Careers

American Fruits and Flavors has expanded in size and capability over the years. As a result, we are always interested in degreed candidates and/or experienced, food industry talent to bring value to our organization. If your particular niche is not listed in our job openings, please feel free to email your resume to HR@americanfruit.com for review. We ask that you be legally authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. so that we can consider you for employment.

Updated as of November 18, 2020



Maintenance Mechanic A- With Steam Engineer License – Pacoima, CA

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
The position performs the duties of maintaining all buildings, structures, and production equipment in top condition and working order, while actively training others when time permits.  This position requires a skilled working knowledge of all maintenance crafts and trades with a high degree of skill and knowledge in the performance of at least one craft or trade (i.e. welding, electrical, PLC’s).  The position requires administrative knowledge of the CAMS maintenance program and ability to order materials and supplies.  Must exhibit leadership skills.  All tasks are performed in accordance with GMP and safety guidelines and procedures.  Responsible for contributing to the efficient and profitable operation of the plant.

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Plans and performs maintenance work from start to finish with minimal-to-no help from supervisor.
  • Must be physically able to use various carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and welding mechanical tools.  Must use equipment such as saws, hammers, drills, paint brushes, rollers or sprayers, and power tools such as grinders, sanders, and electric pipe threaders.
  • Responsible for all production equipment and support equipment. Equipment should be maintained in good working order, with repairs made as necessary.
  • Submits orders for supplies, materials and equipment as required for maintenance functions.
  • Leads in all technical applications, such as installations of new equipment.
  • Responsible for entering work orders for necessary repairs.
  • Responsible for the overall maintenance of production areas. Ensures all production areas and grounds are maintained in a safe and sanitary condition.
  • Responsible for completing daily time sheets.
  • May be called to come into work while off-duty, as emergencies arise.
  • Helps enforce departmental policies and procedures. Leads by example in these areas.
  • Performs other maintenance duties required or requested by the Maintenance Lead, Supervisor, or arising from a natural or man-made disaster.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR STEAM ENGINEERS

  • Boiler check at the beginning of the shift.
  • Boiler hourly checks on the hour.
  • Start up or shutdown of the boiler as needed and scheduled.
  • Participate in annual boiler inspections.
  • Maintain the plant steam system with repairs or replacement of steam traps, valves, filters and other components.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a skilled working knowledge of all maintenance crafts and trades with a high degree of skill and knowledge in the performance of at least one craft or trade.
  • Must be physically able to perform vigorous, strenuous work, with lifting up to 50 pounds frequently throughout the day.
  • Must have valid Class C California driver’s license, current automobile liability insurance and ability to drive company vehicles.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English to perform administrative tasks.
  • Must have basic math skills.
  • Must own and furnish, for the purpose of performing duties, a set of hand tools as described in the Maintenance Department Tool List.


Maintenance Mechanic B – Los Angeles, CA

 

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Plans and performs maintenance work.
  • Must be physically able to use various carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and welding mechanical tools.
  • Must use equipment such as saws, hammers, drills, paint brushes, rollers or sprayers, and power tools such as grinders, sanders, and electric pipe threaders.
  • Responsible for all production equipment and support equipment. Equipment should be maintained in good working order, with repairs made as necessary.
  • Submits orders for supplies, materials and equipment as required for maintenance functions.
  • Works with others in all technical applications, such as installations of new equipment.
  • Responsible for entering work orders for necessary repairs.
  • Responsible for the overall maintenance of production areas. Ensures all production areas and grounds are maintained in a safe and sanitary condition.
  • Responsible for completing daily time sheets.
  • May be called to come into work while off-duty, as emergencies arise.
  • Follows departmental policies and procedures.
  • Performs other maintenance duties required or requested by the Maintenance Supervisor or arising from a natural or man-made disaster.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have at least 2 years of recent working knowledge of maintenance crafts and trades.
  • Must be physically able to perform vigorous, strenuous work, with lifting up to 50 pounds frequently throughout the day.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English to perform administrative tasks.
  • Must have basic math skills.


2 Compounders – Los Angeles, CA

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
This position works in conjunction with supervisor and/or manager to perform the activities of the department, including timely completion of product batches in accordance with GMP, HACCP and safety guidelines, working in cooperation with all other departments, promoting information exchange and teamwork within the department. The Compounder is responsible for the accuracy of batch formulation and compliance with company policy, GMP and HACCP guidelines and safety procedures. The Compounder must contribute to the efficient and profitable operation of the plant and maintain a positive work atmosphere, by behaving and communicating in ways that foster good relationships with co-workers and managers, while achieving performance standards.

