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JOB FILLED - Production Manager

Job Description: 
Come join a fast-growing produce brand that is revolutionizing what we eat. Ark Foods is a modern-day farming company that creates simple, fresh, and exciting food. Across our East Coast farming locations, Ark Foods is rethinking modern agriculture from the ground up.
Our customers include Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and other leading retailers and distributors across the USA.
Ark Foods is seeking a driven and experienced Production Manager to oversee all production at our Immokalee, FL packinghouse facility. Every day we produce and ship out thousands of boxes of different vegetables for retail and wholesale. These include bulk bushel and half bushel boxes, as well as clamshells and bags for retail. Our focus is specialty vegetables such as chili peppers and tomatoes. Our facility is semi-automated, and we strive to streamline production, and become more efficient.
This role will report to our VP of Farm Operations. The ideal candidate is based in Florida from October through May but is willing to travel to and work out of our South Carolina packinghouse facility from June through September.
Key work streams will include:
  • Oversee daily packhouse labor force of 30-50 employees.
  • Identify top performers, structure teams, plan pack lines, execute plan to fulfill customer orders.
  • Supervise inbound / receiving program of raw vegetables.
  • Train receiving teams around proper QA, grading, receiving procedures.
  • Systematize vegetable grading processes.
  • Maintain to-the-box inventory counts, updated daily, to help guide sales team.
  • Actively communicate with senior management regarding inventory, labor, product quality, and other key elements of daily packhouse performance.
  • Oversee all outbound customer shipments to world-class retailers and wholesalers.
  • Ensure proper QA, compliance, fulfillment.
  • Identify inefficiencies, areas for improvement, ways to pack outbound customer orders, and generally operate in a better way.
  • Structure teams and deploy machinery with the explicit goal of reducing total facility labor hours
  • Collaborate with Director of QA to ensure food-safe practices and policies are enforced.
  • 5+ years production management experience in fresh produce industry
  • A strong understanding of product unit economics, costs
  • Ability to teach, train and motivate employees
  • Agility in a fast-moving, high-stakes environment
  • Willingness to spend most / all of summer production season in Spartanburg, SC
  • Exceptionally competitive compensation package
  • Healthcare, 401K, laptop, and other benefits
  • Generous vacation policy
  • Based in Immokalee, FL
  • Housing subsidy for summer season in SC
  • All the specialty veggies you can eat!
$75,000 - $110,000
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