Our Client is one of the largest and fastest growing cannabis cultivation companies in the Coachella Valley. We are a provider of craft cannabis flower and branded products associated with cannabis. Our product portfolio will include craft flower, extracts, and other branded products that pass through a rigorous innovation process. Our CEO and COO are from the CPG, hospitality, retail, and management consulting industries. We place a big focus on employee training, organizational improvement, and innovation.
Reporting to the COO, the VP of Operations will oversee the operations for two separate cultivation facilities. As our geographic footprint expands, the role and responsibilities of this position will also expand creating upward mobility and career trajectory for a motivated individual.
The VP, Operations is accountable for all activities within the four walls of our facilities. This includes all personnel, cultivation activities, quality assurance, packaging, maintenance, and engineering.
Key to this role will be to align the organization, processes, and company culture to final product outcomes. This means consistently creating an extremely high grade of cannabis flower.
In addition to normal keep-the-lights-on activities, this role will be heavily involved in project managing any continuous improvement projects within any of the departments named above. A key component to these projects will be to create and manage budgets and ensure that our efforts are completed on time, in full, and within the allotted budget.
Another critical component to this role will be to develop our staff and to cultivate leaders from our ranks. This includes building and maintaining a rigorous career development program and employee performance review process.
GM, Operations; Director, Quality Assurance; Manager, Facilities & Maintenance; Manager, Clone Program. Overall direct/indirect team of 150.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
§ Maintain a bright, energetic and lively culture with a heavy focus on discipline and efficiency
§ Extreme focus on product quality and outcomes. The success of our people and operations directly ties to producing high quality, craft, small batch cannabis at scale.
§ Dissect and understand cultivation department needs, and properly set safety standards, efficiency targets, and yield loss targets
§ Properly document all mission critical processes, especially those that have cross-functional communication and interdependencies
§ Begin to implement automation and efficiency standards within the packaging department as the company decides on final packaging configurations
§ Oversee the design and installation of equipment/labor for new packaging configurations
§ Identify upcoming engineering and maintenance needs and manage an overall project plan to ensure material and labor availability
§ Ensure that all environmental systems are properly maintained and that there is sufficient safety stock of parts for maintenance
§ Maintain relationships with contractors and subcontractors that are required for the maintenance and engineering functions
§ Forecast manufacturing, engineering, cultivation, and packaging labor to create monthly/quarterly budgets
§ Work closely with the general manager to ensure that the facility is properly staffed and properly incentivized
§ Attend weekly sales and operations planning meetings to ensure that the supply planning process aligns with forecasted demand
§ Maintain a weekly goal-setting process within the operations department
§ Oversee a robust employee career development program and quarterly performance review process
§ Drive efficiencies through training, time management, and organizational objectives
§ Maintain a close understanding of all CDFA, BCC, CDPH, OSHA, and other manufacturing regulations and compliance procedures; ensure that the facility, organization, and processes are fully compliant
§ Bachelor’s Degree in business, operations management, engineering, agriculture, or another related field
§ An equivalent combination of education and experience is also acceptable and sometimes preferred
§ APICS, Six Sigma and/or other operations certifications preferred
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
§ Proven ability to gain “buy-in” amongst multiple departments and peers
§ Demonstrated ability to influence cross-functional situations
§ Keen analytical skills
§ Advanced Excel experience
§ Minimum of 5 years experience in running a large operation
§ Manufacturing or industrial agriculture experience required
§ Strong working knowledge of LEAN manufacturing principles
§ Consensus builder; an assertive yet reasonable individual with presence
§ The candidate will also possess knowledge of packaging
§ The position requires an organized individual, who is a problem solver and has the ability to manage multiple tasks and balance competing priorities
§ The candidate must possess strong attention to detail, ability to prioritize and multitask
§ The candidate must have ability to be flexible/manage change and work well under pressure
· Candidate must demonstrate integrity and dedication have a positive work attitude and strong work ethic
· Travel as necessary