General Manager – Manufacturing Plant & Sowing Facilities
PlantTape is an automated transplanting system aimed at reducing costs and labor for vegetable growers. The PlantTape process is built around a biodegradable tape that holds seeds and seedlings. The tape facilitates ease of sowing, efficient nursery operations and automated transplanting. With one of the most progressive and innovative automated transplanters on the market, PlantTape now has over 100 machines operating globally.
Location: Hollister, CA
Overall management responsibility for the PlantTape factory and sowing operations in Hollister, CA and Livingston, TN.
The role principally requires keeping facilities running safely and efficiently, and being able to deal with the complete set of challenges that beset a typical production environment. These challenges can be of an HR, planning, finance, production, safety, facility, IT, engineering etc. nature. This position sees final responsibility for two locations.
The successful applicant is expected to prioritize his/her time to improve efficiencies and solve problems, using all necessary resources. The manager must be able to delegate tasks effectively, but must also be willing to complete many tasks themselves, or develop processes and identify/train others to complete. A “hands-on” approach, becoming familiar with all workforce members and all equipment, is a necessity, requiring significant time on the production floors. The Hollister facility runs extended hours during the busy, summer season, and the position will require some work outside of regular hours.
Minimum of five years of leadership experience in a production environment.
At least spoken Spanish ability.
Self-driven, with a demonstrated drive and ability to handle the day-to day management of a facility.
Demonstrated initiative, as required to solve a wide range of problems.
Demonstrated passion for quality and a continual-improvement mentality.
Ability to solve problems, working with multi-disciplined teams, prioritize and manage projects.
- Promotes a positive Company image, and supports the PlantTape efforts.
- Must be able to maintain and abide by confidentiality.
- Must be willing to travel.
- Must be a team player with a can-do attitude and be goal driven.
- Must be able to work independently and in a team environment, have excellent communication and organizational skills and great attention to detail.