Director of Operations
Job Details
Davis - Davis, CA

Role: Director of Operations

Location: West (Illinois or California)

Reports to: VP of Operations


The Role

The Director of Operations will be responsible for managing every facet of Gotham Greens Operations across facilities in the west. The Director of Operations will not only oversee day-to-day operations, but will lead their regions continuous improvement plans. Success in this role will be contingent on an ability to achieve outcomes through a large and distributed team; as a result, the Director of Operations will require exceptional leadership and management skills. This position will report to the VP of Operations and will work alongside the Director of Operations for Gotham Greens other regions.

Prior experience in the natural and organic food industry is preferred, but not required. This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to make their mark on a rapidly growing, innovative company redefining the 21st century food system.


What Youll Do

  • Leadership; Direct, manage and guide local-level leadership teams in each regional greenhouse to ensure that operations (including, but not limited to harvesting, packing, food safety, distribution) run smoothly and effectively

  • Continuous Improvement: Lead efforts to continuously improve and standardize the Operations team by identifying inefficiencies and designing suitable improvements.

  • Talent Development: develop and execute a training curriculum focused on improving KSAs of Operations employees

  • KPIs: identify and analyze key metrics to move the Operations function forward, benchmark progress and success, and keep team accountable.

  • Monitor and continuously improve efficiency, cost reduction and profitability. Work closely across other functions such as finance and sales to gather key operations performance data. Collaborate with Production Planning on all production activities to meet sales forecasts and demands.

  • Promote sustainability within the organization. Identify cost effective ways to move to more sustainable materials and practices.

  • Provide a safe working environment for employees by enforcing adherence to safe work practices, and ensuring the proper maintenance of facilities and equipment

  • Help Operations employees build lasting, satisfying, and interesting careers


Who You Are

  • 8+ years of experience in operations management at a senior level

  • Experience with inventory management systems, ERPs, CRMs, and other data systems

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in manufacturing production operations

  • Strong analytical abilities, including design and implementation of dashboards

  • Ability to evaluate automated and non-automated processes to ensure operational efficiency

  • Experience developing SOPs and operational training programs

  • Computer skills required: advanced proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, Sage ERP, Salesforce CRM, Tableau

  • Willingness to travel across region (~40%)


Who We Are

Gotham Greens is on a mission to transform how and where fresh produce is grown. We are a pioneer in urban indoor agriculture and a leading fresh produce and food company. Through our national network of local high-tech farms, Gotham Greens delivers fresh, long-lasting, and delicious leafy greens, herbs, salad dressings and pesto dip all year round to retail, restaurant, and foodservice customers.

Today, Gotham Greens has 9 locations with 600,000+ sq. ft. of hydroponic greenhouses across six U.S. states and over 350 team members. Since its launch in 2011, Gotham Greens has grown from a single urban rooftop greenhouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., to a multi-state greenhouse operator and one of the largest hydroponic leafy green producers in North America.