Inventory Maintanence Job Opening – Organically Grown Company

July 31st 2020

THE COMPANY:

In most workplaces, throwing tomatoes at your boss would be frowned upon. At Organically Grown Company, we have a day set aside each year to do just that – the world knows it as the Tomato WAR, we call it group catharsis. The organic produce industry is not for the faint of heart, but will steal yours if you aren’t careful. We work really hard each and every day to bring the best organic produce to market from hundreds of awesome farms. Our aspirations are simple: To actively cultivate a diverse, sustainable and engaged organic trade from farm to marketplace. It’s through this mission that we continue to pursue our vision of an equitable and regenerative organic agricultural system for global health.

As of 2018, we are owned by a Perpetual Purpose Trust, whose main purpose is not to extract a profit, but rather to help OGC and other like-minded businesses fulfill our mission – serving sustainable food and agriculture communities. We look for people who share our passion for organic agriculture and sustainable business practices; who value teamwork, candor, transparency and an egalitarian workplace; and who engage others with joy and gratitude. Our products are “just in time,” need careful handling, and change by the season. Our coworkers embrace that challenge and strive to provide exceptional customer experiences while in pursuit of operational excellence. We do all this with gratitude, integrity, collaboration, resiliency and grit. We believe in doing things a little differently here at OGC, and living our values authentically.

THE POSITION:

As a member of the Quality Assurance team you are responsible for assessing and acting upon all quality related aspects of the products that we carry. As a level 1, you can expect to be in the office area 20% of the time, and in our coolers (35-55 degrees F depending on temperature zone) 80% of the time. We offer advancement as you master more specific skills that add further value to OGC. One of the primary attributes of a member of our Quality Assurance team is excellent communication skills, as we are the bridge between sourcing and sales. This person will need to be able to work at least one weekend day.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Facilitates production team work orders
  • Assesses and reports on quality of product
  • Performs initial inbound quality inspections and communicates findings cross departmentally as needed. This includes support of the Small Fruit Packing Line (SFPL) quality assurance
  • Inspects products returned by our customers and decides what should be donated, composted, or returned back into inventory.
  • Curates and provides sample product to coworkers throughout the organization for educational purposes and to cultivate a passion for produce
  • Inspects in-house inventory quality and updates the necessary systems
  • Maintains GMP and GFSI standards; including complying with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hair/beard nets, gloves, steel-toed boots, etc. as well as personal hygiene standards
  • Determines product appropriate for community food program donations and coordinates shipment of product through those food program vendors
  • Collects, stores, and ensures proper disposal/recycling of inbound temperature recorders. Downloads the data and shares with the commodity buyer to facilitate vendor credit process
  • Actively seeks out areas for improvement and facilitates Continuous Improvement (CI) process as requested to resolve problems and improve product and service quality.
  • Must be flexible and agile to support OGC business needs and mission, and may be assigned projects and/or other duties outside of normal job functions to meet the needs and demands of the business.

 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

  • Minimum 2 years commercial produce experience or combined equivalent experience
  • Past project leadership experience
  • Quality management experience
  • Knowledge of USDA training and standards
  • Knowledge of safe warehouse operating practices and procedures
  • Ability to work cohesively in a team environment; able to switch tasks quickly and efficiently as needed
  • Ability to effectively time manage daily tasks, prioritizing email communication and core tasks over extracurricular needs.
  • Strong analytical skills with a high attention to detail and ability to focus for extended periods
  • Knowledge of sustainable business practices preferred
  • High school diploma; College degree preferred

BENEFITS:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision
  • Company paid Life & Disability
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Access to 401(k) with Employer Match
  • Access to free and discounted delicious organic produce
  • Many more great perks!

 

About Organically Grown Company:  Founded in 1978 by a few gardeners, small-scale farmers, hippies, environmental activists and dreamers living near Eugene, OR, today Organically Grown Company buys, aggregates and distributes fresh, organically grown produce to retailers and eaters across the Pacific Northwest region. Learn more at www.organicgrown.com

To apply for this position, please submit your resume here.

Organically Grown Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.