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Food Safety Representative - Watsonville, CA

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Watsonville, CA US


We’re seeking an outstanding entry level Food Safety Representative for Blueberries and Blackberries to become a part of the Food Safety Team!  Must have at least two years of Food Safety and Compliance experience and have an A.A. Degree or Bachelor's Degree.
As a Food Safety Representative you will help with the implementation of Good Agricultural and Good Harvesting Practices among our growing and harvesting operations, and also ensure that packing houses and distribution centers follow Good Manufacturing Practices.  This position works closely with Production, Field Operations, Receiving, Shipping, Inventory, and Maintenance departments to manage the daily production environment.

Responsibilities and Qualifications


  • Prepare growers for third party audits.
  • Coordinates third party audit schedules for facilities and fields, and ensures that company representatives are available and prepared to conduct the audits.
  • Coordinates and prepares the company audit response and corrective action plans within the required time frame.
  • Perform verification of GAPs and GMPs by conducting regular field and facility inspections
  • Conduct internal GAP and GMP audits
  • Ensure all company food safety policies and SOPs are being followed
  • Conduct mock recalls
  • Effectively train and communicate food safety policies to all company employees and growers
  • Maintain necessary compliance paperwork related to food safety programs
  • Ensure routine equipment swabbing and analyze results
  • Sample and coordinate water and field product samples
  • Accompany customers and 3rd party auditors on field audits and inspections
  • Attend meetings, industry events, and continuing education classes
  • Maintain updated food safety certification for all growing regions


  • Knowledge of food safety and sanitation
  • Knowledge of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles
  • Knowledge of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in food safety
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be able to travel and seasonally relocate (May-August) to our various job locations in Oregon, Washington and British Colombia, Canada.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects: 20-30 lbs.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications such as Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Statistical software. Experience in Data Management and Data Entry.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Detail oriented and able to follow through on tasks
  • Ability to work 45-50 hours per week (including Saturdays) during blueberry season
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish or Punjabi is a plus
  • Ability to multitask
  • Quick learner and forward thinker
  • Ability to create and implement a schedule



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