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JOB FILLED - Quality Assurance Tech

Job Description: 

Responsible for verifying and documenting the requirements to ensure food safety. Execute daily quality activities to assess incoming materials, work-in-process / product runs, quality, labeling, final inspections, analysis and testing of finished products, and food safety-related sanitation.


  • Assure that customer specifications are achieved and that the facility/Plant meets local, state, and federal food safety and health regulations.
  • Partners with the operations management team to ensure food safety best practices and processes. Ensures regulatory food safety compliance.
  • Verifies the daily production plan and any immediate needs to be addressed. May conduct pre-operation and other inspections, may reject materials or products, and complete environmental swabbing and quality testing.
  • Maintain documentation in support of fresh food specification requirements.
  • Conduct and facilitate internal and external quality audits, documenting findings and next steps.
  • Work with receivers to verify the documentation of temperature and inspection of delivery trucks (Ensure accurate completion of Receiving logs). Ensure FIFO is followed, and proper allergen
  • segregation.
  • Use the PPRO app to do receiving inspections, as well as set up the app and check reports in PPRO.
  • Complete established USDA swabbing and shelf-life tests of product samples as required. Calibrate test equipment-Scales and Thermometers. Ensure thermometer calibration logs are complete.
  • Collect samples, fill out order sheets, pack and ship samples to the lab as required
  • Maintain and organize Food Safety and Quality Assurance daily records. Maintain and monitor inventory product retains and spot-check department documentation for accuracy and compliance.
  • Monitor / evaluate cleanliness and 5S standards.
  • Document downtime-related problems and corrective actions taken when associated with a QA hold or action that interrupts production.
  • Perform all quality checks and preventive critical control points (CCP) monitoring (temperature logs, sanitation, labeling checks, net weight, package integrity, and package integrity checks)
  • Collaborates and makes recommendations on food safety and quality decisions regarding ingredient, raw product, in-process product, and finished product conformance.
  • Prevents and helps with researching information for management to respond (corrective action / preventive action) and follow up to Government (Federal – USDA / FDA / etc., State, County, and City) inquiries.
  • Review documents and verify plant recipes/ specifications, labeling, etc.
  • Support internal and external food quality/safety audits & report and track corrective actions. Print traceability forms from the QMS.
  • May track the quantity of swabs, test strips, chemicals, and other supplies for the QA dept.
  • May spend time reviewing market research, trends and collaborate on projects.
  • Escalates difficult matters to the QA Supervisor or QA Manager as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as needed


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • College-level education or a related degree helpful
  • Experience working in a chilled food environment
  • Prior HACCP certification, Food Handler, and other certifications desirable
  • Excellent communicator, verbally and in writing
  • Proficient use of MS Office software and a working knowledge of common applications used
  • Experience using Supplier Database or Product Life Cycle Management software; Produce Pro


  • Knowledge of common start-up processes in a USDA factory and Good Manufacturing Procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter who will be responsible for common routines.
  • Ability to analyze data using spreadsheets, formulas, statistical tools, etc.
  • Must be a highly organized and detail-oriented person
  • Ability to work within a fast-paced environment and multi-task effectively
  • Demonstrates the ability to remain professional and diplomatic when working under pressure
  • Ability to apply logical thinking and exercise sound judgment to arrive at appropriate business decisions. This includes a sense of balance between risks involved, timeliness, cost factors and other considerations.

Position Reports to: 
Armand Millan (QA Manager)
Confidential Job: 

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