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Director of Food Safety

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Job Description: 

Charlie's Produce is a privately owned wholesale produce company. We are the largest privately owned produce wholesaler on the West Coast, with distribution centers in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Anchorage, Boise, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. The secret to our 40+ years of success in this industry is PEOPLE! We strive to hire the best and we reward them with a working environment that fosters loyalty, stability, innovation, and growth.

We now have an amazing opportunity for a Director of Food Safety to join our team in our Seattle, WA headquarters.

The Director of Food Safety oversees the food safety program and quality assurance programs for all divisions and locations. This individual will work closely with the Food Safety Coordinators at the division level to ensure compliance to federal and corporate standards. We are looking for a dynamic contributor that can effect change and build upon the current systems in distribution, processing, production, and farming. This position requires a significant knowledge in various generally recognized food safety, quality, and regulatory programs. It also requires excellent communication and leadership skills to work effectively across a diverse range of businesses.

They will Ensure highly disciplined compliance with all regulatory and company defined food safety and sanitation standards, systems, procedures, and practices. Oversee management of critical food safety programs such as SQF, sanitation, chemical control program, maintenance program, etc. Support, monitor, and advise on the operation of the food safety program at each facility. Communicate and present information to vendors and customers. Interact with regulatory agencies and 3rd party auditors.  Conducts food safety training. Be able to provide quality instruction and support implementing and managing SQF system, Primus GFS, and organic certification requirements. Supports continuous improvement of the food safety and quality systems at Charlie's Produce. And, present to senior leadership on the overall state of food safety programs at regularly scheduled intervals.

To be successful in this role, we expect you to have:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a QA/Food Safety supervisory role
  •  Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
  • BS in Food science or related filed preferred
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of internal and external customers.
  • Effective teacher and educator
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to track and monitor programs using a detailed spread sheets or MS Access system.
  • Strong attention to detail to maintain compliance documentation
  • Strong Team Management experience.
  • Sense of urgency and ownership regarding role and the needs of the department.

Charlie's provides a healthy employee stock ownership program, competitive Medical/Dental/Vision and Life Insurance plans. And our newest benefit offers Pre-Paid Fully Funded College Tuition to our employees and the dependent children of our employees after 1 year! 

Charlie's Produce participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and if necessary the Department of Homeland Security with the information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. Charlie's Produce also requires new hires to pass a background check and pre-employment drug test. 

Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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