Fresh Express
  • Salinas, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Position Summary

The role of this position is to manage, administer and strengthen Food Safety Systems for raw agricultural products such as leafy greens in support of the Fresh Express business. This involves driving process improvement through tracking of food safety metrics and preventative/corrective action plans while collaborating with supply chain and other business partners to drives successful food safety strategies. This position leads and manages the field food safety specialist team.


Essential Functions, Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, modify and facilitate implementation of prevention based on Good Agricultural Practices and programs across the raw material supply chain. On-going monitoring and support of all food safety field programs.
  • Lead and manage a team of remotely based Food Safety Specialists.
  • Assess suppliers for compliance with company standards. Screen, audit and qualify food safety & quality systems and monitor supplier performance. Ensure compliance with company standards as well as root cause analysis, corrective actions and improvement plan completion.
  • Ensure Fresh Express audits of growers and cooling operations are completed on a timely basis
  • Manage the supplier food safety approval program and maintain all documentation
  • Ensure food safety regulatory compliance with all Fresh Express agricultural operations and with all growers, and assist with training and implementing food safety regulatory standards.
  • Maintain and build customer relationships ensuring compliance to customer requirements as it relates to food safety
  • Timely and appropriate level of follow-up on customer complaints
  • Develop, track, trend and report food safety metrics to drive improvement and business growth.
  • Contribute to business success by connecting food safety goals directly to the business through collaboration with the business management, innovations, manufacturing, and supply chain teams.
  • Collaborate with internal and external supply chain partners to drive successful product development and innovation.
  • Actively participate in industry and regulatory organizations and work groups such as the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
  • Other duties as needed


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Proven supervisory skills
    • Demonstrated experience with Good Agricultural Practices, Food Safety Management Systems, Food Safety Modernization Act, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
    • Experience supporting Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards.
    • Well-developed knowledge of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement and major agricultural auditing schemes
    • Experience with North America food regulations and handling of regulatory inspections
    • Experience with food safety related systems / programs to proactively address potential risks across the supply chain (e.g. environmental monitoring, pathogen sampling programs)
    • Proven analytical skills and the ability to set and achieve goals.
    • Ability to prioritize duties in a changing environment and still meet business objectives.
    • Ability to influence at all levels of the organization and across all functions.
    • Ability to clearly communicate well both written and verbal forms
    • Strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
    • Bilingual English/Spanish or other languages a plus.
    • Ability to travel 35-40% of the time both domestically and internationally throughout the year
    • Demonstrated knowledge of utilizing statistical tools for problem solving, data analysis and decision making. Working knowledge of and experience in applying Statistical Process Control.




Required Education and Experience

  • B.S. degree in Biology, Microbiology, Agricultural Science or related field. MS preferred.
  • 5-7 years' experience in managing food safety programs with 1-2 years' supervisory experience Agricultural or fresh produce experience
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