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Manufacturing/Production Supervisor- Fresh Food Manufacturing (East Coast)



People & HR, Operations
Burlington, NJ, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024
About Thistle:
Thistle was founded in 2013 with a mission to make it easy to get and stay healthy while improving the sustainability of our food system. We deliver delicious, ready-to-eat plant-forward meals, snacks, and cold press juices to our customers’ doorsteps to empower our customers to improve personal and planetary health by eating more plants. To date we’ve delivered over 20 million nourishing meals to customers across the West and East Coast and we’re just getting started!
The San Francisco Business Times named us one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area in 2023.Inc. awarded us Best in Business in 2022 among companies that “go above and beyond” in both food and sustainability sectors, and recognized us in the 2024 Inc. Regionals list of the fastest-growing companies in America by region
About the Role:
Reporting to the Production Manager, the Manufacturing/Production Supervisor supervises and coordinates a shift in the Production Department to manufacture quality products for our customers. The ideal candidate will have a roll-up-your-sleeves approach, a positive attitude, works to empower and motivate their team and thrives in a fast-paced, evolving environment.
This position is 100% onsite in Burlington, NJ.

What you'll do:

  • Supervise and coordinate production operations for team members, including scheduling, time management, performance evaluations, hiring, and discipline
  • Champion employee morale at all times
  • Identify training needs and areas for employee development and professional growth
  • Act as liaison and point of contact between leads, associates, and management team
  • Ensure employees are following GMPs, ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards and Thistle policy
  • Implement and champion new and existing initiatives across production teams
  • Work cross-functionally with Culinary, Production, and Facilities teams to ensure proper receiving, handoffs, QA, and other organizational GMPs and standards
  • Ensure the accuracy of manifests and documentation logs, and ensure all team members understand their functionalities
  • Keep up to date and maintain a working knowledge of relevant SOPs and processes
  • Have consistent communication with the team for issues, and work with management to troubleshoot and resolve any challenges in real-time effectively and efficiently
  • Perform production area audits and conduct regular shift meetings to comply with GMPs, food safety, audits, and safety regulations
  • Attend weekly safety meetings; maintain records of policy changes and rollouts
  • Ensure OSHA compliance standards are adhered to at all times by staff
  • Ensure that all COVID protocols are followed at all times

What you'll bring:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required; degree preferred
  • 2+ years experience supervising employees in manufacturing or production required; experience in food manufacturing highly preferred
  • Working knowledge of state wage & time law
  • Desire to develop leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills that put people first and the ability to balance empathy and direct feedback to support and advocate for the team and maintain consistent performance standards
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with a cross-functional team
  • Ability to adhere to company SOPs and implement new initiatives as needed
  • You bring your A-game every day and encourage your team to do the same
  • You have a NJ or equivalent Food Handlers Certification
  • Flexibility to work weekends or early morning shifts
  • Ability to consistently work in a refrigerated environment
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 25 pounds and stoop, kneel, bend, and reach
  • Tech savvy approach to your work; proficiency with a variety of tech platforms including, but not limited to, G-Suite and Slack
Our Team:
We are mission-driven and share a growth mindset. We let our values guide the way we approach crafting our healthy products, solving problems, and working collaboratively together. As a Thistler, you'll help transform the health of people and the planet by living our core values every day.
Be Human: We’re always willing to learn and aim to empower the people around us.
Think Bigger: We’re here to do more today than we did yesterday, and we figure it out together.
Build the Future: We tackle every day with the positive attitude of someone who can see the future and knows how bright it is.
Make a Lot with a Little: We get creative and look for ways our resources can take us as far as possible.
Lead with Purpose: We use our mission to guide our decisions and give our work meaning.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential values at Thistle. We know we do our best and most impactful work when we feel we are represented and belong. We're proud to actively recruit and hire talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.