Banana Ripening Manager

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Job Description: 

The primary purpose of the position is to manage the entire product ripening and conditioning processes, determine product dispositions, and perform quality checks.

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Manage the entire product ripening and conditioning processes from receiving to shipping
  • Perform the hiring, development and performance management of lead and ripening personnel
  • Develop and maintain an efficiency program for the most productive utilization of the ripening room
  • Maintain and improve inventory turns and reduce banana and avocado shrink
  • Explore and develop ripening and conditioning programs for additional products such as avocados and tomatoes
  • Negotiate and manage inbound freight contracts and vendor relationships with assistance from management
  • Develop and maintain a documented sanitation preventive maintenance program
  • Update inspection logs daily
  • Practice all warehouse and food safety procedures   
  • Maintain regular and satisfactory full-time attendance
  • Perform work outside of normal business hours as needed and required
  • Travel by driving auto or by flying commercially as needed and required
  • Perform special projects as assigned by the Warehouse Manager, Assistant Dircector & Director of Operations – Indianapolis Fruit Company, LLC.
  • Lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally
  • Work in cold and wet cooler conditions for extended periods of time
  • Stand or sit for long periods of time

Ideal Candidate: 

 At least 3 years of recent and successful experience performing the above functions in a significant produce distribution operation complete with advanced skills in product ripening and conditioning, product quality standards, and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for ethylene producing products

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Related bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • Proficient PC skills in Microsoft Office and common E Mail systems are required
  • Must possess valid identification

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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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