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Director of Operations - #8266S

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Job Description: 

Are you ready to step into a leadership role at the forefront of fresh produce operations? Look no further! Our client is a premier provider of both imported and domestic fresh produce, deeply committed to delivering top-quality products to their valued customers. With an unwavering dedication to food safety, innovation, efficiency, and sustainability, they continuously strive to surpass industry standards and adapt to the ever-evolving demands of the market.

This family-owned company has enjoyed steady growth over the last half-century and most recently is reaching new heights. As they embark on the next phase of their expansion journey, they are actively seeking to hire their first Director of Operations to take the helm of this newly developed role. This position will be integral to the leadership team, overseeing all aspects of warehouse management, production processes, delivery logistics, and quality assurance protocols. We are looking for a visionary leader who can not only optimize operational efficiency and maintain stringent product quality and safety standards but also cultivate a culture of continuous improvement across all operational functions.

Here, tradition seamlessly intersects with innovation, and every member of the team is valued and supported. With a legacy of stability and sustained growth, our client offers a solid foundation for career advancement within an environment that prioritizes integrity, mutual respect, and employee well-being. Their diversified portfolio has successfully weathered economic fluctuations, serving as a testament to their unwavering commitment to excellence and financial stability.

Joining our client means becoming part of an established close-knit community where your contributions are genuinely appreciated, your voice is heard, and your professional development is a top priority. If you are a proven leader and strategic thinker who fosters an environment of learning where team members are valued and listened to as they pursue excellence we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to a multidisciplinary team encompassing production, warehouse, order picking, shipping, receiving, delivery logistics, quality control, and sanitation.
  • Develop and implement efficient processes for receiving, sorting, repacking, and processing various fresh produce items.
  • Collaborate closely with the quality assurance team to establish and enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) and food safety protocols, ensuring strict adherence.
  • Devise and oversee preventative maintenance programs to optimize equipment uptime and minimize downtime.
  • Manage inventory control systems to optimize stock levels and reduce waste.
  • Develop and execute production schedules aligned with customer demand, while maximizing efficiency.
  • Supervise sanitation procedures to maintain a clean and hygienic work environment.
  • Drive operational excellence by implementing lean manufacturing principles and spearheading process improvement initiatives.
  • Analyze production metrics and performance data to identify opportunities for optimization and efficiency gains.
  • Conduct regular audits to pinpoint areas for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements, including food safety regulations, and environmental regulations.
  • Establish and maintain safety protocols to uphold a secure working environment for all employees.
  • Develop and deliver employee training programs.
  • Manage the operations budget to ensure cost-effective resource utilization.
  • Identify opportunities for cost reduction and improved profitability while upholding quality and safety standards.
  • Cultivate a positive and productive work environment that prioritizes safety and employee well-being.
  • Collaborate effectively with other departments, such as sales, and marketing, to ensure seamless coordination and alignment across the organization and supply chain.
  • Support new product launches and business initiatives as required.
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, operations management, engineering, or a related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of experience in operations management, with a focus on produce repacking and processing preferred.
  • Proven track record of leadership and success in optimizing production processes, enhancing efficiency, and spearheading continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Strong grasp of quality control principles, food safety regulations, and industry best practices.
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving abilities, capable of leveraging data to drive informed decision-making and implement impactful solutions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in budget management, cost control, and achieving financial objectives.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, adept at fostering effective relationships across all organizational levels.
  • Strong leadership qualities, including the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse team to achieve common goals.
  • Bilingual strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and experience with ERP systems or production management software is desirable.

This Job has a $1,000 Referral Reward!


If you would like to discuss this job opportunity in 100% confidentiality with a Joe Produce Search Consultant, please call Recruiting at 855-563-7763, or email

Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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