PB CAREERS: Private Label Specialist, Corporate Quality Assurance – Publix

Private Label Specialist, Corporate Quality Assurance – Lakeland

Location: Lakeland, FL
Job ID #: 3535
Functional Area: Quality Assurance
Employment Type: Full Time – Regular
Work Hours: 45 hours or more per week, primarily Mon. – Fri.
Minimum Base Pay: $3,225.00
Maximum Base Pay: $4,855.00
Potential Annual Pay with Bonus: $41,925 – 63,115
Education Required: Bachelors Degree

Position Description

  • Acting as the lead subject matter expert for food safety and product quality relative to Publix brand products
  • Effectively executing and participating in all aspects of the speed to market process of Publix brand products, including category reviews, line extensions, evaluations, and reformulations.
  • Providing effective oversight and direction for the evaluation of suppliers of procured Publix brand products
  • Initiating and maintaining product specifications, certification audits and detailed information of Publix brand products and suppliers
  • Continuously improving the quality and operational effectiveness for the CQA private label team
  • Providing leadership and assistance for the private label quality control laboratory

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree of science in food science, microbiology, or public health
  • Three or more years experience in a retail or manufacturing environment
  • Must have a valid driver license and maintain and excellent driving record
  • Knowledge of food production and processing
  • Ability to research science that may apply to current products
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to think outside the box
  • High degree of self-motivation, commitment, and integrity
  • Ability to perform sensory analysis on products (taste, texture, etc.)
  • Professionalism
  • Willingness to continuously further knowledge of the food industry
  • Must have good human relations skills
  • Show enthusiasm, initiative, and pride in work and a
    • Commitment to Publix and our Mission

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five or more years experience in a retail or manufacturing environment
  • Sensory and organoleptic certification
  • Knowledge of Publix structure and Knowledge of company and business area policies and practices.


  • Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost to you
  • An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Group health plan (with prescription benefits)
  • Group dental plan
  • Group vision plan
  • Sick pay
  • Long-term disability pay
  • Company-paid life insurance (with accidental death & dismemberment benefits)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vacation pay
  • 6 paid holidays (can be used on other days)
  • Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
  • Paycheck direct deposit
  • Credit union
  • Access to over 50 discount offers including on computer, vehicle and wireless purchases.

Year End Bonus
One month’s pay (pro-rated in the first year) if associate remains employed through December 31.


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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.