Vice President of Food Safety

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Job Description: 
Family-owned and headquartered in Bakersfield, California, Grimmway Farms is a global produce leader and the world’s largest producer of carrots. The company supplies more than 65 organic, USA-grown crops year-round. Brands include Cal-Organic Farms and Bunny-Luv. Grimmway is committed to caring for customers and employees, honoring sustainable practices, and preserving natural resources for future generations. 
Purpose: 
This position will be responsible for the general oversight, implementation, and management of all facility and farming food safety programs. 
Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Design, implement, monitor, and administer Food Safety programs at multiple facilities and farming locations and ensure their compliance with all relevant requirements. 
  • Ensure facilities and farms are prepared for both scheduled and unannounced government, regulatory, third party, and customer food safety audits. 
  • Perform root cause analysis and corrective/preventive actions on any food safety issues. 
  • Oversee product and water testing programs. 
  • Provide direction and leadership to Food Safety Department personnel. 
  • Develop, train and assess the performance of Food Safety Department staff. 
  • Provide recommendations to management in relation to food safety compliance and improvements. 
Qualifications: 
  • Masters in Microbiology, Food Science, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences or related field is required. Ph.D. in Microbiology, Food Science, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences or related field preferred. 
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a food safety related position. 
  • Must be experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of food safety, product safety, document control, and regulatory issues pertaining to raw and processed agricultural commodities. 
  • Candidate must have extensive knowledge of FSMA, Good Agricultural/Manufacturing Programs, HACCP/HARPC and Global Food Safety Initiative audit schemes. 
  • Previous staff management experience is required. 
  • Must have experience creating, updating, and implementing food safety programs. 
  • Must be able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously requiring communication and interaction with all levels of the organization. 
  • Must be able to read and understand written information in English. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean DMV driving record. 
  • Must pass pre-placement drug/alcohol screen and background screen. 
  • Interface with plant operations team to lead the quality agenda, review measured progress, and work collaboratively to achieve defined objectives.
  • Maintain food safety system documentation.
  • Additional projects and duties as it relates to this position.

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