Production Manager Job
PRODUCTION MANAGER: GROUND UP NUT BUTTERS
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, working directly with the founders to run the daily operations of the business.
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, Erewhon and other regional retailers.
As our 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 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. 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 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 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 (2 to 3 days per week currently)
Assign schedules and tasks to kitchen crew members (team of 8 to 10)
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
Retrieve supplies from our warehouse at the beginning of each production day, and put them away at the end of each day (use of a stepladder required)
Team Management: Oversee staffing, training, scheduling, and employee communication and performance evaluations
Sit down for one-on-ones with each employee (8 to 10) 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: Train new hires and set up employees in our payroll system
Storage Oversight: Ensure raw materials and finished goods are properly put away and organized.
Help to maintain warehouse organization and efficiency by keeping pallets of raw and finished goods organized and labeled
Communicate with our warehouse team to ensure pallets of raw materials are received, brought down and put away for each production day
We are looking for someone who:
Is comfortable managing a team and mentoring employees (prior experience ideal)
Is a supreme multi-tasker—able to prioritize multiple projects and tasks
Has a leadership mindset, and is willing to take initiative to find resolutions
Is passionate about social justice, empowering women and creating a more equitable food system (prior experience working with vulnerable populations before ideal)
Experience in manufacturing and food production (ideal, but not required)
Has a positive attitude and can bring energy to the team
Is a strong communicator, active listener, and team player
Is detail-oriented and organized
Can lift 50 lbs, isn’t afraid of machinery and is willing to jump in and get their hands dirty
Commitment: Full Time.
The production manager would need to be present on all production days, which currently include every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Start Date: ASAP
Location: The Redd, 1140 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR
To Apply: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and cover letter. Application deadline is Friday, August 30.