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OPEN POSITIONS – Bozeman, MT

Plant-based Innovation and Development Manager

Overview:

Do you have a passion for plant-based foods and health? Do you love to innovate, enjoy building great relationships, are a team player, and thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing landscape? Are you skilled at working with Genesis, building spec sheets and SOPs, and improving existing product formulas? If so, we might be looking for you!

Our unique IP poises us for a leadership role in the plant-based industry. We are a Bozeman, MT- based company looking to rapidly expand our range of plant-based dairy and meat free food options. We work to positively change lives by inspiring people through plant-based food and lifestyle inspiration. We seek a talented candidate who has a passion for food (plant-based even better), and the skill to be part of our exciting, dynamic, and rapidly growing company and team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in creating innovations for the company – from idea generation and invention to product launch, including, but not limited to, bench top testing, sensory evaluation, obtaining and evaluating new raw materials as applicable, shelf-life studies, documenting all testing and results.
  • Establish a well-designed analytical evaluation as well as recording process for product consistency check – from batch-to-batch evaluations to shelf-life studies.
  • Perform analysis, testing, and experiments to improve products and processes.
  • Create and implement product specifications, SOPs, ingredient specifications, in-process control points, and testing requirements.
  • Partner with QA, Operations, and Procurement to help execute the development and commercialization of new formulations and/or reformulations, including, but not limited to, project timeline creation, risk assessments, planning factory trials, ordering ingredients and packaging, and organizing and sending customer sales samples.
  • Develop and maintain ingredient specifications, ingredient supplier approval initiation, and new material item set up.
  • Perform USDA and/or FDA claims substantiation and approval; Nutrition Fact Panels generation; and SOI Compliance for product labeling, distribution, and manufacturing processes.
  • Coordinate, perform, and record results of analytical procedures, including sensory evaluations and shelf-life testing.
  • Revise & develop nutritional information and ingredient declarations using the Genesis software program and lab results of nutritional analyses.
  • Contribute to, review, and approve packaging label artwork.
  • Work with manufacturing on product shelf-life and quality.
  • Evaluate ingredients with respect to new projects, substitution, and cost saving initiatives.
  • Work with team in meeting product launch timelines.
  • Actively seek and gain grants where applicable.
  • Attend training courses and trade shows to keep up with latest industry trends.
  • Research product concepts, functional ingredients, and new technologies.
  • Explore external sources of innovation, knowledge, and technology and assist WayFare to build and create innovation, invention, and productive relationships.
  • Apply independent judgement and critical thinking to the creation and implementation of IP to advance the growth of WayFare at a rapid pace.
  • Travel to manufacturing plant in Nebraska City, NE, when necessary.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years’ experience in food innovation
  • Masters’ degree in Food Science or Dairy Technology preferred
  • Strong research and analytical skills

Benefits

  • WayFare’s Group Health Plan (100% Employer funded)
  • Dental and Vision coverage (100% Employer funded)
  • HSA (pend requirements)
  • Simple IRA
  • AFLAC supplemental insurance access
  • Short-term Disability Insurance (100% Employer funded)
  • Long-term Disability Insurance (100% Employer funded)
  • Guardian College Tuition Benefit
  • Fitness Contribution Policy
  • 12 days paid accrued Personal Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Holidays (8)
  • Paid Jury Duty benefit
  • Company cell phone or partial reimbursement
  • Computer provided

If you think you’d be a good fit, please send a cover letter and resume to info@wayfarefoods.com.

 

OPEN POSITIONS – Nebraska City, NE

 

Warehouse Operations Manager

Overview:

WayFare Health Foods is an innovative manufacturer of plant-based, dairy-free foods. Headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, the family-owned company strives to help people live more abundantly, by creating foods that promote health, wellbeing, and joy. The current range of products include plant-based ready-to-eat, cream cheeses, dips, sour cream, butter, cheddar sauces, and puddings that are sold in retail locations across the U.S.A.  WayFare products are also used as ingredients by major food service companies and in restaurants throughout the nation.

The Warehouse Operations Manager, based in Nebraska City, NE, is a critical part of the WayFare plant. Responsibility for the warehouse portion of the plant includes, but is not limited to, quality control, inventory management; raw materials and packaging receiving and tracking; handling finished goods; and ensuring the smooth operations of outbound shipping. The Warehouse Operations Manager role requires leadership, creativity, tenacity, initiative, flexibility, appreciation of physical labor, a buoyant attitude, and efficiency. Occasional evening and weekend work is required within the position.

Job Functions:

  1. Coordinate the preparation of orders to ship by building pallets from wrapped finished products
  2. Ensure customer POs are ready for pickup on time
  3. Respond promptly to delivery appointments with a customer service mindset
  4. Alert production/Bozeman of potential product shorts, out-of-date product, and QC issues
  5. Perform quality checks on all raw materials, packaging, and finished goods
  6. Manage all receiving in an efficient and organized manner
  7. Coordinate the inspection of all outbound and inbound trucks
  8. Track ongoing inventory; perform regular physical counts of raw materials, packaging, and finished goods
  9. Complete required documents and logs
  10. Support the Bozeman corporate office (coordinate on freight arrangements, inventory, purchasing needs)
  11. Supervise the segregation of organic and conventional materials
  12. Maintain strict cleanliness and organization of all areas of the chilled and dry warehouses, according to GFSI standards
  13. Oversee waste disposal
  14. Become an SME in all policies, procedures, and logs relevant to areas of responsibility
  15. Interface with and support the QA Team
  16. Seek continuous improvement of all internal systems; search for opportunities to increase efficiencies; make recommendations
  17. Support other departments as needed
  18. Perform other duties as required. This list of responsibilities and duties is not all inclusive and may change over time.

