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JOB FILLED - Chief Operating Officer

Job Description: 

Shape the Future of a Thriving Family Legacy: COO Opportunity at a Walnut Processing Leader

Imagine shaping the future of a thriving, multi-generational business with a rich family history. As the COO of a leading walnut processing company, you'll have the rare opportunity to:

  • Lead explosive growth: Guide a company poised to process 100 million pounds of walnuts within the next 4 years, up from 65+ million this year. Drive efficiency and profitability in a state-of-the-art facility.
  • Make a real impact: Be the clear successor to the "President of Operations" role in 5 years. Mentor the next generation of leaders and leave a lasting legacy on the company's future.
  • Thrive in a unique culture: Be part of a close-knit, family-owned business where your voice is valued. Enjoy strong employee morale, open communication, and a collaborative spirit.
  • Embrace sustainability: Contribute to a company committed to eco-friendly practices, including solar power and waste-to-energy solutions. Make a positive difference for the environment.
  • Live in a beautiful setting: Work at a cutting-edge facility in Glenn, CA, near the Sacramento River and surrounded by the beauty of the Northern Sacramento Valley. Enjoy an excellent work-life balance.

More than just a job, this is a chance to:

  • Leadership: Collaborates with CEO, company leadership team, and BOD to develop and execute strategic plans for business growth and expansion.
  • Inherit a modern facility: Lead a team of 115+ employees in a newly built, well-equipped plant with exciting expansion plans.
  • Champion innovation: Be part of a team that embraces continuous improvement and explores new business development opportunities.
  • Be yourself: Work in a genuine and supportive environment where individuality is celebrated.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plant Operations (40%): Optimize production, maximize efficiency, implement best practices, and ensure safety compliance.
  • Team Development (25%): Mentor and coach direct reports, develop leaders, and foster a collaborative team culture.
  • Strategic Leadership & Business Development (15%): Partner with leadership to drive growth, identify opportunities, and translate strategy into action.
  • Financial Results (10%): Manage budgets, track performance, and ensure financial success.
  • Regulatory Compliance (5%): Oversee safety, food safety, and environmental compliance.
  • Professional Development (5%): Continuously learn, network, and contribute to the industry.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, operations management, economics, agriculture, or other relevant course of study.
  • MBA is strongly preferred, or some combination of relevant graduate level certification programs in general business, leadership, finance & accounting, marketing, organizational development, or other relevant course of study.


  • 15+ years in manufacturing operations management, with increasing levels of responsibility and scope leading to the director, GM, VP, or COO level.
  • Preference for considerable experience in food manufacturing/processing/packing.
  • Previous experience as a plant manager with end-to-end operations responsibility is preferred.
  • Experience making board of director presentations and building board member relationships.
  • Proven track record of developing/mentoring a team of department managers, leading to future advancement.
  • Experience managing complex capital construction projects.
  • Experience implementing Lean manufacturing or similar continuous improvement initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of pertinent food industry regulations, i.e., food safety, OSHA, environmental, CA labor law, etc.
  • Strong financial acumen required: financial reporting, budgets, financial metrics, data analytics, etc.
  • Knowledge in food/commodity sales, sufficient to augment production experience, is preferred.
  • Ability to create a high-trust, high-accountability culture across the organization.
  • Ability to communicate at basic levels or above in Spanish is a plus.
  • Knowledge of innovative technologies emerging out of the food industry.
  • Adept at facilitating healthy conflict among peers and direct reports is critical.
  • Ability to step into a larger operations leadership role in the future is critical.

Competitive Benefits Package:

Health & Financial:

  • Comprehensive medical plan with HSA option and company contributions.
  • Generous dental and vision coverage.
  • 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan with company match and potential profit sharing.
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance.
  • Competitive salary and annual bonus program.

Time Off & Wellness:

  • Generous paid time off (PTO) accrual, increasing with tenure.
  • 7 paid holidays per year.
  • Free Employee Assistance Program with confidential counseling and resources.

Additional Perks:

  • Life and AD&D insurance.
  • Family-friendly work environment.

For full details and eligibility requirements, please refer to the complete Benefits Summary.

If you're a seasoned operations leader who meets our Position Requirement, thrives in a collaborative, family-oriented environment, and you're ready to make a significant impact, we want to hear from you.

You can learn more about us here and in the videos below!

A Day in the Life of a Carriere Family Farms Walnut!

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