Production Manager

Raaka Chocolate

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Raaka Chocolate - Production Manager (Red Hook, Brooklyn)


At Raaka, we make chocolate from scratch without roasting, focusing on innovative and creative ways to develop flavor while preserving the complexity of cacao in every bite. We’re a team of fifteen people committed to making delicious and unique chocolate and doing so in ways that maximize positive social and environmental impact.  Our chocolate showcases the variety of cacao beans we work with and the unconventional and inventive ways we develop their flavors. At our Red Hook factory, we age cacao nibs in bourbon casks, steam them over simmering wine, and infuse them with whole foods, teas, herbs, and spices.


Job Description

We’re seeking a Full-time Production Manager to run our facility in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling of all chocolate manufacturing

  • Ownership of Cost Per Unit goals set by upper management

  • Coordinating with Sales Team and Fulfillment Team to manage order pipeline

  • Day-to-day management of 15+ production team members

  • Hiring, scheduling and training of all production staff

  • Raw material inventory and ordering

  • Managing equipment maintenance and repairs

  • Assisting with incoming and outgoing deliveries

  • Filling in any gaps in chocolate production- ability to operate all chocolate making equipment and machines


Qualifications:

  • Possess 2+ years of experience in food production management

  • Exceptional time management and problem solving abilities

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs or more

  • Ability to work on your feet for an extended period of time

  • Available to cover weekend days as needed

  • Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Possess a willingness to work overtime as needed

  • Have a basic knowledge of the chocolate making process (optional)

  • Experience in operating commercial packaging equipment (optional)


The ideal candidate: loves approaching the challenges of every day with a positive attitude; embraces leadership and good communication practices; enjoys reaching to achieve the goals they set; loves being part of a small and passionate team.

Reports to: The Co-Founder

Compensation: Competitive base salary commensurate with experience. Aggressive bonus structure based on exceeding goals.


Stock Options: ­ All full time Raaka employees are offered performance-based stock options.  Stock options are a right to buy Raaka stock at a share price which is locked in as of the date in which the employee begins full-time work.  All employees have an 8 year window in which to decide to exercise their stock options (ie. purchase the stock or sell the option to a 3rd party).  Options vest over 4 years, with a 1 year cliff. Raaka’s 2017 team stock options plan will be approved this winter, and the specifics of the offer will be communicated at that time.


Health Insurance:  All full-time employees are given the option to enroll on Raaka’s group health insurance plan which includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Enrollment must be within the first 30 days of employment.


To apply, kindly submit a cover letter and resume to hiring@raakachocolate.com.


Thanks!


The Raaka Team



P.S. - Still want to know more?  Here’s a bit more about Raaka:

 

Our Mission:

Raaka exists to provide delicious, innovative, groundbreaking chocolate, and to make a positive impact on our global community while doing so.


Our Passions:

Pioneering Chocolate - It’s our distinct pleasure to actively and creatively innovate in chocolate making

Creating jobs we love! - We’re committed to maintaining a positive and supportive work culture grounded in open, honest communication, respect, and hard work.

Social impact - We partner with mission-driven cocoa producers who work hard to produce great cocoa beans, and we always pay a premium for them (generally, at least double the price of commodity cacao).


Our Values:

  • Creativity: We love approaching chocolate making and responding to the challenges of small business with creativity.

  • Quality: Everything we do, we commit to doing well.

  • Joyfulness: Chocolate brings joy! We take a lesson from what it feels like to eat chocolate and practice working from a place of joy and sharing that with others.

  • Direct, open, honest communication: We're best off when we understand each other.

  • Sustainability: We work to be good stewards of the environment.

  • Transparency: Better information leads to better decisions.

  • Self-improvement: The workplace is a great place to get better at all kinds of things.

Community: We’re happiest when we’re connected to those around us. 
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