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Produce Quality Assurance Specialist

Job Location: Denver, CO

Produce Quality Assurance Specialist


Position Summary
The Produce Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist works within the Supply Chain team to support Chipotle restaurants by ensuring that purchased fresh produce items meet Chipotle’s high quality and food safety standards. The Produce QA Specialist implements and manages QA and Food Safety processes to ensure and monitor food quality and safety throughout the supply chain from farm to restaurant. The Produce QA Specialist provides technical information to growers to help them understand QA and food safety programs needed to participate in Chipotle’s Local Produce program.

Key areas include QA and food safety documentation, supplier assessments, third party audit review, local produce grower assessments, vendor performance tracking and reporting, Quality Inspection Program, and produce quality evaluations. Supports Chipotle Produce Procurement and Culinary Development team with supplier approval, food evaluation, sensory evaluation and new item rollout.

Main Accountabilities
In addition to following Chipotle’s policies and procedures, principal accountabilities include, but are not limited to:
•Managing QA and food safety documentation for fresh produce items including specifications, 3rd party audits, labeling, and vendor QA and food safety program documentation
•Conducting food safety assessments at growers and suppliers including GAP assessments of farms and fields and GMP assessments at packing, processing and distribution facilities
•Collecting and reviewing third party audits for produce growers, suppliers, packing facilities and distributors
•Working with restaurants and suppliers to investigate and resolve produce quality and food safety issues; investigating customer incidents related to produce items
•Overseeing the produce Quality Inspection Program (QIP) with Distribution Centers
•Coordinating Stock Recoveries for fresh produce items and communicating with Operations, Distribution, and suppliers
•Developing Vendor Performance tracking and scorecard program for fresh produce. Analyze and use data collected from Food Quality Reporting system
•Overseeing sensory evaluations to ensure vendor compliance with Chipotle culinary standards and specifications
•Supporting the Culinary and Supply Chain Procurement teams with food testing, sensory evaluations, specification development, shelf-life testing, label approvals, and new menu item tests and roll-outs
•Driving produce quality improvement programs with vendors, Operations, Training, and Supply Chain teams
•Reviewing restaurant preparation procedures and training materials for adherence to Food Code and other regulatory requirements
•Consulting with Operations and Risk Management as needed to meet regulatory requirements and to assist with Health Department or Food Code topics
•Assisting Marketing, Training and Customer Service with technical questions about produce items
•Monitoring industry best practices for produce quality, safety, and regulatory activities/trends that may impact Chipotle Supply Chain or restaurant operations
•Assisting Chipotle QA team with additional quality assurance and food safety responsibilities as needed

•B.S. in Food Science or related field with produce quality and food safety background and experience
•Training, certification and experience conducting Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) assessments on-farm and GMP assessments for packing and processing facilities
•Foodservice (restaurant industry) experience preferred

•Comprehensive knowledge of fresh produce, produce quality, food safety, produce regulatory requirements, food science, and food preparation
•Training, certification and experience and strong working knowledge of USDA and FDA regulations, GAPs, GMPs, Food Code, HACCP, SSOPs
•Experience with sensory evaluation of fresh produce
•Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to collect and utilize data to create reports for management
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate within all levels of the company and with suppliers
•Excellent organization skills and the ability to multi-task. High level of attention to detail and accuracy
•Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Able to work while traveling as well as in an open office environment
•Be driven to continuously improve, be self-motivated, manage time constraints, and meet deadlines
•Knowledge of and the ability to use a PC and Microsoft Office Suite
•Ability to work in varying conditions of fields, farms, packing and processing facilities, restaurant, manufacturing, and distribution facilities; some physical work and lifting is required

Work Experience
•Five to seven years experience in fresh produce Quality and Food Safety for a restaurant company, produce grower or supplier, food retailer and/or food manufacturer

•Frequent travel (up to 60%) with some seasonal variation conducting fresh produce quality and food safety assessments on-farm and in packing and processing facilities
•Position is based in Denver, CO at company headquarters

Primary Location : CO-Denver-Wynkoop-(09999)

Work Locations :


1401 Wynkoop Street Suite 500

Denver 80202

Job : Purchasing

Job Posting : Mar 20, 2014, 6:45:38 PM

Job Number:


Job ID: 14003957


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