QA / Food Safety Manager - #6421S at Confidential - Salinas, CA and Yuma, AZ - Joe Produce | Produce Jobs, Produce Careers, Agriculture Jobs, Agriculture Careers

QA / Food Safety Manager - #6421S

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Job Description: 

Do you want to join an energetic, hardworking team with a great culture and positive work environment? Are you passionate about quality and food safety and thrive in an innovative environment? Then do not pass up this opportunity! We are a leader in product quality using extensive controls in all levels of production, raw product harvesting, processing, and packaging.

We are in search of a highly motivated, enthusiastic quality assurance/food safety manager to join our team, taking our successful program to the next level. This position is fundamental in providing leadership, industry knowledge and direction for a diverse employee group in our processing/packaging plant. 

We are looking for an individual who will work hard to provide the foodservice industry with quality, safe, fresh produce. This position requires on-site representation and support in both Salinas and Yuma locations. You can live in Salinas or Yuma; you decide what’s best for you! 

Our company shares over 100 years of experience and passion for the agriculture industry. This combined experience led to the creation of our company and has allowed us to grow and prove ourselves year after year. We are committed to working hard every day providing the quality and attention each customer needs. We believe in using environmentally sustainable practices, provide a superior service and a premium product. 

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Ensure that all work activities of direct and indirect reports are performed with attention to the highest standards of food quality, safe processes, compliance with all appropriate legal requirements and a focus on continuous process improvement. 
  • Oversee monitoring, verification, and validation activities to ensure that all products leaving the facility meet the facility Food Safety and Quality Plans. 
  • Manage finished product evaluation system and provide leadership to drive improvements in key customer/consumer Quality attributes. 
  • Train personnel and maintain all relevant records on critical food safety and quality requirements. 
  • Maintain all registries as required by LGMA and GFSI. 
  • Provide guidance and leadership in situations where deviations have occurred, or a potential risk has been identified related to food safety and/or quality attributes.
  • Reassess Food Safety plan(s) whenever there is a change to program, process, procedure, specification, equipment, industry philosophy, technology, etc.
  • Direct interface and management of the sanitation department ensuring proper pre operational procedures and environmental testing as required. 
  • Direct management of quality assurance staff to ensure alignment of business needs and conditions. 
  • Develop and maintain systems to assure facility meets all food safety and quality system requirements including document control and records, equipment, and environment specifications, maintaining food safety, verification, product identification, trace and recall, incident management, and food safety fundamentals. 
  • Drive constant improvements, monitor the implementation of sound quality assurance programs that meet company and regulatory standards for safety, quality, and consumer acceptance. 
  • Lead activities related to quality assurance and food safety processes. This includes but is not limited to HACCP system, regulatory audits, quality systems review process (QSR), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), incoming Raw material inspections, product scoring, Food Safety and GMP audits, Pest Control programs, customer and consumer complaint resolution, standardized work instructions. 
  • Manage coordination and cooperation with on-site audits performed by FDA, Silliker, or other regulatory agencies or approved inspectors. 
  • Manage procedures to abate concerns arising out of said inspections to instill continued customer and consumer confidence. 
  • Monitoring and implementation of a comprehensive HACCP program.
  • Performs and monitors GMP plant inspections. 
  • Monitor and maintain procedures and documentation for product recall and tracking.
  • Performs and monitors quality control testing for raw materials, packaging materials, and/or finished product quality at the plant level. 
  • Monitors quality audit program for the production facility to ensure company and regulatory standards of product quality, sanitation, and process controls are met.
  • Monitors employee-training initiatives needed to meet standards of quality and process control. 
  • Responsible for Quality Systems Integration within the plant operation.
  • Interact with and respond to customers regarding compliance issues, specifications, and quality issues. 
  • LGMA guidelines knowledge is a plus. 
  • Five (5) to ten (10) + years’ work experience in production operations roles with 4+ years in management roles. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in food science, Microbiology, or related discipline preferred.
  • Increasingly responsible experience in Quality Assurance/Quality Control. Previous experience in a QA/QC Management role preferred. 
  • Proven record of successful management of production scheduling, general knowledge of HACCP, GMP, Sanitation, and quality and food safety programs required.
  • Related work experience in a production/processing/environment preferably produce in a lead capacity in inventory management, warehouse operations, or shipping/receiving operation. 
  • Proven record of people management in production environments. 
  • Understanding of plant operations and packaging environment. 
  • Organizational and time management skills. 
  • Ability to provide training, coaching, and feedback to provide sustainable productivity and quality from the plant. 
  • Excellent team building skills to build high morale and group commitment to goals and objectives with focus on results-oriented leadership. 
  • Database management. 
  • Excellent writing communication skills. 
  • Direct experience in the produce industry is highly preferred. 
  • Ability to communicate and liaise effectively with diplomacy and tact to all levels of personnel at the plant. 
  • Supply chain certification a plus.

This Job has a $500 Referral Reward!

If you would like to discuss this job opportunity in 100% confidentiality with a Joe Produce Search Consultant, please call Recruiting at 855-563-7763, or email

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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