Sample food specialist job description

[Company X] is searching for a culinary-focused, meticulous food specialist who has a knack for team development and customer service. Partnering with our food preparation team, this person will lead the charge to ensure that all food meets strict health and safety guidelines, while training the team and developing new methods to preserve our legacy of efficiency and quality. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, always seeking the best outcome for customers.

Objectives of this role

  • Maintain high standards for the company’s food safety and handling practices, constantly seeking ways to improve processes and training
  • Stay up to date on current local and national guidelines that will inform training and operating protocols
  • Coordinate inspections with local authorities and achieve high ratings from the health department
  • Manage food inventory and budget to minimize surplus and/or wasted food
  • Develop relationships with managers and local industry leaders for collaboration on best practices and standards


  • Oversee daily food preparation and ensure proper safety protocols are followed
  • Collaborate with managers, chefs, and supervisors to develop food service plans and programs that are compliant with health and safety guidelines
  • Develop training programs to provide employees with a thorough understanding of correct food handling procedures
  • Manage inventory proactively, using “first in, first out” methods and rotating when necessary
  • Conduct internal audits of food safety practices based on local and national guidelines, and recommend improvements where needed

Required skills and qualifications

  • Comprehensive understanding of food safety and handling guidelines
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Keen leadership skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Experience in a food service role
  • Certification such as ServSafe or HACCP
  • Experience in training team members
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and stand for extended periods of time