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We are currently harvesting organic and conventional romaine lettuce and romaine hearts in Coachella Valley, CA in Riverside County, which is NOT the growing region associated with the current Romaine Alert.

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FOOD SAFETY SPECIALIST, CASTROVILLE, CA

The Food Safety Specialist is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing the systems for measuring and managing conformity to established regulatory, industry, and proprietary brand standards in all regions.

The ideal candidate is bilingual; with the ability to communicate, read & write in English / Spanish proficiently Bachelors Degree in science preferred; will consider Associates Degree with comparable experience in food safety, microbiology, or quality assurance; requires continuing education in food safety, quality assurance and other job related areas.

SCOPE OF ROLE

    • Help support the goals and objectives of Ocean Mist Farms’ food safety program;
    • Develop and implement policies and programs that provide guidance and education on food safety and food defense;
    • Enforce policies related to food safety and defense through auditing;
    • Adhere to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Leafy Greens standards (LGMA) as minimum standards for agricultural fields;
    • Adhere to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) as minimum standards for facilities;
    • Coordinate and oversee third-party audits as well as in-house inspections of fields and facilities;
    • Develop facility/field standard operating procedures according to food safety and food defense standards;
    • Promote Ocean Mist Farms programs by educating suppliers, customers, and employees;
    • Verify the proper function, calibration, and accuracy of quality/food safety monitoring equipment such as scales, thermometers, ORP meters, and metal detectors;
    • Sample and evaluate held product against standards to assist in final dispositions;
    • Maintain a safe working environment and accident-free work record;
    • Assist in troubleshooting food safety problems and implementing improvements. Help evaluate new testing equipment;
    • Sample and/or document incoming materials on arrival; check certificates of analysis, lot numbers, and quantities and test against standards;
    • Accurately document and report test results in a timely manner;
    • Make determinations on acceptance or rejection of materials based on testing, experience, and consultation with management, when necessary;
    • Communicate analytical information in proper format to the appropriate manager as required or directed in a timely manner;
    • Review chemical inventory and helps update respective MSDS files;
    • Address customer/ consumer inquiries and handle food safety related complaints;
    • Facilitate in communication of food safety information to employees, customers and suppliers;
    • Maintain food safety database;
    • Conduct detailed and documented risk assessments.
SKILLS, ABILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS

The qualified candidate will be an effective advocate and, at all times, maintain a professional image that supports Ocean Mist Farms values, image and goals. A strong work ethic, unsurpassed integrity, confidentiality, punctuality, and job dedication is essential to be successful in this position.

    • Ability to converse & comprehend English & Spanish is highly desired;
    • 2 + years experience in food science or biological/physical sciences is required. Strong technical knowledge of food safety is preferred;
    • 4 + years experience in food safety/quality assurance in a manufacturing environment is preferred;
    • Familiarity with product trace-back/recall policies and procedures is preferred;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. Must have ability to speak in large group settings to employees, customers and vendors at a confident level;
    • Candidates must be well organized and comfortable working independently;
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of applications (Word and PowerPoint); web-based applications and database capabilities is highly desired; however, advanced knowledge of Excel is required;

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Email: careers@oceanmist.com