SpartanNash Associates , LLC Quality Assurance Technician Freshline in Indianapolis, Indiana

For the team at Caito Foods, the produce business is straightforward. It's about buying the best products available and being devoted to freshness. Working together, our goal is to make our customers' jobs easier by ensuring that the freshest and most on-trend products make it to kitchens nationwide. Our outstanding team fulfills that promise every day.POSITION SUMMARYResponsible to ensure quality and food safety compliance by monitoring and documenting required checks including chemical levels, product specification, labels, good manufacturing practices (GMPs), temperatures, and operational procedures throughout the entire production process.RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL DUTIESPerform production chemical checks and regulating chemical levels to ensure food safety compliance; monitor and record all chemical, product specification/labeling and required mechanical information throughout the entire production process. Use chemicals in a safe manner; check chemical substances for usage and correctly add/dilute chemicals as needed; Change wash water as needed; correct any deficiencies; measure sensory aspect of raw commodities (i.e. brix measurements).Provide guidance to ensure high quality standards; explain processing techniques and variables to maintain the standards and correct any quality standards not met (i.e., GMP violation, wrong cut size applied, etc.). Provide feedback and corrective action recommendations to associates regarding quality/food safety with courtesy and professionalism.Complete a daily pre-operational inspection of processing rooms and equipment; collect pre-op microbiological swabs as needed; and maintain temperature logs using appropriate equipment (i.e., scales, thermometers, ph-meters, etc.) and complete related quality assurance, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), SQF (Safe Quality Food) and USDA (US Department of Agriculture) paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.Ensure proper slotting for finished product and complete a quality check of finished product(s); investigate product issues identified and place impacted inventory on hold until resolved and review labels to identify any potential labeling issues and communicate necessary changes in a timely manner.Respond to questions presented while on the floor regarding product quality, food safety, chemical safety, product specification or other quality related items.Maintain order and safety of work environment and ensure food processes/quality assurance follows company policies and procedures, and food safety regulations.May be responsible to assist with preparing samples for customers according to appropriate product specifications.Provide positive, creative feedback with ideas for product/quality systems development and improvement.Maintain current knowledge of USDA regulations, federal inspections and sanitation regulations, industry trends and best food preparation practices; make recommendations to improve current programs and processes and to ensure company legal compliance. Maintain product knowledge to include sizes, varieties, sensitivity, location, and background of produce and USDA products.The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work being performed as assigned for this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and requirements; additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS ABILITIESMust be able to understand USDA/FDA regulations and federal inspections. Good written and verbal communication skills; must have effective working relationships with internal and external contacts. Good organization, prioritization, multi-tasking and attention to detail skills. Must have basic mathematical and literacy skills to read and document temperatures, weights, etc. of products and have a general understanding of weight relationships. Must comply with company procedures; an understanding of applicable food safety regulations a