Quality Control Inspector

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Job Description: 
Employer Introduction
Established in 1999, Pacific Trellis Fruit® is one of North America’s top year-round importers, growers and marketers of premium fresh fruit, including grapes, peaches, plums, nectarines and cherries. With the acquisition of Dulcinea® Farms in 2014, Pacific Trellis Fruit® added PureHeart® Mini Seedless Watermelons, Tuscan Style® Cantaloupe and SunnyGold® Yellow Mini Seedless Watermelons amongst other premium melons to its portfolio. Pacific Trellis Fruit is also featuring its sweetest new addition: Kiss Melons. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the company also has sales offices in Fresno, CA, Gloucester, NJ and Nogales, AZ.

Not only do we do business globally, we also support global environmental and social responsibility programs. Pacific Trellis Fruit is committed to a greener planet by working with growers that are Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and Fair Trade Certified™.

Job Summary
The Quality Control Inspector is quick-thinking, flexible, and able to juggle multiple priorities with a strong emphasis on organization and an unwavering attention to detail. This is a demanding and fast moving position that requires a proactive and positive thinker who is able to exercise good judgment, effective communication, and initiative.

The primary responsibility of this position is to ensure consistent application of QC standards and processes in working closely with the Sales and Operations teams to validate that the best suited inventory is allocated to best suited customer.

Responsibilities

  • Works as member of Pacific Trellis Quality Control team and with 3rd Party Inspection Services to note, record, and report the attributes of our products and requires the use of a camera.
  • Partners closely with all sales offices to coordinate allocation of ‘right product to right customer’.
  • Conducts inspections and assists contracted or Grower/Shipper QC inspection services.
  • Provides oversight and participates in Outbound product checking and Repacking operations.
  • Monitors the rotation, condition, quality of products in inventory and actively reports any issues.
  • Coordinates inventory rotation and secondary inspection based on vessel aging & pack dates (Re-Inspections).
  • Documents and enters information (e.g., product quality, inventory, re-pack, and reconditioning activities) in computer system files.
  • Produces computer generated inspection reports and related quality control reports for all inspections.
  • Works with Inventory, Sales, Transportation, Operations, & Cold Storage facilities to investigate and resolve problems accurately and quickly.
  • Provides support and backup to other departments to accomplish related tasks as needed.
  • Provides timely and friendly customer service.
Required Skills/Abilities
  • Requires working knowledge of USDA grade standards.
  • Working understanding of current Food Safety environment – FSMA and 3rd Party Food Safety Audits.
  • The ability to multi-task timely, confidently, and comfortably in a fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to work confidently both in a team setting as well as independently.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and computer skills.
  • Team Player, assertive, friendly and multi-tasking skills required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work through conflict and effectively address issues.
  • Ability to adapt and function effectively in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and work with a sense of urgency.
  • Ability to be on-call and to work evenings and/or weekends.
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card required.
Education / Experience / Certifications
  • BA or equivalent degree from an accredited institution, in a related field or equivalent years of experience (preferred).
  • Bi-lingual Spanish (preferred)
  • 2+ years of direct or related experience in quality inspection and control in the produce industry (highly preferred).
Travel
  • Ability to travel to port locations and inland warehouse in areas to include PA, NJ, and DE.
  • Ability to travel for extended periods of time to assist with company initiatives.
Physical Requirements and Working Environment
  • Work in an office environment with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk, speaking on the phone, and working on a computer.
  • Ability to work in cold storage environments (32 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Must be able to lift up to 45 pounds at times.

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.