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Director, Organic Compliance & Integrity - EBF


Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: San Juan Bautista, CA, US

Company: DANONE

Danone North America is the largest Benefit Corporation in the world. Our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Danone North America is looking for a Director, Organic Compliance & Integrity in San Juan Bautista.

Earthbound Farm Organic, a subsidiary of Danone, is looking for a Director, Compliance and Organic Integrity – in San Juan Bautista, California (US-CA).

At Earthbound Farm, we are proud to be the largest organic greens and produce brand in North America. And while people are the heart and soul of any business, we feel particularly lucky to be bound by a deep passion for and commitment to the original mission of our founders: to bring more organic food to more people and be a catalyst for positive change. This mission is what brought many of us here, and it’s what keeps us inspired to get better each and every day.  Growing organic food isn’t always easy, but our people have the perseverance and passion to weather any literal or figurative storm because we believe it’s the better way.

As we experience growth, and as our portfolio of products grows, we maintain a constant focus on our environmental and social responsibilities. We pursue reductions against waste, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout our operations, focusing on our plants and our company owned farms. We are also champions for food security, lending our support to national hunger relief organizations and those that operate in our local communities.



Director, Organic Integrity and Compliance serves as the Organic and Compliance subject matter expert and is responsible for executing on Organic plans, instructing, auditing, reporting, and ensuring his/her assigned sites’ to stay full compliance with the Earthbound Farm’s Organic program. The Director, Organic Integrity and Compliance serves as a subject matter expert for the assigned Local Organic Specialists and embodies the Company’s commitment to the highest standards of organic integrity; ensuring that organic operations are handled in accordance with industry regulations and current Federal, State, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Verifies and assures Earthbound Farm’s growing and plant operations maintain compliance with all applicable organic regulations.
  • Completes customer requests forms related to growing and packing operations compliance.
  • Schedules organic audits, reviews Organic Growing Plan submissions, and fields employee questions as they relate to compliance with organic regulation and 3rd party audit schemes.
  • Suggests changes to corporate level policies and SOPs.
  • Identifies and develops training needs for growing and plant operations relative to organic compliance.
  • Organic Program verification and analysis.
  • Ensures organic compliance policies at all growing and plant operations.
  • Works with R&D and Marketing to develop compliance protocol for new processes or products affecting their assigned sites.
  • Serves as primary contact to compliance software vendors for assigned site(s).
  • Serves as subject matter expert for assigned local compliance personnel.
  • Processes requests for new materials and chemical inputs for all operations as well as new supplier approvals.
  • Aids in investigation and reporting of non-compliance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Engineering or related technical field is required; an advanced degree is desirable
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in compliance and organic integrity in area such as R&D, product development, laboratory management, quality management systems, organic policy and legislation or food process engineering
  • Experience effectively leading a team and accomplishing goals through others; a minimum 5 years’ experience directly managing others
  • Understanding of regulatory and food law, including USDA Organic and CCOF
  • Key functional skills, including:
    • HACCP and SQF2 edition 8 management
    • Project & Change Management Processes
    • Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
    • Integrated Sanitation and Pest Control Management
    • GMP and Personnel Hygiene Management
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable automobile, safe driving record and insurance coverage acceptable to Relay Resources insurance carrier.
  • Ability to pass drug screening and criminal history background check as appropriate at any time during employment.




Other Physical Requirements:

  • Vision (Near, Distance, Color, Peripheral, Depth Perception).
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others.
  • Able to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (ear plugs, hard hats, coveralls, smocks, gloves, goggles, and other GMP required equipment; hair net, beard net).
  • Ability to perform physical activities as outlined in the attached Physical Demands section of this position description.
  • Solid understanding of basic math skills including the ability to count, add, and subtract.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and overtime as business needs.
  • Proactively assist team members, managers and employees as needed.
  • Manage special projects and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Change Management – Adaptable to a fast paced, shifting work environment; willing to remain flexible to accommodate changing business conditions, work requirements and scheduling needs.

Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit 

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

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