Core Deliverables Required:

  • Understand and implement comprehensive inventory management systems
  • Read and calculate quantities accurately
  • Understand and apply GMP principles
  • Lift weights of up to 50 lbs. repetitively and 80 lbs. occasionally
  • Operate a forklift safely
  • Understand and use critical control points
  • Read, understand, and execute pallet loading instructions
  • Use a computer and computer programs with literacy
  • Possess a Valid Driver’s License
  • Manage detail to ensure accurate shipments
  • English reading and writing skills sufficient to read, understand, and complete relevant documents

Core Competencies Required:

  • Problem Sensitivity – the ability to determine when something is wrong or likely to go wrong
  • Internal Drive – the desire for excellence
  • Service Orientation – actively looking for ways to help people and function as a team player
  • Accountability – the ability to follow through on an established obligation and a willingness to accept responsibility of the outcome
  • Perseverance – the ability to continue in some effort or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition
  • Communication – the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented in writing, through spoken words and sentences, and the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing and speaking so others will understand
  • Problem Solving – Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management and Attendance – Managing one’s own time and consistently reporting to work, meetings, or other scheduled events in a timely manner; and, notifying others appropriately of planned or unplanned absences and tardiness.

If you think you’d be a good fit, please send a cover letter and resume to info@wayfarefoods.com.

 

Lead Industrial Mechanic and Maintenance

Overview:

WayFare Health Foods is an innovative manufacturer of plant-based, dairy-free foods. Headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, the family-owned company strives to help people live, and live more abundantly, by creating foods that promote health, wellbeing, and joy. The current line of products includes plant-based, ready-to-eat, cream cheeses, dips, sour cream, butters, cheddar sauces, and puddings that are sold in retail locations in certain parts of the U.S., including the northeast and mid-Atlantic states, and California. WayFare products are also used as ingredients by major food service companies and in restaurants throughout the nation.

The Lead Mechanic is an integral part of the production of WayFare products. In order to ensure uninterrupted production of product, the excellent condition of the WayFare facility and equipment must be consistently maintained. The Mechanical and Maintenance Manager role requires leadership, ingenuity, initiative, flexibility, appreciation of physical labor, respect for mechanical and maintenance best practices, and efficiency. This position leads the Maintenance Team in keeping equipment and the building in world-class condition and is responsible for managing all installation, repair, and upkeep of WayFare plant equipment and facilities. Occasional evening and weekend hours are required.

Job Functions:

  1. Lead, manage, and train Maintenance Team employees
  2. Ensure operational efficiency of all WayFare plant equipment, particularly that necessary for food production and packaging, including all maintenance and repairs
  3. Supervise and perform total preventative maintenance, managing breakdowns of any mechanical equipment
  4. Supervise and execute on maintenance and any required repairs of all plant systems, including ammonia chilling system, sewer system, HVAC, boilers, cookers, environmental equipment, etc.
  5. Supervise and perform maintenance of physical plant, internal and external
  6. Complete all required documentation; maintain records of maintenance and repair activities
  7. Follow QA procedures and system
  8. Work with QA team to ensure compliance with all BRC standards
  9. Ensure that all critical parts are on site and available for necessary maintenance and repairs of WayFare plant equipment
  10. Become a subject matter expert in all WayFare plant equipment
  11. Develop or improve maintenance procedures for all WayFare plant equipment and facility, including a planned preventative maintenance schedule
  12. Maintain clean and organized mechanical and maintenance rooms
  13. Implement workplace safety policies and standards
  14. Negotiate contracts with outside vendors for execution of work beyond the scope of internal resources
  15. Seek out and participate in trainings and obtain certifications critical to the Mechanical and Maintenance Manager role
  16. Uphold WayFare purpose, way, impact, and values
  17. Protect WayFare’s intellectual property
  18. Perform other duties as required. This list of responsibilities and duties is not all inclusive and may change over time.

Core Deliverables Required:

  • Lead a team effectively, inspiring and motivating to best practices in performance and relationships
  • Read and understand technical and repair manuals
  • Possess expertise in ammonia, sewer, HVAC, and boiler systems
  • Ability to disassemble and reassemble complex mechanical assemblies
  • Mechanical ability to repair and maintain equipment, replace broken/worn parts
  • Lift weights up to 80 lbs. occasionally
  • Apply CIP cleaning and maintenance techniques
  • Understand and apply GMP principles
  • English reading and writing skills sufficient to record production and cleaning information

Core Competencies Required:

  • Problem Sensitivity – the ability to determine when something is wrong or likely to go wrong
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is changed or rearranged.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and strategic, analytical, reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Internal Drive – the desire for excellence
  • Accountability – the ability to follow through on an established obligation and a willingness to accept responsibility of the outcome
  • Integrity – the ability to adhere to moral and ethical principles
  • Perseverance – the ability to continue in some effort or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition
  • Professionalism – adherence to courtesy, honesty, and responsibility in one’s dealings with co-workers and customers
  • Communication – the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented in writing, through spoken words and sentences, and the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing and speaking so others will understand
  • Interpersonal – Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do; being flexible; and, listening to others with full attention, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Reasoning — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one; and, combining pieces of information and applying general rules to problems to produce answers/conclusions that make sense.
  • Problem Solving – Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management and Attendance – Managing one’s own time and consistently reporting to work, meetings, or other scheduled events in a timely manner; and, notifying others appropriately of planned or unplanned absences and tardiness.

If you think you’d be a good fit, please send a cover letter and resume to info@wayfarefoods.com.