Quality Assurance Specialist

Quality Assurance/Food Safety Bakersfield, California


At Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, we are excited to start a new chapter of accelerated growth as part of Froneri – a global pure-play ice cream leader. Come help us transform DGIC into the #1 ice cream brand! With nearly 100 years of winning experience in the U.S, a robust portfolio of powerhouse brands that consumers know and love such as Häagen-Dazs, Drumstick, Dreyer’s & Edy’s, and the backing and coaching of European-based ice cream experts, we know we have the winning recipe.

Headquartered in Oakland, the Bay Area’s hub for up and coming food trends, our teams across our offices and factories are raising the bar on all things ice cream. We are investing in significant capital expansions to grow our Operations and Supply Chain and are transforming how we work at every level to become agile, accelerate growth and elevate our quality. With a renewed focus on frozen treats, our tight-knit team of ambitious innovators are fully immersed in the business and encouraged to flex and make decisions quickly. We are committed to pursuing every great idea and delivering the best ice cream experience for our consumers, when and where they want it. Unleash your potential at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and discover what a sweet career we have in store for you.


The Quality Specialist performs a variety of quality control tests/inspections and/or standard microbiological, chemical, physical, or sensory testing on products, materials, components, etc. at various stages of the production process to ensure compliance with quality standards.  They will manage finished product release criteria (i.e. net contents, sensory program, Critical Control Point [CCP]).  Responsibilities will also include internal auditing, recording statistical data and analyzing production data to verify compliance or determine deviation from existing standards. They will work closely with the Quality Team to help identify, solve and prevent problems affecting quality and food safety.


Role & activities

  • Quality specialist will be assigned to assist quality supervisor with oversight in hygiene, operational quality, or food safety/compliance. Specific assignments will be given by quality supervisor and will relate to supervisor’s area of oversight
  • Oversight of assigned systems to ensure they are in compliance with sanitation, food safety, regulatory and/or quality requirements. Oversight includes auditing, coaching, identifying, and closing gaps and reporting system integrity to supervisor quarterly   
  • Verify key quality/food safety checks by observation of line operators performing checks. Verification will be performed on all shifts, documented, and done at frequency specified to the system requirements
  • Participate on food safety team as assigned
  • Perform pre-requisite program audits as assigned, follow up on CA and complete documentation.
  • Perform CIP line inspections as needed. CIP line inspections include visual verification, micro swabs, and ATP swabs


Systems that can be assigned to Quality Specialist include:

  • Allergen management program
  • Finished Products: release, hold and rework/reprocessing documentation review
  • Raw Material: release and hold
  • Sensory program
  • Customer complaints
  • Production run line extensions
  • Environmental Monitoring Program
  • Foreign Objects
  • Glass/Brittle program
  • Micro correlation studies
  • Document control for quality, food safety and/or micro records




B.S. in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, or another related field required. Will consider 5+ years’ experience in Quality Assurance role in lieu of degree