Organic Materials Review Institute

Product Review Coordinator

Job Summary

Company:

Organic Materials Review Institute

Category:

Other

Type:

Employee

Status:

Full Time

Relocation:

None

Industry:

All

Close Date:

12/10/13

Compensation:

Hours:

Day

Location:

Eugene

Description

About OMRI

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a leading nonprofit organization working to strengthen the organic industry.  OMRI operates an internationally recognized evaluation program that reviews input materials for use in producing, processing, and handling organic foods and fiber.  OMRI Listed® products are deemed appropriate to be used in operations that are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.

Location:  Eugene, Oregon (Learn more about the City of Eugene)

Overview of Position

OMRI is looking for a Product Review Coordinator to join its growing team.  As part of the OMRI Review Program, Product Review Coordinators are responsible for completing technical reviews and making recommendations on input materials for use in organic production.  The Product Review Coordinator reports to the Review Program Technical Manager.  Qualified candidates will have background in a natural science related field, strong organizational and team skills, and outstanding communication skills. 

Major Responsibilities

  • Review inputs for OMRI Listing (60%)
    • Review ingredients and production processes for inputs (e.g. fertilizers, feed additives, pesticides) to determine compliance with established organic standards.
    • Follow up with applicants to acquire any information needed to ensure a complete review.
    • Prepare and present review findings, and make recommendations about whether specific products meet organic standards and should be listed by OMRI.
    • Determine compliance based on findings presented by other team members.
    • Record and manage data related to reviewed products in OMRI's Products Database.
  • Provide customer service to OMRI Listed suppliers and applicants (10%)
    • Provide clarification of complex technical information, and respond to questions from suppliers and applicants via phone and e-mail.
    • Provide status notifications to applicants.
    • Attend and participate in technical meetings (10%)
      • In the context of technical team and review panel meetings, participate in discussions of products and processes, including discussing difficult or unique issues with products under review, advising on final decisions regarding products, and reviewing process improvement and consistency issues.  
    • Participate in technical, educational, and organization projects (10%)
      • Represent the Review Program on organizational wide task-forces and project teams, as requested.
      • Complete technical reports and other research, as requested.
    • Participate in process improvement and quality assurance efforts (5%)
    • Write and update work instructions, checklists, and documentation related to the OMRI Review Program as requested.
    • Maintain accurate and complete records of product reviews
    • Prepare newsletter articles, FAQs, and other written materials about OMRI's work and the organics industry.
    • Represent OMRI at tradeshows and organic industry events, including speaking on panels and at conferences
    • Promote OMRI's work and assist with efforts to educate customers about organic inputs (5%)
    • Prepare newsletter articles, FAQs, and other written materials about OMRI's work and the organics industry.
    • Represent OMRI at tradeshows and organic industry events, including speaking on panels and at conferences.
  • Benefits

    • Full time position with competitive salary.
    • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plan
    • Retirement plan
    • Paid vacation and sick time
    • Opportunities for flexible scheduling
    • Opportunities for training and course work
    • Small nonprofit organization with established team and demonstrated commercial success
    • Casual, fun work environment

     

    Deadline

    Open until filled

    How to apply

    Submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@omri.org referencing Product Review Coordinator in the subject line.  Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.  No Phone Calls, Please.

     

    EOE M/F/D/V

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Requirements

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural science related field
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, organize information, and handle projects and assignments with many moving parts
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Analytical thought process and attention to detail—the ability to pay attention to the trees while also seeing the forest
  • Ability to work well with a team and contribute to a collaborative office environment with a positive attitude
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Ability to travel domestically on occasion

 

Preferred:

  • 1-2 years work experience
  • Experience in sustainable agriculture and/or organic food processing
  • Familiarity with standardized procedures such as ISO 17065
  • Experience working with confidential business information