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Sanitation Program Manager (Remote)

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Sanitation Program Manager is directly responsible for the development, optimization, and execution of the Hilmar Cheese and Ingredients (HCC/HI) sanitation programs. This person engages with Operations, Engineering, R&D, Technical Services, Food Safety/Quality Assurance, Corporate Training, and Maintenance to develop and execute best-in-class sanitation programs at the Hilmar sites.  Through engagement with appropriate team and department members, ensures strict sanitation standards are met, and all procedures and policies are followed by Manufacturing and Sanitation personnel. This position will actively participate in problem solving activities and implement process improvements, as needed, to achieve best-in-class sanitary standards at Hilmar Cheese.

This position is open to remote candidates and may be performed anywhere in the United States, except for the state of Colorado, Connecticut, and New York.

Job Responsibilities

  • Leads sanitation efforts to drive best-in-class micro quality across Hilmar Cheese Company products.
  • Manages corporate standards for CIP related programs, validations, verifications, and critical parameters.
  • Effectively escalates issues and communicates any change with relevant teams and departments.
  • Manages corporate standards for environmental monitoring programs (EMP).
  • Monitors microbiological performance reports, both product and environmental, and escalates issues, as appropriate.
  • Facilitates sanitation problem solving and resolution with cross functional teams.
  • Monitors and verifies the effectiveness of Master Sanitation Schedules (MSS).
  • Train Sanitation personnel in best practices to understand the importance of proper sanitation in all plants.
  • Engages with appropriate personnel to ensure compliance with all sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOP). Develops and revises SSOP templates, as necessary, to achieve desired results.
  • Engages Production Management, Maintenance, and Engineering to ensure all projects meet sanitation program and sanitary design requirements.
  • As necessary, works with the FSQA Team to assist with PIN, Customer Complaint, non-conformance, and potential non-conformance resolution. 
  • Responsible for the corporate Hygiene Zoning standards program.

What You Will Need

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years’ related experience, OR Master’s Degree plus 1 year related experience, OR equivalent experience.
  • Proven leadership and teambuilding skills.
  • Experience with manufacturing methods, process improvement programs, and procedures
  • Food Safety Plan and Food Quality Plan expertise.
  • Cleaning chemical subject matter expertise.
  • Knowledge of dairy product (Cheese and Whey) sanitation, and food safety.
  • Experience in conducting failure analysis and root cause investigation.
  • Knowledge of FDA, USDA, and International food regulatory requirements.
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry.

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 7 years’ related experience or Master’s degree plus 2 years’ related experience.
  • Advanced HACCP and risk assessment experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of Dairy food chemistry and microbiology standard analyses.
  • Advanced knowledge of plant technical activities through technical study and training.
  • New equipment implementation, vendor facilitation and training.
  • Advanced industry related courses and vendor trade shows.
  • Advanced understanding of Food Safety Related State and Federal Regulations, including Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO).
  • Completion of HCC internal technical training programs.
  • SAP and Ultimus experience.

Physical Demands

The role has periods of time when the work environment is sedentary and conducted in an office environment balanced with frequent occasions that require prolonged walking or standing, lifting/ carrying/handling moderate weight objects on a regular basis.   Is required to wear PPE and have a regular presence in manufacturing and warehouse environments in both temperature controlled and uncontrolled locations. Must frequently interact with people verbally.  Specific details of the essential functions of the position is available in the Job Safety Analysis, made available on request.


Safety and Food Safety is a company-wide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacturing and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products and expected safe behavior in our work environment.

Work Environment

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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