Overview

What if you could make a real difference, every day, for people’s health, animals, and the planet — working with a passionate vegan team? 💚 🐓 🐷 🐄

You certainly can, at LeafSide! We are a fast growing company, offering innovative 100% whole-food plant-based (WFPB) vegan meals. 🌱 Our mission is to make optimally healthy, whole vegan eating so easy and enjoyable, that it becomes a societal norm.

We’re looking for a growth-oriented department manager, coach, and leader. A mission-driven, super-organized, clear-communicating, reliable & resourceful, tech-savvy, and get-it-done fellow vegan ✅ — to join us in our Tempe, AZ office as our Production Manager.

As our team’s Production Manager (PM), you’ll be responsible for overseeing and improving the department making LeafSide’s life-changing magic meals 🪄, with consistently high productivity and quality. You’ll develop and lead Production’s strategic plans and drive their execution — while staying aligned with LeafSide’s vision and values. Being a great manager and coach 👍 is central to this role. It’ll all be happening in the fast-paced environment of a growing, mission-driven company — so we’re looking for someone who will see this role as not just another job, but key to their career and aligned with their life’s calling.

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years professional experience in a manufacturing, production, and/or management role ✅ in a small or mid-sized company, with increasing responsibilities and progression in roles you’ve filled. You should have clear management, coaching, and project management skills and experience. APICS certification a plus. OSHA certification will be needed if not already in your repertoire. Strong understanding of lean manufacturing, quality assurance, and continuous improvement principles are major pluses.
  • Schooling & Education: Your formal schooling should include a Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in a STEM or closely related field. 🔬  Lifetime education should be one of your ingrained habits, along with a Growth Mindset (a core value at LeafSide), and being curious & challenge-seeking. Per Twain: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Quantitative and analytical skills should be evident, e.g. college-level mathematics courses including basic statistics. 📊
  • Managerial & Coaching SkillsYou are keen to develop a team, ensuring everyone in your department is aligned, trained, clear on expectations, and treated fairly. ✅ You’re experienced leading a diverse team, and your experience (and reflecting on such) keeps you focused on the basics and essentials of leading and managing people, while avoiding fads that don’t actually work.
  • Character & Interpersonal Skills, i.e. you are authentic, highly reliable & capable, super-organized, adaptable, humble, diplomatic, persistent, resourceful, and last, but certainly not least, high energy. 🏃
  • Proactive Problem-solving & Opportunity-finding: You are able to quickly anticipate the needs of your department 🔭 and effects on other departments, avoiding and solving problems with care and resourcefulness—before they become major issues. You also have a quick sense of opportunities worth pursuing further.
  • Communication Skills: You have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and to others you’re engaging, empathetic, clear, and assertive in your writing and speaking. 😊  You pair that with strong listening skills so that everyone you deal with feels heard and understood. Public speaking should be in your skillset. 📢
  • Technology & IT Skills: You’ve used many forms of software, and you quickly pick up new tools, and can teach other teammates in such. 💻 You are more than proficient in Google Suite/Workspace, e.g. creating well-organized Docs & doing calculations in Sheets. Paired with your proactive problem-solving above, you solve most tech problems on your own.
  • You’re passionate about LeafSide’s mission to help people, animals, and Earth; and you’re committed to being a stellar example to others by living the whole foods vegan lifestyle. 🥦 🍓

 

Responsibilities/Duties

The PM oversees and improves the team making LeafSide’s life-changing magic meals, with consistently high productivity and quality. ✅

  • Strategy & Goals-Setting + Driving: Help develop and maintain department strategy, expectations, and clear goals including KPIs. 📊 Then align and drive the Ops team to the promised land with regular reviews and accountability for results. Find and allocate resources as needed.
  • Culture-Building: Exemplify, communicate, promote, and reinforce LeafSide’s values, purpose, and mission throughout Ops. 🏆 Help rally individuals and teams within and across departments, soliciting and using good ideas from any teammate, for mission success.
  • Staffing & Development: Plan and help manage staffing, recruiting, and onboarding to meet company goals. Develop teammates and ensure follow-through therein. 👍 Handle staff/HR issues as needed.
  • Department-Building: Organize, simplify, and systematize superb execution in Ops. 🥇 Find and/or build tools, systems, and processes that are lean and adaptable, training teammates as needed.
  • Ad-hoc Awesomeness: Do whatever it takes for mission success! Solve problems and create opportunities befitting your leadership role. ✨

 

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a full-time on-site role, minimum 40-45 hours/week. To succeed in this role, hard work, reliability, people skills, and proficiency/fluency in numbers should be your strong suits. ✅ Career success and mission impact should be a top priority in your life.
  • We offer a market-competitive salary commensurate with experience. 
  • Total time off per year starts at over 4 weeks per year. (8 paid holidays, 5 sick days, and 12 PTO days) with sick and PTO time usable interchangeably, and accrued per fully employed pay period. 🗓️
  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans are offered, with full or partial coverage by the company depending on the plan chosen.
  • Complimentary LeafSide meals every workday (a $2,500+ yearly value), and employee discount on LeafSide products. Unlike most food companies, we eat our own products every day, and high quality food drives us to perform our best! 😋

Pssst…If you’ve read this far and want to stand out from the majority of candidates: Be sure to tell us very clearly where you are in your vegan journey, why you want to work with us, AND be sure to complete the Indeed Assessments, so that your application is not left incomplete. 🙂

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About LeafSide

LeafSide is a fast-growing company, offering innovative 100% whole-food plant-based meal packs. Our mission: make healthy, optimal-nutrition food so simple and easy, that it becomes a societal norm. Visit us at www.goleafside.com.

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