Plant Manager - Chicago
Job Details
Chicago 2 - Chicago, IL
Description

The Role

Gotham Greens is seeking a passionate, driven, and hardworking Plant Manager for our Chicago Greenhouse Facility.  Gotham Greens is creating new ways to farm, produce local food, revitalize communities and innovate for a sustainable future. As we grow our company and our footprint. This is a hands-on visible position requiring direct oversight of labor-management, production process, packaging, receiving, and distribution. This role reports to the Director of Operations.

 

The ideal candidate will be results-driven, comfortable rolling up their sleeves, and capable of interacting with individuals at all levels of the organization. Experience with harvesting, packing and warehouse operations, managing inbound and outbound logistics, staff training, and shift schedules; and proven success in achieving cost reductions and efficiencies in plant operations is required. Experience opening and establishing a new manufacturing facility is highly preferred. Prior experience in the natural and organic food industry a plus but not required. This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and organized individual to assume a position at a rapidly growing, innovative, disruptive company in the 21st-century food system.  

 

 

What You'll Do

  • Manages day-to-day operations of plant performance, product and packing quality, inventory control, cost, maintain budgets and KPI targets, productivity, distribution, food, and employee safety  

  • Ensures ongoing facility compliance with company quality, sanitation, and Food Safety standards  

  • Implements and maintains standardized procedures and protocols for staff training and management, inventory distribution and logistics, sanitation, overall safety of the facility and its personnel, and compliance to the Food Safety Plan  

  • Oversees Greenhouse Supervisor, Pack House Supervisor, and Production Assistants 

  • Collaborates with Senior Grower to operate a productive and cost-effective Greenhouse facility, organizes shift schedules with Senior Grower, and coordinates purchasing  

  • Partners with the Facilities Manager to identify structural and maintenance-related areas of concern arranges repairs and negotiates related costs. Ensures resolutions occur timely  

  • Evaluates current procedures and practices for accomplishing department objectives; develops and implements improved procedures and practices  

  • Gives work direction, resolves problems, and sets deadlines to ensure timely completion of daily tasks  

  • Monitors and analyzes costs, prepare and/or maintain budgets, and has direct oversight of the Green House P&L  

  • Maintains and reviews quality reports/statistics to ensure consistent, quality finished goods  

  • Communicates with Sales and Marketing to support continued company growth  

  • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality  

  • Mentors and develops staff using a supportive and collaborative approach; assign accountabilities; sets objectives; establish priorities; and monitors and evaluates results  

  • Complies with established State and Federal Regulations, Environmental, OSHA, and Safety programs.  

  • Ability to manage both locations, planning on-site schedules.  

 

 

Who You Are

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5‐8 years of relevant related experience in plant operations or manufacturing with proven success.  

  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise  

  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask and roll up their sleeves  

  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers  

  • Successful leadership in early‐stage start‐ups or other rapid growth environments  

  • Experience working with ERP systems, material handling suppliers, trucking and logistics, and contract negations.  

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and negotiating abilities  

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills, high attention to detail; highly organized, and passionate commitment to the company vision  

  • Appreciation to principles of sustainable agriculture and food and experience in specialty food, agriculture, natural and organic CPG a plus  

  • Strong knowledge of MS Office. 

  • Adjusts to changing conditions and willingness to works off-shift, holidays, and weekends as needed. Understands and complies with company policies.  

  • Bilingual preferable, but not required  

 

The ideal candidate:  

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills 

  • Strong problem-solving, attention to detail, and leadership skills  

  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment  

  • Reliable and highly motivated with a creative flair and lively personality 

  • Passionate commitment to the company vision 

  • Appreciation to principles of sustainable agriculture and food 

 

 

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 dips all year round to retail, restaurant, and foodservice customers. Founded in 2009, the company opened its first greenhouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., shortly thereafter. Today, Gotham Greens operates 500,000 square feet of high-tech greenhouses across five U.S. states.  

 

Our team of nearly 400 is hardworking, supportive, and passionate about sustainable urban agriculture. We work to create an environment that is caring, fun, and collaborative. Gotham Greens is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.    

 

Gotham Greens offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. We are proud to be an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls or agencies please.  

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