SpartanNash Fresh Inspector - Banana Processor in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Position Summary

Responsible for ensuring that product specifications are consistently achieved on inbound and outbound product. Must have a strong attention to detail with a complete understanding of product inspection procedures for fresh commodities (produce, floral, meat, seafood, dairy and deli).

Minimum Requirements


High School Diploma (Required)

or GED. College degree preferred.

Job Experience

Two years with product inspection at a fresh warehouse.

Knowledge of PACA guidelines and HACCP compliance standards preferred.

USDA certification required.

Responsibilities and Essential Duties

Perform product inspections using tools, sensory analysis, and knowledge of USDA inspection techniques to accurately report information regarding grade and condition of product.

Audit inbound product to ensure suppliers adhere to company product quality specifications and food safety requirements; reject product that does not meet standards and complete documentation accurately.

Monitor warehouse activities in receiving, storage and shipping of product and take corrective action when needed..

Complete warehouse audits which verify product freshness, threshold dating, and product specifications.

Work with buyers to support strategic plans and ensure proper product volume requirements.

Monitor feedback from customers pertaining to product quality and address product issues when they arise.

Possess knowledge of and apply USDA standards, PACA guidelines HACCP compliance standards when required.

Monitor warehouse product aging reports and use inspection tools to obtain detailed product information.

Produce/Floral: Lead the banana ripening process.

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 Abilities

Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to handle multiple tasks as well as coordinate and organize activities effectively in complex situations. Strong math and analytical skills. Strong interpersonal skills to maintain effective working relationships with team and departmental leadership. Working Knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel). Knowledge of fresh produce transportation, retail produce handling and merchandising and postharvest handling of fresh produce. Previous technical experience related to banana ripening and/or fresh warehouse operations with banana ripening activities a plus.

Physical Requirement

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The associate is frequently required to sit/stand/walk. While performing the duties of this position, the associate is subject to an office environment and/or distribution setting and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions; temperatures may vary within distribution center. The noise level in the work environment varies; office setting may be low to moderate; distribution center setting may be moderate to high.


Inspection equipment (i.e. brix refractometer, thermometer, camera, etc.)

General office equipment (i.e., computer, telephone, copy/facsimile machine, etc.)