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Tech 2, FSQA-Bakery


West Columbia, SC, US, 29172

Job Type:  Food Safety & Quality Assurance

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 13 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



Job Title

  • Tech 2, FSQA


  • Food Safety & Quality Assurance (FSQA)

Reporting to

  • FSQA Supervisor


Position Purpose

The Tech 2, FSQA has the primary responsibility for protecting the food by conducting food safety and quality sampling, testing and maintaining documentation to meet Aspire Bakeries  and all regulatory and customer requirements.  Identify possible defects and make real time, accurate decisions that may affect order fulfilment and has the authority to put a “hold” on food based on food and manufacturing operation and equipment based on food safety or quality non-conformance(s).


Key Accountabilities

The Tech 2, FSQA is responsible for regularly auditing the food, packaging, and labels to ensure all food meets gold standard guidelines or contact appropriate personnel to make necessary adjustments.  The Tech 2, FSQA will verify established AIMS procedures are followed to eliminate future customer and regulatory complaints.  The operator will complete line and bakery inspections. Also required to assist the Bakery Team on all internal observation audits and external audits.



  • Understanding of and demonstrates Aspire Bakeries’s core values and acts with integrity,  takes ownership in their work, proactively identifies the needs of our customers, generates creative and new ideas, and promotes an environment where our people and foods are safe.
  • Supporting a food safety culture.
  • Understanding of the Food Safety and Quality Objectives and Global Food Safety and Quality Policy.
  • Verifies all applicable Aspire Bakeries, international, national, state, and local food regulations and complying with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards (i.e. BRC, SQF) are met.
  • Ensure that our foods meet Aspire Bakeries’s standards and specifications.
  • Understanding and identification of non-conforming raw materials, semi-finished and finished foods.
  • Report food safety and quality nonconformances and deviations to FSQA Management.  Placing food on hold physically.  
  • Communicate any human, food or equipment safety concerns to Supervison immediately.
  • Support the Hazard Analysis & Risk-Based Preventive Controls Food Safety Team in the implementation of an effective Food Safety plan focused on the elimination of biological, chemical, physical and economically motivated hazards from our foods. 
  • Trained as Qualified Individual for the verification of key Preventive control and CCP records. 
  • Complete sensory, physical, and packaging evaluations on finished food and report the results to bakery management
  • Conduct sampling, testing, and documentation of the Aspire Bakeries Intergrated Management System (AIMS), including procedures and records.
  • Understanding and verification of 21 CFR 117 Subpart B Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), Prerequisite and Preventive Control Programs and Critical Control Points (HACCP).
  • Performs pre-operational inspections and report any inadequacies to FSQA Manager.
  • Participate in physical bakery observation audit inspections on a weekly basis, including GMP and personnel practices, food safety and hygiene, pest control process, food defense and security, building and sanitary equipment design, operational methods, maintenance for food safety, employee locker and trailer inspections with cross-functional teams.
  • Participates in the Environmental Monitoring Programs (i.e. collecting swab samples, using the ATP system).
  • Verify finished food case labels are accurate.
  • Understanding of the Food Safety Flow Diagram as outlined in AIMS 7.0 HACCP Food Safety and Preventive Control Program and verification that manufacturing is adhering to CCP monitoring checks.
  • Verification of the Manufacturing and visual aids.
  • Basic training and understanding of SPC and QCP checks recorded in MII, including the quality dashboard for those Bakery locations using MII.
  • Trained in and verification of AIMS Net Weight Policy and MAV limits.
  • Verification of lot traceability, how packaging and raw ingredients are coded, coding of finished foods, and recipe verification against the manufacturing  specification.
  • Verification of AIMS Document Control and Record Completion Procedures.
  • Verification of AIMS Programs (i.e. 8.0 GMP, Hygiene and Personnel Practices Program, 19.0 Allergen Control and Preventive Control Program, 11.0 Nonconformance Program).
  • Verification of Cross traffic (Raw to RTE) is controlled. Designated walkways are being used as control measures as outlined in Access and Movement of Personnel. Traffic plans and zoning maps are followed by all employees, management, visitors, and contractors.
  • Effective Completion of required AIMS and Alchemy training as outlined in the FSQA Training Curriculum Map and Aspire Bakeries Cares Training Calendar.
  • Assists with the training (shadowing) and support of FSQA team members, as needed.
  • Provide clear and appropriate communication of food safety and quality issues to management and colleagues at shift change.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required


Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Effective work ethic
  • 2 years Manufacturing Experience
  • Equipment and food knowledge and troubleshooting ability
  • Ability to operate scales, metal detection and imaging devices, ovens and other instrumentation and measuring devices
  • Must be 18 years of age

Education, Technical Qualifications, Experience and Competencies Proficiency Level


  • High School Diploma
  • Reading, Writing and Math Skills
  • Proficient computer skills including experience with SAP, MS Outlook & Excel
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and must also effectively manage and execute changes
  • Position requires ability to act as a member of a highly functioning team
  • Good communication, writing, analytical, and critical thinking skills



  • Some college science courses or experience in the food industry
  • Certified in HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls), Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard such as BRC or SQF or ability to obtain certification within one year
  • Internal Auditor Training
  • 2-3 years related experience


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Lift/Carry up to 50 lbs. with or without assistance
  • Navigate up and down stairs
  • Standing/Walking/Climbing
  • Twisting/Bending/Stooping
  • Pushing/Pulling
  • Handling/Fingering/Feeling
  • Seeing/Speaking/Hearing
  • Flexing/Extending/Turning the neck

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must comply with all personnel safety policies and procedures at all times
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required for task at hand (i.e. ear plugs, bump cap, safety glasses)
  • Ability to work in a hot, cold, wet, frozen, dusty, and loud environment
  • Frequently works near moving mechanical parts
  • Required to maintain a clean and organized work area
  • Keep all equipment in sanitary condition





Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.