Friday, November 16, 2018

Capay Valley Farm Shop is Hiring an Operations Manager

Job Description: 
Capay Valley Farm Shop (CVFS) seeks an experienced manager to assume operational responsibility for the management of our 3,000 square foot aggregation and distribution facility for local farms and ranches. The Operations Manager will work collaboratively with a determined team of employees to conduct core services and drive the continued growth of the business. The Operations Manager will report to the General Manager.
Capay Valley Farm Shop is a dynamic rural food hub that supplies San Francisco Bay Area businesses with the highest quality items available including picked-to-order vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, pastured meats and eggs, dried fruits and nuts, olive oil, grains, and honey. Established in 2007, we are a for-profit social enterprise that offers services to business and farm partners. We are located in Esparto, California.
Compensation and Benefits:
~ This is a full-time position with seasonal schedule fluctuations based on an average of 40 hours a week
~ Wage is based on qualifications, experience, and fit
~ 2 weeks vacation and paid sick time
~ Health care stipend
~ Technology stipend
~ Weekly produce share
~ Professional development opportunities
Duties & Responsibilities: 
~ Facilitate aggregation and distribution to ensure every customer receives high-quality, source-identified product and courteous service that strengthens their business operations.
~ Manage and coordinate facility and fleet maintenance to sustain efficient productivity and a clean, safe work environment.
~ Supervise warehouse and delivery driver staff members while promoting a healthy, respectful, collaborative, adaptive workplace culture.
~ Maintain product handling expectations, food safety standards, and inventory best practices to ensure timely pick ups and receiving, excellent quality, and continuous improvement.
~ Work with the CVFS management team to integrate systems thinking to recognize opportunities and activities that bring benefit to the producers, buyers, and food hub.
Education & Experience: 
Desired Qualifications:
~ A passion to learn and contribute to the success of the business coupled with an inclination to adapt and grow with the company and industry.
~ Ability to think, react, prioritize, take initiative, direct, and delegate in a fast-paced environment.
~ Capacity to model, train, and coordinate team members as well as to develop effective training materials.
~ Previous experience in warehouse work and with software platforms for shipping/receiving wholesale goods.
~ Experience operating a forklift and/or driving box trucks or other comparably-sized vehicles.
~ Experience in the produce industry, local agriculture, and/or distribution with practical knowledge of customer service, retail, and engaging with the public.
~ Familiarity with the geographical area of our farms (Yolo County) and/or customers (San Francisco Bay Area).
~ High school diploma or equivalent required, with post-secondary education preferred in the food industry, business, sustainable agriculture, or related field.
~ Understanding of the mission and goals of Capay Valley Farm Shop.
~ Availability to work a Sunday - Thursday work week. Early mornings and occasional evenings will be required with a mix of inflexible and more flexible days.
~ Physically fit and able to drive, bend, stand, walk, and pull/push for long periods of time and lift up to 50 lbs repeatedly. Able to work outdoors in heat and cold.
~ Applicant must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, own vehicle, and proof of valid auto insurance.
~ Understanding that urgent logistical issues require immediate calls and texts outside normal hours on delivery days.
~ Willingness to do other tasks as needed to support the team as requested by the General Manager.
Application Instructions: 
If you are a highly motivated individual with a commitment to vibrant local food systems who is eager to work in a business to business distribution company — we look forward to receiving your application! 
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references, preferably in a single PDF, to
Applications will be considered as they are received and until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.
Anticipated start date: January 2019 
Capay Valley Farm Shop is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment for all employees. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our organization. Capay Valley Farm Shop does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment or programming.