Food Safety Manager

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Job Description: 

Hitchcock Farms, a Salinas based grower/packer/shipper, is looking for an experienced Food Safety Manager desiring a full-time career opportunity. The employee must be a detail oriented, professional-minded, and maintain a professional image at all times. Must be honest, trustworthy, respectful of self and others and demonstrate a strong work ethic.  

Responsibilities & Duties: 

Field Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide safety-training (new hire and on-going) and guidance to filed personnel on all safety-related issues.
  • Conduct daily ranch and crew assessments and safety inspections; report and address unsafe actions; and if necessary, escalate and communicate findings to appropriate leadership
  • Prepare timely reports on inspections and results
  • Conduct accident/injury investigations, root cause analysis and corrective actions
  • Monitor the enforcement of safety policies and procedures
  • Collaborate efficiently with other departments within the company 
  • Notify manager of recognized hazards and possible risk mitigation. Recommend and implement decided corrective actions and follow-up to verify completion
  • Serve as a guide for field tours when requested

Food Safety Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and implement Food Safety Program for all areas: California, Arizona and Mexico.
  • Facilitate communication of food safety information to employees, customers and suppliers
  • Maintain excellent work relations with all customers
  • Address customer inquiries and handle food safety related complaints and inquiries
  • Assist in troubleshooting food safety problems and implement policy improvements
  • Coordinate, schedule and conduct third-party audits, regulatory audits and any other customer required audits (second-party)
  • Accurately document and report test results in a timely manner
  • Oversee and verify all data collection
  • Verify the proper function, calibration, and accuracy of quality/food safety monitoring equipment
  • Conduct detailed and documented risk assessments
  • Investigate incident reports and follow up with necessary documentation/training
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, work beyond normal business hours, weekends as needed for business
  • Must demonstrate a tactful, mature and professional demeanor: positive attitude and desire to be a team player
  • Be well organized and able to multitask; work independently and manage a project from initiation to completion with minimal supervision
  • Proactively communicate tasks and project updates to manager; discreet handling of all business matters (maintaining confidentiality at all levels)
  • Will work in an office and outdoors often standing, walking, kneeling, turning, reaching, climbing stairs, operating computers for long periods of time
  • Walking regularly in uneven, inconsistent outdoor field conditions (including mud)
  • Lifting weight up to 50 pounds
  • High use of communication either through telephone or one on one communications
  • Work in environments with a wide range of temperatures (fields from 30◦F - 110◦F)

  • Minimum two-years of experience in food safety, comprehensive knowledge of HACCP, FSMA, GAP, GMP, USDA, FDA, GFSI and Primus 
  • Degree in Food Science, or related agricultural degree strongly preferred
  • PSA Grower Training Certification is required
  • Bilingual English and Spanish with the ability to communicate, read, write and translate at a proficient level is required
  • Proficient in various programs, including MS Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point applications
  • Must maintain a valid California driver’s license
  • Ability to relocate to the Imperial Valley during the winter season
  • Experience with safe and effective use of sanitation and cleaning chemicals

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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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