Fresh Produce Quality Inspector

Requisition ID:  179796 

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

Location: 0052 Campbell Heights RSC 

Postal Code:  


Our family of 134,000 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, Lawtons 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 3:30 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

We offer teammates competitive total compensation packages that will vary by role and location. Some websites share our job opportunities and may provide salary estimates without our knowledge. These estimates are based on similar jobs and postings for general comparison, but these numbers are not provided by or monitored for accuracy by our organization. We look forward to discussing the specific compensation details relevant to this role with candidates who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process.

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.