of Quality Assurance and Food Safety at Decas
Cranberry Products, Inc.
Assurance | Carver, MA, United States
of Quality Assurance and Food Safety
Decas Cranberry Products, Inc.
Decas Cranberry Products, Inc. is an
80-year-old, family-owned grower, processor, marketer and seller of cranberry
products. Decas is one of the largest independent
cranberry companies in the world, vertically integrated with over 450 acres
of bogs. Decas products are sold domestically and
in over 25 countries internationally. The company is privately owned with
general offices, a processing facility and a receiving station all located in
Carver, MA. The company’s consumer brand is Paradise Meadow with products
sold domestically in over 20,000 locations. Decas
Cranberry Products, Inc. offers a competitive compensation package including
base salary, bonus, 401K, medical, dental, paid vacation, holidays, long-term
disability and life insurance.
position is responsible for effectively managing and implementing policies
and programs as they relate to food safety, quality assurance and food
defense. This person monitors and assesses manufacturing, purchasing and
logistic operations from a food safety risk, and program compliance for the
entire company. The Director serves as liaison between operations,
purchasing, grower relations, sales, R&D, and product development to
ensure all specifications are pertinent, current, accurate and followed. This
position works closely with senior management to maintain impeccable quality
and cleanliness standards on an audit-ready, every day basis. This position
assures compliance with federal and state regulations including HACCP &
FSMA program guidelines.
- Ongoing development,
implementation and management of all aspects of quality programs.
Includes maintaining SOP’s and product specifications for all
products. Evaluation of current practices and implementation of
quality assurance program changes.
- Responsible for management of
HACCP & FSMA regulations.
- Ensure compliance with applicable
laws, regulations and food safety and defense standards issued by the
FDA and other federal, state and local agencies involved with food
safety activities. Maintain up to date records for compliance with
federal, state and HACCP regulations.
- Responsible for ongoing employee
training activities designed to keep employees knowledgeable and
informed of SOPs, methods, and Good Manufacturing Procedures. Also
ensures that standards for personal hygiene are met and implement
corrective actions where needed.
- Work with plant supervisors to
assure compliance with SOPs and GMPs.
- Approve all co-packing facilities
for the manufacture of company products.
- Work closely with sanitation
department, PCO’s and other related resources to manage sanitation
program and address deficiencies/problems.
- Manage environmental, pesticide and
micro testing programs including ongoing laboratory testing of
analytical methods. Address deficiencies with appropriate personnel and
implements corrective actions where necessary.
- Oversee and manage customer
quality inspections and the administration of quality surveys and
- Work closely with industry
workgroups and other agencies to ensure the company’s ongoing
participation in all aspects of the industry’s food safety programs.
- Provide technical guidance on the
purchase of materials and equipment related to food safety and
sanitation issues. Oversee and manage programs to audit vendors.
- Maintain corporate recall
programs and policies so that product can be successfully withdrawn or
recalled from market if necessary. Review and keep current.
- Oversee training of plant
operations related to food safety, sanitation and QC procedures and
programs and ensure they are being implemented and followed.
- Staff and supervise our seasonal
labs in our fresh fruit operation and receiving station. Ensures that
all GMP and sanitation procedures are followed in these general areas
not only in season but out of season as well.
- A Bachelors’ Degree in food
science or related field
- Minimum of ten years of
supervisory food quality control and quality assurance experience in
- Extensive experience with HACCP
- Experience in developing and
implementing quality assurance programs
- Effective communicator with the
ability to develop and manage diverse teams
- Demonstrated communication,
organization, problem solving and analytical skills
- An understanding of the QA role
in the overall impact of the business
- Evidence of regulatory and food
safety and defense knowledge and experience
- Ability to supervise and manage a
department of seven to eight people
- The ability to solve problems as
a team in critical in this position
- Product development experience
as well as position incumbents, who become disabled as defined under the
Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job
functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable
accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.
Decas Cranberry Products, Inc. is committed to the principle of
equal employment opportunity. Applicants for employment and employees are
reviewed on their individual qualifications for a position. Under no
circumstances will Decas Cranberry Products, Inc.
discriminate against qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religious
creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender,
gender identity/expression, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of
health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status, or any other basis
prohibited under applicable law.