Job Info
Job Title: Senior Food Safety Specialist
Location: Gonzales, California
Job Number: 10883
Posted Date: 6/10/2019
Job description

RC Farms LLC. a well-respected, family owned, premium grower with over 48 years of growing high quality fresh vegetables throughout the Monterey, San Benito and Fresno Counties is in search for a Senior Food Safety Specialist to joinour expanding team. We offer a competitive compensation package including 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision for employee and family. Temporary relocations to other areas not required.

Job Title: Senior Food Safety Specialist

Position Type: Full-Time Exempt

Reports to: Director of Human Resources and Food Safety

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following:

Employee works closely with the Director and other team members in the department. The employee must be detail-oriented, professional-minded, and maintain a professional image at all times.  Must be honest, trustworthy and respectful of self and others, demonstrate a strong work ethic. The Employee must also adhere to all Company policies and practices while representing the Company in an ethical and professional manner in all interactions with employees, growers, customers, visitors and government agencies.


  • Maintain and implement Food Safety Program for all areas: Salinas, Huron, Oxnard and Yuma
  • Adhere to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Leafy Greens standards (LGMA), FSMA, customer Requirements and company policies for ranches and harvesting operations
  • Facilitate communication of food safety information to employees, customers and suppliers
  • Maintain excellent work relations with all customers
  • Address customer inquiries and handle food safety related complaints
  • Assist in troubleshooting food safety problems and implementing improvements
  • Coordinate and oversee regulatory third-party audits, organic certification as well as in-house inspections of fields and harvesting operations
  • Accurately document and report test results in a timely manner
  • Review chemical inventory and help update respective SDS files
  • Verify the proper function, calibration, and accuracy of quality/food safety monitoring equipment
  • Conduct detailed and documented risk assessments for harvesting and farming operations
  • Investigate incident reports and follow up
  • Conduct and prepared food safety training sessions as needed


  • Must be willing to travel to various regions, as needed (Yuma, Oxnard, Huron or any other location). Seasonal relocation is not required. All company travel will be reimbursed.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or years of experience


  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, work beyond normal business hours (early mornings/late evenings), Saturdays will be required with the remote possibility of Sundays.
  • Work well under pressure and meet various deadlines
  • Be well organized and able to multitask; work independently and manage a project from initiation to completion with minimal supervision
  • Proactively communicate task and project updates to manager; discreet handling of all business matters (maintaining confidentiality at all levels)


  • 2+ years of experience in food safety and/or quality; directly involved in field audits and policy implementation, general principles in microbiology, sanitation, pest management, and equipment design preferred
  • Knowledge of GAP, GMP’s, HACCP, USDA/FDA guidelines as related to the fresh produce industry
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish with the ability to communicate, read, write and translate required; must maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable.
  • Proficient in various programs, including MS Office (Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) applications and internet research skills; excellent typing and writing skills a must (correct spelling, punctuation and grammar); excellent interpersonal skills and strong communication skills.


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • At times working in an office and field often standing, walking, kneeling, turning, reaching, climbing stairs, operating computers for long periods of time and lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires the possibility of walking on uneven terrain for long periods of time
  • High use of communication either through telephone of one on one communication
  • Work in environments with a wide range of temperatures (fields from 40°F – 110°F)
  • Operate various office equipment, including (not inclusive list): telephone, computer keyboard, photocopy machine, fax, and other clerical and office equipment.

The above description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed. The Company reserves the right to update this job description periodically. Duties and responsibilities may change with or without notice.

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