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Date: Jul 26, 2022

Location: Salinas, CA, US, 93908

Company: Bonduelle

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 and sustainable impact on yourself, others, and 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 and 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 and meal solutions with our own brands: Ready Pac Foods®, Bistro®, Ready Snax®, Cool Cuts® and Bonduelle Fresh Picked™. Join us at Bonduelle to start an adventure where people come first and contribute to a better future through plant-based food!


Position Summary:

This role is a key QA role within our agriculture operations to ensure compliance with food safety and quality requirements by fully embracing the Company’s RCE philosophy.  This position is exposed to refrigerated areas.  Position responsible for performing finished goods sampling and inspections verifying compliance to customer specifications and Quality Assurance SOPs and Food Safety policies.  Collects samples for microbiology testing, prepares SARF, and submits to 3rd party laboratory (IEH). Is able to collect, prepare and submit samples for PCT testing (Hold & Release products). Is technical savvy and utilizes knowledge to troubleshoot quality problems and investigate foreign object occurrences ensuring food safety and adhering to SOPs when handling these events. Is able to multi-task and cover inspections on multiple production lines.  Is computer literate in Microsoft Office (word, excel, powerpoint, outlook) and GSuite.  Ensures Non-Conforming Product occurrences are properly logged and addressed.  Conducts sensory analysis and troubleshoots when negative trends are identified. Compliance with SQF requirements. Conducts audits on Critical Control Point (CCPs), documents and conducts direct observations.  Ensures compliance to allergen control program through ingredients.  Performs Environmental Monitoring sampling and submits tests to 3rd party lab  The candidate in this position must be self-motivated, a problem solver with excellent communication skills and strong intrapersonal skills.  Must be able to work unsupervised.


What you will Do:

  • Ensure compliance with and maintain all GMP/PPE/Safety, HACCP & Sanitation guidelines, and processes.

  • Collect samples for PCT/microbiology testing (Hold & Release)

  • Preparation, Logging, and Submission of Samples for Hold and Release Tests to 3rd party laboratory.

  • Conducts weight checks, Labels, Ingredient Verifications, and Seal Integrity tests on finished products as required by OPLs / SOPs

  • Performs Swab tests for allergens, and ensures compliance with ingredient statements as per Allergen Control Program. Use the QA access database to log in leaks.

  • Conducts shelf life analysis on finished products, assists in the investigation and solving of quality problems and foreign object sources.

  • Identifies non-conformances, documents them, and reports them to PMO/SMO, QA coordinator/team leads for immediate follow-up. 

  • Inspects returned product, Fill out returned product reports and product disposition forms (disposal forms), and Performs CCP audits (chlorination and metal detection).

  • Logs in pH, turbidity meter, scale, thermometer, and oxygen analyzer calibration on calibration logs or calibration database.

  • Overseas production lines and line quality checks ensuring compliance to specifications and Quality Assurance SOPs.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


What you will Need:

  • B.S In Food Science related fields such as (microbiology, chemistry, food technology, and biology) and/or a minimum of 2 years of experience in a Quality Control or Quality Assurance position in the food industry.

  • Ability to read, write and speak English.

  • Comprehension of basic math, Computer Literate (Microsoft Office (access databases, Excel, Word), statistical process software, etc.

  • Ability to work flexible schedule and in a fast-paced environment.

  • Willingness and flexibility to work in a cold, wet environment 

  • Ability to work independently, unsupervised, and in a team environment.

  • Must be able to monitor product/process to identify and address any non-compliance


Related Success Metrics:

  • Performance efficiencies (fill rate, labor & yield), rework, OEE, production specification compliance

  • FO, KPI, Quality Response, Consumer Complaints

  • TCIR


Desired Traits:

  • Excellence- ability to deliver consistent quality results through a sense of urgency and taking initiative, while also demonstrating flexibility to meet business needs.

  • People-minded- ability to foster mutual respect and positive relationships with co-workers, demonstrates listening skills, and ensures physical safety of self and others.

  • Integrity- honors commitments, acts honestly and with accountability.

  • Fairness- ensures objectivity and sets a good example for others.


Physical Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the associate will be required to perform repetitive movements (i.e., sample collection – 2 grams per minute on each sample taken).  The associate regularly works near moving mechanical parts and is regularly exposed to extreme cold. The associate frequently works in high, precarious places. The associate is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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  

Nearest Major Market: Salinas