Quality Assurance Specialist - Produce

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Food Safety & QA


The Fresh Market currently has an opening for a Quality Assurance Specialist in Independance, KY.  This role is responsible for inspecting and evaluating the quality of produce entering our distributor’s facility to ensure the product meets The Fresh Market’s standards.  This position will report to the Quality Assurance Manager.


This position requires an experienced professional who has an expertise in produce.


  • Maintain quality results by following and enforcing standards
  • Inspection of all produce coming into the facility
  • Monitor coolers to ensure product is handled and rotated properly
  • Ensure produce is shipped timely to the stores to maintain freshness and quality
  • Communicate concerns to Quality Assurance Manager to coordinate corrective action communication
  • Provide Produce Category team with updates on quality levels of produce
  • Ability to refuse produce at the distributor that does not meet The Fresh Market’s standards
  • Monitor shipping temperatures to ensure produce arrives to the stores fresh
  • Authority to refuse product that does not meet TFM’s standards
  • Interpret quality assurance standards and enforce them
  • Act as company representative within distributor’s facility

 Preferred Attributes

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Good critical thinking ability; problem solving
  • Sense of urgency/persistence; ability to work in a fast paced, ever-changing work environment
  • Ability to build and maintain professional working relationships


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 4+ years of produce quality assurance experience or retail produce experience
  • Knowledge of general operating aspects of the produce business
  • Knowledge of USDA Standards of produce preferred
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Able to interpret a variety of instructions, furnished in written, oral, or diagram form
  • Ability to travel within assigned territory to include occasional over nights (Travel required:  40%)


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