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Production Floor Manager

The Opportunity

We’re looking for a manager with CPG food production experience to join our team at KitchenTown! The Production Floor Manager is a key role that interacts with many people on a daily basis to help manage our scale up food manufacturing facility. We’re looking for someone who is mechanically minded, experienced with food equipment, knowledgeable about QA and QC, Supply chain, Food Safety, Worker safety, Sanitization protocol, and Production shift patterns.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The Production Floor Manager works on the Operations Team and helps Warehouse and Maintenance personnel to ensure smooth operation of the facility on a daily basis.
  • Day-to-day management of shared commercial kitchen and warehouse, making sure workplace, food safety, and sanitation protocols are adhered to.
  • Work with Warehouse Manager and sanitation staff to operate a safe, clean food production facility.  
  • Oversee the successful production of food products, while ensuring a safe working environment.
  • Implement policies and procedures and recommend improvements in production methods, equipment, operating procedures and working conditions.
  • Handle all manner of problems and breakdowns typical for a food facility
  • Maintain production schedule and coordinate the use of multiple workstations and equipment 
  • Manage facility vendors such as pest control, chemicals, consumables, trash/compost/recycling collection.
  • Manage equipment maintenance and training programs. 
  • Commission new equipment and train staff on proper and safe use and cleaning procedures.
  • Ensure that production workers are observing GMP rules
  • Responsible for shift patterns and flow of ingredients into the facility.  
  • Remain compliant with safety and environment regulations. 
  • Responsible for insuring the company operating policies and procedures are being administered correctly throughout the facility
  • Oversee facility capex projects
  • Lead daily/weekly facility meetings
  • ·Conduct continuing analysis of production, recommending operational changes as required 
  • Ongoing FSMA and other regulatory compliance
  • Ensure that established standard operating procedures are being followed, and create and develop new protocols, systems and operations documents 
  • Think strategically about how to make continuous improvements on KitchenTown’s operational systems as our business evolves 
  • Job performance is measured by the CEO on how well the plant is performing its operations

    Qualifications and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
    • Experienced with food production in a manufacturing environment, such as a co-packer, or CPG food company.
    • 5+ years of food manufacturing, kitchen operations, or related experience
    • 2+ years of people management experience
    • Knowledge and understanding of food safety & sanitation, production, equipment maintenance and warehousing
    • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds and experiences
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to be flexible and accommodating while upholding food safety standards and operating procedures 
    • Creative problem solver and team player 
    • Ability to stay cool under pressure
    • Ability to sit, stand, walk, and lift 25 lbs
    • Able to read, understand, identify and communicate schedules, standards, procedures, processes, and recipes
    • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

    COMPETENCIES

    • Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Problem Solving/Analysis
    • Technical Capacity
    • Organizational Skills
    • Performance Management
    • Communication Proficiency
    • Results Driven

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

    • The person in this position must be able to be on their feet for extended periods of time. Frequently moves product weighing 35+ pounds. Frequently communicates with staff and/or external customers and vendors, and must be able to exchange accurate information.
    • We require proof of COVID vaccination for all employees.

    JOB TYPE: FULL TIME

    Pay: From $100,000 per year commensurate with experience

    BENEFITS:

    • Health insurance
    • 401(k) 
    • Dental insurance
    • Vision insurance
    • Health savings account

    To Apply: Submit resume and why you think you’d be a good fit for this role to info@kitchentowncentral.com with the subject line: Floor Manager. Thank you! 

     

    About KitchenTown

    KitchenTown is a food startup incubator and service provider playing a critical role in the development, commercialization, and launch of impact driven and transformational food products.

    Food Scientist

    The opportunity

    We are looking for an experienced food scientist to join our Product Innovation team at KitchenTown! This group works directly with the most promising food startups, entrepreneurs, scientists, and legacy companies to develop new food and beverage products. The most innovative food startups in the world—from alternative proteins to automated restaurants to functional products—come to KitchenTown to launch their companies. Your job is to create new products in collaboration with those brands. KitchenTown is an energetic food hub teeming with entrepreneurs defining the future of food. You want to make foods that are joyful to eat, nourish the body and mind, or regenerate the assets on which they depend. 

    Candidates love variety, are creative, and are able to demonstrate strong technical knowledge while working in a fast paced environment. This person should have a passion for food innovation, a desire to improve the food system, and enjoy working as part of a small, nimble team in a lab setting. The Product Innovation team works in constant collaboration to pursue end-to-end innovation for multiple clients.

    Primary responsibilities:

    • Conduct sensory, ingredient, and process assessments for new clients 
    • Enhance texture, functionality and appearance of product formulations
    • Formulation of new products from benchtop to production scale for multiple product categories
    • New ingredient sourcing, evaluation, costing, qualification and specification
    • Sensory testing: create, design and conduct testing
    • Ability to scale up recipes and attend plant trials at co-packers as needed
    • Conduct shelf life assessments and tests 
    • Plan and execute day to day project and lab activities
    • Manage time and priorities across multiple projects in collaboration with the team
    • Communicate effectively with clients and team members

    Requirements:

    • 3+ years of hands-on experience in food development
    • BS or MS in food science
    • Self-starter, enjoys working in a fast-paced innovation-centric environment
    • Passion for creating new and exciting products
    • Ability to be flexible with changing priorities and timelines
    • Creative problem solver and team player
    • Experience with lab note-keeping
    • Ability to lift 30-40 lbs
    • Ability to work in-person at our Product Innovation Lab in San Mateo, CA.

    Preferred but not required:

    • Experience in plant protein space
    • Experience in baked goods
    • Culinary experience
    • Proficiency in Genesis

     

    Salary: competitive, commensurate with experience 

    Benefits: This is a full time position. Benefits include Healthcare, PTO, VTO, Stock Options. Ample opportunity for career advancement as the company grows.

    To Apply: Submit resume and why you think you’d be a good fit for this role to info@kitchentowncentral.com with the subject line: Food Scientist. Thank you! 

    KitchenTown operates under the San Mateo County health guidelines. We require proof of COVID vaccination for all employees.

    About KitchenTown

    KitchenTown is a food startup incubator and service provider playing a critical role in the development, commercialization, and launch of impact driven and transformational food products.

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    San Mateo, CA 94401

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