FSQA Non-Vegetable Supplier Specialist
Salinas, CA 
Posted 4 days ago
Job Description
FSQA Non-Vegetable Supplier Specialist

QA/Food Safety - Field

All Locations
  • 639 S Sanborn Rd, Salinas, California
  • 639 S Sanborn Rd , Salinas,
  • 3725 S. Avenue 3, Yuma,

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The FSQA Non-Vegetable Supplier Program Specialist is responsible for coordinating and auditing non-vegetable suppliers providing product to the Dole Fresh Vegetables. This includes but is not limited to the following areas: initial approval and annual renewal process for all non-veg suppliers, working with the FSQA Non-Vegetable Supplier Program Manager to assess all non-veg suppliers using a risk-based approach, and conducting on-site audits as needed to ensure suppliers meet all Dole FSQA expectations. This position will support the FSQA Non-Vegetable Supplier Program Manager in the creation and implementation of internal food safety programs for non-veg items, manage and maintain the procedures, leverage data to drive continuous improvement, and manage third party suppliers.


  • Ensure all Non-Vegetable Supplier Program FSQA programs and procedures are being followed and implemented correctly.
  • Perform approval and re-approval audits of non-vegetable suppliers according to the requirements of the FSQA Non-Vegetable Supplier Approval Program.
  • Ensure practices and protocols of all non-vegetable suppliers are up to date and adhere to all current regulatory guidance as well as corporate requirements and standards.
  • Provides oversight and follow up on corrective actions required of non-vegetable suppliers.
  • Works with non-vegetable suppliers to investigate and address customer or consumer complaints related to product provided to Dole.
  • Work with cross functional teams regarding on boarding of new commodities and suppliers.
  • Process large volumes of data or information and communicate recommendations for further improvement to mitigate FSQA risk.
  • Effectively communicate scientific and technical information to both technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Be aware of, and adhere to, US FDA, USDA, FSMA and SFC regulations and guidelines associated with all supply chain elements within area of responsibility.
  • Execute projects that meet the technical and business objectives of Dole Fresh Vegetables.
  • Assist in responding to customer requests, surveys, and other inquiries.
  • Must be willing to travel to various regions
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills


  • EXPERIENCE: 2-3 years in food industry; experience in food safety, quality, or technical support in a manufacturing environment. Experience in executing food safety and quality programs or work experience in an organization with strong Food Safety and Quality systems.

  • SKILLS: Working knowledge of food technology, food processing and microbiology. Strong understanding of GMPs, HARPC, Federal/State food regulations, and audit schemes and ability to conduct food safety audits. Strong computer/statistical skills particularly as related to data collection, manipulation, and reporting. Exceptional communication skills (both written and verbal). Strong auditing skills. Ability to communicate and work with diverse workforce. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills required.

  • ADDITIONAL: Must have the ability to make decisions, appear for work on time, follow directions, interact well with co-workers, understand, and follow posted work rules/procedures and to accept constructive criticism. Ability to work and adapt to a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Ability to travel independently.


  • Ability to maneuver around an array of equipment. Must be able to work in a cold environment.

    Will have some exposure to fumes and airborne particles.


  • Flexibility to work both a variety of shifts and hours.

Required Experience


  • BS Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science or related field.


  • $75,000 - $80,000

EEO STATEMENT: We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2 to 3 years
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