POSITION SUMMARY: The FSQA Specialist Level II is key member of the FSQA Systems Group, that reports to the Director of Food Safety & QA, and is accountable for the development, implementation, effectiveness, performance measurement and improvement of the FSQA management systems within our agricultural, packinghouse and supply chain operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for assisting the Field Food Manager with the implementation and execution of Prima WAWONA Food Safety programs for the farming, harvesting, packing and transportation of the fresh produce to the packing house facilities
  • Support the FSQA groups in developing Food Safety, Organic and Regulatory initiatives to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations as well as compliance with customer Food Safety requirements
  • Responsible for maintaining full compliance with current third-party audit certification schemes (PrimusGFS and CCOF)
  • Support the implementation and continuous improvement of Food Safety Plans and associated Hazard Analysis, Risk-Based Preventive controls, and Recall Plan for the farming operations
  • The FSQA Specialist will provide support for third-party and internal Food Safety audits and their preparations and follow up (GFS, FDA. NOP, USDA, CDFA, customer and regulatory inspections)
  • Responsible for verification and monitoring that growers, harvesters and labor contractors maintain compliance with all applicable Food Safety, Regulatory and NOP Organic requirements
  • Responsible for maintaining and execution of document control, records control, internal audit, change control, chemical control, and other core processes within the FSQA management systems
  • Perform the annual grower/supplier risk assessment and approval process, collaboratively with both internal and external FSQA teams requesting and updating all required Food Safety documentation
  • Responsible for continuously communicate technical information regarding FSQA requirements and expectations to other FSQA team members, Prima WAWONA departments, growers, suppliers and labor contractors
  • Assess internal and external program compliance against both regulatory FSQA requirements and Prima WAWONA FSQA standards and expectations
  • Support field Food Safety Manager & Field Food Safety Coordinators with customer and/or regulatory complaint investigation and coordinate implementation of corrective actions
  • Responsible for responding to all customer request, surveys, updating customer portal sites and other Food Safety & QA inquires
  • Assist in the training of farming personnel to ensure compliance with all Prima WAWONA FSQA expectations and all applicable Food Safety Regulatory standards
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with all applicable representatives of Prima WAWONA, growers, labor contractors, suppliers, etc.
  • Perform other related tasks and job duties as directed by Field Food Safety Manager


Accountability and Dependability: Arrives to work on time and follows instructions, policies, and procedures. Meets productivity standards, deadlines, and work schedules. Ability to stay focused on tasks despite distractions and interruptions.

Adaptability: Adapt to changes in the work environment. Manage competing demands, and deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events. Flexibility in work schedule, differing start and end times.

Analytical: Able to synthesize complex or diverse information. Collects and researches data. Examines data to grasp issues, draw conclusions, and solve problems.

Attention to Detail: Performs tasks thoroughly while exercising care and precision. Makes little to no errors, checks work to verify accuracy and completeness. Attention to detail when entering data.

Communication: Relays important information to supervisors and management in a timely, professional manner. Ensures regular, consistent communication between employees, supervisors, and management where necessary especially regarding progress and problems.

Honesty and Integrity: Ability to perform impartial inspections to verify the integrity and performance of the food safety and sanitation program.

Interpersonal Skills: Able to maintain confidentiality and discretion, manage interpersonal conflict, and remain impartial and objective.

Judgement: Display willingness to make decisions. Exhibit sound and accurate judgement. Supports and explains reasoning for choices. Includes appropriate people in decision-making process and makes timely decisions.


Education and Experience

  • BS in Food Science, Agricultural Engineering, or any other related science-based background.
  • Minimum of 3-year experience in years in Agricultural/FSQA related experience
  • Experience with FSQ management systems development, implementation, continuous improvement and certification against GFSI schemes such as PrimusGFS and CCOF
  • A combination of education and experience will be considered to satisfy minimum qualifications.
  • Compliance and relationship experience with customers, suppliers and regulatory agencies such as FDA, CDFA and CDPH or other equivalent regulatory agencies at the state level.
  • Experience with FDA’s FSMA regulations, including but not limited to Title 21 Parts 117.
  • PCQI and/or PSA certification.
  • Experience with FSQ aspects of agricultural and packinghouse operations for fruits, preferably stone fruits.
  • Experience in development and delivery of employee training in FSQ and regulatory compliance
  • Experience and background in Food Microbiology, including Microbiology lab operations.
  • Experience in execution of FSQ internal audit process.


  • Fluency in Spanish.


  • Must be able to interact across all levels of the organization and demonstrate a “can-do” attitude.
  • People and cross-functional leadership.
  • Competency in MS office and Visio.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent Organizational and time management skills.


  • Reports to:  Food Safety Supervisor
  • Supervisory responsibilities may include: None
  • Status: Non-Exempt


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee may be driving to the different worksites. May require prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. This position may be exposed to adverse weather conditions.