Eastern Carolina Organics, a wholesale organic produce
distributor based in Durham, NC, is seeking a stellar Quality Assurance
& Food Safety Manager to strengthen our existing program and ensure
that quality and food safety imperatives are effectively implemented. This
role establishes and enforces receiving protocols; ensures proper processes
are followed consistent with industry, food safety, traceability, and
organic handling standards; and communicates preventative and real-time
feedback to suppliers, sales, and procurement staff to improve ECO’s
The QA Manager is expected to bring a working knowledge
of produce quality requirements and to provide thorough and timely
communication regarding inbound product quality, storage, shelf life and
packaging issues, food safety, customer prioritization due to quality issues,
and opportunities for improvement regarding production-based or
post-harvest handling techniques to enhance product quality.
The Quality Assurance Manager manages the Quality Hold,
GMP, and pest control programs, and employee training in these areas. This
individual directs a team of two quality technicians and ensures that
routine quality and food safety checks are executed in alignment with
company SOPs. This position plays a leadership role in implementation of QA
compliance system to assure food safety meets the requirements of ECO’s
Primus GFS program.
The right candidate will be detail-oriented and
demonstrate the desire and ability to plan, organize, and direct quality
assurance personnel and programs to assure that all products conform to
company-defined product quality standards, as well as Federal, State, and
local standards of product identity, safety, and Good Manufacturing
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience in a supervisory or
team leader role.
- Expertise in USDA grade
standards, defects, and tolerances.
- Keen attention to detail and
- Superior work ethic with
willingness to work extended and flexible hours seasonally.
- Ability to provide effective
solutions-oriented communication to a diverse set of stakeholders.
- A minimum of 5 years of
experience in the areas of fresh-cut produce, produce food safety,
quality, and/or organics.
- Strong knowledge of organic
handling and food safety requirements, food labeling, and traceability
- Training in HACCP, USDA NOP,
FSMA, GMPs, GAPs, and SSOPs.
- Valid driver's
license/warehouse safety and forklift training.
- Demonstrated computing skills
using business software such as Microsoft Office Suite, Quickbooks, Google Drive, and others.
- Experience evaluating technical
documents and/or basic laboratory technique.
- Self-motivation and creativity,
with critical thinking and idea integration skills.
- Resilience in a rapidly
- A positive attitude and a sense
- Belief in, and support of, the company
mission and program.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $40,000.00 to $50,000.00 /year