Production Lead

Reports to: Audra Lawlor, Founder & President

Classification: Full-time

Location: Eastsound, Washington (Orcas Island)

Compensation: DOE, commensurate with experience. Potential to be a salaried position

Benefits: We offer medical and dental benefits after a short grace period to full time employees as well generous paid holiday/PTO benefits

The ideal candidate for this position will have the desire and the aptitude to grow into a management/director role in the near future, and is looking for a long-term position. This position is based on a car ferry serviced island - please do not apply unless you are excited about living on an island.

JOB SUMMARY

Girl Meets Dirt seeks a Production Lead to serve a dynamic role on our small team and serve as point-person for day-to-day production related activities. This is an ideal position for a hard-working, hands on, entrepreneurial, production-experienced individual looking to grow with an exciting food company in a beautiful, active, island community.

The Production Lead is responsible for managing all aspects of production (from input sourcing & planning, prep & cooking to bottling & packaging), food safety, warehouse & inventory management, ingredient sourcing & storage (coordinating with vendors & farmers), equipment, transportation logistics, product fulfilment, team onboarding and management, development & scheduling. While our process is still very handmade and uses old school techniques and copper pots, this role has accountability for advancing and sustaining continuous improvements to make and deliver our unique preserves in a more efficient, safe, and sustainable manner.  

Given we are a very small team, the Production Lead will spend at least 75% of his/her time engaged in an active production role – setting the standard for how to source, craft, deliver, and ship out our exceptional product.  

Success in this role relies not only on skills, knowledge, and endurance, but also on the ability to build relationships and fully engage all employees and vendor relationships in a business & community minded environment.

You do not need to know how to make jam but you must have a strong aptitude for cooking or product production and eagerness to learn. Applicable backgrounds could be home preserve making plus commercial kitchen or manufacturing/management experience, pastry chef, sous chef, line cook with aptitude and desire to lead, learn and grow.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE

·  Minimum of 2-3 years in a manufacturing or commercial kitchen or other production role

·  Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

·  Experience in a leadership capacity

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

·  Lead will spend at least 50% of time on feet in an active production role producing all lines of our preserves

·  Assist founder in developing products, annual production plan & targets

·  Work with founder to develop and execute production calendar/strategy

·  Optimize and organize workflow given changing demands (sometimes daily)

·  Lead production & fulfillment operations and empower team members to achieve goals for quality, ingredient integrity, efficiency, productivity, and safety

·  Drive production employee recruitment, engagement, training, and development.

·  Oversee, track & coordinate the purchase of all production ingredients, equipment, and wares

·  Manage relationships with vendors and growers

·  Ensure accurate inventory and tracking for ingredients and packaging materials.

·  Track & document results of production and fulfillment to ensure quality, sustainability, and an efficient use of resources

·  Assure quality and compliance with regulatory, and certification standards as we develop policies & procedures

·  Test finished products to ensure quality and food safety standards are met or exceeded

·  Manage kitchen supplies budgets and sourcing costs

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

·  Ability to multi-task, anticipate, & manage changing objectives in an all-hands-on-deck, fast paced environment

·  Ability to apply and understand basic mathematics

·  Technical competency or aptitude (read/learn measuring tools & report in appropriate units, etc.)

·  Computer literacy or aptitude to learn quickly (Mac programs, Windows Word, Excel)

·  Excellent cook with discerning palate

·  Strong demonstrated commitment to sustainability, quality processes, safety, and cleanliness

·  Key leadership competencies include team building, managerial courage, strategic thinking, priority setting

·  Strong interpersonal communication skills

·  Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs from ground to tables or shelving, or into and out of trucks, on occasion repeatedly.

Interested?

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to audra@girlmeetsdirt.com

Join our Team! We’re hiring for the Jam Squad!

Girl Meets Dirt is an Orcas Island based, fruit preserves company specializing in heirloom jams from heritage island fruit. The bounty of orchard fruit on the San Juan Islands and their capacity to feed this community for over 135 years is our inspiration. To keep the agricultural legacy of the islands alive and continue to support the orchard economy, we have stewardship arrangements with island growers. Our effort is to preserve the community, the trees and their fruit by sharing the magic of simple, old-school varietals, preserved for enjoyment throughout the year. We have a growing wholesale business, selling our preserves to specialty food & cheese shops, & grocers across the country.  In addition, we have retail offerings in our kitchen space, a growing online store and do weekly seasonal farmers markets in San Juan County and Seattle. We were a 2016, 2018 and 2019 Good Food Awards Winner and pride ourselves in making exceptional, unique preserves.  We're growing and would love to meet you!  The full job descriptions are below (and how to apply).  We can't wait to hear from you! 

