Technical Advisor and Lead Auditor – Organic BC

Job Description
Support the COABC Accreditation Board by providing technical expertise and support
Assess compliance of Certification Bodies with the British Columbia Certified Organic Program (BCCOP), the Canadian Organic Regime (COR), and ISO 17065 as applicable through document reviews, auditing activities and other surveillance activities as required within the agreed timeline
The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

The Technical Advisor & Lead Auditor position must not be involved in any activities with COABC COR Certification Bodies or COR certified operators. There can be no present involvement or past involvement within the last 2 years.
The following competencies are required for the position:
Auditing and quality system management knowledge
Strong communication skills: verbal and written
Knowledgeable in principles of organic agriculture, accreditation processes and quality control systems
Technical understanding and knowledge: organic accreditation/certification/inspection, production standards and generally accepted practices, COR/BCCOP/ISO as applicable
Be a team player and have the ability to work with diverse groups
Critical thinking
Ethical conduct

The following experience and/or training is required for the position:
Experience or professional training in organic auditing, certification, or inspection
Knowledge and experience in assessment-management skills
Knowledge of evaluation methods. Have expertise in interviewing techniques, report writing and conducting opening and closing meetings. These activities must comply with ISO 17011 and ISO 19011
Knowledge and understanding of the Canadian Organic standards, BC Certified Organic Program, Canada Organic Regime, and ISO standards. Accepted experience may include practical experience in production, processing, inspection, and certification management would be a major asset relative to conformity assessments
Knowledge and understanding of COR and BCCOP requirements including accreditation criteria and procedures
A post-secondary degree or diploma would be an asset.
Experience in volunteer boards of incorporated societies or non-profit organizations would be an asset

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Deadline for applications: October 15, 2021
Approximate start date: November 1, 2021