QA & Food Safety Associate

    • Baltimore, MD
At Bowery Farming, we dream of a world where agriculture gives back to the people and the planet more than it takes. But to achieve this, we need more than incremental change. We need to reimagine farming from the ground up. Every day, Bowery’s purpose-driven team works toward this mission. Right outside of cities, we build indoor farms that grow wildly flavorful produce that’s defiantly free from pollutants, all while using less finite resources like space and water. Our smart farms are powered by our proprietary farm operating system, BoweryOS, creating a simplified, agile food system that’s focused on flavor, freshness, and safety. At Bowery, we’re farming efficiently so we can feed effectively, democratizing access to fresh, local food in our communities.

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:

  • You have a strong attention to detail, excellent organizational and communication skills
  • You are willing to follow strict food safety and sanitary standards
  • You are familiar with PC or Mac, and you are able to use a tablet or smartphone
  • You are authorized to work in the US
  • You are comfortable working in a cold room for short and extended periods of time (Protective equipment provided)
  • You are comfortable with physical requirements including: Lift and move objects up to 49 pounds each & Standing for hours at a time
  • You are capable of bending, lifting, stretching and reaching both below the waist and above the head

Bowery's headquarters is based in Manhattan. We have two farms in Kearny, New Jersey. One farm is focused on Research & Development, the other services retailers and community partners in the Tri-State area. Our third farm is located in Nottingham, Maryland, feeding the Mid-Atlantic region. Bowery Farming products are sold at hundreds of retailers, including Whole Foods Market, Giant Food, Stop & Shop, Walmart and specialty grocers, along with online partners like Amazon Fresh, Hungryroot, Peapod and restaurants, including Sweetgreen. Based in New York City, the company has raised over $172.5 million from leading investors, including Temasek, GV (formerly Google Ventures), General Catalyst, GGV Capital, First Round Capital, and Henry Kravis, as well as some of the foremost thought leaders in food, including David Barber of Blue Hill, Tom Colicchio, and José Andres.

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