Job Detail

  • Job ID 14413

Job Description

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) is the nation’s largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently owned supermarkets, serving over 1,100 member companies and over 3,400 locations throughout 31 states from 9 wholesale Divisions. The consolidated run-rate sales for
AWG are $11 billion. In addition to its cooperative wholesale operations, the company also
operates subsidiary companies that provide certain real estate and supermarket development services, print and digital marketing services, health and beauty care, general merchandise,
pharmaceutical products, specialty foods, and natural and organic products.


Quality Control Manager is responsible for oversight and training of the Quality Control
Departments at the Divisional level. Maintaining quality control processes. Analyzing the results
and giving feedback and guidance to the teams. Must insure and assist in determining if product and processes are in accordance with specification. Ensure the staff follows the set SOP’s and
adheres to the best quality standards.

This position supports AWG’s mission to remain firmly committed to our long-established mission statement:

“Our mission is to ensure the success of our member retailers and provide opportunities to our employees. This will be accomplished by satisfying the customers’, and our member retailers’,
needs for quality supermarket merchandise and superior support services. We will do this with
high quality employees whose mission is to provide the lowest possible cost of goods in order to
ensure our members profitability, competitiveness and continued growth.”


The individual must have the ability to perform the responsibilities listed below. The list is not all inclusive of duties that may be requested by the department head or a member of upper management but are intended for an understanding of the purpose of the position. It is the responsibility of everyone at AWG to provide ultimate customer service to our members to support their efforts in increasing same store sales and profits.

  • Ability to read and understand technical receiving inspections ensuring product meets or exceeds quality and specification standards.
  • Able to write training modules on targeted commodities.
  • Follow and champion all SOP’s put forth by the Corporate Senior QC Manager.
  • Work cross-functionally with Warehouse Operation teams to address sanitation, safety and slotting issues.
  • Attend or lead weekly Divisional meetings/calls to discuss issues and solutions with the Corporate Senior QC Manager, divisional sales mgr., warehouse teams and divisional Fresh Director.
  • Observe and mentor the Quality Control teams and the functions at the division level.
  • Work closely with the division Sales Manager and Fresh Director to maintain quality and freshness standards.
  • Train and develop QC teams to ensure qualified staffing.
  • Able to work and function on the road without direct supervision.
  • Ability to identify the process, areas of concerns and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to make presentations to Members, Leadership and Divisional teams
  • Above average knowledge of warehouse operations and safety.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. A reasonable accommodation will be considered according to the ADA if it would not impose an undue hardship on the operations of the business without significant difficulty or expense. The accommodation would permit a qualified employee the ability to perform all essential functions of the job within the safety and contractual guidelines of the position.


Ten years related experience and/or training in fresh produce; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 5 years management experience 2 years in a Perishable Warehouse / Distribution environment. 50% travel required.


Ability to read, write and speak English. Ability to read and interpret documents such as USDA Standards, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Ability to compile and administer a department budget.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form. Ability to reason with employees and vendors. Negotiating skills are beneficial.


Valid Driver’s license. USDA training or International Produce Training certification.


Knowledge of company policies and procedures. Knowledge of the cooperative agreement for members and merchandising programs. Knowledge of fresh products, accounting principles, communication skills, warehouse functions, billing and receiving procedures.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finer, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


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.

Indoors. Adequate heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation. Outdoors as needed. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.


● Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance
● Health Savings Account
● Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
● Paid Vacation, Holiday, and Sick Time
● 401(k) with 4% match along with 3 other contributions
● Tuition Reimbursement
● Basic & Supplemental Life and AD&D
● Employee Assistance Program
● Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
● Wellness Program
● Yearly Holiday Bonus

Location: Based out of Kansas City, but the job can be remote.

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