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Director of Procurement

Department: Procurement
Reports To: COO
Classification: Exempt, Salary

Summary:
This position will effectively source hop products for the company, manage sourcing requirements and cultivate relationships with vendors and colleagues.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or other related field preferred.
  • Minimum of five years related experience with demonstrated aptitude to learn on-the-job.
  • Analytical skills to evaluate the pros and cons of multiple vendors to determine the best partnerships for company.
  • Ability to lead negotiations with suppliers and work under pressure and time constraints.
  • Must have a strong urgency in accomplishing goals, strongly detail oriented and be able to easily multi-task priorities. 
  • Ability to respond rapidly to shifting priorities with product demands and purchasing timelines.
  • Advanced knowledge of purchasing, receiving, logistics, production planning and inventory control.
  • Experience in effectively managing other people through strong leadership skills and team building techniques.
  • Conversant with current best practices, industry development, trends for procurement as well as understanding and resolving procurement issues.
  • Follow written (Standard Operating Procedures -SOP’s, company memos & emails) and verbal Instructions.
  • Possess a strong work ethic to positively contribute to the company’s mission, vision, values and environmental policy and quality policy.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member and be able to effectively communicate in written and verbal form with colleagues and senior management.
  • Must have a positive attitude, support co-workers to obtain desired objectives, and assist others in their contributions.
  • Extensive knowledge of ERP systems to perform data entry and evaluating reports.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Outlook).
  • Ability to adapt to changing paces and processes quickly.
  • Attentive to the task and own surroundings.

Job Duties:

  • Assemble, review and maintain procurement files related to purchase orders and monitor vendor compliance, within ERP system as well as external databases.
  • Work with senior management to gain a solid understanding of strategic direction and supply requirements, business objectives and priorities in order to develop sourcing plans and strategies for procurement of materials.
  • Review the record of goods ordered and received, verify inventory records and levels, pricing and volumes.
  • Develop and implement purchasing standards, contract management instructions, policies and procedures.
  • Manage logistics of all imported hop products, coordinating with vendors, freight forwarders and brokers.
  • Liaison internally with other departments to ensure SOP compliance.
  • Identify problem areas in procurement and initiate corrective actions.
  • Oversee procurement forecast needs, purchasing process, requisitions and purchased orders.
  • Manage vendor relationships, establishing tools and SOPs.
  • Negotiate and supervise procurement contracts and formulate policies with suppliers.
  • Resolve current vendor grievances and claims.  Discuss defective or unacceptable goods with vendors to determine cause and take corrective and preventative action.
  • Review sales requests and specifications to identify any special requirements. Confer with inventory and sales and determine when and if product should be sourced.
  • Allocate the raw material used to create product blends and record it in the ERP system.
  • Calculate and maintain the limits of sourced product to sell.
  • Cross-training in other departments (Inside Sales, Finance, etc.) as is necessary.
  • Confer with departmental supervision or other personnel to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
  • Continuously look for ways to improve process efficiency and notify immediate supervisor of observations and recommendations.
  • Meet with department supervisor and team members to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
  • Maintain sanitary and safe work environment.
  • Follow safety requirements.
  • May actively participate on company’s Safety Committee.
  • Ensure that company safety policies as well as federal, state and local safety and environmental regulations are observed.
  • Must have a complete understanding of company’s policies, SOPs, QPs, EPs, HACCP and cGMP to ensure quality, safety, efficiency and sustainability.
  • Must adhere to all company policies.
  • Examine documents, materials, and products and monitor work processes to assess completeness, accuracy and conformance to standards and specifications.
  • Follow all SOPs in a given area.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by Manager and/or designee.

Business Analyst

Department: Sales
Reports To: CEO
Classification: Exempt/Salary

Summary:
The Business Analyst (BA) works on a team to identify, examine and understand the business needs of the organization within specific projects, and in general.  Continually balancing the organization’s strategic goals, mission, vision, and values with day-to-day operations, the BA will then communicate analysis results and provide recommendations that will enrich customer service, operational efficiency and effectiveness, profitability and sustainable, strategic growth.  In addition to a keen focus on projects related to sales and profitability, the BA will work on the Analytical team together with the Executive Team, Department Managers and our IT partners, to both ensure a high degree of collaboration and that the company’s business requirements are accurately translated into system developments in X3 and met by business intelligence reporting. 

Job Qualifications:

  • Proven business analysis skills
  • Excellent Excel skills
  • Business intelligence reporting skills preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and liaison skills
  • Familiarity with financial and contract concepts
  • Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to interpret needs and translate them in operational requirements

Job Duties:

  • Have a thorough knowledge, or rapidly grow to have a thorough knowledge, of all the key functional areas of the organization, competitive positions and the trends of the market that directly or indirectly impact the organization.
  • Perform in-depth empirical research; identify issues and opportunities and propose solutions in both short term and long term formats, monitoring plans approved by management within a regular plan-do-check-act cycle.
  • As a facilitator, interview stakeholders to identify both the true foundational needs within requests and the influencing factors that may be confusing or complicating the issues. 
  • Act as a liaison between and within functional areas to ensure translation of information, needs and collaborative potential.
  • After regularly identifying analytical needs through knowledge of the business and ongoing research and interviews with stakeholders, recommend the most effective and efficient technology and sources to perform the analysis, proceeding after management approval.
  • Work on a team to perform Risk and ROI analyses on existing processes, anticipated trends, and existing or potential threats and opportunities.
  • Work on a team to conceptualize and/or develop tools and reports that are customized to functional area needs and project goals, continually evolving the tools and reports to grow with changes that occur in focus or priority.
  • Ensure that project tools and reports, history and results are transparent for use, application and reference by stakeholders.
  • Systematically analyze all aspects of a functional area (based on need) in order to map processes and work on LEAN teams to develop plans for continuous improvement.
  • Adhere to all company policies.
  • Remain vigilant in the pursuit and presentation of process improvement and enhanced efficiency.
  • Confer with department supervision or other personnel to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
  • Continuously look for ways to improve process efficiency and notify immediate supervisor of observations and recommendations.
  • Meet with department supervisor and team members to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
  • Notify immediate supervisor if you identify or recommend ways to improve process efficiency.
  • Maintain a sanitary and safe work environment.
  • Follow safety requirements.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by manager or his/her designee.

Packaging Supervisor

Department: Packaging
Reports To: Extract Plant Manager
Classification: Exempt/Salary

Summary:
This position supervises and coordinates activities in packaging products for storage or shipment.  Review production order to ascertain type and quantity of product, containers to be used, and other packaging requirements.

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent.  Trade school or college desirable.
  • Familiarity with packaging equipment and inventory management.
  • Demonstrated a strong leadership skills and posses a strong work ethic to positively contribute to the company’s mission, vision and company values.
  • Must have a positive attitude, ability to manage and support co-workers to obtain job objectives, and assist others in their contributions.
  • Requires sound written and verbal communication skills; must be able to communicate verbally and in writing.  Accurately document and complete required paperwork.
  • PC skills – Microsoft Excel & Word, Outlook,
  • Must be able to organize, coordinate and delegate projects.
  • Bilingual Spanish, Preferred
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Not required, but helpful:
    • Experience with Video Jet printer
    • Experience with Canco Closing Machine

Job Duties:

  • Supervise packaging line operation and personnel.
  • Oversee packaging to comply with packaging schedule
  • Schedule packaging line employees based on packaging schedule.
  • Keep inventory of packaging supplies.
  • Manage shipping and receiving of extract, separation products, supplies, equipment, and any other miscellaneous items.
  • Oversee, organize, and replenish spare parts inventory for packaging line.
  • Schedule maintenance and automated system and maintain completed work order history.
  • Provide technical expertise to packaging line.
  • Operate packaging line and follow standard operating procedures.
  • Adjust canning line to fill different packaging sizes.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on packaging line.
  • Repackage extract, dump drums, place product in warm room.
  • Forklift operation.
  • Responsible for signing off on all required paperwork to be completed during shift.
  • Organize and store documents for traceability purpose.
  • Housekeeping.
  • Assist plant personnel in other duties.
  • Must adhere to all company policies and ensure shift members follow policies as well.
  • Responsible for overall supervision and management of Packaging Operations.
  • Assure that company safety policies as well as federal, state and local safety and environmental regulations are observed.
  • Notify immediate supervisor if you identify or recommend ways to improve process efficiency.
  • Provide support and feedback in the creation and revising of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Support and facilitate general maintenance, preventative maintenance, and maintenance records
  • Participate in Safety Committee Meetings
  • Facilitate and support ISO 9001 & 14001 Internal Audits, Continuous Improvements, Corrective Action and Accident Investigation
  • Notify your supervisor if you identify or recommend ways to improve process efficiency.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by Manager or his designee.

Refrigeration Mechanic

Department: Operations
Classification: Non-exempt, Hourly
Reports To: Pellet Plant Manager

Summary:
Employee performs skilled maintenance, installation, repair and inspection work on complex refrigeration equipment for Yakima Chief - Hopunion operations.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in Freon (R22) refrigeration maintenance and trouble-shooting electrical and PLC control systems.
  • Experience working with Freon 5-H Carrier compressors or Copeland compressors.
  • Practiced in safe work habits
  • Team player with obvious enthusiasm, initiative, and pride in work
  • Self-starters dedicated to continuous quality improvement
  • Proficient in written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to safely replace mechanical and electrical components including motors, motor starters, switches, solenoids, pumps, refrigeration valves, and compressors
  • Able to respond to unplanned breakdowns with a sense of urgency and
  • Able to demonstrate proficiency in troubleshooting techniques.

Job Duties:

  • Fabricate and assemble structural and functional components of refrigeration system, using hand tools, power tools, and welding equipment.
  • Lift and align components into position, using hoist or block and tackle.
  • Drill holes and install mounting brackets and hangers into floor and walls of building.
  • Insulate shells and cabinets of systems.
  • Braze or solder parts to repair defective joints and leaks.
  • Observe and test system operation, using gauges and instruments.
  • Confer with department supervision or other personnel to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
  • Continuously look for ways to improve process efficiency and notify immediate supervisor of observations and recommendations.
  • Meet with department supervisor and team members to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
  • Work in conjunction with Lean Manufacturing Principles in the Pellet Plant.
  • Maintain sanitary and safe work environment.
  • Follow safety requirements.
  • May be asked to participate on company’s Safety Committee.
  • Ensure that company safety policies as well as federal, state and local safety and environmental regulations are observed.
  • Must have a complete understanding of company’s policies, SOPs, QPs, EPs, HACCP and cGMP to ensure quality, safety, efficiency and sustainability.
  • Must adhere to all company policies.
  • Follow all instructions from the Manager, shift supervisor and/or assistant supervisor.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by Manager and/or Manager’s designee.

Logistics Manager

Yakima Chief-Hopunion seeks to recruit a full-time Logistics Manager. This position is responsible for management and oversight of company logistics including shipping of finished product to customer and company storage facilities globally, receipt of purchased products internationally, and efficient movement of products internally.

Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree preferred (preferably in Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management or Business Management).
  • Past experience in manufacturing environment with responsibility for logistics.
  • Firm understanding of manufacturing and distribution processes. 
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles and processes, and a passion for continuous improvement preferred.
  • Experience in shipping, both domestic and international, and/or supply chain management.
  • Prior experience negotiating with vendors. 
  • Understanding and following the product life cycle process.
  • Excellent communication skills (strong verbal and written required).
  • Customer service skills.
  • Travel may be required.
  • Leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Interpersonal skills (ability to effectively work with all levels from hourly to management).
  • Time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Job Duties:

  • Provide management and oversight to all company shipping and transportation logistics.
  • Analyze current shipping and transportation costs for the purpose of achieving optimal efficiency.
  • Ensure that finished products get to customer in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Negotiate with shipping and transportation vendors to get greatest value for the company.
  • Work with Supply Chain Manager and other company personnel to make sure product shipping schedule aligns with production planning.
  • Hire and manage personnel necessary to provide efficient shipping and logistics for the company. 
  • Maintain SOPs, perform routine maintenance to insure system integrity. 
  • Ensure all manufacturing procedures comply with government and ISO standards for food safety and quality.
  • Engage in LEAN and continuous improvement initiatives to improve costs and efficiency throughout our logistics and transportation processes.
  • Manage shipping and logistics for all company locations including Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
  • Assist finance and sales with inventory accounting when necessary.
  • Assure that company safety policies as well as federal, state and local safety and environmental regulations are observed.
  • Must adhere to all company policies.
  • Notify your supervisor if you identify or recommend ways to improve process efficiency.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by supervisor or his/her designee.