Sqf Practitioner & Food Safety Coordinator (Montreal, QC)

November 21 2022
Industries Retail
Categories Transportation, Logistics, Supply chain
Montreal, QC

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DAVIDsTEA is a leading branded retailer and growing wholesaler of specialty loose leaf tea, offering a selection of signature blends, single-origin teas, and tea-related gifts and accessories through our e-commerce platform and 18 Canadian retail stores. Based in Montreal, we focus on innovative flavours, wellness-driven ingredients, and organic tea. We’re making tea fashionable and fun, and we pride ourselves on offering both the best possible service to our customers and a positive work environment for our employees!

About the role

We are looking for a SQF Practitioner & Food Safety Coordinator to join our Supply Chain team!

The SQF Practitioner & Food Safety Coordinator is responsible for working with the Quality and Assembly & Packaging teams in the production plant to ensure strict quality control guidelines are followed on the packaging floor. They maintain quality records, documentation and conduct Quality Assurance assessments.

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  • Update and maintain the company’s food safety plan (GMPs, HACCP and SQF).
  • Update and maintain other certification programs (such as Organic).
  • Oversee plant sanitation, hygiene, GMP and internal auditing systems to ensure compliance with quality policies, as well as, applicable food safety regulatory requirements.
  • Verifies room temperature daily and maintains documentation.
  • Verifies chemical concentrations (and effective sanitization) daily and maintains documentation
  • Verifies scales monthly and maintains documentation.
  • Perform monthly equipment swabbing and prepares samples for the lab, as required
  • Preparing sample and sending to external lab for annual tests
  • Verifying the allergen swab tests by sending sample to externa lab
  • Verifies effectiveness of the cleaning program, including allergen swabbing, maintains documentation and makes recommendations for modification.
  • Conduct weight checks during the packing process to ensure compliance.
  • Support operational and quality activities to ensure audit ready status every day.
  • Routinely audit food safety practices to objectively evaluate performance and provide feedback to other personnel, as necessary, to ensure compliance; this includes the auditing of SOP’s, HACCP, GMP’s and all food safety policies and procedures that apply to the plant.
  • Assist in developing and oversee the maintenance of the plant food safety training program.
  • Provide training to new employees and contractors, as required. Lead annual food safety refresher training.
  • Perform as a back up to the Director of Packaging Operations during audits by certifying bodies, independent third parties, customers, internal and regulatory entities. This includes being able to provide policies, procedures, and records for review by the auditor.
  • Assist the Director of Packaging Operations and production areas with the investigation of customer complaints, audit findings, food safety incidents, etc.
  • Assist in the identification of root cause associated corrective actions, verification of the completion of corrective action/preventative actions, and validation of the effectiveness of the corrective actions.
  • Facilitate the investigation, documentation, and tracking of food safety incidents to ensure incident investigations and corrective actions are performed in a timely manner and well documented.
  • Assist in the investigations to determine root cause and corrective actions, and validate the effectiveness of the corrective actions.
  • Cross-train with Director Packaging Operations and Q.C. Technician to provide backup support, as needed.
  • Complete other duties or responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor.

So are YOU our next SQF Practitioner & Food Safety Coordinator?


  • An applicable college diploma, University Degree such as BSc or equivalent work experience.
  • 3 Years’ experience in maintaining a Food Safety Program.
  • SQF internal audit and fundamentals of HACCP training certifications or equivalent.
  • Experience taking a leading role in Food Safety Audits would be an asset.
  • Excellent French and English communication skills (oral and written).
  • Friendly, confident, outgoing and positive attitude.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent organization, time management, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Be able to take direction and work independently.
  • Expertise using Excel, Word, Outlook and knowledge of web-based applications.
  • Lean Six Sigma training (asset).
  • Keeps up to date on technological information.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, strong communication skills, independence, curiosity and efficiency are desired qualities.

Sound good? Then join us in our mission of making the world smile— one cup at a time.

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