The Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield, Vermont

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Mad River Food Hub is seeking a Facilities and Operations Supervisor

Posted on August 9th, 2014

Job Description – Facilities and Operations and  Supervisor

The Mad River Food Hub (MRFH), located in Waitsfield, Vermont, is in its third year of operation and is seeking a Facilities and Operations and  Supervisor to work collaboratively with our small staff and our customers in the management of a 4,000 square foot shared-use, USDA and State of Vermont inspected food processing and business incubator facility. Our main focus is in aiding our clients and partners in establishing and growing value added food businesses.  The MRFH is an L3C for-profit enterprise that provides four core services to its clients, who include both farmers and food entrepreneurs:

1)    Shared work space for multiple food processors, along with the scheduling and logistic support needed to share that space efficiently;

2)    Dry, refrigerated and freezer storage for a range of users;

3)    Transport of products to a variety of area retailers; and

4)    Technical and business assistance.

The Facilities and Operations Supervisor will work alongside a staff of two to facilitate and streamline these services.

If you have a passion for local food, are interested in fostering partnerships with producers, and have a desire to learn about all aspects of food hub management, this may be the perfect job for you.

General Qualifications:

The successful applicant for this position will be the person who best demonstrates the following work skills and characteristics:

  • We are in the Customer Service business. This position requires close customer contact to effectively work with, supervise, guide and train clients, and to build and maintain healthy relationships and connections to farmers and local food system partners.  The Food Hub’s success requires the FOS to be committed to exceeding client’s expectations.
  • Our FOS must be committed to maintaining the highest levels of food sanitation in our plant.  Some knowledge of sanitation systems is very helpful; knowledge of HACCP systems is an enormous bonus.
  • An ability to organize and manage operational systems such as warehouse storage, equipment use, sanitation checks, and record keeping.
  • MRFH’s Facilities Operations and Supervisor needs to be proactive in anticipating challenges in space organization, scheduling, equipment maintenance and food safety; and solution-oriented in addressing those challenges pro-actively.
  • Our FOS needs to be hardworking, able to get to work at 7:00 AM; pitch in to help in the processing rooms, move storage pallets, or drive the delivery truck when the need arises.
  • Have interest in learning about start-up level wholesale and retail food businesses, including their challenges as well as their successes.
  • Excellent communication skills will be necessary to correspond with clients, report to and work with the General Manager, as well as to help direct and coordinate with our deliveries driver.
Relevant Experience:

Relevant experience in the food industry is preferred. Food processing, especially meat processing, is what brings clients to the Mad River Food Hub, so food safety is absolutely essential to our success.

The MRFH‘s FOS will have the primary responsibility for food safety, which includes preparing HACCP Plans and working directly with clients and federal and state inspectors on food safety processes.  While we can train the right candidate, experience in this area will be greatly helpful.

Some combination of meat and/or other food processing, warehouse management, scheduling, and maintenance experience will be helpful.

Supervisory experience is helpful, but not as necessary as the ability to organize and be solutions oriented.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Facilities Management: The FOS will demonstrate an ability to quickly acclimate themselves into the food hub, become familiar with day to day operations, and take charge in organizing equipment and space effectively.
  • Warehouse, Cooler, and Freezer Storage Organization: The FOS should must be willing to train on forklift operation and use it as necessary to lift loads into pallet bays.  Any shipping or receiving experience is a bonus.
  • Shipping and Receiving Coordination and Product Management: Working closely with our General Manager, the FOS is responsible for coordination of the hub’s storage as well as its distribution runs.
  • Food Safety: The FOS will monitor all food safety issues in conjunction with the General Manager.  This includes record keeping, direct observation of the Food Hub’s clients and partners, and the design, implementation, and maintenance of acceptable HACCP plans to help our customers comply with Federal and State Meat and Poultry Inspection and VT Dept. Of Health regulations.
  • Customer Care and Management: The FOS is the primary contact for our customers while they are using the hub for processing of their products, is a main contact for telephone inquiries, and an intuitive problem solver for clients.  In addition, the FOS manages relationships with dozens of clients and community partners. Creating an atmosphere of cooperation, professionalism and enjoyment is the essential customer service goal of the position. It is imperative the person selected is committed to exceeding customer expectations.
  • Systems: The FOS will need to quickly become proficient with the software systems that run the hub’s scheduling of shared-use processing rooms, storage space, and distribution. Any experience with QuickBooks, Google Calendar, Mojyle Temp Control and Nextraq Truck is a plus.
  • Facility: The FOS works with the General Manager to maintain and improve the facility and its equipment.  We are looking for someone who is likely to make a best effort to fix something, rather than call in a pricy repair service when it can be avoided.

Salary and Benefits:

The  Facilities and Operations Supervisor is a full time salaried position based on qualifications.

Please send a Cover Letter and Resume along with any references to our General Manager, Joshua Gibbs at Joshua@madriverfoodhub.com.  No phone calls please.

August 9th, 2014 • Mad River Food Hub is seeking a Facilities and Operations Supervisor