Fresh Produce Quality Control Inspector

Requisition ID:  182799 
Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 
Job Category:  Quality Control 
Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%
Job Type:  Full-Time
Country: Canada (CA) 
Province: British Columbia  
City: Surrey
Embark on a rewarding career with Sobeys Inc., celebrated among Canada’s Top 100 employers, where your talents contribute to our commitment to excellence and community impact.

Our family of 131,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.  
A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1,600 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 



Sobeys is full of exciting opportunities, and we are always looking for bright new talent to join our team! We currently have a full-time opportunity for a Fresh Produce Inspector to join our team based in Surrey, BC. Our Retail Support Centre is open 7 days a week and this position will work 5 shifts comprised of weeknights and weekends from 3:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Key Responsibilities


As the Fresh Produce Inspector you will:

  •  Inspect inbound product according to established Standard Operating Procedures and specifications which includes random sampling and defect identification 
  • Reject and document product that does not meet specifications
  • Monitor RSC handling and storage procedures in conjunction with RSC Management (i.e. cold chain management and slotting)
  • Verify weight, temperature, size, pressure test, refractometer test, package and pallet integrity of product
  • Identify superior quality of product and communicate to replenishment 
  • Inspect and ripen bananas and avocados (as applicable) 
  • Verify calibration of testing equipment (as applicable)
  • Request government inspections and facilitate sampling process 
  • Facilitate returns to vendors and complete documentation (as applicable) 
  • Provide recommendations to vendors for replacement of rejected product

Skills and Experience Requirements


  • Ability to understand quality control functions

  • Ability to communicate effectively with category teams, replenishment teams and vendors (as applicable)

  • Ability to work with a team

  • Ability to work in a stress and pressure environment

  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing environment and workloads

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and multitask while performing under time constraints

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written

  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated

  • Able to work with and calibrate tools such as scales, pressure testers and pulp thermometers

  • Preferred 1-2 years experience as USDA/CFIA inspector, retail produce manager, private produce Inspection Company, and produce grower/wholesaler or familiarity with USDA and CFIA requirements

  • General understanding of Food Safety Requirements

  • Powerjack certification (training available in house)

  • Ability to determine colors


The salary range for this position in [British Columbia] is [$48,000K - $66,000K per year]. We will consider factors such as your working location, work experience and skills as well as internal equity, and market conditions to ensure that you are paid fairly and competitively. 


Our Total Rewards programs, for full-time teammates, goes well beyond your paycheque:


  • Competitive Benefits Package, including health and dental coverage, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, tailored to meet your needs.
  • Access to Virtual Health Care Platform and Employee and Family Assistance Program.
  • A Retirement and Savings Plan that provides you with the opportunity to build and add value to your savings.
  • A 10% in-store discount at our participating banners and access to a wide range of other discount programs, making your purchases more affordable.
  • Learning and Development Resources to fuel your professional growth.
  • Paid Vacation

We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.