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Manager, Food Safety - Laredo, TX


Mastronardi Produce


Come join our rapidly growing team in Laredo, TX! Due to expansion, we are currently seeking a Food Safety Manager to join the Food Safety and Quality team. In this role you will provide leadership, direction and day-to-day support to operations management to drive compliance with the corporate Safe Quality Foods plan.

Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Directly responsible for the oversight and maintenance of the SQF Program at the Mastronardi Produce, Laredo operation
  • Supervise Laredo food safety team members, approve time off, conduct performance evaluations, provide effective and continuous feedback to drive excellence
  • Serves as the designated Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Practitioner and Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI)
  • Responsible for overseeing collection of data for Food Safety and Quality KPI’s
  • Assist the management of the facility in achieving set Food Safety and Quality KPI’s
  • Act as SQF Practitioner and PCQI back up, when necessary, to any other Mastronardi owned facility
  • Conduct routine audits of internal food safety program, product specifications and organics program, providing reports to management for continuous improvement
  • When necessary, take charge of critical food-safety & quality issues and promptly bring them to resolution while maintaining adherence to legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Corrective Action and Preventative Measures – log and track non-compliances and FSS incidences, conduct investigations, coordinate follow-up and bring outstanding issues to closure
  • Supervise FSS Training – assist in development of training programs, conduct training classes, maintain training records
  • Prepare, organize, lead and conduct follow-up for third-party, government and customer audits
  • Act as the emergency contact for the facility in Food Safety related issues including but not limited to recalls, power failures, potable water outages. Ensure issues are safely addressed.
  • Maintain relevant FSS documents, databases, records, binders & filing
  • Obtain, input, tabulate FSS data and provide reports to Management
  • Participate and is part of the leadership team at assigned facility


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in food science, sciences (biology, chemistry etc.), agriculture or another related field is preferred
  • A minimum five to seven years’ experience in a Food Safety/Quality Assurance/Management function, with specific knowledge of SQF Systems and FSMA implementation
  • A minimum 2 years supervisory experience is required
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate teams
  • Experience conducting traceability and recall exercises
  • Must maintain current HACCP certificate, PCQI certificate and Implementing SQF training documentation
  • Quality certifications considered an asset
  • Auditing experience required, with required ability to read and interpret documentation for regulatory and audit standards
  • Strong knowledge of food safety and quality systems, HACCP, ISO 9001, cGMP, SQF etc.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills at all levels inside the business and externally with suppliers, customers and regulatory agencies.
  • Excellent analytical, time management and organizational skills
  • Technical skills, including computer proficiency and data management
  • Strong customer, quality and continuous improvement focus
  • Ability to document preventative and immediate corrective actions
  • Spanish an asset, but not a requirement
  • Valid driver’s license must be maintained for occasional travel to distribution centers
  • Complete a background and drug test screening


Working Conditions:

  • Standard office environment. Time spent in an expansive refrigerated warehouse, where temperature averages 50°F. The background noise approaches 70 dcbs
  • Capable of lifting at least 10 lbs.
  • Position requires sitting, standing, walking and bending on a regular basis
  • Climbing platform ladders is also a requirement
  • Must have manual dexterity to perform computer skills

We are pleased to offer the following Benefits:

  • Paid weekly
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance
  • 401K
  • Paid time off and holiday pay
  • Employee Engagement & Recognition Programs
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement


Mastronardi Produce has accommodation processes and policies in place and provides accommodation for employees with disabilities. If you require a specific accommodation because of a disability or documented medical need, please contact the Human Resource office so that arrangements can be made for the appropriate accommodation to be put in place.



  • HAACP certified


  • 5 year(s): Food Safety, Quality Assurance



  • High School or better



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