About the role:

At Dig Inn, we work hard to create a transparent, safe and sustainable  Supply Chain, from both a financial and mission-driven perspective. We are in search of a highly detail-oriented and organized Supplier Approval Manager to work directly with current and future Dig Inn Suppliers. You will track, maintain, and support our Suppliers with regulatory items like food safety certifications, HACCP plans, third party audits, and more. You will balance the nuances of relationship building by providing support to suppliers who can benefit from our resources while still keeping business needs top of mind. Leveraging strong organization skills, the Supplier Approval Manager works to support the full Supply Team in its goals to source with integrity, drive financial results, and build effective systems for the restaurants as Dig Inn continues to grow. This role reports to the Senior Director of Environmental Health and collaborates with the Director of Supply & Sustainability.

You will:

  • Be responsible for all food safety related contact with the suppliers.
  • Read, analyze, drive process and create a calendar and database of Supplier certifications, audits, SOPs, HACCP Plans.
  • Provide active assistance to suppliers who currently don’t have a fully formed food safety plan:
    • Provide coaching to suppliers during supplier audits.
    • Understand client expectations and conduct food safety examinations to meet the unique expectations for each client.
  • Act as point person on any recalls, national or internal, including possible site visits, revisiting of paperwork, and approval status.
  • Ensure  that all applicable laws and company policies for quality, sanitation, and food safety are met by the manufacturing or distribution facilities.
  • Coordinate issue resolution relative to quality, food safety and sanitation issues identified within supply chain.
  • Help manage internal food safety document library. This includes:
    • Creating new logs, forms, SOPs, HACCP plans, etc.
    • Organizing all draft versions, current versions and past versions of documents.
    • Frequent analysis of document library system to better understand how documents can be improved, better organized, better accessed, etc.
  • Monitor relevant food safety news outlets to ensure we’re compliant with new food safety laws and/or developing food safety issues. This includes:
    • Performing detailed research on an issue and developing a compliance strategy based on other similar business, industry standards, and/or internal brainstorming.
    • Create a presentation on the issue and carry out the proposed strategy.
  • Conduct conversations with relevant government food safety regulators (local, federal, etc.) on inspections, recalls, permits, variance applications, and/or any issues that arise.
  • Perform on site visits and audits of farms and suppliers. This includes climbing and working within small areas. You will travel 15-20% of your time.

You have:

  • A highly detail-oriented and organized nature.
  • The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and act in a timely manner.
  • Knowledge with food safety, HACCP, food quality, food manufacturing processes, and employee safety programs.
  • General baseline knowledge of government regulatory requirements in food (GFSI, FSMA, FDA, USDA).
  • A strong desire to troubleshoot, problem solve, analyze data, and investigate issues.
  • Great written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with chemical/microbiological laboratory analysis, preferred.

Work perks: Aside from your the standard job description fare (competitive salary, medical, dental, vision) we also offer: 

  • Macbook + Company phone (or phone reimbursement)
  • Equinox gym membership plan based on eligibility
  • Flexible vacation time
  • Commuter benefits
  • A (hypo-allergenic) dog friendly HQ
  • Complimentary Dig Inn lunch everyday
  • Trips to the Dig Farm

About us:

Dig Inn is a farm-to-table food company with over 20 locations in New York and the Northeast, serving seasonal vegetables and culinary comfort food on an urban scale.

The company is built on a culture of driven curiosity and ambitious innovation, finding and implementing new solutions to offering a simple, healthy, affordable meal. Our mission is to build a better food system (one vegetable at a time) that offers a better deal to customers, cooks, and farmers alike.

Since getting started in 2011, we have focused on the essentials of our mission– building kitchens, training chefs, and developing one-on-one relationships with over 50 partner farms. The next few years will be a period of expansion, as we open in new cities and use the platform we’ve built for a better conversation around sourcing, cooking, and the business of food.

And did we mention free Dig Inn for all employees? We strongly recommend the sweet potatoes.

Dig Inn 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.

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