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Quality Assurance and Food Safety Director 7113 - (Bakersfield, California, West United States, USA)

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Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Fruit/Vegetables
Career Type: Quality Assurance
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: $85 - $100K

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Quality Assurance and Food Safety Director

The Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety provides leadership and direction for all Quality and Food Safety programs.

  • Ensures that quality and food safety standards are designed and executed as an integral part of Company’s core values of Initiative, Innovation and Integrity.
  • Position reports to, Senior Vice President, Sourcing, Logistics Licensing, Research and Development.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assure that all product packed by the Company and its independent growers meet established product guidelines for quality.
  • Manage the group of quality assurance inspectors and managers, both internally and externally, who work with company managers and growers to fulfill the Company’s quality expectations.
  • Provide assistance to company farmers and growers in the segregation of product and then transmit the information about that product to the respective category directors in the sales group.
  • Serve as the interface between sales and production to assure that product gets lotted and placed in the correct packaging and the right quality grade.
  • Review and revise as necessary, the detailed quality standards and inspection protocols by variety and commodity that will serve as our benchmark for quality segregation.
  • Develop post harvest research and development that would evaluate new technologies, processes and packaging materials to enhance product quality and shelf life.
  • Confirm and assure the quality of all facilities that work with the Company for gassing, refrigeration quality and capacity, packing protocols and internal operating controls and explain to growers the Company’s quality assurance system.
  • Develop protocols for table grape and stone fruit storage programs. This might include a pre-harvest component, a harvest segregation plan and a monitoring program in cold storage.
  • Evaluate the quality of our cold storage temperature control, airflow movement and SO2 gassing program to assure satisfactory levels.
  • Review and maintain product testing protocol for third party residue testing with company and grower product.
  • Review and maintain a product recall program in the event of a food safety issue and serve as company point person for food safety issues.
  • Implement, monitor and comply with any certification programs in which the Company might choose to participate.
  • Implement and maintain all food safety related programs.
  • Ensure that operations comply with federal, state, local, specific customer and company food safety policies and regulations.
  • Identify, document, and report suggested corrective action for continuous compliance and improvement.
  • Coordinate and lead all third-party food safety audits.
  • Educate and advise management, and train employees on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).


  • Bachelors in Food Science, Agriculture or a related field, Masters preferred
  • 5+ years experience in quality and food safety.
  • Experience with GAP, GMP, and HACCP, and knowledge and experience of FDA/USDA requirement issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with management and employees at all levels, customer representatives, and third-party auditors.
  • Ability to effectively advice, educate and train management and employees to ensure overall food safety compliance.
  • Prefer Bilingual (English/Spanish).
  • Strong organizational, administrative problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to manage priorities, multiple projects, daily workflow, and meet deadlines.
  • Proficient with MS Office and related programs.

About Our Client

Our client develops, grows, and markets an extensive collection of specialty-branded produce, including table grapes, citrus, red and yellow sweet peppers, seedless watermelon, and stone fruit. They have over 15,000 acres of farming land, and they manage the farming, packing and marketing operations for all of its US grown products. They also operate one of the world’s leading fruit development programs. While their farming and packing operations are located in California, the company also obtains produce from partners in Mexico, South America, Europe, and South Africa.

*Candidates must be eligible to work in the US as well as meet the qualifications listed above in order to be considered for the Quality Assurance and Food Safety Director job.

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