Quality Assurance Inspector

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Job Description: 

We are seeking an experienced Inspector to play a critical role in the Quality Assurance Department.  Our Inspectors provide critical field-level product inspection to ensure quality and food safety.  They maintain accurate and timely inspection records and participate in the creation of educational videos in coordination with our Marketing department.  This position requires the ability to exhibit independence, flexibility and good judgment to respond to rapidly changing field situations. The ideal candidate is a team player who is passionate about produce and possesses excellent written and oral communication skills.

Salary & Benefits:
Competitive salary and benefits package.  This is a full-time, exempt position.  Total compensation includes use of company vehicle, vehicle maintenance, gas card and relocation per diem. Employer subsidized health, vision and dental insurance effective on the first of the month following hire. PTO accrual and paid holidays from date of hire.  Eligible for annual bonus, 401K retirement and profit sharing after one year of employment.

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Performs inspections in Markon branded fields; rejects substandard products
  • Inspects coolers and finished products
  • Makes decisions and recommendations based on results of inspections
  • Continually upgrades knowledge and expertise to deliver high level field results that guarantee safety and quality
  • Emails pictures and information to team and other staff to enhance internal decision-making
  • Works with Product Teams to set, monitor and achieve daily production goals
  • Helps research customer complaints, providing timely feedback and/or corrections
  • Prepares quality updates to be used in member-correspondence
  • Participates regularly in creation of educational videos for Markon’s social network marketing
  • Actively involved in coordinating and leading customer field tours
  • Works Monday through Friday plus rotating Saturdays
  • Relocates to Yuma, AZ from November/December to March/April (paid housing and relocation per diem)
  • Other duties as required

Working Conditions:

  • Environment - Approximately 85% of the time is spent outdoors in both fair and inclement weather and on a variety of uneven terrains; may work near moving mechanical parts
  • Physical demands - Frequently drive, sit, bend, stoop, kneel, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stand and walk; grasp with hands and fingers and lift up to 60 pounds; continuously handle or feel objects and tools
  • Machines, tools and equipment - Frequently use computer, telephone, writing instruments, knife and video camera
  • A combination of education and experience that provide the skills needed to successfully complete the essential functions; typically, through a Bachelors or Associates degree in food safety, crop science, agriculture or related field and a high level of expertise in the field of agriculture and food safety; background in produce quality control highly preferred
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is highly desirable
  • Strong computer skills, including database entry and ability to learn new programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems independently and with sound judgment
  • Ability to demonstrate accuracy, thoroughness and d­ependability in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, flexibility, enthusiasm and team work
  • Valid current driver’s license and a clean driving record, and participation in DMV Pull Program required
  • Must be willing to be in front of the camera (participate in field videos that will be posted on social media sites) and give presentations as needed
  • Ability to travel - daily routine travel within close proximity; temporary seasonal work in other California locations (e.g., Huron), seasonal relocation to Yuma, Arizona for 4 to 5 months of the year (paid housing)

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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.

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