for FSQ team by partnering with Brand Compliance and selected audit team to ensure standards are clear, applied correctly along with innovative solutions to common problems and responsible for measuring and reporting on restaurant food safety metrics.
  • Lead Cleaning Chemicals Program for the brand to maintain an efficient program coupled with creative cleaning communications to inspire restaurant teams in taking pride in their workplace.
  • Steer Pest Program direction and act as primary brand contact with approved Pest Management Professionals while exploring next generation technology to communicate and verify issue remediation.
  • Primary brand contact with Health Department & Regulatory Agencies to answer questions and ensure that brand standards and processes are in regulatory compliance.
  • Drive Food Safety Automation enhancements to increase team engagement and reduce time and barriers to effective food safety performance.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIRED: State formal educational level and experience required for the job.  State additional professional, technical or years of experience required.
  • Bachelor degree required in a Food Science, Environmental Health, Microbiology, Chemistry or related field, Master’s degree preferred
EXPERIENCE (and other qualifications)
  • 3-5+ years restaurant chain, quality assurance or regulatory experience
  • Microsoft Office proficiency required (Excel experience with formula and macro analytical and pivot table expertise, also Tableau and Sales Force experience is beneficial)
  • Strong relationship builder with a skill for finding mutually beneficial solutions to drive progress and growth
  • Broad thinker who also possesses the ability to manage details, yet can break down complex situations to the key questions and offer solutions
  • Candidate will have both strong verbal and written communication skills as well as strong presentation skills
  • Strong understanding of food safety regulations, best practices, HACCP and pre-requisite programs
  • Work experience in food safety, HACCP and a strong understanding of federal, state and local regulations for restaurants is required
  • Positive energy in delivering a customer service mindset and food safety first culture
  • Rotating after hours and weekend coverage for restaurant food safety emergencies (1 week per month)
  • Ability to travel up to 20% (occasionally with very short notice)
Send Resume to:
Julie McGough
Sr Manager, Talent Acquisition 
Pizza Hut, CORE
October 4, 2017