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Fresh Produce Inspector

159186 Requisition ID:  159186 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  Produce Sourcing 

Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: British Columbia  

City: Vancouver

Location: Vancouver Office - Fraser Street 

Postal Code:  


Our family of 127,000 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 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawton’s Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 


All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.




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 4:30pm - 12:30am.

Job Description



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



Job Requirements



Your resume and experience will show us:


  • Undergraduate Degree or a DEC
  • 2 years experience in Fresh Produce in either a retail, wholesale, distribution or replinshment capacity  
  • Proficient use of appropriate QC equipment
  • General understanding of Food Safety Requirements
  • Powerjack experience would be relevant but training is provided


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



While all responses are appreciated only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.


We appreciate the interest from the Staffing industry however respectfully request no calls or unsolicited resumes from Agencies.