Director, Specialty Compliance And Ethics - Protei...

Director, Specialty Compliance And Ethics - Protein/Frozen - Supplier Food Safety

  • Location BENTONVILLE, AR
  • Career Area Ethics and Compliance
  • Job Function -
  • Employment Type Regular/Permanent
  • Position Type Salary
  • Requisition WD1065109

What you'll do at

Position Summary...

What you'll do...

As a Supplier Food Safety Director, you will be responsible for leading the protein-based product and frozen categories strategy development and maintenance.  This includes partnership with the sourcing and technical development teams to approve and monitor existing and new suppliers. 

The ideal candidate for the role will be a strategic, influential, and progressive food safety science leader with the ability to translate business challenges into actionable solutions in a highly complex, rapidly evolving environment.  You are someone who builds trust and credibility and inspires associates across the business.  You are action-oriented, resourceful, and approachable while also having the ability to influence and lead change, based on your deep scientific knowledge and network.

You’ll sweep us off our feet if…

  • Food/Meat Science, Microbiology, Chemical Bachelor’s, or related degree

  • 15+ years of experience in Protein based products

  • Strong knowledge in food safety systems/manufacturing processes.  Advanced HACCP knowledge

  • Experience building and designing globally harmonized programs across multi-disciplinary businesses, each with unique physical and digital assets ​

  • Experience leading geographically dispersed teams and navigating a large, highly matrixed organization​

You’ll make an impact by…

  • Attract, build, manage, and develop a talented, diverse, equitable and inclusive protein based and frozen food safety team

  • Represents the company before regulatory agencies, external organizations and Suppliers and serves as a subject matter expert in the development of global corporate positions on food safety matters; articulates corporate positions to regulators and external agencies and directs involvement with regulators to ensure compliance with all legal requirements

  • Develops external relationships and alliances strengthening the company’s reputation within the different protein and frozen category communities and leads outreach meetings, ensuring that the company’s programs, policies, procedures and reports are communicated in a persuasive, accurate and understandable way and that sensitive data is protected

  • Develop and communicate Supplier Food Safety Strategic vision to manage risk and protect the brand with science-based approach via the Product Design Hazard Analysis (PDHA) process/desk audit and onsite assessment for Protein (meat, dairy, seafood, and eggs) and frozen categories

  • Responsible for implementing Supplier Management Standards for the protein and frozen categories as well as Walmart own manufacturing facilities where applicable.  Work closely with the suppliers, manufacturing, and the supply teams.  Ensuring supplier verification programs and parameters critical to food safety and associated regulatory compliance are appropriate

  • Manage supplier information in internal and external Systems including but not limited to ProSpec, HIVE, FAS integration, Trade automation, Registrar Corp, and Tracegains databases

  • Develop strategy, specifications, process and conduct internal, external audits, process validations review and risk assessment for higher risk product suppliers within the protein based and frozen categories

  • Supporting the supplier onboarding process, launch of new products, and reformulations by providing technical consultation to internal stakeholders for qualifying new, and existing suppliers within the Protein base and frozen categories

  • Primarily associated with microbiological, food safety, the role also needs to be able to be competent in the chemical toxicological hazard categories, including allergens, emerging issues as well as physical hazard control

  • Food Safety hazard analysis and inputs into the PDHA processes including but not limited to Food Safety Initiatives

  • Determination of the likelihood of a food safety hazard and severity of impact
  • Hazard controls suitability 

  • Oversight of the Food Safety Validation Program, including Challenge study testing

  • Microbiological/Chemical testing program oversight:

    • Sampling and in process and finished product test protocols

    • Environmental Monitoring Plans for own manufacturing and suppliers’ facilities if associated with CAPAs

  • Oversee supplier recalls internally with key stakeholders and externally liaising with Federal and State agencies

  • Oversee Food Safety related Complaints, investigations, and corrective actions from both customers, regulatory bodies, and stores

  • Reviews, monitors, and measures supplier food safety key performance indicators (KPI) by understanding food safety standards; determining appropriate action steps to ensure compliance as well as proactively predicting potential risks and developing mitigation alternatives​

  • Facilitates engagement and appropriate communications with cross-functional teams (including Ethics & Compliance, Legal, Internal Audit, and key business stakeholders) to ensure a transparent and comprehensive compliance strategy consistent with business objectives 

  • Training, education:  Provision of content for consistent approach in science-based food safety education efforts

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed in the role.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. The full Job Description can be made available as part of the hiring process.

Benefits & Perks: 

Beyond competitive pay, you can receive incentive awards for your performance. Other great perks include 401(k) match, stock purchase plan, paid maternity and parental leave, PTO, multiple health plans, and much more. 

Equal Opportunity Employer 

Walmart, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer – By Choice. We believe we are best equipped to help our associates, customers and the communities we serve live better when we really know them. That means understanding, respecting and valuing diversity- unique styles, experiences, identities, ideas and opinions – while being inclusive of all people. 

Who We Are

Join Walmart and your work could help over 275 million global customers live better every week. Yes, we are the Fortune #1 company. But you’ll quickly find we’re a company who wants you to feel comfortable bringing your whole self to work. A career at Walmart is where the world’s most complex challenges meet a kinder way of life. Our mission spreads far beyond the walls of our stores. Join us and you'll discover why we are a world leader in diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and community involvement.  From day one, you’ll be empowered and equipped to do the best work of your life.

Minimum Qualifications...

Outlined below are the required minimum qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no minimum qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Business, Human Resources, or related field and 5 years’ experience in compliance, ethics, legal, project management, or related area OR 7 years’ experience in compliance, ethics, legal, project management, or related area. 3 years’ supervisory experience. 4 years’ experience using intermediate functionality of Microsoft Office.

Preferred Qualifications...

Outlined below are the optional preferred qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no preferred qualifications.


Masters: Business Administration

Project Management - Project Management Professional - Certification

Primary Location...

702 SW 8TH ST, BENTONVILLE, AR 72716, United States of America

About Walmart

At Walmart, we help people save money so they can live better. This mission serves as the foundation for every decision we make, from responsible sourcing to sustainability—and everything in between. As a Walmart associate, you will play an integral role in shaping the future of retail, tech, merchandising, finance and hundreds of other industries—all while affecting the lives of millions of customers all over the world. Here, your work makes an impact every day. What are you waiting for?

Walmart, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer- By Choice. We believe we are best equipped to help our associates, customers, and the communities we serve live better when we really know them. That means understanding, respecting, and valuing diversity- unique styles, experiences, identities, abilities, ideas and opinions- while being inclusive of all people.

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All the benefits you need for you and your family

  • Multiple health plan options, including vision & dental plans for you & dependents
  • Financial benefits including 401(k), stock purchase plans, life insurance and more
  • Associate discounts in-store and online
  • Education assistance for Associate and dependents
  • Parental Leave
  • Pay during military service
  • Paid Time off - to include vacation, sick, parental
  • Short-term and long-term disability for when you can't work because of injury, illness, or childbirth

Eligibility requirements apply to some benefits and may depend on your job classification and length of employment. Benefits are subject to change and may be subject to specific plan or program terms. For information about benefits and eligibility, see

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