Safety Quality Assurance Specialist - Bessemer City, NC
Dole Food Company, Inc.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION / PRIMARY PURPOSE
Coordinate, implement and audit FSQA programs for Dole
North America. Perform audits, generate reports and follow up as required,
for all sourcing locations, vendors & suppliers. Conduct initial
qualification of growers, suppliers and/or co-pack operations, working
collaboratively with both internal and external FSQA teams. Analyze and make
recommendations for further improvements, including leveraging new
technology, to mitigate hazards in all aspects of the business. Assess
internal and external program compliance against both regulatory requirements
and Dole standards/expectations. Assist in development or expansion of
training materials, as appropriate, for internal and external business
partners. Ensure compliance with applicable elements of FSMA. Engage in
process innovation activities.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS/DUTIES OF THE POSITION
- Ensure that
all FSQA programs and procedures are being implemented correctly.
- Perform both
G.A.P. and G.M.P. audits. Follow all FSQA requirements, as applicable to
- In conjunction
with the agriculture operations personnel provide training on FSQA
practices, assist in development of FSQA programs.
- Process large
volumes of data or information and communicate recommendations for
further improvement to mitigate FSQA risks.
communicate scientific and technical information to both technical and
- Be aware of,
and adhere to, USEPA, USFDA, USDA, and FSMA regulations and guidelines
associated with all supply chain elements, inclusive of non-produce
- Audit and
maintain FSQA business relationships with external supply chain non-produce
consolidators and suppliers
projects that meet the technical and business objectives of Dole Food
- Participate in
process innovation activities, along with wash water assessment
initial assessment and audit of co-packers
- Must be
willing to travel to various regions, including domestic and
- Assisting in
responding to customer requests, surveys and other inquiries
- Create and
execute training for supply chain
- Other duties
- JOB SPECIFIC
COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skill And Experience
- 2 -3 years in
agriculture/FSQA related experience, with 1 year of auditing experience.
Experience in produce operations is desirable.
organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
- Must be
flexible, even-tempered, a good mediator and persuasive. Able to work in
a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
analytical and problem solving skills required,
ability to conduct food safety audits, communicate effectively with
technical and non-technical personnel, knowledge of food microbiology,
- Knowledge of
agrochemicals use, knowledge of basic sanitation techniques and
- Knowledge of
related Federal and State regulations.
- Competency in
computer word processing (MS Word), Spreadsheet (Excel) and Database
Software (Access) required.
bi-literate Spanish/English is required.
INTERNAL & EXTERNAL RELATIONS
Must be able to persuasively communicate technical
information regarding FSQA requirements and expectations with other FSQA
staff (internal and external), Dole departments/divisions, suppliers,
vendors, co-packers, customers and government officials.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
Bachelorís Degree in Agriculture, Food Science, Chemistry,
Postharvest Physiology or related field is required
Ability to lift up to 10-25 pounds, identify and
distinguish colors, work in extreme cold some of the time in a cooler
environment and ability to work in outside elements.
WORK HOUR REQUIREMENT
- Travel as
needed, domestically and internationally.
with schedule as needed
with schedule as needed with the ability to work beyond normal business
hours, weekends, rotating shifts preferred/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.