The operation of the Global Red Meat Standard is managed by the GRMS Secretariat with input from the Technical Working Group and the Stakeholder Group.

The secretariat is managed by the GRMS General Manager appointed and approved by the Governance Board. It is important to ensure the impartiality of members of the Secretariat.

The Secretariat has the following authority and responsibilities:

- Management of GRMS
- Management of the Technical Working Group and the Stakeholder Group
- Contractual and formal arrangements with GFSI
- Participating in GFSI activities (working groups, board meetings, conferences etc.)
- Securing benchmarking against GFSI requirements
- Ensuring stakeholder consultation
- Contracts and communication with Certification Bodies and Accreditation Bodies.
- Monitoring of activities of Certification Bodies
- Auditor training and auditor competencies
- Preparing the annual review report