Food Safety Specialist Job at The Wonderful Company, Delano, CA

  • The Wonderful Company
  • Delano, CA

Job Description

Company Description

Wonderful Citrus is America's largest integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus, including clementine/mandarin, navel and Valencia oranges; lemons; limes; grapefruits; and other citrus varieties. Wonderful Citrus owns, cultivates and harvests more than 58,000 acres of fresh citrus and ships around the world each year to ensure a year-round supply. Our citrus can be found in all channels of distribution, with our consumer brands most visible in the produce department of grocery stores across America under the flagship consumer brands of Wonderful Halos mandarins and Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red grapefruit.

Job Description


Develop and implement food safety processes for the California and New Jersey Operations. Conduct audits of production facilities to ensure company, federal, state and local food safety standards are maintained. Consult with Sr. Food Safety Manager to develop, implement, and monitor food safety programs to ensure accurate and consistent quality attribute monitoring and reporting. Function as an information source to pack house and farming management teams and outside company departments in reference to food safety data.

Here's what you'll do:
  • Implement food safety audits in accordance with directives from local, state and federal agencies, including, but not limited to FSMA, FDA, and USDA.
  • Confirm that plant audit procedures are properly carried out and assigned work schedules are maintained.
  • Support in periodic HACCP and Food Safety program reviews.
  • Evaluate food safety program effectiveness through verification testing and visual inspection.
  • Educate and instruct plant personnel in food safety, GMP practices and general sanitation. Ensure these procedures are continuously maintained.
  • Conduct traceability exercises and mock recalls and execute the appropriate corrective actions, improvements and/or necessary training based on results completed exercises/recalls.
  • Support the sanitation group to improve sanitation and micro-testing programs in accordance with food safety requirements
  • Consult with plant supervisors and leads on better operational procedures to improve overall efficiency and product yields while still maintaining the effectiveness of food safety programs
  • Facilitate and audit packing, farming and harvesting processes at supervisor/lead level to ensure program effectiveness and to identify process improvements
  • Monitoring and correct (if necessary) GMPs, food safety incidents and/or sanitation activities during production cycle
  • Document and implement food safety program criteria and procedures
  • Support Food Safety Manager in conducting on-site ranch compliance audits
  • Provide direction and support in the completion of food safety corrective actions in the packinghouses and ranches
  • Monitoring, develop, and execute food safety monitoring audits in the packinghouses and ranches
  • Ensure that third-party growers implement, achieve, and maintain GFSI certifications
  • Deliver training to third-party growers on food safety regulations and requirements, best practices for compliance, food safety procedures, and any relevant topics that contribute to them having an effective and compliance food safety program.
  • Perform periodical internal audits and assist growers in external audit preparation
  • Work closely with growers in the areas of program management, inspection coordination, and testing requirements, including microbiological testing and pest control programs
  • Support in maintaining FSVP compliance with all foreign suppliers
  • Maintain active role on internal Continuous Improvement teams
  • Ensure safety of all associates and encourage participation in WOW initiatives
  • Management of food safety programs across digital storage and data collection systems
  • Other duties as assigned


Here's what you'll bring to the table:
  • Bachelor's degree in Food Safety/Science, Plant Science or other agriculture related field
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in a farming and/or food processing environment and/or combination equivalent education and experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Computer literate. Experience with Oracle or other SAP program desired
  • Advance knowledge of food safety practices and GMPs required
  • Must be able to troubleshoot equipment/process problems and propose solutions. Problem-solving skills are essential to this position
  • HACCP, PCQI, SQF and/or BRC preferred
Pay Range: $70,000-$80,000 and may include a discretionary bonus. Final compensation will be dependent upon skills & experience.

Additional Information

Wonderful's dedication to you:
  • Competitive benefits package including Medical, Vision, Dental, 401k
  • Continued training and generous Education Reimbursement Program
  • Paid sick, vacation and holiday time
  • Wonderful Giving ( you to donate company money to a cause of your choice
Why Choose Wonderful?

Wonderful Citrus is part of The Wonderful Company, a privately held $6 billion global company dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world. Its iconic brands include FIJI Water, POM Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Halos, Wonderful Seedless Lemons, Teleflora, and JUSTIN and Lewis Cellars wines. The Wonderful Company's connection to consumers has health at its heart and giving back in its DNA.

To learn more about The Wonderful Company, its products, and its core values, please visit, or follow The Wonderful Company on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. To learn more about the company's corporate social responsibility impact, visit

Wonderful Citrus and The Wonderful Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and with opportunities for advancement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories.

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