Ennis, TX


Sanitation Manager

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Job ID #: 1410
  • Category: Manufacturing

Pet Inspired. Employee Owned.

Make food that makes pets happy.

When we founded Freshpet, it was an opportunity to build something new. An innovative place to create the most real, fresh food for pets. A way to let employees own part of the company where they work. And a setting where each day is another chance to be inspired and do what’s best for Pets, People, and Planet. Are you ready to start fresh?


Who We Are

At Freshpet, our goal is to change the way people nourish their pets forever.  We strive to strengthen the bond between people and our pets so that we both live longer, healthier, and happier lives while being kind to the planet. We believe that if we can create fresh, real foods that pets love and help them live healthier lives, that their pet parents will also enjoy the many benefits of a rich life shared with a pet.

We started off with a mission to change the way pet parents feed dogs and cats, but we also wanted to be a company that had a thoughtful approach to how we operate. We wanted to do things differently, make great products but be gentle to the planet, good to the people who touch our business, and leave a positive impact with everything we do. We work hard every day to ensure that the original vision is met, starting with making the highest quality foods in our kitchens to running our business with integrity, transparency, and social and environmental responsibility.  IT’S AMAZING WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU START COMPLETELY FRESH!

How You Will Make an Impact

  • Develops and maintains a Master Sanitation strategy for the site that brings in continuous improvement and new technology in cleaning methods to reduce microbiological risk and product contamination in an effective and efficient manner. 
  • Maintain a safe work environment by properly administering the PEER (Positively Engage Employee Risk) program – Always raise safety awareness for chemical handling and equipment operation with Lock Out – Tag Out training. 
  • Manages annual sanitation plan, budget forecast and performance. 
  • Integrates sanitation schedule and activities with overall Plant operations by partnering with cross-functional teams including Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, and Quality. 
  • Works closely with Quality in solving critical and serious food safety issues. 
  • Partners and manages supplier relationships with outside service providers. 
  • Manages the plant sanitation function including internal labor, contracted service providers, and direct reports. 
  • Directs cleaning of equipment and work areas. 
  • Manage sanitation Chemical supply and inventory. 
  • Continuously review and updates cleaning methods, executing best practices. 
  • Confers with management and production personnel on sanitation problems and collaborates as needed to resolve those issues. 
  • Ensures that all sanitation standard work is properly documented and implemented. 
  • Trains all new sanitation personnel and associates in proper chemical usage and handling. 
  • Establishes and maintains a Master Sanitation Schedule for the entire facility and grounds. 
  • Manages the Integrated Pest Management program and service providers. 
  • Performs cleanliness inspections of the plant, stored equipment and overall environment. 
  • Promotes sanitation philosophies and ensures appropriate participation at all levels. 
  • Leads to continuous improvement as it relates to sanitation programs and supports other. 
  • Responsible for safety engagement, activities, and performance of associates as it relates to food safety, sanitation, and pest control activities. 
  • Manages direct reports and is responsible for indirect managing teams of Freshpet employees. 
  • While focused initially in the existing Freshpet Ennis facility, this position will eventually provide coverage for the additional production facility location. This will require the ability to work remotely and travel on some frequency to the new location. 
  • Maintain good communication with subordinates, peers and other members of management. 
  • Participate in audits, facility inspections and coordinate pre-operational inspection with QC Management. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

What You Will Bring 

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree is preferred (Engineering, Applied Sciences, Food Science, or relevant technical degree). 

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 plus years of proven experience in driving a robust and sustainable sanitation program in CPG Manufacturing.  
  • Must have a working knowledge of Food and Drug Laws, OSHA requirements, etc.  
  • Should have a broad understanding of major functions within the plant and the ability to work directly with individuals at all levels and functions.  
  • Must be willing to complete specific college courses, integrated pest management courses and microbiological courses as required to carry out the functions of the role.  
  • Able to work predominantly on night shift hours, with flexibility to interact with management team. GFSI audit scheme experience. 
  • SQF Level III experience.
  • Meat/poultry experience. 

What We Offer

At Freshpet, we offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package, including:

  • Fully stocked breakroom with all food free to employees and free Freshpet food
  • Yearly free gym membership
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Basic and optional life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability protection
  • Flexible spending accounts, and a 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Tuition assistance
  • Generous PTO plan and so much more! 

Our Commitment to a Diverse Workforce:

At Freshpet, we embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, sex, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique. 

Freshpet aims to foster, cultivate, and preserve a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our employees are our most valuable assets. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s achievement as well. Freshpet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   


We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.

Freshpet is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Freshpet via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Freshpet. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Freshpet as a result of the referral or through other means.


• Generous annual PTO • 10 company paid holidays • Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits • Company paid Basic/Accidental Life insurance • Company paid Short/Long term disability • Option for Employee paid Basic/Accidental Life insurance • Option for Employee paid Short/Long term disability • Annual Increase • Referral bonus • Generous bonus program • Restricted Stock Units • Tuition Reimbursement • Maternity and Paternity leave • Safety Boot program • Free Gym Membership • 401K – with up to 4% company match • Flexible Spending account • Pet insurance


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About Freshpet

We are Freshpet, a team of pet parents, pet lovers, and other folks dedicated to doing what’s best for Pets, People, and Planet. Our home office is in Secaucus, NJ. Our kitchen locations are in Bethlehem, PA and Ennis, TX. And our heart is in our work: Preparing the finest food for dogs and cats using only fresh, natural ingredients. We are growing in popularity, impact, and size by doing things the right way. The Freshpet way.

Freshpet embraces diversity and is an EOE/M/F/Disabilities/A/Veterans employer.