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About AppHarvest
AppHarvest is redefining American agriculture by developing modern, large-scale controlled environment agriculture facilities in Central Appalachia.  We’re combining conventional agriculture techniques with the most recent proven to grow fruits and vegetables that are locally grown, climate resilient, free of chemical pesticides, and resource efficient. We provide access to a nutritious and safe U.S.-grown food supply for consumers. 
We’re currently operating one of the largest greenhouses in North America, 60-acre controlled environment agriculture facility in Morehead, KY, and have an active development pipeline for additional facilities. These facilities grow more with fewer resources. When compared to traditional agriculture, we grow 30x more efficiently and with 90% less water. Located within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. population, our base in Appalachia allows us to pick our fruits and veggies when they are at peak nutrition and reduce diesel use in transportation by 80%.
AppHarvest is proud to verify our commitment to people and the planet by being a Certified B Corporation. As one of only four public B Corps in the United States, we are focused on balancing people and profit. Our goal is to promote a future of sustainable change in the agriculture industry while reducing our impact on the planet.  And we're doing it all while creating jobs and helping Appalachia build a more resilient economy!
This is Farming Now. 

About the Role:

As the Senior Manager of Food Safety at AppHarvest, you will be joining a team at the forefront of reinventing sustainable agriculture by redefining how agricultural employees should be treated. This role will perform and manage all functions needed to ensure food safety, product quality and regulatory compliance, maintain quality management systems, and GFSI standards which assure a foundation for product excellence and provide a basis for long-term continuous improvement.

What You'll Do:

  • Ensure good quality practices, deliver continuous quality improvement, and communicate openly and timely about quality risks and opportunities to plant personnel
  • Responsible for product safety and product quality and drive for superior quality results
  • Oversee the resolution of product/process incidents and verifying the effectiveness of corrective and preventative actions to eliminate reoccurrence
  • Control product releases to ensure only safe and quality products are released
  • Develop and maintain vendor partnerships to ensure continuous improvement in quality and costs of services
  • Manage internal and external auditing of quality systems and prepare score cards and corrective actions for improvements
  • Audit local policies, procedures, and systems that affect product quality to assure compliance
  • Work with production and other relevant operational personnel to drive for quality issue resolution and improvement
  • Evaluate, prepare, and control quality department budget to ensure its adequacy and effective use for the execution of quality goals and objectives
  • Provide quality training to production and other relevant employees
  • Provide leadership, development, and guidance to direct report staff

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. AppHarvest reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.

What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or technology, Food Engineering, Biology, or related field. MS is a plus
  • Minimum 10 years of Food Safety experience in food industry, and 5 years of experience in managerial or equivalent role in a produce setting is preferred
  • Ability to conduct quality activities with integrity, knowledge, depth, and evidence-based decision making without wavering
  • Communicate openly and genuinely with strong intention to improve the quality performance
  • In-depth understanding and expertise of quality improvement techniques such as 5S, fish bone analysis, 5W technique and Statistic techniques is preferred
  • Possess strong desire for continuous improvements, challenge status quo and is a self-starter
  • Possess “can do” attitude, take ownership, and passion about delivering tangible results
  • Ability to identify coherent and insightful key steps/actions for quality projects and deliver quality results within defined timeline with urgency
  • Ability to use facts and data to make decisions and prioritize actions
  • Possess the ability to work with all levels of employees in various functions within the organization
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and computer literacy in Microsoft Word and Excel


  • 100% company paid insurance premiums (Medical, Dental and Vision Plans) 
  • 401K Company Match 100% of First 3%- 50% of next 2% and is vested immediately – it is automatically yours 
  • 9 company paid holidays 
  • Generous PTO Packages starting at 15 PTO days
  • 2 Paid Mission Days for volunteer work 
  • Company provided uniforms and shoes (for Greenhouse Employees)

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  • Company Address 401 West Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
  • City Lexington
  • Location Kentucky
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