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Quality Assurance Technician

Department: FRIENDLY FRUIT
Location: New Bedford, MA

About Us
Sid Wainer & Son, based in New Bedford, MA, has been the most prominent importer and distributor of specialty produce in the country since 1914.  In addition to produce, Sid Wainer & Son offers cheese and specialty foods, including their exclusive Jansal Valley® line.  Sid Wainer & Son supplies over 25,000 of the finest restaurants, hotels, gourmet shops, retailers, and caterers both domestically and internationally. 

Summary/Objective  
The Quality Assurance Technician ensures that GMP's are followed throughout the operation. The technician monitors personnel and practices so that all aspects of the operation conform to food safety, food defense and sanitation requirements. This person performs daily quality and sanitation audits and organizes and reviews daily documentation, policies, and procedures. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ensure that all Quality Assurance functions are being performed, and documented, in an accurate and efficient manner.
  • Organize, review (including HACCP CCP monitoring records) and file daily paperwork.
  • Monitor, document, and perform daily audits to ensure sanitation standards are met.
  • Perform Pre-Operational (Pre-Op) and Post-Operational (Post-Op) Inspections in accordance to written procedure implementing and documenting corrective actions to remedy issues that may arise.
  • Inspect sanitary conditions of floors, walls, and equipment.
  • Work with others to correct any sanitation issues.
  • Check pest-control devices on a weekly basis.
  • Performs daily, weekly and monthly instrumentation calibrations, documenting and reporting all corrective actions to management.
  • Perform periodic, daily walk through of the facility to ensure that all quality, food safety and food defense standards are compliant, documenting non-conformances and submitting report to quality assurance management.
  • Comprehend all relevant policies and standard operating procedures throughout the facility to audit, inspect and ensure compliance.
  • Assist Quality Assurance Manager in performing internal, regulatory agency facility, and operational audits.
  • Assist Quality Assurance with verification of implemented corrective actions and preventive measures.

Food Safety Responsibilities

  • Works with Quality Assurance Team to ensure specific Good Manufacturing Practices are being followed.
  • Employee shall adhere to all company food safety policies, procedures, and trainings. 

Competencies
1.  Communication Proficiency.
2.  Self-Sufficiency.
3.  Organizational Skills.
4.  Interpersonal Skills.
5.  Thoroughness.
6.  Time Management.
7.  Ability to multi-task.

Required, Education and Experience:

Education

  • Associate’s degree in a related field or equivalent; 3+ years related QA/Food industry experience in lieu of education.

Experience

  • 1+ years’ experience in either a FDA or USDA quality assurance environment.
  • 1+ year of produce/distribution warehouse experience.
  • Working knowledge of GMP’s, SSOP’s, and FDA regulations.

Benefits: 

  • Health Insurance
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Care
  • Paid Vacations
  • Paid Holidays
  • 401K Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance (Company paid)
  • Quarterly bonus pay
  • Short/Long Term Disability Insurance (Company paid)
  • Employee Discounts

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