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Production Lead- $23/hr



People & HR
Burlington, NJ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2024
About the Role:
Thistle wants to expand our production team with professional individuals to assist with production-plating and pack functions. This position is ideal for someone looking to work hard in a fast-paced environment.
Reporting to the Production Supervisor, the Production Lead is responsible for leading a team of Production Associates on the production floor. Production Leads ensure the production function is performed satisfactorily on the Production Line, including plating and packaging meals, snacks, and beverages.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of the early team at Thistle’s brand new East Coast facility, located in Burlington, NJ, responsible for launching and growing Thistle East operations to bring delicious, plant-forward, and planet-friendly meals to customers on the East Coast.

How you'll make a difference:

  • Support Production Leadership in overseeing production process on production lines, including production execution, Quality Control/Quality Assurance and time tracking
  • Ensure employees are following GMPs ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to policy
  • Maintain working knowledge of and assist with implementation of new and existing SOPs and policies across production teams; ensure processes and policies are adhered to at all times
  • Organize the line with the correct components and materials
  • Ensure all documentation is conducted, completed and submitted on time
  • Ensure that Meal Towers are properly labeled with correct amount, date, meal code
  • Identify and communicate all shorts including, but not limited to, bin weights, components, meal count shorts, etc.
  • Properly update all communication on Slack and other necessary methods
  • Attend consistent safety meetings; keep track of policy changes and rollouts
  • Support leadership in ensuring OSHA compliance standards are adhered at all times by staff
  • Support leadership with internal QA Audits initiatives

Who you are:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • 1+ years related experience required; experience in a high-paced food manufacturing environment highly preferred
  • Desire to grow into leadership positions and develop leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills that put people first and the ability to balance empathy and direct feedback to both support and advocate for the team and also maintain consistent standards of performance
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with a cross-functional team
  • Ability to adhere to company SOPs and implement new initiatives as needed
  • Ability and willingness to master new equipment and related automation as implemented.
  • Valid NJ Food Handlers Certification(must be obtained within 30 days of hire)

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of standing, bending, and walking throughout the facility
  • Ability to consistently life up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in a cold environment(38 degrees) for prolonged periods of time
Get to Know 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.
We are mission-driven and share a growth mindset. Our values guide our approach to crafting our healthy products, solving problems, and working collaboratively. 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: Our mission guides our decisions and gives 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.