Golden State Foods

Corporate Director, Risk Management

Location US-CA-Irvine
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Golden State Foods is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice industry. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the $5 billion company is values-based with proven performance in superior quality, innovation and customer service. Established in 1947, GSF currently services 100+ iconic brands (125,000+ restaurants/stores) from its 50+ locations on five continents.



The Director, Risk Management is responsible for the leadership, governance and innovation of risk management initiatives across the organization.   Develop, recommend and implement actions that identify, evaluate, mitigate and control the company's operational, financial and strategic risk. Position will partner with cross-functional leaders to assess diverse business activities that threaten the safety, security, assets, reputation and success of a global enterprise.


  • Conduct risk assessments. Collect and analyze operational exposures, industry statistics, market trends and loss experience.
  • Review & evaluate risk control processes.       Provide recommendations and institute realistic changes that reduce or eliminate risk profile.
  • Analyze historical claim trends and study loss probability and severity to determine optimum retentions and policy limits.  
  • Explore and implement risk financing alternatives to reduce total cost of risk
  • Plan, develop & direct company's risk management strategy.   Responsible for design of company's worldwide insurance program to protect financial strength of enterprise.
  • Lead process to procure required property and casualty insurance policies including property, workers' compensation, fleet, product liability, food safety, crime, cyber, D & O.
  • Maintain relationships with broker/consultants and underwriters to negotiate cost effective and comprehensive insurance coverage.
  • Manage claim administration and audit insurer/TPA claim services and reserving practices
  • Support loss control action plans and safety programs to foster an accident prevention culture.
  • Develop annual budget and internal cost allocations.  
  • Supervise self-funded insurance reserves. Monitor actuarial projections & loss development of work comp & liability claims.
  • Play key role in company-wide Business Continuity Planning.
  • Promote organizational understanding of emerging risks and communicate risk management strategies.
  • Prepare risk management reports and proposals to senior executive leadership team.
  • Performs other duties as directed.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Risk Management, Business, Finance or related field. MBA desirable
  • Minimum of ten years professional risk/insurance management experience
  • Associate Risk Management (ARM) designation preferred



Knowledge and Skills

  • Comprehensive understanding of multiple insurance products/coverages
  • Mathematical aptitude and critical thinker
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to problem-solve and manage change
  • Strong leadership with capacity to positively influence others
  • Efficient verbal and written communication skills



“For 70 years, we’ve been successful because of one thing: Our People.-Mark Wetterau, Chairman and CEO


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