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West Coast QC and Operations Manager

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Job Description: 
Informally known as Kopke, “William H Kopke Jr” is a third -generation family-owned company that was founded in 1937 by its namesake.  For over 85 years, Kopke has imported the finest fruits from all over the world for distribution throughout North America. As a leading importer of fresh fruit from around the globe, the company continues to focus on bringing the finest imported products to the United States and Canada. Family values such as integrity, honesty and hard work are the cornerstones on which the company was build and proudly continues to operate.

Overview of Position:

This role is responsible for managing the day to day operational aspects of the business and inspecting inbound/outbound fruit products ensuring compliance with Company’s standards.
Job Specifications

  • Responsible for inspecting all incoming fruit on arrival and periodically while in cold storage facilities. Inspect packaging materials as needed
  • Responsible for entering, and updating findings into the internal inspection system
  • Complete inspections and quality control reports that accurately describe the quality/condition of the fruit and report to Management
  • Investigate and resolve quality and condition related issues in a timely manner
  • Implement daily/weekly planning and allocation of products to our customers
  • Foster and maintain strong relationships with internal employee/management base and external customers
  • Work closely with sales team on product availability
  • Coordinate repack as necessary
  • Understand customer specs to asssure delivery
  • Partner with transportation team on all logistical issues. Arrange transport and book trucks if/as necessary
  • Understand market conditions to ensure correct decisions are being made
  • Coordinate USDA inspections
  • Perform routine quality and condition inspections on existing inventory to assist in first-in, first-out or worst-in, first-out / stock rotation
  • Maintain instruments and supplies as needed to meet quality inspection requirements to ensure that company standards are met
  • Judgement and discretion required to make decisions on product regarding the commercial value and acceptability in the marketplace
  • Understand market conditions to ensure decision making reflects the circumstances
  • Work with exporters and growers in maintaining Kopke quality requirements and programs. General reporting as needed
  • Work with Grower Relations team as needed
  • Frequent domestic travel within California, Arizona, East Coast and other regions as needed
  • International travel based on business demands
  • Seasonality of the business may require physical presence for extended periods of time

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must be capable of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong demonstrated verbal / written communications, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Must be detailed and results oriented
  • Statistical analysis experience is preferred
  • Operates with integrity and is respectful
  • Implementation experience on Food Safety and/or Quality programs is strongly preferred
  • PC proficiency in Windows-based applications: Word, Excel, Access (preferred)
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills (i.e., oral and written)
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish preferred but not required
  • Posses or be able to obtain a TWIC card
  • Knowledge of USDA grade standards, methods and techniques
  • Flexibility with evening, weekend and holiday shifts
  • Unexpired passport/travel document as needed to respond to traveling needs of the business

Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in agricultural business, food science or other related field from an accredited institution
  • 3-4 years prior experience in a similar role
  • Experience in the produce industry a must
  • Bilingual (Spanish speaking a must)

Internal and External Contacts:

  • Interact with all business units to ensure cohesive processes and functions.
  • Interact with outside vendors, inspectors, growers, and companies logically and professionally.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Office & cold warehouse environment
  • Standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, and crouching
  • Manual dexterity of hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools, and controls
  • Lifting and moving of object weighing 15 lbs
  • Ability to operate computer
  • Ability to communicate to exchange simple to complex information with individuals and groups
  • Reasonable accommodations will be evaluated and considered to enable an individual to perform the essential job functions

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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