QA Team Lead

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Date: May 18, 2023

Location: Irwindale, CA, US, CA 91706

Company: Bonduelle

Position: QA Team Lead
Department: Quality Control
Reports To: QA Manager
Salary Type: Exempt
Location: Irwindale, Calif.
Pay Range: $66,000-$80,000


What if your job had a real impact? 
By joining Bonduelle, the world leader in ready-to-use plant-based food, you are deciding to make a positive & sustainable impact on yourself, others & the planet. You will play an active part in our mission: "inspire the transition toward a plant-based diet to contribute to people's well-being & planet health". Bonduelle is a family-run company of 14,600 people which provides over 100 countries with vegetables. 


Well established in the United States, our business unit includes 4 production facilities with more than 3,200 associates. We process fresh vegetables, salads & meal solutions with our own br&s: Ready Pac Foods® & Bistro®.


Join us at Bonduelle to start an adventure where people come first & contribute to a better future through plant-based food!

Position Summary:
The QA Team lead oversees & directly supervises all of the activities of the QA department within the assigned shift in accordance with the organizations policies & applicable regulations, including interviewing & training associates; planning, assigning & directing work; appraising performance; rewarding & disciplining associates; addressing complaints & resolving problems.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide support & direction to QA coordinators to manage QA/Post Harvest.     
  • Responsible for the development of associates in the team by coaching, training, & communication feedback.     
  • Problem-solving of quality issues of raw products with Production.     
  • Ensure that incoming raw product, ingredients, condiments & packaging are inspected by auditing documents on floor & shadowing inspectors.     
  • Conducts internal facility audits weekly & publishes reports to appropriate parties to address non-conformances & assure continuous improvement. Audit daily & publish reports weekly.     
  • Use shelf live results & customer/consumer feedback to identify process improvements & communicate recommendations.  Communicate & work closely with all departments to achieve quality standards, identify food safety.     
  • Assist in product traceability & investigation of internal Foreign Objects. Investigate all & answer customer complaints as needed.    
  • Order & maintain QA supply inventories, process requisitions, PO & follow up on approvals in JDE to ensure lab supplies are well stocked 
  • Communicates with production & Ag Ops any inbound &/or raw quality issues as needed 
  • Monitors hold (non-conforming products), & expired products hold form & disposition, & reports deviations promptly & recommends corrective actions. 
  • Ensure H&R sample submission & COAs are compliant to internal & customer requirements. 
  • Facilitate monthly staff meetings & prepare agenda for daily huddle meetings.     

Other Responsibilities: 

  • Review & approve work schedules, manage PTO & Overtime 
  • Assist in the preparation of SOPs  & One Point Lessons – OPLs 
  • Prepare weekly reports & facilitate Eagle Eye Meetings.
  • Assists in managing the Incentive Program 
  • Shadow inspections to confirm standard operating procedures & SOPs are being followed. 
  • Assist in managing product evaluation sample requests & inspection, & shipment of samples as requested by customers. 
  • Fill in for QA leadership staff on an as needed basis with USDA-FSIS, vendors & or customers.
  • Troubleshoot issues, monitors for Safe Quality Food (SQF) compliance & enforces Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) & United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, including training on GMP/HACCP/SQF for all associates. 
  • Conducts Behavioral Based Safety Audits & Identifies safety hazards within the QA work   areas & reports them on the weekly BBS audits to Safety Department Guidelines.
  • Validate CCP in automated wash water systems on monthly basis
  • Conduct Alchemy training
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • College Degree in Microbiology, Food Science, Agriculture or related Science field preferred, or equivalent combination of education & experience.
  • 3-5 Years related experience required 
  • Must have knowledge of food safety programs (HACCP, GMPs, Sanitation, Pest Control,  Safe Quality Food (SQF), & Organic)
  • Must be able to become HACCP Trained
  • Other skills, systems experience, competencies (results oriented…), computer abilities
  • Ability to work well in a team environment & collaborate up & down the organization
  • A proven track record of results with a bias for action
  • A passion for learning & a craving to work in a fun culture

Bonduelle Fresh Americas does not require employees to be COVID-19 vaccinated and/or boostered at this time, but does require disclosure of vaccination status and supporting documents. Bonduelle Fresh Americas reserves the right to modify any internal policies, including safety policies, as needed and in compliance with all applicable laws.
Bonduelle Fresh Americas is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe in hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a workforce that truly reflects our communities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to veterans and individuals with disabilities or special needs during the application process and employment. If you need assistance, please contact us at (626) 856-8686 or