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Obtain forms, batch sheets and special instructions from the Production Supervisor or Q.C. Department for the day’s production.
  • Complete work assigned by Production Supervisor, and ensure timely completion of scheduled activity and all paperwork associated with batches for HACCP, sanitation, etc.
  • Participate in pre- and post-production meetings as needed, to discuss information and resolve problems.
  • Complete work assigned by Production Supervisor in accordance with Master Cleaning Schedule and ensure completion of all paperwork.
  • Comply with all Q.C. instructions.
  • Make sure that all plant equipment, building and grounds conform to current GMP and sanitation standards.
  • Ensure that production is accomplished safely, in accordance with all safety procedures and regulations.
  • Understand and utilize warehouse storage and barcode systems.
  • Select ingredients according to raw material numbering and barcode systems.
  • Accurately weigh raw materials according to Batch Formula Sheets.
  • Assist and train production helpers as needed.
  • Work in a wet, noisy, fast-paced environment, walking and standing constantly throughout the day, occasionally lifting 50 lbs.
  • Must be reliable in attendance and punctuality.
  • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3+ years of Compounding Experience in a food industry preferred, but not required.
  • Background in production, familiar with production lines and processing machinery.
  • Knowledge of safety, sanitation, HACCP and GMP standards and procedures.
  • Good written and oral English communication skills, basic computer skills.
  • Proficient with math conversions using calculator, familiar with metric system, weights and measures.


Staff Accountant

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
This position will perform intermediate accounting functions and clerical support in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This position is responsible for the preparation of month-end journal entries of prepaid expense amortizations and accrual of various expenses. The Staff Accountant will maintain and analyze the general ledger accounts; prepare monthly and quarterly balance sheet account reconciliations. Will also be responsible for invoice processing of shipped orders. All work is to be completed while maintaining the highest level of confidence regarding the company’s financial information.

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Process and print all customer AR invoices on a daily basis, including scanning and indexing necessary data in Doclink.
  • Assist in the month-end process by preparing journal entries with supporting documentation.
  • Prepare legal expense accruals in coordination with the parent company who will provide the monthly legal invoices.
  • Reconcile balance sheet accounts monthly and submit the quarterly and year-end balance sheet account reconciliations to parent company in accordance with set deadlines.
  • Review monthly all vendor invoices for use tax accrual.
  • Prepare the Quarterly Sales & Use Tax Return.
  • Process the Gondrand invoices and prepare the spreadsheet to submit for wire payment; ensuring complete documentation of invoices and the amounts charged are correct and entered in the correct GL account codes.
  • Assist in reviewing and coding AP invoices of overseas freight.
  • Review for completeness of audit documents, i.e. Sales Journals; Check Preview reports.
  • Assist with department workload and contribute to the overall smooth running of the Accounting Department.

This description reflects the principal functions of the job for the purpose of job evaluation. It should not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements of the job, nor shall be construed as giving exclusive responsibility for functions described.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred
  • 5+ years of increasing responsibility in a similar environment
  • Experience with large accounting software (SAP preferred)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel (i.e. VLOOKUP and Pivot Table knowledge preferred)
  • Must be a team player and have the ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and quality of work
  • Strong interpersonal skills (verbal and writing)


Compounder Assistant

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
The position has mastered the tasks of Production Helper I and is trained in more detailed skilled duties of Flavor Production. All work in this position is performed in accordance with GMP, HACCP and safety guidelines and procedures. Responsible for contributing to the efficient, profitable operation of the plant. Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in ways that foster good relationships with clients, customers, co-workers and supervisors, while achieving performance standards.

