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Quality Assurance Associate

Company: Dole Foods
Location: Atwater
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Ensure that the facility and product released for sale meet all relevant food quality and safety requirements and applicable regulations as outlined in Dole Standard Procedures and Product Specifications.


  • Comply with all Quality and Food Safety Management standards and/or systems to ensure continual improvement and effectiveness of the Food Safety Management System with the ability to satisfy our customers and provide products that are in accordance to their intended use and safe for human consumption
  • Comply with and enforce Safe Quality Food (SQF) code and ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Standards.
  • Ensure that plant has passed "swab" test each day prior to releasing it for operation.
  • Perform Pre-Operational Sanitation Verification, Daily Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Daily Food Safety Audit, and Environmental Swabbing.
  • Ensure that each production batch meets customer specifications by cutting out a production sample and conducting appropriate testing on it.
  • Ensure that production batch records meet company quality expectations relating to process and content prior to releasing product for shipment to warehouse.
  • Organize and maintain records, such as scoresheets, data collection entries, spreadsheets, specifications, outside company contacts, and any other department related documents and reports as necessary.
  • Collect quality records and scoresheets for all incoming products and release products on time.
  • Review and verify quality, manufacturing and sanitation records according to procedures and policies.
  • Use SAP to release product, hold product and maintain any other statuses as appropriate for the products in the system, including special system releases.
  • Assist in development and revision of food safety and quality system documents including: Product Specification and Quality Assurance Manuals.
  • Assist in preparing Product Samples.
  • Assist in any other Food Safety and Quality projects assigned by direct supervisor.
  • Drive company car to pick up samples and supplies.
  • Recording of samples for use by Microbiologists.
  • Reading of Petrifilm.
  • Research and investigate quality records pertaining to customer complaint
  • Assist in special projects assigned by Quality Assurance management which may require calculations, computations, creative design and critical thinking skills.


  • Must have bachelor's degree (B.S. preferred).
  • Laboratory experience is a plus, but not required.
  • Must have English reading/writing proficiency.
  • Must have PC skills, proficiency in Windows, Microsoft office applications, emailing.
  • Must be able to work independently.
  • Must have competent math skills.
  • Read and follow written instructions carefully.

Work Environment:

  • Industrial plant atmosphere with related noise and temperatures ranging from plus 100 degrees Fahrenheit to less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Physical/Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to work on feet for extended periods of time, climb stairs and walk at least 1200 feet unassisted
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds
  • Requires climbing, standing, stooping, twisting, lifting and other physical movements to perform job.
  • Employment is contingent upon drug screen, background verification and skills test required for some positions.

Employment is contingent upon drug screen, background verification and skills test required for some positions.

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.

Keywords: Dole Foods, Merced , Quality Assurance Associate, Other , Atwater, California

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