Food Safety Assistant

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Job Description: 

Are you eager for growth and ready to join a great team to make a difference in our organization?

We are seeking a Food Safety Assistant with strong ability to implement and maintain Food Safety related programs and standard for our facilities in Long Beach, CA

This position will work with our Food Safety team and oversee the implementation of the requirements, policies, procedures, programs and training components of the Food Safety system. This position serves as the lead for product recall communications, regulatory inspections, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audits, and for interaction with customers on Food Safety related issues. You will also be responsible for managing and providing technical expertise for: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), and any other regulations that pertain to the processing/packing and shipping of our products.

The Giumarra Companies is a leading international network of fresh produce growers, distributors, and marketers that encompasses a world of freshness. Since its inception in 1922, the Giumarra group of companies has taken pride in a longstanding commitment and tradition of quality, service, and industry leadership to feed the world in a healthy way.

Our Nature's Partner brand represents the core of what we do: a partnership with our people, customers, growers, and the land and its fruits. Products packed under the Nature's Partner label represent some of the highest-quality fruits and vegetables in the marketplace, having met strict standards for food safety, quality control, and flavor. For more information, please visit: www.giumarra.com and www.naturespartner.com.

Responsibilities:
Including but not limited to: 

  • Implement and maintain all Food Safety related programs and standards for our facilities.
  • Working with the Giumarra Food Safety team evaluating/creating/auditing all programs and policies as needed for full certification according to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards.
  • Ensure that managers, supervisors, and employees have the required Food Safety training and are consistently working within Food Safety requirements.
  • Ensure that operations comply with federal, state, local, customer and company Food Safety policies and regulations. Prepare and submit all required reports and correspondence.
  • Inspect farms, facilities, and documentation for conformity to applicable regulations and standards.
  • Monitor and verify activities to ensure that all product coming into and shipping from our facilities meet all Food Safety requirements, quality standards, and specifications.
  • Oversee proper maintenance and sanitation of the facilities to comply with Food Safety requirements. 
  • Ensure that all company Food Safety and Quality Assurance procedures are followed and documented at all times.
  • Work with suppliers on ensuring that all federal, state, and local Food Safety regulations are in compliance.
  • Manage the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) plan and pre-requisite programs.
  • Train and advise managers, supervisors, and employees on GMP’s and HACCP to promote continuous education.
  • Coordinate Food Safety training for managers, supervisors, and employees.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable Food Safety regulatory requirements (Federal, State/Provincial and, Local).
  • Handle and oversee the product recall process to ensure timely communication and execution of product recalls and completion of related documentation.
  • Manage Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), independent 3rd party, customer, internal, and regulatory audits. Analyze results and gather corrective action plans for audit non-conformance. Review final results with Food Safety Director.
  • Follow-up promptly and thoroughly on Food Safety complaints from customers. Effectively communicate resolutions to internal and external stakeholders as needed.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree preferred in Food Science, Food Safety, Food Technology, Plant Science, Biological Science, or Supply Chain/Operations from a four-year college. Comparable work experience will be evaluated for non-degreed candidates.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Food Safety with working knowledge and management level experience in HACCP, GMP, USDA, FDA, and working with Local, State, Customer, and 3rd party inspections.
  • Solid working knowledge of quality assurance, food manufacturing, processing, packaging and distribution is required
  • Ability to work effectively with managers, employees, vendors, and customers.
  • Conduct Food Safety observations of key associates performing Food Safety activities.
  • Must be able to travel seasonally and flexible with work schedule.
  • Experience with GFSI and/or USDA audits desirable.
  • Possess strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Must have the ability to make independent, sound decisions, capable of communicating, and reporting functions both verbally and written. 

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Position will have a salary of up to $75K Annually (DOE).
  • The Giumarra Companies offers a great selection of health plans (medical, vision, dental, LTD, and Life Ins.) and 401K (upon eligibility) + employer match.
  • Paid vacation and sick time (upon eligibility).

To apply please submit your resume AND cover letter with a brief summary of your interest in the position.

This is a great opportunity to take your produce career to the next level with a truly great company!

Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.