Manager of Food Safety and Sustainabilty – Ocean Mist Farms, Castroville, CA

Job Title: Manager of Food Safety and Sustainability
Company: Ocean Mist Farms
Location: Castroville, CA
Department: Food Safety

Interested in joining a great team and work with a premier grower/shipper located in the Monterey Bay, CA area? Do sustainability programs excite you? Are you an expert in food safety programs? Then we may have the role for you.

Ocean Mist Farms is recruiting for a talented member to manage our Food Safety, Food Defense, and Sustainability programs. This position provides the technical expertise and management skills to administer the corporate strategy for: GAP, GMP, HACCP, and other FDA/EPA regulations. In addition, leads all efforts associated with farm & facility resource conservation. 

Scope of Role

Food Safety and Security Programs

  • Effectively manage, mentor and lead a talented and diverse food safety team.
  • Develop, implement and enforce robust food safety/sustainability policies and programs that meet corporate objectives and provide effective education on food safety and sustainability. Develop facility and farm Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) according to GAP, GMP, HACCP, and other international standards, regulatory requirements, and customer expectations.
  • Apply a scientific and risk-based approach to solving food safety problems. Conduct research and report on new technologies and processes.
  • Implement and oversee third-party auditing process as well as in-house inspections of farms and facilities.
  • Promote company programs by educating customers and employees on trends and changes affecting food safety and quality standards. Oversee the coordination and review of all chemical/microbiological testing of crops as required by customers or company standards.
  • Provide customers and other interested parties with best-in-class presentation of Ocean Mist Farms’ program. Address and resolve customer and consumer complaints effectively. Work with contracted third parties to ensure the strategic goals of the program are met.


  • Develop the Sustainability program to meet the Environmental Stewardship goals of the organization. Collect data to update Ocean Mist Farms’ conservation efforts and use this information to set goals and measure progress. Raise awareness about the program within the organization and encourage employees to participate.
  • Provide technical expertise to growers and others regarding co-management. Provide details about the program to customers and other interested parties.
  • Prepare and manager annual sustainability & departmental budget reports and expenses. Provide updates to website content upon request. 
Skills, Abilities and Requirements
  • Bachelors of Science degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Biological Sciences, or related field required with at least four years of relevant work experience.  Masters of Science in related field preferred.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish with the ability to communicate, read, write and translate at a proficient level is strongly desired; must maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable.
  • A minimum of 5 years of management, consulting, and training skills required. A minimum of 2 years of hands on knowledge of food science principles, post-harvest physiology, and statistical experimental design is preferred; working knowledge of analytical instrumentation and ability to troubleshoot.
  • 4 years of experience in the fresh processing industry in food safety and/or quality with understanding of general principles in microbiology, sanitation, pest management, and equipment design is required, with 2 years experience in the agriculture industry, directly involved in field audits and policy implementation.
  • Knowledge of GAP, GMP’s, HACCP and USDA/FDA guidelines as they relate to the fresh produce industry is required. Proficient in various programs and Famous database desired, including MS Office (Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) applications and internet research skills; excellent typing and writing skills a must (correct spelling, punctuation and grammar); excellent interpersonal skills and strong communication skills.
For questions about your application, contact our human resources department
Fax application and/or resume (831) 632-0788
Ocean Mist Farms
Talent Acquisition Team
10855 Ocean Mist Parkway
Castroville, CA 95012
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For questions about your application, contact our human resources department
Fax application and/or resume (831) 632-0788
Ocean Mist Farms
Talent Acquisition Team
10855 Ocean Mist Parkway
Castroville, CA 95012