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Wholesale Food Safety Inspection Officer

Date Posted:  May 6, 2022
Requisition ID:  345343

Muncie, IN, US, 47302

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana Department of Health:

The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.


Salary Information:

This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $46,000.00.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


About The Job:

The Food Scientist  functions as a senior level wholesale food establishment specialist within the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) through education and enforcement of laws, rules and regulations governing the production, processing, packaging and distribution of foods. Conducts inspections, collects surveillance samples, interprets Code of Federal Regulations, statutes, administrative rules and guidance documents, and applies enforcement procedures as necessary to maintain compliance. Conducts food inspections based on risk assessment, priority and necessary frequency.  Specializes in providing consultation services to food manufacturers, food distribution facilities, food protection staff members, governmental agencies, trade associations and the general public, and maintains regulatory inspection records in the electronic database.

A Day In The Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Conducts inspections of wholesale food establishments, collects food samples, conducts complaint investigations and utilizes the electronic database system to produce reports and track data;
  • Reviews all inspection reports and documents for technical accuracy prior to submission to the electronic database system; 
  • Recommends compliance actions to the Wholesale Supervisor/Deputy Director for facility corrections and improvements, including the interpretation of state and federal laws regarding the facility and employee practices; recommends corrective actions; 
  • Reviews blueprints and specifications for new or remodeled food production/storage facilities and provides consultation for potential new food businesses;  
  • Consults with the other staff members as necessary to assure uniformity of rule interpretations and to maintain compliance with program standard operating procedures (SOPs) utilizing good written and verbal communication skills; 
  • Coordinates and conducts Interstate Food Transportation Assessment Projects with the Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Enforcement Division and provides detailed reports to the Food Protection Program Rapid Response Team Supervisor;
  • Performs public speaking activities as requested or assigned by the Wholesale Supervisor/Deputy Director;
  • Assists with the training and professional development of new Wholesale Food Safety Inspection Officers as assigned;
  • Provides consultation, technical assistance and Program information when appropriate or requested to field staff, food industry representatives, consumers, trade associations and other governmental agencies;
  • Provides consultation to staff, local health departments, other governmental agencies, etc. on investigations concerning hazardous events, such as fires, floods, tornadoes and truck/train wrecks or food processing equipment breakdowns and assures the disposal of dangerous, mislabeled or contaminated foods;
  • Participates in meetings, conferences and training programs as assigned on local, state and national levels;
  • Testifies in administrative hearings and court proceedings as to the status of wholesale food establishments subject to state and federal food protection rules and laws;
  • Conducts special sampling or surveillance initiatives as assigned;
  • Effectively uses electronic forms of communication and reporting tools, such as email, Internet and electronic data management system;
  • Maintains updated electronic schedule always one week in advance and any deviations are immediately forwarded to the central office clerical staff;
  • Attends educational meetings of professional organizations to develop relationships with other government and industry counterparts as time and resources permit

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need For Success:

  • Extensive knowledge of food protection principles and practices including bacteriology, microbiology,  chemistry, epidemiology, food technology and “Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point”  (HACCP) theory and application;
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations which govern food protection;
  • Thorough knowledge of legal procedures for collecting evidence and preparing to testify in court proceedings;
  • Working knowledge of Indiana State Department of Health organization, functions, policies, and procedures as they relate to food protection programs as well as the role and structure of local government health agencies and officials;
  • Specialized knowledge of inspection methods and food manufacturing, preservation and packaging techniques such as irradiation, reduced oxygen packaging, acidified foods and low-acid canning techniques;
  • Ability to conduct investigations and inspections of food facilities including conducting tests utilizing equipment, such as chemical test kits, pH meters, microcomputers, thermometers and collecting appropriate samples for laboratory analysis;
  • Ability to recognize, observe, and evaluate potentially hazardous sanitation conditions and law violations and prepare technical reports documenting such findings;
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and prepare reports/technical documents for administrative or regulatory action;
  • Credentialing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to conduct equivalent inspections to fulfill the requirements of the annual FDA inspection contract program;
  • Specialized knowledge of and ability to review plans of facility construction and equipment layout and to make appropriate recommendations for needed changes;
  • Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing with individuals and in group situations;
  • Ability to assist subordinates in enforcing food laws and rules promulgated;
  • Ability to direct statewide crisis reaction situations, such a special sampling initiatives, foodborne disease outbreaks, consumer complaints, suspected tampering, natural disasters, etc. on short notice with effective results; and
  • Ability to collect and preserve food samples for laboratory analysis in accordance with chain-of-custody requirements

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans.
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Major Market: Muncie
Nearest Secondary Market: Anderson