Vintage Girl Meets Dirt our first farmers market season in 2014

Vintage Girl Meets Dirt our first farmers market season in 2014

Assistant Jam Maker / Production Assistant

Reports to: Production Lead & Audra Lawlor, Founder & President
Classification: 32-40 hours/week (entry-level, hourly employee)
Location: Eastsound, Washington (Orcas Island)
Pay range: $12-$15/hour or DOE, employee discount & jam perks, generous paid time off for full time employees and potential for health insurance benefits

Job Description:  We are looking to hire an enthusiastic Production Assistant to work in our kitchen facility in Eastsound. This is an entry level position with growth opportunities great for someone ready to roll up their sleeves and learn on the job about the art and science of jam making and small business operations. The role entails prepping, assisting with cooking, packaging and labeling our preserves line, cleaning, and assisting with product shipping and fulfillment. This is a great opportunity to get commercial kitchen experience, and work with a fun team of people committed to making an exceptional local product. This is a long term role with lots of potential for advancement and eventual kitchen leadership for the right candidate.

You have the following qualities/skills:

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs from ground to tables or shelving, or into and out of trucks, on occasion repeatedly (sugar & fruit are heavy!)

  • Love working with your hands and can be on your feet up to 8 hours a day

  • Basic math and writing skills

  • Knack for anticipating needs and prioritizing tasks

  • A can-do hustle attitude/you thrive on conquering tasks and strive for perfection

  • Flexible and willing to accommodate frequently changing tasks (multitaskers who enjoy being busy are welcome)

  • Committed, hard-working, detail oriented team player

JOB REQUIREMENTS

This is a physically-demanding position that will offer an opportunity to work on your biceps and endurance.  Repeated lifting of bins of 30-50 lbs is required (jam/fruit/sugar is heavy!) Time on your feet may range from 3-8 hours per shift. 

Hours: The kitchen is in operation M-F from 8am to 4:30pm. We can offer a tailored, regular schedule for the right person within this window. Increased hours and/or responsibilities are available upon demonstration of a willingness to take on a greater role in kitchen operations & a strong work ethic.

Interested?

Excellent! Please send us your resume & short cover letter or email note explaining why you’d like to work for us and why you think you’re a fit for this position. Email to info@girlmeetsdirt.com with subject line: "Production Assistant position". Please specify your availability to start work and any specific scheduling conflicts or needs.


Temporary Production Team Member (Summer 2019)

Role 1: Full-Time, Temporary, September 2019 only

Role 2: Full-Time, Temporary, September 2019 only

Reports to: Production Lead & Audra Lawlor, Founder & President
Classification: 32-40 hours/week (hourly employee), Temporary
Location: Eastsound, Washington (Orcas Island)
Pay range: $12-$15/hour or DOE, employee discount & jam perks. 

Job Description:  We are looking to hire several enthusiastic Production Team members to work short term in our kitchen facility in Eastsound. We are seeking two temporary full-time staffers for the month of September (possibly into October). This is an all hands on deck job assisting with every aspect of our production process - from harvesting to prepping fruit to cooking to shipping. The job entails fruit intake and prep, cooking, packaging and labeling our preserves line, cleaning, and assisting with product shipping and fulfillment. This is a great opportunity to learn about the art of preservation and small business, exercise your commercial kitchen experience, and work with a fun team of people committed to making an exceptional local product.

Ideally, you have the following qualities/skills:

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs from ground to tables or shelving, or into and out of trucks, on occasion repeatedly (sugar & fruit are heavy!)

  • Love working with your hands and can be on your feet up to 8 hours a day

  • A can-do hustle attitude/you thrive on conquering tasks and strive for perfection

  • Flexible and willing to accommodate frequently changing tasks (multitaskers who enjoy being busy are welcome)

  • Committed, hard-working, detail oriented team player

  • Commercial kitchen experience preferred

JOB REQUIREMENTS

This is a physically-demanding position that will offer an opportunity to work on your biceps and endurance.  Repeated lifting of bins of 30-50 lbs is required (jam/fruit/sugar is heavy!) Time on your feet may range from 3-8 hours per shift. 

Hours: The kitchen is in operation M-F from 8am to 5pm. Typically shifts would be during these hours. The opportunity to work year-around are available upon demonstration of a willingness to take on a greater role in kitchen operations & a strong work ethic. The initial term of employment will be short-term for September and possibly October but extension is possible based on need and mutual fit. Earlier late-August starts may be requested.

Interested?

Excellent! Please send us your resume & short cover letter or email note explaining why you’d like to work for us and why you think you’re a fit for this position. Email to info@girlmeetsdirt.com with subject line: "Production Team Member position". Please specify your availability to work (September/October and your ability to start earlier and/or work beyond September).