Investigator - Consumer Safety Officer - Office of Human and Animal Food Operations

FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Human and Animal Food Operations

About the organization

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the regulatory, scientific, public health, and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring that all human and animal drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective, that cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs and medicated feeds for food producing animals, and radiation emitting devices are safe, and that all such products marketed in the United States are adequately, truthfully and informatively labeled and safely and properly stored, transported, manufactured, packaged and regulated.

The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is at the forefront of building a public health safety net
for today’s complex, global regulatory environment.

The Office of Human and Animal Food Operations (HAF) oversees the coordination, interpretation and evaluation of the FDA’s overall field inspections and compliance efforts in the areas of human and animal food and other products regulated by the FDA.


The Investigator, Band A, demonstrates competence and conducts inspections of various industry establishments, such as manufacturers, re-packers and own label distributors in the human and animal food area resulting in a range of human and animal food inspection types and food-related investigations. These types of inspections and investigations will account for a level greater than 90% of the CSO’s inspectional/investigative work.
Inspections and Investigations
• Serves as an investigator for the Office of Human and Animal Foods in the Office of Regulatory Affairs.
• The incumbent independently conducts inspections, investigations, and sampling at human and animal food facilities to ensure compliance with FDA laws, policies, and regulation of human and animal food commodities.
• Assists the immediate supervisor in planning inspections, investigations, sample collections, and related activities in the area of assigned responsibility; training new personnel, as appropriate; training foreign government personnel.
• Incumbent interacts with and advises various levels of officials representing the establishments subject to regulatory review. The incumbent initiates contact with industry officials to obtain information on regulatory and scientific documents and to discuss the status of investigations.

This list does not encompass entire list of duties and responsibilities.
See link to Vacancy Announcement below for full details.


Education: A bachelor’s degree or higher in quality assurance/management, data science, statistics, computer forensics, epidemiology, pharmacy, public health, engineering, food science, law or regulations, or related healthcare or science field. The degree must be from an accredited program or institution.
Experience: Comparable experience with FDA, a state or federal partner agency, or in an FDA-regulated industry or organization providing investigative or compliance services to an FDA-regulated industry, focused on evaluating or ensuring compliance with FDA or related public health laws and regulations. To qualify for Band A with no degree, you must have at least 4 years of comparable experience. To qualify for Band B with no degree, you must have at least 5 years of comparable experience.

This list does not encompass entire list of qualifications.
See link to Vacancy Announcement below for full details.


Starting at $78,592 (Band A) - $94,199 (Band B)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Links to the Title 21 Vacancy Announcements within FDA ORA:

Human and Animal Food (Office of Human and Animal Food Operations)

Multiple positions available across the US:

W5 - Alameda, CA; San Jose, CA; Fresno, CA; Stockton, CA; Sacramento, CA; Irvine, CA; San Diego, CA; Ontario, CA; Long Beach, CA; Woodland Hills, CA

E4 - Miami Lakes, FL; Maitland, FL; Tallahassee, FL
E6 - South Bend, IN; Indianapolis, IN
W3 - Dallas, TX; Houston, TX
W4 - Lakewood, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Tempe, AZ

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