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Director, Quality & Food Safety

Full-Time - Charlotte, NC, United States

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Position Summary:
The role of Director of Quality and Global Food Safety is to lead the North America Quality and the Global Food Safety organization championing food safety requirements, guiding the organization on regulatory issues and requirements and providing long term direction to ensure our programs, processes and systems meet the quality requirements of all customers.
Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Establish and lead strategy and goals for NA quality management systems and drive company-wide strategy and goals for food safety to include food safety management systems, compliance and certification audits and regulatory and technical requirements for existing and future markets. 
  • Integrate and align food safety and quality management with Business, Operations, Supply Chain and Innovations processes to develop appropriate support for company initiatives.  
  • Assess the impact of market and/or supply chain process improvements to ensure quality and food safety is considered in all final decisions.
  • Minimize business risk through prevention-based programs, and develop and monitor quality and food safety KPIs to ensure protection of the consumer, customer and brand.
  • Identify and address potential regulatory issues that may have regional or global business or customer impact.  With legal counsel, review pending issues and identify operational or business needs to ensure compliance.
  • Drive strategy to be recognized by our customers as the leader in quality and food safety through programs designed to showcase our programs, update our customers on improvements, take customers through growing operations, and attend customer-led meetings.  
  • Provide technical quality expertise and tools to help manage product quality and food safety, facilitate resolution to customer issues, and support new product development internally and with our customers.
  • Ensure the right resources are in place to support the NA Quality and Food Safety organizations. Responsible for the management and development of the employees in the NA Quality organization to ensure individualís success.


  • Bachelors Degree in Food Science or related field required. M.S. / PhD  in Food Science, Microbiology or related field preferred.
  • 8-12+ years leading Quality and Food Safety programs with 5+ years as a manager.
  • Technical knowledge of the food industry and understanding of food microbiology in Agriculture required with specific produce experience preferred.
  • Requisite understanding of global Food Safety and Quality standards and their application in a corporate and manufacturing environment.

The successful applicant will possess the following:

  • Advanced knowledge of Food Safety Management Systems, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), cGMPs, Good Agricultural Practices, and Quality System standards.  
  • Experience leading resolution of potential food safety incidents, regulatory issues, and risk assessments. 
  • Proven cooperative relationships with regulatory officials and industry associates.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop people, teams, and oneself through innovative means
  • Ability to lead teams and align to common goals in a matrix organization.
  • Ability to think strategically about our business, quality improvements, how we best support our customers, and how we stay on the forefront of technology.
  • Advanced knowledge of utilizing statistical tools for problem solving, data analysis, and decision making. 
  • Skilled in written and verbal communication to drive change and influence people including those outside of direct management responsibility. 
  • Demonstrated past performance to show ability to initiate change that supports business growth. 
  • Effective presentation, and public speaking skills
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

About Chiquita Brands International

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: CQB) is a leading international marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and value-added food products - from energy-rich bananas and other fruits to nutritious blends of convenient green salads. The company markets its healthy, fresh products under the Chiquita(R) and Fresh Express(R) premium brands and other related trademarks. With annual revenues of more than $3 billion, Chiquita employs more than 21,000 people and has operations in nearly 70 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit

In the United States, Chiquita Brands International, Inc. requires that applicants provide authorization and consent to a background check and a drug screen to continue in the selection process. All employment offers are contingent on meeting our background check standards and successful passing of required drug test. If hired, you will be required to provide documentation indicating your legal right to work in the U.S which may be verified through Chiquita's participation in the E-Verify program.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Chiquita Brands International and its subsidiaries provide an environment that promotes individual recognition and achievement. We recruit, hire, train, compensate and promote associates without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability or veteran's status.

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