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Quality Control Inspector - Produce (Fruit and Vegetable)

Requisition ID:  85548 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  Merchandising Replenishment 

Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%

Part Time or Full Time:  Full Time 


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: British Columbia (CA-BC) 

City: Vancouver

Location: RSC Office 

Postal Code:  


Our family of 123,000 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.  


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 looking for a Quality Control Inspector - Produce to join our team in Surrey BC.  The successful candidate will work shifts starting from 5:00 or 6:00 in the evening that will go into the early morning.  This is a highly responsible job, candidates will have the ability to work independently to deliver the best quality fruits and vegetables to our customers.   

Job Description

Retail Service Centre (RSC) Quality Control (QC) Analysts
• Reject and document product that does not meet specifications
• Verify weight, temperature, size, pressure test, refractometer test, package and pallet integrity of product
• Identify superior quality of product and communicate to Replenishment and Category
Management teams
• Verify calibration of testing equipment (as applicable)
• Request government inspections and facilitate sampling process
• Inspect inbound product according to established Standard Operating Procedures and
specifications which includes random sampling and defect identification
• Monitor inventory by completing daily cooler inspections; report inferior quality to appropriate
team for recommended action
• Monitor RSC handling and storage procedures in conjunction with RSC Management (i.e. cold
chain management and slotting)
• Inspect and ripen bananas and avocados (as applicable)
• Verify and issue credits for store quality claims
• Facilitate returns to vendors and complete documentation (as applicable)
• Work with the RSC team to coordinate receiving and distribution of product
• Build relationships and work with appropriate government agencies and vendors to facilitate
timely completion of inspections
• Communicate with QC Field Specialists on product quality and potential vendor improvements
• Assist with the mediation of claims

Job 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
•    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
•    Proficient use of appropriate QC equipment
•    General understanding of Food Safety Requirements
•    Power jack certification (training available in house)
•    Valid driver’s license (Field only)
•    Ability to determine colors


This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading Canadian company with a clear vision and focus.  If you feel that this describes the kind of work you want to do, and you are excited about what Sobeys has to offer, then we look forward to reviewing your application.  Please ensure that you take the time to ensure your profile shows us why you’re the most qualified applicant for the role.

Sobeys offers our employees many valuable benefits such as:

Growing organization
Competitive salary
Pension plan
Flexible health and dental benefits plan (eligible employees)
Ongoing Training & Development
Flexible Work Arrangements
Opportunity for internal mobility to other departments and/or promotions (for employees who are strong performers)

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.