Senior Manager, Farm Production Operations

Los Angeles, CA

At Plenty, we’re on a mission to give people in local communities everywhere access to the freshest, most amazing tasting produce possible. And to do so in a way that’s better for the planet.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do that. We are an ag-tech company looking for a Senior Farm Production Operations Manager who is excited to lead a new produce packaging and shipping operation and work on bringing new technologies to indoor farming.  If you enjoy working in a fast-paced energetic environment, you've found the right place!

About Role

The Senior Manager, Farm Production Operations will oversee packaging, shipping, and food safety compliance of leafy greens and herbs for the indoor farm. You will be tasked with meeting daily and weekly production plans by process balancing based on your knowledge and experience of machines/equipment in a production environment. This is a Management role requiring strong leadership skills, food safety experience, and oversight of line productivity and cost management. You will come in and report into our Production Farm Manager and manage our Post-Harvest team.

Type of Role

Full-Time

What You'll Do

  • This will be a hands-on role where you will be leading high volume packaging and shipping of high quality produce to local retailers and distributors

  • Establish post-harvest processing, packaging, storage, shipping and tracking processes to deliver fresh produce daily

  • Establish guidelines for process completion time commitments

  • Coordinate equipment uptime, processing tools, training and resource balancing to meet daily packaging and shipment schedules

  • Establish and maintain a food safe environment and processes including daily cleaning with staff and farm associates

  • Conduct and plan for multiple shifts as required to meet morning and afternoon deliveries

  • Implement strict budgetary controls

  • Manage Daily Order Fulfillment to customers across the LA Area

  • Perform other related duties as required

What We're Looking For

  • BS/BA in business administration, engineering, management, industrial technology

  • 5 years prior experience in a leadership role: accountable for the successful operations of a manual/automated production facility and meeting performance metrics, and experience recruiting, training and leading technical talent

  • Experience with inventory management, warehouse operations, customer shipments, product quality, on-time deliveries and attention to cleanliness

  • Preferred experience in post-harvest food processing environments: the machinery, systems, cleaning routines etc. to process fresh produce

  • Coordination and Supervision – demonstrated success in leading teams

  • Food Safety – understanding of processes, tools, cleaning techniques, worker clothing and behavior to meet and exceeds food safety requirements for the proper work zone

  • Process Management – experience with process development and continuous improvement with machines and manual effort in a farming environment. Understands and manages multiple processes to ensure a balanced workflow

  • Collaborative - problem solves well with other managers, team leads and associates

  • Worker Health & Safety – demonstrated experience as a leader in safe work practices, caring about employees and leading by example

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, procedures and work instructions

  • Experience with common data collection, analysis and documentation tools - take this data to define problems, establish facts and draw valid conclusions

About Plenty

Plenty is a new kind of farm for a new kind of world. We’re on a mission to bring fresh, local produce to communities everywhere in a way that’s better for the environment by using 1% of the water, 1% of the land, and none of the synthetic pesticides or fertilizers of conventional agriculture. Our local field-scale indoor farms are creating a healthier, more delicious and sustainable future.