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Production Supervisor



Product, People & HR, Operations
Chester, VA, USA
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh and clean fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone. Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need. Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this. We are a collaborative and innovative bunch. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Most importantly, we are growing for a better tomorrow, today.

About the role

Plenty is looking for a Supervisor, Production to join our Farm Operations team. Your skills and training will be applied to a new and innovative indoor vertical farming environment growing and harvesting strawberries! This is a full-time, onsite role in our Richmond, VA location. The Farm Operations team ensures that our produce and work areas are food and worker safe. In this role you will be managing a team of Crop Care Specialists and Shipping and Receiving Associates.

What you'll do

  • Supervise and assist with training employees while providing an environment for employees to achieve maximum quality and productivity performance.
  • Oversee shipping and receiving, and lineside inventory
  • Ensure WMS management and production support scheduling
  • Manage production process and employee performance, providing positive and/or progressive feedback.
  • Ensures that the team means the daily production targets and delivery schedules
  • Promote safety throughout the assigned work area.
  • Provide readouts of schedule attainment at leadership meetings
  • Review and ensure reporting requirements are fulfilled in a timely manner.
  • Work with cross-functional partners ensuring a food safe and sanitary environment within specifications and SQF requirements.
  • Establish and adjust procedures meeting production schedules, production efficiencies, and budget objectives.
  • Maximize yields and throughputs while minimizing downtime, accidents and turnover through encouragement and team building.
  • Plan and implement process improvements.
  • Ensure compliance with established food safety programs, including HACCP programs, SSOPs and GMPs.
  • Optimize profit reducing costs with continuous improvement activities through employee involvement and positive leadership.
  • Other duties as assigned - we’re a growing scale-up so you never know what you might get the opportunity to work on as we grow.

What you'll bring to the table

  • 5+ years relevant experience in a similar manufacturing environment food/produce environments a plus5+ years relevant experience in a similar manufacturing environment food/produce environments a plus
  • 3+ years’ supervisory and/or leadership experience
  • Working knowledge of food safety regulations, OSHA guidelines, GMPs and HACCP, experience identifying, implementing and executing environmental health and safety a strong plus
  • Proficient knowledge of production processes, general line maintenance and staffing.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities.
  • Demonstrated success building effective teams with proven ability to lead by engaging and motivating a team and influencing an organization.
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills sufficient to communicate and interact effectively with all levels within the organization.
  • Flexible availability to provide on-call coverage 7 days a week as needed.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with multiple priorities.
  • Ability to handle and resolve most issues independently.
  • Ability to push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to work in produce freezer environments - as low as 32 degrees
  • Ability to work at heights up to 40 feet
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus

Type of role

Full-Time / Onsite

What we can offer

  • Compensation: we’ll pay you a competitive salary on a biweekly basis, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K
  • Health & well-being: we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, along with support for your mental health through Spring Health and financial wellness through LearnLux. Plus pet insurance for your furry family members!
  • Food: in-office snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together: learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, team lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment: we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your home internet and phone bills and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off: we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of vacation days you can take off per year + offer 6 days of paid sick leave per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave: 12 weeks off for all eligible new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition