Title: QA/Food Safety Supervisor-Berries Oxnard, CA

Req Number: S2219
Job Category: Quality Control
Location: Oxnard CA

Performs food safety (good agricultural practices) and quality audits and review of Dole Berry Company growing, harvesting and cooling operations. Generate reports of the audits, analyze and make recommendations for further improvements to mitigate food safety hazards in the growing, harvesting, cooling and handling of products. Assist in the development and implementation of on-farm food safety and quality programs including training and development of manuals and programs. Implementation of total Quality Assurance programs and procedures in the fields and coolers including but not limited to evaluation and grading of the product based on Company's and customer's specifications and provide feedback to necessary groups. Working with the appropriate management personnel, this position will also have some decision making latitude regarding the product being inspected. Under the guidance of Manager Food Safety, execute projects that meet the technical and business needs of the Company. Must follow all Food Safety Requirements and cGMPs as applicable to position.
Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Ag Science; Post Harvest Physiology, Food Science. Equivalent combination of education and experience in Agriculture specifically dealing with food safety and quality assurance will be considered.

SKILLS: 3-5 years in food industry, with 1-3 years in supervision, in a quality assurance position. Must have knowledge of US EPA, US FDA and USDA regulations and guidelines associated with growing, harvesting, packing, handling and shipping of fruits and vegetables. Effectively communicate scientific and technical information to both technical and non-technical personnel. Experience in strawberry farming / cooling / field operations desirable. Fluent in both English and Spanish, verbal and written preferred.

OTHER: Must have the ability to make decisions, maintain regular and acceptable attendance, follow directions, interact well with co-workers, understand and follow posted work rules/procedures and to accept constructive criticism. Must have valid CA Driver's License; this position is assigned a company vehicle to carry out job responsibilities. . Travel to various ranch locations (Northern and Southern growing regions) to assist with implementation of the programs


EXPERIENCE: Supervisory and training skills; working experience with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), strong analytical and problem solving skills required; knowledge of related Federal and State regulations; competency in computer word processing (MS Word), Spreadsheet (Excel).

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