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QA / Food Safety Manager - #6609S

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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!  
Our client is a grower/packer/processor of fresh produce who is committed to product quality. The company shares over 100 years of experience and passion for the agriculture industry. They use extensive controls in all levels of production, raw product harvesting, processing, and packaging. They are committed to working hard every day, providing the quality and attention each customer needs. Their reputation is built on using environmentally sustainable practices while providing superior service and premium products.
This steadfast commitment to quality creates a need for a highly motivated, enthusiastic quality assurance/food safety manager to join the team who will play an integral role in taking their 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 ensure their established customer base is consistently offered quality, safe, fresh produce. This position requires on-site representation and support in Yuma, AZ with occasional travel to Salinas. 
This is an excellent opportunity for a career minded food safety professional with a strong educational background to grow in their career. This company offers extensive professional development, a family-like company culture and room for advancement. 
Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Lead all quality assurance and food safety processes ensuring the highest standards of food quality, safe processes, compliance with all appropriate legal requirements and a focus on continuous process improvement.
  • Manage finished product evaluation system and provide leadership to drive improvements in key customer/consumer Quality attributes.
  • Train and coach personnel and maintain all relevant records on critical food safety and quality requirements.
  • Provide guidance and leadership in situations where deviations have occurred or a potential risk has been identified.
  • Maintain all registries as required by LGMA and GFSI.
  • Reassess Food Safety plan(s) whenever there is a change to program, process, procedure, specification, equipment, industry philosophy, technology, etc.
  • Manage coordination and cooperation with on-site audits performed by FDA, Silliker, or other regulatory agencies or approved inspectors.
  • Monitor and implement a comprehensive HACCP program.
  • Perform and monitor GMP plant inspections.
  • Monitor and maintain procedures and documentation for product recall and tracking.
  • Perform and monitor quality control testing for raw materials, packaging materials, and/or finished product quality at the plant level.
  • Monitor quality audit program for the production facility to ensure company and regulatory standards of product quality, sanitation, and process controls are met.
  • Lead 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.
  • Bachelor Degree in Food Science, Microbiology, or related discipline preferred.
  • Increasingly responsible experience in QA/QC
  • At least five years of work experience in production operations roles with 2+ years managing a team. 
  • Proven record of successful management of production scheduling, general knowledge of HACCP, GMP, Sanitation, and quality and food safety programs required.
  • Related experience in a production/processing/environment preferably in fresh produce.
  • Understanding of plant operations and packaging environment.
  • Ability to provide training, coaching, and feedback for sustainable productivity and quality from the plant.
  • LGMA guidelines knowledge a plus.
  • Ability to communicate in English and Spanish highly preferred.

This Job has a $1,000 Referral Reward!

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