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Healthy, gourmet nut butters that provide job skills training to women in need.

Production Manager Job


Our production manager is leaving us for law school in July, and we need someone to replace her! We’re looking for a supreme multi-tasker and passionate people person who is looking for the opportunity to get experience at a fast-growing social enterprise.

About Us:

Ground Up PDX is a small-batch nut butter company that employs women overcoming adversity to provide them with job skills and training to get back on their feet. We produce peanut-free, honey-sweetened nut butters in flavors such as Lavender Honey and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle. Our products are sold in New Seasons, Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, and other PNW retailers.

As our HR + Production Manager, you will be responsible for leading our production kitchen, overseeing our team, and ensuring that every jar of nut butter is the best quality possible. You are a leader who creates community and drives the daily operations of our business. This is a full-time, salaried (exempt) role based in Portland, Oregon.

The right candidate to join our team must be someone that wants to develop new relationships, try their hand at a variety of new skills, and make a positive impact in the world. We are looking for someone who finds reward in boosting someone’s confidence, and knowing that they are making a difference in the community by nurturing women’s personal and professional development.

Because of our employment training program, this is not your typical HR position. We are looking for someone to help mentor the women on our team, someone who can actively listen to them, and can maintain a professional attitude in challenging or emotional situations.

While the work can be intense and demanding at times, we value maintaining a fun and light company culture. We blast kitchen jams, celebrate successes with sweet treats, and take time to lift one another up.

The HR + Production Manager’s responsibilities include:

  • Production Planning: Assist co-founders in planning and organizing the production schedule for each week

    • Manage and forecast inventory of raw ingredients and finished products

    • Work with our suppliers to manage, forecast and order materials (nuts, jars, etc.)

  • Kitchen Crew Management: Oversee kitchen team on production days to ensure goals are met

    • Maintain organization and efficiency of team during busy production days

    • Assign schedules and tasks to kitchen crew members (5 to 8 women)

    • Provide motivation, support and guidance to employees

  • Own Production Process: Maintain orderly and prioritized workflow of operating procedures

    • Learn to operate production machinery (mixing and filling machines)

    • Record production output and measure KPIs to track success

    • Ensure health, safety and quality standards are met

    • Manage labeling process

    • Ensure cleanliness of the space and procedural compliance

  • Team Management: Oversee staffing, training, scheduling, and employee communication and performance evaluations

    • Sit down for one-on-ones with each employee (5 to 8) every 2 weeks

    • Be the communication point between our team and our co-founders

    • Play a large role in cultivating positive team culture

    • Facilitate relationships with nonprofit partners (Outside In, Cupcake Girls, etc.)

  • Onboarding: Set up employees in our payroll system and take ownership of all HR paperwork

  • Contractor Management: Coordinate schedules and supplies for our sales representatives across the PNW

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is a strong communicator and team player

  • Has a leadership mindset, and is willing to take initiative to find resolutions

  • Is a supreme multi-tasker—able to prioritize multiple projects and tasks

  • Is passionate about social justice, empowering women and creating a more equitable food system

  • Has a positive attitude

  • Is detail-oriented and organized

  • Is comfortable managing a team and mentoring employees (prior experience ideal)

  • Has had experience working with vulnerable populations before, and/or is familiar with diversity and inclusion practices in the workplace (ideal, but not required)

  • Has their Food Handlers License and has worked in a commercial kitchen previously (ideal, but not required)

  • Is skilled in active listening

  • Can lift 50 lbs, isn’t afraid of machinery and is willing to jump in and get their hands dirty

Pay: Salaried (exempt), $40-45k, DOE

2 weeks PTO + 6 Paid Holidays. Benefits not available at this time, but opportunity for the future.

Commitment: Full Time. The production manager would need to be present on all production days, which currently includes every Wednesday from 7:30 am - 6 pm.
Start Date: July 1, 2019
Location: The Redd, 1140 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR

TO APPLY: Send your resume + a letter of interest to Application deadline: June 16, 2019.