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Production Lead

Burlington, NJ

Founded in 2013, Thistle is a leading tech-enabled food and nutrition company that delivers ready-to-eat meals right to your doorstep. We empower our customers to get and stay healthy while improving the sustainability of our food system. Thistle began as a single pop-up location in San Francisco, going from selling cold-pressed juices to delivering nearly 15 million delicious, healthy, plant-forward meals, organic cold-pressed juices, and snacks.

Thistle wants to expand our production team with professional individuals to assist with production-plating and pack functions. This position is ideal for someone looking to work hard in a fast-paced environment.

Reporting to the Production Supervisor, the Production Lead is responsible for leading a team of Production Associates on the production floor. Production Leads ensure the production function is performed satisfactorily on the Production Line, including plating and packaging meals, snacks, and beverages. 

This is a unique opportunity to be part of the early team at Thistle’s brand new East Coast facility, located in Burlington, NJ, responsible for launching and growing Thistle East operations to bring delicious, plant-forward, and planet-friendly meals to customers on the East Coast.

What you’ll do:

  • Support Production Leadership in overseeing production process on production lines, including production execution, Quality Control/Quality Assurance and time tracking
  • Ensure employees are following GMPs ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to policy
  • Maintain working knowledge of and assist with implementation of new and existing SOPs and policies across production teams; ensure processes and policies are adhered to at all times
  • Organize the line with the correct components and materials
  • Ensure all documentation is conducted, completed and submitted on time
  • Ensure that Meal Towers are properly labeled with correct amount, date, meal code
  • Identify and communicate all shorts including, but not limited to, bin weights, components, meal count shorts, etc.
  • Properly update all communication on Slack and other necessary methods
  • Attend consistent safety meetings; keep track of policy changes and rollouts
  • Support leadership in ensuring OSHA compliance standards are adhered at all times by staff
  • Support leadership with internal QA Audits initiatives

What you’ll bring:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • 1+ years related experience required; experience in a high-paced food manufacturing environment highly preferred
  • Desire to grow into leadership positions and develop leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills that put people first and the ability to balance empathy and direct feedback to both support and advocate for the team and also maintain consistent standards of performance
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with a cross-functional team
  • Ability to adhere to company SOPs and implement new initiatives as needed
  • Ability and willingness to master new equipment and related automation as implemented.
  • Valid NJ Food Handlers Certification(must be obtained within 30 days of hire)

Physical Requirements: 

  • Prolonged periods of standing, bending, and walking throughout the facility
  • Ability to consistently life up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in a cold environment(38 degrees) for prolonged periods of time

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential values at Thistle. We know we do our best and most impactful work when we feel we are represented and belong. We're proud to actively recruit and hire talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 

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