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Manager, Production

Company: Sakara Life
Location: Gardena
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

Sakara Life is a mission driven, fast-growing premium wellness brand helping people nourish themselves by providing ready-to-eat nutrition programs, functional products and unique content to clients nationwide. We are seeking smart, passionate, ambitious and hardworking team players that share our passion for health & well-being. You will be responsible for "turning thoughts into things" and helping manifest the future of Sakara. We got started in 2013 and now have a team of -230 across New York and Los Angeles.

About this role: We are looking for a passionate Manager, Production who will be responsible for our team and the overall operations for our Packing Department at Sakara Life's Gardena, California production facility. This person will oversee the execution of plating meals and packing boxes for our client deliveries. They will also support the senior leadership in upholding all brand standards and core values while meeting or exceeding Sakara's business objectives. We are looking for someone who does not shy away from being hands-on and is able to simultaneously manage and exceed multiple deadlines and quality benchmarks while putting our team and people first.

You'll love this role if: You are energized by the idea of working on a quickly growing team and in a fast paced environment driven by results. You are a strong coach and people manager and enjoy training and investing in employees' growth and development. You have a passion for following systems (and improving them!), upholding food quality and safety, an eye for detail, and an ability to work collaboratively with other teams to get the job done. You are up for working in a refrigerated room and willing to endure colder temperatures year-round!

Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that Sakara Life's production standards are upheld, including meeting or exceeding targets around: Food Safety, Quality Standards (i.e., precise recipe execution, beautiful presentation), and other critical KPIs (i.e., pack accuracy, labor management).
  • Uphold and create better systems for production documentation and GMP adherence.
  • Contribute to weekly production planning in collaboration with our other departments to ensure we meet or beat all internal deadlines.
  • Communicate with the receiving and culinary teams about all packaging, prepared food, and ingredient needs in a professional and timely manner.
  • Oversee a seamless packing process for all our client meals and continue to think creatively about how to beat our internal error targets and improve our systems.
  • Work with other Production Managers and Director of Operations to determine best space and equipment investments as we scale.
  • Help drive initiatives to decrease waste in production.
  • Share in oversight of the largest team in our operation, > 50 employees.
  • Help contribute to a culture that shares a common vision and values surrounding the overall mission and success of Sakara. Embed a culture of care and be a part of creating a place people are excited to be a part of.
  • Attract, retain, and manage a high-performing production team, placing individuals in positions that leverage their skills and expertise for maximum impact.
  • Clearly define goals and expectations for our team members using performance review tools and hold the team accountable for successful performance.
  • Work harmoniously with the culinary team in all aspects of recipe execution and adherence.
  • Manage staff schedules in accordance with the budget and forecast models.

    Qualifications:
    • 3+ years of experience in a high-volume food production environment
    • Basic knowledge of food safety and handling controls (CA Food Handlers to be required upon hire)
    • Possess a self-motivated approach to his/her own personal and professional growth
    • Spanish-speaking is preferred
    • Strong verbal and written communication skill
    • Must have management and leadership skills
    • Must be able to bend and lift up to 49 pounds repetitively and be able to stand and/or sit for extended periods of time with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Exposure to temperatures that range from freezing to sub-freezing (coolers, freezers, etc.) with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Flexibility to occasionally deal with emergencies outside of regular work hours.
    • Well-versed in Word, Excel, and other relevant programs

      This role will be based at our Gardena, California production facility.

      Sakara Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons shall have the opportunity to be considered for employment without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sex, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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