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Assist in training of Helpers and selection of mixing tanks.
  • Work with QC taking samples and adjusting some formulations.
  • Understand and follow written-English formula changes.
  • Make simple formulas with minimal help from Compounders.
  • Skillful measurement of ingredients, using pipettes, scales, and beakers to measure increments of grams, Cc’s, drams, ounces and pounds.
  • Perform “pre-scale” (measuring ingredients for the following day’s production).
  • Verify that all ingredients are used or accounted for.
  • Use of calculator for conversions. Figure tank and drum volumes using ruler and calculator.
  • Use of homogenizer, chiller, and pasteurizer. May train on use of spray dryer.
  • Frequent use of forklift. Responsible for inspecting the vehicle and completing daily paperwork on it.
  • Begin training on use of flavor oils, measuring with great accuracy.
  • Familiar with location and general characteristics of all common ingredients.
  • Learn to operate additional production equipment as needed and assigned.
  • Lift up to 55 Lbs. frequently.
  • Work in wet, noisy, fast-paced environment.
  • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

This description reflects the principal functions of the job for the purpose of job evaluation. It should not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements of the job, nor shall be construed as giving exclusive responsibility for function described.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Successful mastery of Helper I position.
  • Understand oral and written English.
  • Must operate and pass safety training on forklift.
  • Must have good basic Math knowledge.
  • Must report to any company facility according to company need.


QA Manager Position – Pacoima, CA

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
The Quality Assurance Manager manages the Quality Control Department at all facilities. The position is ultimately responsible for all product quality and for the development, implementation, and administration of the documentation system necessary to maintain a controlled manufacturing process. The Manager organizes and staffs company’s Quality Control Departments, conducting employee performance evaluations and assigning projects to the QC staff.  The Manager must ensure that QC and all applicable staff are trained on Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) and provided with sufficient resources to do their jobs.  The Manager stays current with quality management technique and analytical technology, applying this knowledge to the cost-effective operation of the department.  Must apply CAPA principles to troubleshooting issues, and be responsible for all 3rd party audit programs and activities, including but not limited to scheduling, preparing for and taking the lead in audits and any related certification process as well as government agency inspections. Responsible for all customer complaint issues, resolutions and supplier approval related to company’s Supplier Approval Program. Responsible for the Trending reports through customer complaints and/or audits. Maintains a working relationship with inter-and intra-company departments such as Customer Service, Analytical, Production, and R & D regarding resources, production and product development and quality.  Assists customers with product issues or technical questions.  This position serves as a backup SQF Practitioner and back up to either of the Food Safety Manager, QC Managers, and HACCP Coordinator when necessary.

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Manage and supervises the department, including conducting annual performance appraisals.
  • Staffing of managerial positions Outline who reports to this position.
  • Determine (and develop, if necessary) specifications process critical points, sampling protocols, sanitation procedures, etc., to ensure a controlled and consistent process.
  • Take responsibility for the quality of all products sold from the company’s facilities.
  • Responsible for reviewing, revising, and communicating external product specifications based on trending of test results and obtaining customer approvals on specification changes
  • Responsible for reviewing and finalizing all CAPAs.
  • Responsible for food defense and security.
  • Prepare for and respond to internal, 3rd party, and regulatory agency audits.
  • Oversee periodic GMP/sanitation audits of the facilities.
  • Develop and assure the execution of related corrective-action plans for all audits.
  • Responsible for accuracy of product labeling to comply with state and federal regulations in conjunction with R&D department.
  • Involve in sensory evaluation of products as needed.
  • Assist with R&D projects, new product trial runs, and production scale-ups.
  • Assist with selection of new plant equipment, installation and validation.
  • Represent the company at professional societies, trade shows, and meetings with customer suppliers and regulatory agencies, etc.
  • Manage, handling of all regulatory inspections by the US FDA, State Public Health Department, County Health Department and 3rd party audits.
  • Manage recall and traceability programs.
  • Responsible for trending analysis such as customer complaints and product testing, micro testing etc.
  • Responsible for vendor approval program.
  • Ensure proper investigation and resolution of customer complaint program at all facilities.
  • Perform other duties and work on special projects as required by upper management.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • BS or BA in Food Science, Chemistry, Biology or other science discipline.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in quality assurance management.
  • SQF Certified or equivalent experience with GFSI certification scheme.
  • PCQI Certification
  • Physically able to move about in a production and lab environment.
  • Must have visual acuity to evaluate sample appearance and use lab instruments.
  • Must demonstrate taste and aroma sense acuity.


Cost Price Analyst – Pacoima, CA

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
This position is required to regularly review and update all of products pricing and related costing. This position reports to the Director of Finance and will have a dotted line reporting to the Director of Sales. The Cost Price Analyst will perform various pricing, costing and related accounting tasks as listed in the essential job functions. This individual must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in ways that foster good relationships with vendors, customers, co-workers and supervisors, while achieving and enhancing performance standards.

