Food Safety Quality Assurance Manager - Salinas,
GENERAL DESCRIPTION / PRIMARY PURPOSE
The position is responsible for managing the FSQA program
for assigned area of responsibility (field, cooler, process operations or
auditing and governance). The FSQA Manager works as a liaison between
growers, customers, co-packers, coolers, packing houses, and internal
business teams to ensure all Dole quality & food safety standards are met
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS/DUTIES OF THE POSITION
- Ensure all
Dole suppliers are approved.
compliance to Federal (FSMA), State and local regulations internally and
for handling customer food safety and quality complaints. Ensure all
Dole sites and associated external &/or 3rd party entities follow
Dole quality and food safety requirements.
- Identify areas
of microbial risk and ensure corrective actions are implemented.
internal and external quality & food safety training.
implement, maintain quality & food safety related policies.
- Supervise and
train salaried and hourly employees within the FSQA departments.
- Act as liaison
with federal and state agencies to ensure compliance with regulatory
- Must be
willing to travel to various regions, as needed.
customer requests related to quality & food safety are completed
appropriately and timely.
- Prepare and
manage department budgets
- Follow all
food safety requirements and GMP’s as applicable for this position
- Evaluate and
recommend new processes that will increase efficiencies for the business
compliance with third party auditing schemes
for performing/assigning processing floor centric audits, maintaining
records of results and analysis of results for report out to the
for analysis and verification of Food Safety and Quality Plans including
assessment of results
awareness, evaluation and compliance of FSQA programs. This includes
making recommendations for follow-up completion, providing training
content for FSQA training and communication of FSQA expectations.
internal and external data to drive continuous improvement
- Serve as a
resource for equipment commissioning & decommissioning activities
- Ensure the
integrity and continued operations of the food safety system in the
event of organizational or personnel changes within the company or
- Other duties
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skill And
- Minimum of
three to five years in a FSQA related field.
- Three to five
years of supervision experience required.
- Produce or
high-risk FSQA related experience preferred.
- Field and
Manufacturing FSQA related experience, strongly preferred.
knowledge of regulatory requirements, inclusive of FSMA, microbial
hazards, third party audit bodies, sanitation procedures and field and
- Strong written
and verbal communication skills in English are required.
- Must have the
ability to make decisions, appear for work on time, follow directions,
interact well with co-workers, understand and follow posted work
- Must be
self-motivated and able to keep projects moving forward under stressful
conditions. Changing priorities will be a persistent factor.
- Ability to
work and adapt to a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
NTERNAL & EXTERNAL RELATIONS
- The FSQA
Manager works closely with both internal and external business teams,
inclusive of Agricultural Operations, Logistics, Operations, customers
and external suppliers and co-packers.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
- BA/BS degree
in Microbiology, Food Sciences, Agriculture or related field is
for managing the FSQA specialists/supervisors and respective
- Ability to
lift up to 10-25 pounds, identify and distinguish colors, and works in
extreme cold some of the time. (Notification required due to the
Americans With Disabilities Act).
WORK HOUR REQUIREMENT
- Flexibility to
work various hours/days as needed as well as more than 40 hours per week.
- Ability to
travel – up to 30% required.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.