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Foods Specialist – Vernon, CA




Foods Specialist

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Amazon Corporate LLC

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Fulfillment & Operations Management

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Job Description

At Amazon, we're working to be the most customer-centric company on earth. To get there, we need exceptionally talented, bright, and driven people.

The Fresh Foods Specialist will be develop and apply practices that promote quality of one or more of the following fresh food categories: Produce, Deli, Bakery, Prepared Meals, Meat, Fish and Floral. Quality of these items will be promoted by development and sound execution of processes around storage, handling, preparation, inspection and regulatory compliance of these items. These processes would encompass the entire supply chain of these items, all the way from vendor to Amazon Fresh network to our customers. Fresh Foods Specialist should be well versed in Amazon receiving, inventory and shipping procedures, proper sanitation, temperature control, and removal methods. Fresh Foods Specialist should also be knowledgeable of Health Department requirements.

Job Responsibilities:
· Develop processes (SOP) for storage, handling, preparation, inspection and regulatory compliance of Fresh Foods categories.
· Be a Quality Champion for fresh food items throughout the company. Work cross-functionally to establish quality standards within the company. Work with all Amazon Fresh FCs that carry and ship fresh food items, and support other Amazon businesses also that carry and ship these items.
· Develop training material, training cadence and execute regular training of FC personnel for effective execution of standards. Utilize the train-the-trainer and train-the-practitioner approaches.
· Maintain training records, identify needs for additional training and work with FCs to execute the same
· Develop processes to audit inspection, rating and picking processes, and work with FCs on appropriate accountability and performance management measures if processes are not followed.
· Work with FC senior leadership’s assistance to coach and counsel FC area managers, shift leads and associates for meeting quality goals as measured by customer concessions and audit results. Utilize Human Resources for advice regarding organization’s disciplinary policies and procedures
· Mentor, train and develop FC area managers, shift leads and associates for career progression and growth through the organization
· Understand and work with retail and operations teams on effective management of supply and quality constraints of different fresh food items during different seasons (seasonality management) to ensure that right quality and quantity of inventory is supplied for our customers.
· Lead the identification, development and execution of standards for quality and regulatory compliance in new international markets.
· Work alongside FC personnel on daily operations as and when need arises to support any FC on training or other business needs.
· Establish standards for preparation (slicing, trimming, hydrating, baking, etc.) of fresh foods items
· Ensure strict compliance with food safety standards, keeping work area clean and organized
· Provide assistance and training to FC employees to solve problems and resolve escalations resulting from regular inventory quality control checks
· Establish processes for communication and root cause analyses on inventory adjustments (inventory damage)
· Provide feedback to process owners with root cause analysis, and participate in Operational Excellence initiatives

Skill Requirements:
· Maintain a complete and thorough understanding of inventory and quality control, and systems in an automated Fulfillment Center
· Possess excellent skills in evaluation of fresh foods that meet the quality bar required for customer shipments.
· Possess strong oral and written communication skills, and able to communicate with managers and associates at all levels
· Possess excellent attention to detail and ability to work with the highest level of accuracy
· Must be able to work independently, and with many teams within the building and corporate offices
· Must possess strong problem solving skills and analytical skills
· Must demonstrate a sense of urgency
· Must be able to prioritize tasks effectively
· Must be able to demonstrate integrity and confidentiality
· Must be able to comprehend a lot of information in a short period of time

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used:
RF Scanner, laptop, carts, wheeled dollies, pallet jacks, knife for slicing product, weighing and packaging equipment, bins, tubs, box opener, thermometers, sanitation materials, powered equipment (for example, a forklift or cherry picker), ovens, dishwashers.

Basic Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

  • 2 years of internal Amazon experience, or leadership experience involving fresh foods quality control in a food production or food distribution facility, or in food retail management.
  • Must possess knowledge of food handling, processing, quality, storage and inspection of one or more of the following fresh foods: produce, fresh meats, bakery, deli, seafood or other processed foods.
  • Proficient in basic computer skills such as Excel, Word, Outlook
  • Ability to secure a food handlers permit
  • Requires regular attendance and punctuality
  • Able to work extra hours as required
  • Available to work weekends and/or overnight shifts as an when needed
  • Ability to travel up to 75% of time
  • Ability to meet physical demands with or without accommodation


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
· Degree in Agricultural and / or Food Science or related field
· Total 4+ years of leadership experience involving fresh foods quality control in a food production or food distribution facility, or in food retail management. Out of this, prefer two years of experience as:
· As a fresh foods quality inspector at a food retailer or distributor. Experience as a fresh foods quality inspector should be at a distribution center (and not stores) of a food retailer or distributor, where-in inspection of quality of fresh Produce based on established product quality specifications (USDA or retailer defined standards) is performed. OR
· As a Team lead in a food processing facility that assembles food meals, kits, salads, wraps, or bakes or cooks hot food.
· Possess USDA produce inspection certification through UnitedFresh or equivalent certification
Physical Demands:
· Lift and move boxes up to 49 pounds each, and group lift for 50+ pounds
· Engage in full manual dexterity in both hands and wrists
· Work in a chilled and frozen environment
· Regular bending, lifting, stretching and reaching both below the waist and above the head
· Walking in the FC and around area with great frequency; facilities are over a quarter mile in length
· Ability to work in construction /distribution environments that may be noisy, unlit, unheated, not air-conditioned
· Able to access all areas of building (ascending and descending ladders, stairs, gangways safely and without limitation)

In addition, one of the most important aspects of your job is to lead change at internet speed……innovation has made us the global company that we are today.

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation


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