Posted 6 months ago

A leading Fresh Produce company in Paddock Wood , Kent are looking for a QA Inspector to join their ever growing team!

Job purpose:

  • Assess and report on the raw product arriving at goods inward, in production, in shelf life and at the point of dispatch.
  • Communicate quality issues to line management and ensure produce sent to customer complies with the required specification.
  • The job holder is required to make an accurate assessment of product making decisions on whether it is necessary to re-sort the product, reject or ripen if necessary.
  • Refer any major quality issues that require a more experienced view due to the cost of re-sorting or rejected product.

Key accountabilities and decision ownership:

  •  Assess, review and report on the defects of produce to ensure that they comply with customer specifications at all stages of operations.
  • Reporting and communicating any unsatisfactory conditions or quality for potential claims, further inspections and decisions to be made.
  • Carry out destructive testing of product where required to support the QA processes, ensuring that product meets customer specification.
  •  Collect and carry out shelf life testing and report findings via the SAP system.
  • Carry out the necessary equipment and re-calibration checks to ensure that equipment is within specification for use.
  • Using the Quick spec system, collect and check details of label information to ensure compliance throughout the operational processes.
  • Support all customer visits to ensure all internal and external customer relationships are supported in a proactive manner.
  • Ensure all management information and control documentation are maintained, accurate and in accordance with traceability, official standard/requirements and legislation, guarding against rejections and non-compliance.
  • Ensure, through the effective management of physical environment, work practice and team behaviour, the effective implementation of the Company’s Health and Safety Policies.
  • Comply with all relevant Company policies and procedures, including but not limited to Health, Safety & Wellbeing Policy, Equal Opportunities, Diversity & Dignity at Work Policy and Hygiene Policy.
  • Working with all areas of the business to identify areas for improvement within our operational systems & process.

Key performance indicators:

  • H&S Near Miss reporting
  • Shelf-Life Data Integrity
  • Customer Satisfaction resulting from delivery of customer requirements and product quality performance

Skills, know-how and experience:

Must have:

  • Demonstrable skill, knowledge and previous experience of QA processes are an advantage but not necessary.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; able to operate effectively both internally and externally.
  • Exhibits positive behaviours and professionalism at all times, even in difficult situations or when executing unpopular/tough decisions.
  • Able to hold others accountable whilst maintaining positive relationships.
  • Good IT skills – utilising Microsoft Office packages effectively.
  • Established approach in balancing business and customer needs.


  • Experience of working in the fresh produce industry.
  • Experience of SAP.
  • Understanding of BRC, ETI requirements.


Shift pattern is one weekend in, next weekend off in rotation, with a permanent fixed day off during the week.

Depending on area working can be 6am to 3pm in packhouse and 8 to 5pm intake.

Send your CV to georgina@fmkconsulting.co / frank@fmkconsulting.co to apply

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Quality Assurance Inspector


Full Time


Paddock Wood, Kent



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