Sanitation Leader - Phoenix, AZ


This position supervises the safe and timely cleaning of the food manufacturing facility and equipment in accordance with all Company, Customer, Certification and Regulatory requirements and supports facility compliance with records verification. The Sanitation Leader partners with other areas of the operation and external vendors to coordinate and continuously improve the facility Master Sanitation Schedule (MSS) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  This position supervises dedicated and, in some locations, voluntary sanitation personnel from all shifts of the operation and evaluates the effectiveness of employees executing the MSS and IPM with emphasis for safety, food safety, quality, and efficiency. Continuous improvement to the application of sanitation and pest programs is achieved with coaching and mentoring of individuals or teams to develop talent for the assigned tasks. Appreciating and conveying the core values of the company through daily behavior is key.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Efficiently coordinate team members to consistently create an environment suitable for the manufacture of human food and deliver operational performance goals by:

  • Coordinating cross-functionally the MSS and IPM schedules and needs
  • Planning, launching and modifying work schedules, assignments, and sanitation sequences to meet performance standards and MSS requirements
  • Supervising, verifying and modifying the actions of employees engaged in cleaning and sanitizing the manufacturing facility to achieve optimal performance and sanitary effectiveness
  • Utilizing metrics/data to evaluate, report and improve sanitation procedures, processes and efficiency
  • Developing and implementing sanitation improvement plans (equipment, people, process) to enhance sanitation systems and align with key performance targets
  • Utilizing standard work processes to ensure repeatable performance
  • Monitoring chemical inventories and sanitation equipment to ensure hazardous materials and/or wastes are handled properly
  • Inspecting sanitation equipment to detect defects or malfunctions
  • Serving as the facility contact and support for external resources such as chemical vendors, IPM contractors and waste collectors
  • Supporting policy compliance, procedure execution and records collection to ensure consistently successful audits and inspections 

Lead and Develop Sanitation Team by: 

  • Consistently coaching team members in the principles of effective wet and dry sanitation
  • Ensuring behaviors, practices, and the work environment supports a safe workplace; enforcing safety and sanitation rules and principles when necessary
  • Leading with equal emphasis on effective sanitation and people development
  • Communicating effectively with employees through both oral and written means
  • Training directly or supervising the training of employees to build capability and knowledge in sanitation techniques, work safety procedures, IPM, and teamwork
  • Tracking employees’ work performance and attendance to ensure performance metrics are met
  • Providing constructive feedback to employees on individual performance standards in a timely and efficient manner
  • Building rapport and collaborative relationships across cross-functional teams

 Performs additional related duties as assigned that may include but not be limited to:

  • Leading or participating in Facility Sanitation, Food Safety, GMP, 3rd party, and/or Regulatory audit/s
  • Testing and reporting results for programs that use ATP, APC, Allergen, Environmental, and/or Chemical analyses

Role Contribution Level
This position is a Supervisor role. The position requires the incumbent to promote safe and efficient operations and establish a positive work environment with people working together. The incumbent must effectively accomplish tasks through others and value supervisory work; demonstrating an ability to provide effective feedback, coaching, and motivation, including difficult messages.

Education and Work Experience

  • High school or equivalent degree required; a two-year technical or bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • 2+ years of experience in a sanitation management or supervision role, preferably in the food processing industry
  • RCA/CAPA experience


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Food Safety training or certifications such as HACCP, PCQI, SQF, BRC
  • Chemical management, application, and safe handling practices
  • Knowledge of adult-learning methods for training and coaching individuals and groups
  • Knowledge of techniques for maximizing the balance of production, maintenance and sanitation for a manufacturing operation
  • Computer skills such as Excel, Word, Power Point, Share Point, Email, and data management programs such as Access, Cleanz, Maintenance Connect or other comparable system
  • Time management skills; personal and team
  • Organizational skills; personal and team
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Mechanical aptitude for proper assembly, use and repair of equipment and communication with equipment vendors
  • Ability to work within an integrated operating enterprise
  • Ability to manage hourly team members in executing complex programs
  • Ability to work a variable schedule
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities consistent with the essential duties and responsibilities

Shearer’s Snacks is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation