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Food Safety Quality Engr - Richvale, CA

Lundberg Family Farms




Desired: Microsoft OfficeSafe Quality Food Certification GFSI

Purpose and Key Results of the Position

In conjunction with the Quality Assurance Manager, the Food Safety Quality Engineer (QE) ensures all quality and regulatory related activities meet company service, quality, and food safety objectives. This position provides quality system leadership and technical direction to coordinators, supervisors, and floor level employees. The QE ensures that all quality and food safety programs and trainings are completed and documented. Acts as the primary floor level quality and food safety advocate for the company. The QE works cross departmentally regarding quality assurance and food safety related opportunities.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

Food Safety

  • Provide Quality and Food Safety leadership & direction through technical mastery in the areas of: regulatory compliance, allergen, micro management, and sanitation excellence.
  • Provide plant technical support for projects, Research and Development (R&D), reformulations, and new product startups.
  • Partner with operations, maintenance, sanitation, and engineering to continuously reduce risk within operating plant.
  • Ensure facility meets all regulatory, sanitation, and product safety guidelines.
  • Provide training in the areas of quality systems, Statistical Process Control (SPC), regulatory, and food safety.
  • Develop and implement training of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Responsible for ensuring effective Trace/Recall system and protocol.
  • Manage issues with non-conforming product to assure proper control, minimize losses, and provide analysis to eliminate future occurrences.
  • Ensure the highest standards of quality and continuously seek out opportunities to improve products and processes.
  • Investigate and respond to customer/consumer inquiries. Use plant specific consumer complaint information to develop quality improvement focus areas.

Audits & Reporting

  • Conducts Food Safety and Quality Internal Audits; shares and discusses results with the floor staff.
  • Ownership and management of the Quality Risk Scorecard; trains staff on Quality Risk Scorecard and reports progress and Food Safety updates.
  • Lead investigator on Quality Incidents CAPA (Corrective Action/Preventative Action) and related reporting.
  • Manages, updates, and reviews 3rd party (Safe Quality Foods (SQF) & others) audit documentation.
  • Track and report on quality statistics.


  • Adheres to safety programs in order to provide a safe and clean workplace for fellow employees within the regulations of all OSHA local, state and federal regulations.
  • Maintains personal safety training requirements per job safety training matrix.
  • Maintains safety requirements for job duties as directed.


  • Performs other assignments from time to time as requested by the Quality Assurance Manager to achieve department and company business goals.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Ability to lead constructive, positive change within a plant environment.
  • Ability to influence others without direct authority in order to execute programs and achieve goals.
  • Ability to lead peer group and affect change/department direction via influence management.
  • Ability to communicate with leadership team to gain broad support for ideas.
  • Clear, concise, well directed communication.
  • Ability to be flexible with work hours, shifting priorities, and ambiguity.
  • Bias for action and results, takes initiative.
  • Capable of risk management, managing issues to assure proper control, minimize losses, and provide analysis to eliminate future occurrences.
  • Extensive knowledge of comprehensive food quality/food safety standards.
  • Well versed in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), personal safety, and regulatory compliance.
  • Excellent communication; written, oral, and group facilitation.
  • Strong root cause, problem-solving execution.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities. Understand team-based systems; participation, empowerment, and embedding of accountability.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors and managers at all times.
  • Work well under pressure in order to meet multiple, and sometimes, competing deadlines.



  • Bachelorís degree in Food Science or related science.
  • 1 year of related experience, 3+ years preferred.
  • Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) experience, implementing and maintaining the program (SQF/British Retail Consortium (BRC) or equivalent).
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certified with experience in implementation of the program.


  • SQF Practitioner.
  • Knowledge of the rice industry and processing/production systems.

Work Environment Sitting/Standing/Walking: 70% of the work time is spent sitting in an office and the other 30% is spent standing/walking around work area.Vision: Ability to effectively visualize the computer screen for long periods of time, read printed materials, observe work processes, inspect machinery, distinguish various kinds of products, and differentiate various sizes, colors, and quantities.Stooping/Kneeling: Ability to kneel and/or stoop when required.

Reaching/Handling: Ability to reach and/or handle product when needed.

Lifting/Carrying: Ability to lift, hold, and carry up to 40 lbs. for a short distance.

Speaking/Hearing: Ability to communicate with co-workers and supervisors.

Physical Requirements for Performing Essential Duties

Work area is in an inside environment with moderate temperature and low background noise. Occasional work in other departments within their work environment.


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