QA & Food Safety Associate

Baltimore, MD /
Farm Operations – Farm Operations /
Hourly
Bowery is growing food for a better future by revolutionizing agriculture. Our modern farming company combines the benefits of the best local farms with advances made possible by technology to grow produce you can feel good about eating. BoweryOS, our proprietary software system, uses vision systems, automation technology, and machine learning to monitor plants and all the variables that drive their growth 24/7. Because we control the entire process from seed to store, Bowery farms use zero pesticides, 95% less water, and are 100+ times more productive on the same footprint of land than traditional agriculture. Bowery produce is currently available at select Whole Foods and Foragers stores in the Tristate area, and featured on the menus of Tom Colicchio’s New York restaurants Craft and Temple Court. Based in New York City, the company has raised over $170 million from leading investors including GV, General Catalyst, GGV Capital, First Round Capital, Temasek and Almanac.

About The Role:
Bowery Farming is seeking an ambitious team member who is passionate about providing our customers with top quality and safe food, who can learn quickly, and thrive in a fast-paced & flexible environment. Be a part of an innovative team that is committed on ensuring our produce is safe and of the highest quality. This is a hands-on role that will audit, test and report in our current food safety and quality processes, make recommendations based on findings and help drive a culture that is focused on food safety across the organization.

What You'll Do:

    • Perform daily GMP inspections to ensure farm hygiene practices are maintained in accordance with regulatory, SQF and Bowery Farming standards
    • Conduct operational and post operational processing environment inspections and audits to maintain facility compliance 
    • Interpret, trend and implement corrective actions where necessary based on Food Safety & Quality standards
    • Collect water, air, environmental samples for laboratory analysis on a routine basis 
    • Evaluate certificates of analysis pertaining to chemical and microbiological based testing of product and the environment 
    • Monitor and ensure appropriate concentration of all the chemicals used in the processing environment
    • Perform routine verifications and instrument calibrations to ensure appropriate equipment functionality 
    • Conduct hygiene testing on select equipment prior to operation and analyze testing data
    • Perform finished product audits in accordance with the Bowery Farming FG Audit and implement corrective actions where necessary 
    • Responsible for maintaining facility sanitation standards and managing the farm cleaning process
    • Participate in training initiatives to educate our staff on food safety best practices
    • Design and execute experiments pertaining to food quality and safety
    • Review, analyze and interpret complaint data trends
    • Collaborate with the Agricultural Science department to productionize new high quality leafy greens
    • Provide interdepartmental support as needed

Who You Are:

    • Strong attention to detail, excellent organizational and communication skills
    • Willingness to follow strict food safety and sanitary standards
    • PC or Mac familiarity, ability to use a tablet or smartphone
    • Must be authorized to work in the US
    • Working in a cold room for short and extended periods of time (Protective equipment provided)
    • Comfortable with Physical Requirements including;
    • Lift and move objects up to 49 pounds each
    • Standing for hours at a time
    • Working in a cold room  for short and extended periods of time (Protective equipment provided)
    • Regular bending, lifting, stretching and reaching both below the waist and above the head
We celebrate unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures that will enrich the workplace. Join us in creating an inclusive work environment that is free of bias and discrimination, where everyone can be their authentic self. We strongly encourage people from all walks of life and underrepresented backgrounds to apply and join the Bowery Farming team. We are an equal opportunity employer.