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
 
PRICING:

  • Establish selling prices on newly developed products using the unit pricing module of the FABS (Food and Beverage System) based on input from the R&D and Sales departments.
  • Periodically review and proactively update of all products pricing prior to expiration date. The review should be conducted whereby all products are reviewed a minimum of one time per year, or as needed, depending upon market conditions and trends.
  • Update the Sales Quote System regularly based on demand from new customer purchase orders and from the Sales Team quotes and complete the updates within 24 hours.
  • Assist in the establishment and maintenance of proper volume discount programs/systems.

COSTING:

  • Working with the Purchasing and R&D Teams, stay up-to-date on market and seasonal conditions (supply/demand) of various commodity products/ingredients and anticipate trends to adjust pricing accordingly at the right time.
  • Update and maintain the unit-costing module of FABS by reviewing the daily AFF purchasing and external market data.
  • Collect and analyze the material costs of the purchased raw materials and production process costs.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of a Standard Material and Labor Costing System.
  • Analyze and report on the sales volumes (in lbs.), gross margin calculations, and profitability trends.
  • Assist in the monthly accounting close relating to COGS and inventory valuations & reserves.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Managerial Accounting Degree preferred)
  • Strong skills with MRP systems and Microsoft Excel & PowerPoint
  • Experience in working with and managing large databases.
  • Proficient in accounting, statistics, charting, and trend analyses
  • 3 years of general and/or cost accounting experience (standard costing environment preferred)
  • Strong acumen with numbers, analysis, systems, and pricing/costing concepts
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (both written and verbal) to work together with various departments
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy & quality of work
  • Must report to any company facility according to company need, sometimes with same-day notice.


Facilities Worker – Pacoima, CA

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
The position performs the duties of maintaining all buildings and structures and assisting mechanics as needed to keep production equipment in top condition and working order. This position requires experience in building maintenance pertaining to roofing, walls, ceilings, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and building electrical. All tasks are performed in accordance with GMP and safety guidelines and procedures. This individual must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in ways that foster good relationships with clients, customers, co-workers and supervisors, while achieving performance standards.

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Assists with planning and performance of maintenance work when requested.
  • Works under the direction of Maintenance Supervisor and Maintenance Lead to keep the buildings in good condition, with repairs made as necessary.
  • Works with others in all technical applications, such as installations of new equipment when needed.
  • Responsible for reporting necessary repairs.
  • Responsible for completing daily time sheets.
  • May be called to come into work while off-duty, as emergencies arise.
  • Follows departmental policies and procedures.
  • Performs other maintenance duties required, such as some preventive maintenance, and equipment work orders issued by or requested by the Maintenance
  • Supervisor or arising from a natural or man-made disaster.
  • Must report to any company facility according to company need.
  • Regular, punctual attendance.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be physically able to use various carpentry, plumbing, electrical and mechanical tools.
  • Must use equipment such as saws, hammers, drills, paint brushes, rollers or sprayers, and power tools such as grinders, sanders, and electric pipe threaders.
  • Must have mechanical aptitude.
  • Must be physically able to perform strenuous work, with lifting up to 50 pounds, and bending, kneeling and climbing frequently throughout the day.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English to perform administrative tasks.
  • Must have basic math skills.
  • Must provide valid telephone number for contact in the event of emergencies after working hours.


Flavor Chemist – Pacoima, CA

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
10 years of experience creating flavors from flavor ingredients currently available worldwide. Must be strong in sweet/fruit flavors – namely berries, tropical, super fruits – and in unique non-characterizing flavors for use in food and beverage industries. Knowledge in savory a definite plus. Ability to create ethnic flavors and pair flavors together to create an impact on our customers. Must be well versed in keeping ahead of the trends and continuing to source the newest unique flavor ingredients available.

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REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent communication skills are a must, with the ability to talk to top customers to determine real needs and convert the concept discussed into a tangible flavor that works and sells.
  • Knowledge of US, EU, Asian, and/or South American regulations strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of regulations of specific countries and regions worldwide also desirable.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team to accomplish the task at hand.
  • We are seeking a competitive, driven, motivated individual who can step into our company and begin to produce immediately without disrupting the current system in place.