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Sous Chef / Culinary Supervisor



People & HR, Operations
Vacaville, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024
About the role:
Reporting to the Culinary Manager, the Culinary Supervisor supervises our general prep and hot-line culinary team. The ideal candidate will have a roll-up-your-sleeves approach, has a positive attitude, is a hands-on leader, works to empower and motivate their team, and thrives in a fast-paced, high-volume, evolving environment.
This position is 100% onsite in Vacaville, CA.

How you'll make a difference:

  • Supervise and coordinate culinary operations for team members, including scheduling, time management, performance evaluations, hiring, and discipline
  • In collaboration with the Culinary Manager, ensure culinary production leads and culinary production staff adhere to all recipes, SOPs, policies, safety standards, and GMPs
  • Support the team with company growth and scale while maintaining quality, consistency, and accuracy of all produced products for delivery to our customers
  • Continuously guide and coach team members with proper food handling, production, storage, service, and execution
  • Identify training needs and areas for employee development and professional growth
  • Work cross-functionally with Production, R&D, Quality Assurance, and Facilities teams to ensure proper receiving, handoffs, and production standards
  • Keep all kitchen spaces to the highest level of cleanliness in accordance with local and HACCAP health codes and guidelines
  • Maintain accurate inventory of raw materials and processed food products
  • Maintain reporting and documentation; update upper management regarding culinary operations
  • Attend weekly safety meetings; maintain records of policy changes and rollouts
  • Ensure OSHA compliance standards are adhered to at all times by staff
  • Assist with weekly internal QA Audits in collaboration with the Quality Assurance team

Who you are:

  • High school diploma required; degree preferred
  • Culinary Certificate highly preferred
  • 2+ years as a Sous Chef or Kitchen Assistant Manager in a catering, food manufacturing, or high-volume food production environment required
  • Working knowledge of HACCP, GMPs, quality standards, OSHA regulations, and safe food handling procedures
  • Strong understanding and execution of First-In, First-Out, and product rotation
  • Strong decision-making skills and a results-driven approach
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and, at times, stressful environment
  • Desire to grow and develop leadership skills
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with a cross-functional team
  • 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
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.