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Food Technologist – QARM – Santa Rosa, CA


The Food Technologist – Quality Assurance Raw Materials (QARM) works in the Quality Assurance Department assisting with a range of tasks related to raw material specification development and compliance, raw material use and handling, regulatory and procedural compliance, supplier development and document management.  This position supports the efforts of QARM that involve providing technically based information both internally and to suppliers to assure the consistent receipt of raw materials that meet our specifications. The incumbent will work closely with several departments within the company including Sourcing, Food Safety, Technical Services, Warehouse and Production in addition to working with raw material suppliers.



·         Assist as needed in obtaining and organizing documents from suppliers and assisting with all aspects of document control within the department. Developing document control procedures as needed.

·         Working with management to integrate quality function with our existing ERP system by assisting in report development as well as data entry and retrieval projects.  

·         Auditing internal QA/QC procedures as needed, especially those related to evaluation of incoming raw materials and raw material traceability.  

·         Working with various departments (Warehouse, Kitchen, Production, QA) to determine, develop, monitor and audit procedures associated special handling of raw materials. 

·         Act as technical resource for researching new analytical equipment and development of new testing procedures.

·         Assist Technical Service and QARM departments as needed with supplier approval process and specification revision and development.

·         Track quality variances or specification deviations with ingredients or suppliers. Develop and present reports to management or suppliers based on findings.

·         Conduct meetings within the QA/TS group or with multiple departments to address supplier or raw material issues, present findings of investigations and determine corrective measures if required.  

·         Manage various raw material projects as needed under the direction of the Corporate QARM Manager.

·         Provide technical information and/or reports to multiple departments (QA, Technical Services, Sourcing, Production) regarding potential suppliers and ingredients by conducting independent research or visiting production facilities.

·         Assist in resolving problems with out of specification ingredients by visiting suppliers to conduct inspections, clarify Amy’s requirements, facilitate process improvement and write reports for use by management.

·         Work closely with suppliers to develop specifications and address any requested exceptions to our requirements. This will include both sensory and food safety parameters.

·         Participate in routine supplier visits with the QARM and Sourcing departments on a minimum frequency as directed by the Corporate QARM Manager in order to assure the maintenance of Amy’s quality standards.

·         Act as technical resource for the department by researching ingredients and processing methods and developing a strong understanding of Amy’s unique ingredient requirements and the constraints of our suppliers.

·         Communicate with suppliers when documents are required or corrective action is needed. Explaining technical issues and specification requirements to suppliers with varying levels of technical expertise. 




·         Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university (preferably Food Science or Food Technology); or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


·         Excellent interpersonal and assertiveness skills necessary to maintain effective and cordial working relationships while at the same time coming to resolution/agreement on Amy's requirements

·         Excellent communication skills; ability to relate to all internal levels as well as interface with suppliers on a technical level

·         Must be flexible, creative, and extremely attentive to detail.  He/she must excel in completing investigations, and drawing conclusions from data

·         Some understanding of GMP, HACCP, food regulatory and processing requirements

·         Computer literate; must have experience using Word and Excel at minimum


·         Estimated travel requirements are approximately 50%.

·         Valid US Driver’s License required

To Apply-

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