QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER - OCEAN MIST FARMS, CASTROVILLE, CA

The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for managing the Quality Assurance activities in all Ocean Mist Farms locations. Primary duties include, but not limited to; upholding Ocean Mist Farms product standards, overseeing all inspections, maintaining accurate reporting and monitoring outside services. This role will work under general supervision; supervise others, including and up to, providing employee feedback, disciplinary communication, performance reviews and training.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee and Control all In-House Inspections and Reporting

  • Oversee team members daily activities; such as, product quality inspections including field pack, value added and transfers from other locations for California, Arizona and Mexico.
  • Maintain quality standards in our production and cooling processes, including all pack styles.
  • Develop quality standards for new products.
  • Daily inspections for each commodity and lot.
  • Daily reporting within the company regarding pack, appearance, color and condition.

Staff Management

  • Hire and evaluate internal QA team.
  • Train, mentor and develop QA team.
  • Advocate quality from field – cooling – shipping.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Monitor and interface with outside inspectors and published reporting services.
  • In collaboration with the food safety department, uphold and apply food safety standards at all times.
  • Administer and drive the quality incentive program. 
  • Work with the Product Development Manager as requested to create new products.
  • Work with the marketing department to give tours and prepare customer product presentation set up.
  • Set up training and educate field crews, supervisors, and other personnel on proper handling of our products with quality and food safety in mind.
  • Organize public demonstrations of our products such as fair exhibits and trade shows.
  • Prepare annual departmental budget.
  • Respond to and provide rejection reporting from the sales department.
  • Ensure fulfillment of product for the sales department.
  • Maintain and update product records as required.
  • Document and update the Quality Assurance manual with changes, updates, and new products specifications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • BA/BS in management, food science, quality assurance or related field is preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a quality assurance operation. Experience in the agricultural industry is a must and direct experience in the fresh produce sector is highly desirable.
  • 3-5 years staff management experience is required.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is required.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills required.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Famous, Excel and Word.
  • Ability to operate a company vehicle; must maintain a valid class C California driver’s license, and be insurable is required.
  • Ability to carry out defined procedures with specific instructions; ability to manage a project from its initiation to completion with minimal supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including; ability to maintain effective working relationships with Employees, Peers, Supervisors, Vendors and Customers.
  • Travel to growing locations as required on a need-to-need basis

Salary Range: $70,000 - $95,000

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Email: careers@oceanmist.com