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Quality Assurance Technician

Company: Calavo Growers
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: November 20, 2023

Job Description:


Responsible for verifying and documenting the requirements to ensure food safety. Execute daily quality activities to assess incoming materials, work in-process / product runs, quality, labeling, final inspections, analysis and testing of finished products, and food safety related sanitation.

Calavo has a rich culture of constant innovation and sustainable practices. Calavo evolved from "the first name in avocados" into a global leader of quality produce and food products. We have expanded our portfolio and helped revolutionize the fresh food industry with fresh-cut fruits, vegetables, and healthy prepared foods. We are committed to building diverse teams and an inclusive culture. Our values cultivate shared goals, respect, quality products with a motivated and engaged team that is passionate about what we do.


Assure that customer specifications are achieved, and the facility/Plant meet local, state, and federal food safety and health regulations.

  • Partners with operations management team to ensure food safety best practices and processes. Ensures regulatory food safety compliance.
  • Verifies the daily production plan, and any immediate needs to be addressed. May conduct pre-operation and other inspections, may reject materials or products, completes environmental swabbing and quality testing.
  • Maintain documentation in support of fresh food specification requirements.
  • Conduct and facilitate internal and external quality audits, documenting findings and next steps.
  • Work with receivers to verify the documentation of temperature and inspection of delivery trucks (Assure accurate completion of Receiving logs). Ensure FIFO is followed, proper allergen segregation.
  • Use the PPRO app to do receiving inspections, as well as setting up the app and check reports in PPRO.
  • Complete established USDA swabbing and shelf-life tests of product samples as required. Calibrate test equipment-Scales and Thermometers. Ensure thermometer calibration logs are complete.
  • Collect samples, fill out order sheets, pack and ship samples to the lab, as required
  • Maintain and organize Food Safety and Quality Assurance daily records. Maintain and monitor inventory product retains and spot-check department documentation for accuracy and compliance.
  • Monitor / evaluate cleanliness and 5S standards.
    • Document downtime related problems and corrective actions taken when associated with a QA hold or action that interrupts production.
    • Perform all quality checks and preventive critical control points (CCP) monitoring (temperature logs, sanitation, labeling checks, net weight, package integrity, and package integrity checks)
      • Collaborates and makes recommendations on food safety and quality decisions regarding ingredient, raw product, in-process product and finished product conformance.
      • Prevents and helps with researching information for management to respond (corrective action / preventive action) and follow up to Government (Federal - USDA / FDA / etc., State, County and City) inquiries.
      • Review documents and verify plant recipes/ specifications, labeling, etc.
        • Support internal and external food quality/safety audits & report and track corrective actions. Print traceability forms from the QMS.
        • May track the quantity of swabs, test strips, chemicals, and other supplies for the QA dept.
          • May spend time reviewing market research, trends, and collaborate on projects.
          • Escalates difficult matters to the QA Supervisor or QA Manager as necessary.
          • Performs other duties as needed BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
            • High School Diploma or equivalent required
            • College level education or related degree helpful
            • Experience working in a chilled food environment
            • Prior HACCP certification, Food Handler, and other certification desirable
            • Excellent communicator, verbally and in writing
              • Proficient use of MS Office software and a working knowledge of common applications used
              • Experience using Supplier Database, or Product Life Cycle Management software; Produce Pro

                SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES. The individual shall possess:
                • Knowledge of common start-up processes in a USDA factory and Good Manufacturing Procedures
                • Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter who will be responsible for common routines.
                  • Ability to analyze data using spreadsheets, formulas, statistical tools, etc.
                  • Must be highly organized and detail-oriented person
                  • Ability to work within a fast-paced environment and multi-task effectively
                  • Demonstrates the ability to remain professional and diplomatic when working under pressure
                    • Ability to apply logical thinking and exercise sound judgment to arrive at appropriate business decisions. This includes a sense of balance between risks involved, timeliness, cost factors and other considerations. Pay Range
                      • The base hourly wage we reasonably expect to pay for this role is: $15.50 to $19.47.
                      • The actual hourly wage for this role will be determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to the candidate's skills and experience.
                      • Please note that base pay is one important aspect of a compelling Total Rewards package. The base pay range indicated here does not include any additional benefits or cash bonuses that you may be eligible for based on your role and/or employment type.

                        WORK DEMANDS / PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this Job it is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, or hear; sit for prolong periods and use hands to finger, handle, lift or feel. Frequent exposure to chilled temperatures within the operations and warehouse environments. Must be able to lift, reach and move up to 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

                        Calavo Growers is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind. Calavo is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Calavo are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Calavo will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

Keywords: Calavo Growers, Sacramento , Quality Assurance Technician, Professions , Sacramento, California

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