Director of Quality
& Food Safety
Inc.13 reviews - Salem, OR
WHO ARE WE?
NORPAC, a farmer-owned cooperative
founded in 1924, grows, harvests, processes, and distributes high quality,
healthy, non-GMO frozen vegetables and fruits. Our farms are located on over
35,000 acres in the Pacific Northwest. Most farms are within 50 miles of our various
plant facilities, allowing our crops to go from field to freezer in less than
Headquartered in Salem, Oregon, we
are Oregonís largest fruit and vegetable processor, with 5 facilities in the
Willamette Valley, along with a subsidiary Hermiston Foods, LLC in Hermiston,
Oregon and a subsidiary Quincy Foods, LLC in Quincy, Washington. We employ
1,500 full-time employees and 2,500 seasonal employees during the processing
WHAT WILL THIS POSITION DO?
The position provides company-wide
leadership and direction for all quality assurance and food safety functions.
The Director interfaces and directs, advises, and supports existing Quality
and Food Safety staff to ensure food safety for all products, growers and
facilities. The role will have full contact with customers and manage
governmental and third-party audit programs. Directs Customer Service and
advises Consumer Affairs on complaints or technical questions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND
- Responsible for all quality and
food safety functions at all NORPAC Foods production facilities and
- Champion quality and food
safety initiatives to monitor and document product, facility and worker
- Monitor compliance with FSMA
rules and regulations on domestic and imported product.
- Ensure plant audit corrective
action plans are implemented in a timely manner.
- Organize food safety training
lessons for new company procedures and reinforce the existing procedures
throughout the company.
- Interface with all regulatory
agencies and customers insuring optimum support.
- Assist growers in achieving
compliance with the Food Safety Program through field training and
- Issue, review and maintain
product specifications, certificates of analysis, and all other QA
- Conduct relevant physical,
chemical, and microbiological tests on raw material as per
- Oversee all plant HACCP,
pre-requisite quality programs, and all quality/food safety related
programs to meet regulatory and/or customer requirements.
- Ensure all sanitation and
safety guidelines are being met throughout the organization.
- Review lab testing on the
product and testing of the facility.
- Generate reports describing QA
activities, trends, and expenditures as well as communicate findings and
action plans to necessary/appropriate parties.
- Help with the tasting process,
(before, during, and after) to approve that all products are meeting
- Respond to food safety related
concerns and complaints with corrective action reports.
- Other duties as assigned.
- B.S. Degree in Microbiology,
Food Science, or related discipline required; advanced degree (MS, PhD)
- Previous experience in Quality
Assurance/Food Safety within a fresh food processing environment is
- Experience with audits at the
plant and/or grower level.
- Must have experience in food
safety, handling of fresh and frozen produce/perishables, BRC, HACCP,
GMP, USDA, FDA and working with Federal and State inspectors.
- Must be able to read and
interpret and be an authority on USDA and FDA regulations and have the
ability to research and find information when necessary.
- The skill to communicate the
intent of our specifications with a wide variety of personalities
- Work closely with Sales,
Production, Quality, Suppliers, Purchasing, Transportation, Customer
Service, and Consumer Affairs to advise and resolve any issues as
- Strong attention to detail,
strong analytical skills, strategic and critical thinking skills,
Problem solving, trouble shooting ability.
- Proven manager; capable of
coaching and developing a team & talent.
- Proven ability to manage
priorities and work efficiently in a matrix organization.
- Use experience, expertise, and
judgment to effectively plan and implement initiatives.
- Flexible, self-disciplined.
Ability to work in fast-pace environment with minimal supervision.
Deliver meaningful results on time.
- Willingness and availability to
travel up to 50%, including occasional international travel.
- Strong writing, research and
- Strong computer application
skills (Outlook, Excel, Word, and Power Point).
- All new employee
hiring is contingent upon passing a drug screen.
HOURS AND LOCATION: Full-time, Monday - Friday (8:00 am
to 5:00 pm). Weekends and overtime as needed. Position is located in Salem,
Oregon (45 minutes south of Portland, Oregon).
TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter &
resume to Ingrid Caudel, HR Generalist.
No phone calls please.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: NORPAC Foods, Inc. is an Equal
Opportunity, Affirmative Action, E-Verify employer. Employment decisions for
all applicants and employees will be made without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age,
national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other
characteristics protected under local, state or federal law.
DATE OPENED: November 3, 2017
Job Type: Full-time