Ocean Mist Farms

Job Info
  1. Job Title: Quality Assurance Manager
  2. Location: Castroville, CA
  3. Number: 9908
  4. Post Date: 10/10/2017
Job description


The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for managing the QA activities in Castroville and all satellite 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.


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. 


Oversee and Control all In-House Inspections and Reporting

  • Maintain quality standards in our production and cooling processes; including all pack styles.
  • Develop quality standards for new products.
  • Oversee shelf life studies and ensure their follow through from start to final reporting.
  • Daily inspections for each commodity and lot.
  • Five-day and other aging-related inspections and reporting.
  • Daily reporting within the company regarding pack, appearance, color and condition.
  • Maintain a database for average reporting as required monthly, seasonally and by harvester.


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.
  • Lead and act as the chairperson of the quality steering committee. In addition, participate on the carton team, food safety, and other committees as assigned.
  • 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.



  • BA/BS in management, food science, quality assurance or related field is preferred.
  • 3-5 years 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.
  • Knowledge of GMP’s, HACCP, GAP and Food Safety gained through education and at least 1-year experience working with food manufacturing.
  • Able to correctly use radio frequency hand held devices is required.
  • Ability to operate a company vehicle; must maintain a valid class C California drivers license, and be insurable is required.
  • Majority of time spent working outdoors, often sitting, walking, standing, kneeling, turning, reaching, climbing stairs for long periods of time; ability to lift 35+ pounds without undue physical exertion; ability to work in an office, cooler and field environment with an average range between 33 degrees and 110+ degrees.
  • Ability to travel and work in the field, cooler and office environments.
  • Ability to communicate, comprehend verbal and written instructions; requires sufficient sight and hearing to perform all duties; Ability to learn new duties with minimal repetition; strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

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