Job Info
Job Title: Food Safety & Security Manager
Location: Santa Maria, CA
Job Number: 12002
Posted Date: 8/19/2021
Job description


The Food Safety & Security Manager will develop and oversee all of the food safety regulations, policies, and procedures for a mid-size produce operation based in Santa Maria, CA.  The Director will oversee operations in Yuma, AZ and other growing locations in the California desert regions.  The successful candidate will help to develop, implement and enforce security and food safety standards, policies, and programs including HACCP,  GFSI, regulatory audits (CA/AZ LGMA, FDA, etc.), food safety training programs (GAP’s), standard operating procedures (SOP’s), product inspections, and standardized work instructions. 

Growing Locations:

  • Yuma, AZ region
  • Blythe, CA
  • Imperial Valley, CA
  • Oxnard, CA
  • Central Coast, CA

Responsibilities & Duties: 

Specific Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Develop and provide training for food safety and quality requirements
  • Develop and maintain documentation such as SOP’s and GAP’s; as well as maintenance of manuals, policies and procedures as they relate to any food safety concerns
  • Conduct facility, farming and harvesting food safety audits as well as manage third party audits
  • Monitor and verify activities to ensure that all products coming in and out of the facility meet food safety standards in addition to quality standards
  • Update existing food safety procedures and documentation to keep up with changing requirements
  • Assist buyers with training and educating potential suppliers to ensure compliance
  • Work closely with Management on any food safety or quality assurance issues
  • Oversee proper maintenance and sanitation of all facilities to comply with food safety requirements
  • Ensure that all company food safety and quality assurance procedures are followed and documented correctly at all times
  • Must be able to travel to all company Farming Areas, Cooling Facilities and Processing Facilities
  • Must be able to act as liaison between multiple departments: Marketing, Sales, Harvesting, Cooling, and Growing
  • Oversee and coordinate all microbiological sampling-including, but not limited to: Field, Facilities, and Water
  • Obtain or possess current HACCP, Produce Rule, and Preventative Controls for Human Food certifications


  • Detail oriented, and possess strong computer skills, including MS Office, Excel and PowerPoint


  • A minimum of 3-5 years of food safety experience at management level experience in HACCP, USDA, or FDA preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of HACCP, GMP’s, and GAP’s
  • Previous experience with SQF, GFSI, Primus, BRC and/or USDA audits desirable
  • Must be able to travel as required to various suppliers and growing regions
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Able to work unsupervised and manage independently
  • Have strong communication skills and proficiency in English reading and writing
  • Must be flexible with work hours and days 
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • Knowledge of Production, Harvesting, and Sales


  • Desired Bachelor’s Degree in Science and/or comparable experience in Food Safety, Microbiology or Quality Assurance
  • Combination of education, training, and applied knowledge in Agri-Business and Vegetable Production

Physical Requirements:

The essential physical requirements for this position are:

  • Employee must have the ability to walk, talk, hear, see, speak, concentrate, reach in all directions, stoop, bend, lift up to 60 lbs.
  • Use a computer, telephone and other equipment needed for the position
  • Possess the ability to reason and communicate clearly with or without reasonable accommodation.

Competitive Compensation Package

  • Competitive Salary (Depending On Experience)
  • Profit Sharing
  • 401K
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance

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