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Food Safety Training Specialist


Job Type:

Full-Time Regular


Watsonville CA Santa Cruz



JOB SUMMARY: To ensure the integrity, safety, and quality of Driscollís product. Overall responsibility for the development, management, and execution of Driscollís Food Safety Training Program. This includes training programs geared towards harvest crews, ranch managers, cooler personnel, packing house personnel and food safety representatives in all growing regions with an initial emphasis on Mexico, United States and South America. To monitor the effectiveness of these training programs and to make revisions and improvements to both the training programs and food safety program/SOPs as needed. This position will also be responsible for assisting the DSA food safety teams with the execution of special projects.

JOB QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Science degree in an Agricultural related field with emphasis on microbiology and plant science plus five years experience in agriculture with emphasis on microbiology and plant science. Experience and expertise in the development and implementation of food safety training programs is essential. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; self-starter; computer skills; knowledge of laws and regulations of agricultural chemicals; Bilingual English/Spanish is required. Must be able to maintain a valid CA Driverís License with the ability to be insured under company sponsored liability coverage.


Procedures: Work with the food safety team to develop food safety training programs in support of the understanding and adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) as well as a basic understanding of microbiology and risk mitigation associated with the harvesting and handling of fresh produce. These programs will be geared towards growers, ranch managers, cooler personnel, packinghouse personnel and Driscollís employees. Work with food safety personnel to write and revise Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and cooler Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) manuals. Generate revisions and updates to these documents as needed.

Program Management: Manage daily activities of the National Food Safety Teamís food safety training programs. Develop new and existing staff to attain Driscollís food safety training objectives.
Production Area Audits and Visits: Visit all areas of production to support and develop the Food Safety Training Program, Food Safety Program, processes, and personnel.
Industry and Government Relationships: Maintain and establish new contacts with Government, University and produce industry organizations.
Advisor: Keep current with all food safety audit requirements and revise SOPs to maintain compliance with Driscollís food safety requirements. The objective is for compliance with audits and our food safety program to be a natural and integral part of each growerís program.
General: Ensures the security of Driscollís proprietary and confidential information and material. Follows Company policies and practices while representing Driscollís in an ethical and business-like manner in all interactions with employees, government agencies, growers, customers.1

. This job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work performed by employees in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all the job's responsibilities. At Driscollís, all of our jobs include broad responsibilities for continually improving the processes we use to develop our products.

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