Current Opportunities

Director of Prepared Foods/Fresh Cut Processing

Location: Greater Portland, OR
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How important is an outstanding company culture to you when searching for your forever career move? If you want to look forward to going to work every day look no farther. Our client, a major player in fresh/perishable food distribution, is in search of a Director of Prepared Foods/Fresh Cut Processing in the Portland, Oregon area.
This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the processing plant and production. This includes directing, through a management and technical team, all food processing, quality assurance, compliance, facility and machine maintenance, and food safety adherence. The director will also be responsible for profitability, including labor cost management, production costing, and forecasting.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure product is available for daily, weekly, and monthly production needs while watching unnecessary overstock
  • Partner with the Director of Food Safety to ensure HACCP, SQF, USDA, FDA, OSHA, GMPs, SOPs, and other operational procedures and requirements are understood and followed
  • Set performance standards and monitoring and evaluating performance
  • Review and approve operating budgets, capital plans, and cash flow budgets that support company initiatives
  • Introduce new technologies and automation to the manufacturing environment to enhance efficiency, productivity, and accuracy
  • Monitor the daily, weekly, and monthly KPI’s such as: fill rate, average cost of ingredients, net variance tracking, and productivity tracking
  • Work closely with an established ERP system to maintain accurate costing and inventory
  • Work closely with procurement team to ensure we are obtaining the best quality product at the best cost

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with 10 years professional experience, including 7+ years as a food production plant manager or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A background in production facility layout, work-flow analysis and benchmarking productivity
  • Familiarity with a 24/7 production environment with strict schedules for production runs
  • Good working knowledge of raw material, production processes, quality control, costs and other techniques for maximizing manufacture and distribution of product
  • Experience working with food products, preferably fruits and vegetables, with a background in new product development preferred
  • A working knowledge of SQF, HACCP, SOP’s and GMP’s
  • Familiarity with USDA, FDA, FSMA, AND Oregon Department of Agriculture requirements as they relate to the produce and ready to eat production environment
  • Advanced understanding of how to lead and develop teams by building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills and the ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Proficiency in MS Office products, with emphasis in Excel
  • Bilingual language skills (English and Spanish) highly desired

***All applications must be accompanied by a current professional resume!!