Principal Scientist - Fresh Fruit Quality
Ocean Spray Cranberries - Lakeville, MA

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Location: Lakeville - Massachusetts

Requisition #: C12-2461

Employment Duration: Full time

Last Updated: 10/9/12 1:21 PM

Company Overview For 80 years, Ocean Spray’s logo has been an enduring symbol of what we stand for - taste, health and heritage. From the creation of the Cooperative, to the steady wave of new products designed to delight customers today, Ocean Spray has a history of quality, great taste and innovative products. Beginning with the harvest, it is the spirit of discovery and determination, and the dedication of grower-owners and employees, that allows us to manufacture and market our products to delight consumers around the globe!

As we develop new products and expand our markets we are looking to hire talented individuals that want to be part of our team. If you thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, team environment you will love working at Ocean Spray. At Ocean Spray we understand the value of working together, while knowing each individual plays a vital role in the company’s success. Our business has always been and continues to be built on the people from different backgrounds, coming together for a common goal. The same sense of opportunity, resourcefulness and innovation on which the Cooperative was founded is what drives Ocean Spray today!


Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. is currently looking for a Principal Scientist to join our Quality team in Lakeville, MA

The Principal Scientist will lead Quality and Food Safety for branded fresh produce and harvest/receiving operations of fruit for further processing. The incumbent will be the Face of Quality to our Cooperatives Grower-Owners, Agricultural partners, and Customers.

Support Agricultural Field Operations with technical expertise in areas of;

Good Agricultural Practices GFSI and 3rd party audits of Farms, Packing Houses, and Fruit Storage Locations Fruit Sanitation & Disinfection Crop Protection Products

The individual will drive quality initiatives across North America including 17 receiving locations, 12 packing houses, and over 120 fresh and 600 process Cranberry and Citrus fruit locations, including but not limited to implementation and maintenance of quality systems & operational standards, providing training and educational seminars, performing annual audits (internal & 3rd party), all the while ensuring corrective actions and leading continuous improvements.

Minimum Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:
Candidates should have 8-10 years of experience working in food safety and quality. Experience with fresh fruit or vegetable harvesting and/or processing is critical for success in this role. A Bachelors Degree is required, a Masters Degree would be preferred. This position will require extensive travel throughout our growing regions in the US and Canada.


Compensation and benefits are high on everyone's priority list, so it’s high on our list too. That’s why Ocean Spray provides competitive salaries and a wide variety of benefits - including programs that protect your health and welfare, help you prepare for retirement and truly enable you to balance your work and family life.

Ocean Spray is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AAP/M/F/V/D.

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Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada and...