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Operations Manager

Posted by Little Duck Organics on 10 Oct 2017 | Share

Job basics

  • Brand Name:Little Duck Organics
  • Location: New York City, New York 10017
  • Country: US
  • Industry Types: Other
  • Categories: Operations
  • Foods: Baby Food
  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Reports to: CEO
  • # of Direct Reports: 1
  • Base Pay: 75000 - 85000
Job Description

Little Duck Organics is seeking an Operations/Supply Chain professional with 4+ years of experience working with food manufacturing, purchasing, ingredient sourcing, and co-packing. Little Duck is experiencing rapid growth both in sales of current products and with new, innovative products that will launch in 2018 and beyond.

The Manager role is responsible for the overall planning of product manufacturing including sourcing of ingredients and packaging, ensuring specifications and quality standards are met by suppliers, forecasting and managing inventory.The role has an opportunity to positively impact margins through identifying cost savings and process improvements and has direct impact on the organizations ability to effectively manage working capital. Travel to co-packers and vendor facilities is required.

Key Responsibilities:

·         Manage production planning and scheduling functions by working with Senior Management and the Sales Team to forecast Demand and generate Production Schedules

·         Provide production and material requirement forecasts to suppliers and co-manufacturers

·         Monitor and maintain accurate inventory records at all locations to support growth objective of organization

·         Manage the procurement process including negotiate pricing, contract buys, and preferred vendor list as well as contract manufacturer agreements

·         Support Product Innovation with new business development, evaluation of new co-packer capabilities, procurement of finished goods, and assist with new plant, product or packaging production start-ups and commissioning

·         Identify and realize cost savings and process improvements

·         Work with logistics partner to plan and orchestrate all inbound and intercompany freight including the complexities of international suppliers and timing

·         Review finish good quantities at all locations and compare to quantities on open order book

·         Review raw material quantities at all locations to support upcoming production orders

·         Review open PO’s and confirm status of delivery

·         Identify alternative suppliers for raw materials

·         Enter material receipts and approve vendor invoices

·         Maintain COAs and other QA paperwork, including Organic, Kosher, and Non – GMO certifications

·         Lead inventory/production meeting on a weekly basis

·         Update team with any supply concerns or interruption to continuity of supply for key customers

·         Complete inventory quantity reconciliation

·         Review cost of goods for each monthly period for accuracy

·         Review any necessary inventory adjustments including the valuation impact on balance sheet

Job Requirements

Experience Required:


·         Bachelor’s degree required, APICS Certification a plus 

·         4+ years business experience required, experience managing contract manufacturer relationships and third-party logistics provider preferred in a food or beverage business preferred 

·         Microsoft Office, Inventory Management Software, and Quickbooks experience required

·         Experience sourcing ingredients, packaging and other supplies for a food manufacturer

·         Experience with fruit and vegetable commodities preferred

·         Ability to understand and determine production priorities based upon customer demand, capacity constraints, crop/ingredient availability, and other variables

·         Excellent organizational and project management skills

·         Excellent oral and written communications skills




about Little Duck Organics

At Duck Organics we believe in making real foods, for real health, that are fun for everyone to eat. We are fiercely committed to innovating unique products and packaging to provide nutrient dense foods that taste amazing!

Clean Foods - Great Taste - True Health