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JOB FILLED - Inventory Manager

Job Description: 

Reports to: Supply Chain Director
Supervises: Inventory Coordinator

The Inventory Manager oversees product inventory ensuring and verifying the safety and accuracy of both food and non-food items at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. This leadership role maintains inventories with a high degree of accuracy to identify and solve issues for item tracking, movement, and storage. Responsible for two or more warehouses.


  • Maintain comprehensive understanding of inventory control systems using Second Harvest Food Bank software to effectively support Operations Department.
  • Develop, document, and implement effective inventory policies, processes, procedures, reporting, and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Develop and implement a process for cycle counts and regularly scheduled physical counts.
  • Create a timely system for processing inventory adjustments, credits, dumps, and item codes.
  • Supervise Inventory Coordinator.
  • Perform regularly scheduled and ad hoc physical inventory for all USDA commodities, purchased product, and donated items to support program accountabilities.
  • Communicate and interact with Operations Department to support best practices of inventory movement including receiving, distribution, internal transfers, allocation, kitting, etc.
  • Research inventory discrepancies, identify root causes, and collaborate to effectively resolve problems.
  • Support and maintain inventory tracking, documentation, and reporting for delivered and received items. 
  • Oversee and direct annual audit process.
  • Generate accurate and timely inventory reports.
  • Partner with Development and Programs Teams for application and administration of grants and programs.
  • Ability to organize documentation and maintenance of files related to inventory accuracy.
  • Train Operations Department staff on inventory processes within Ceres and provide tailgate trainings on inventory protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Experience

  • Two to three years’ experience in an inventory control environment and supply chain operations.
  • Experience with an ERP system, Ceres preferred.
  • Solid computer skills. Preferably in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel.
  • Hands-on related warehouse experience is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of safe food handling requirements for transport and storage.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects at once.


  • Knowledge of produce and ability to determine quality and estimate edibility.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to work as a part of a team, foster teamwork, and provide excellent service to coworkers and clients.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with people of various ages, educational, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is desirable.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to repeatedly lift bulky items weighing as much as 50 pounds.
  • Able to see and read documents.
  • Able to hear normal conversations in person and on the phone.
  • Able to work in a cold environment.
  • Bi-manual dexterity.
  • Requires standing throughout the day.


  • Forklift certification preferred or must be willing to enroll in training program immediately upon hire.
  • Must have access to a motor vehicle, as well as valid auto insurance coverage, for occasional driving on the job.
  • Must have valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record, as documented by a current MVR (will be obtained by the Food Bank’s insurance carrier).
  • It is the responsibility of all SHFB personnel to participate in our Food Safety/Food Defense programs.
  • In instances of a federal, state or locally declared emergency, Second Harvest is typically considered an essential service and emergency responder; all its employees may be called in to perform regular or emergent duties.

BENEFITS: For the employee: free dental and vision insurance (shared cost for dependents). Free life, long-term care, long-term disability, and AD&D insurances. Shared cost medical insurance: Kaiser and Blue Shield. Eligibility begins on the first day of month following 30 days of employment (i.e. if you are hired June 20th, you are eligible starting August 1st). This benefit package is valued at an average of over ten thousand dollars a year.

  • First year: 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, and 10 holidays.
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan: Second Harvest matches employee contributions up to an annual cap.
  • Employee Assistance Program

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County is adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our participants, volunteers, visitors, and the community at large from COVID-19. Effective November 15th, 2021: all Second Harvest employees are required to be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a negative COVID-19 test result weekly.

JOB DETAILS: This is a full-time, regular, non-exempt position with an hourly range of $25-28, DOE. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.

$25-28, DOE
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