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Dried Fruit Manufacturer seeks entry level position to support Product Manager in marketing initiatives for the retail grocery and convenience channels. Must be detail oriented and have the ability to multi-task and execute multiple projects simultaneously.
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The strength of any great organization lies in the strength of its people. Do you have what it takes to join a dynamic and entrepreneurial team? Are you ambitious, innovative, energetic and inspired by opportunity? If this describes you and you are looking for an opportunity to make an impact, this may be the organization for you!
Mariani Packing Company is a privately held, global, growing, industry leader in consumer products manufacturing based in Vacaville, California. We have made recent investments in European, Asian and Central/South American markets in addition to our domestic, U.S. business, and are now in over 64 countries. We are family owned and have been exceeding our customer’s expectations for over 100 years. Through consumer insights and dedication to innovation, we continue to bring the best premium dried fruit products to consumers worldwide. Our dedication to quality, innovation and our commitment to keeping employees engaged in the overall success and future of the business is what makes us successful. Our employees are passionate about our products and we strive to create a culture that is personal, intimate and a true family company.

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Senior Buyer – Purchasing

Reporting to the Purchasing Manager is responsible for the management and replenishment inventory of all co-packed products, ready pack and ingredients through analyzing forecasts, past sales and usage trend to meet Company objectives. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Experience Desired

  • 5 years purchasing and inventory control experience
  • Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Agricultural Business, Production Operations management or related field preferred.
  • MRP experience a plus.

Purchasing

  • Manage and replenish inventory of all co-packed products, ready pack fruit and processing ingredients through analyzing forecasts, past sales and usage trends to meet Company objectives.
  • Coordinate all activities related to procurement of a product or commodity beginning with intent to purchase through delivery.
  • Make recommendations to departments on materials that can be obtained at a better price or quality and/or accessibility.
  • Account for all paperwork needed by Receiving for month end accruals of productive materials.
  • Assures standard costs are set correctly through review with Purchasing Manager.
  • Review monthly PPV reports and explain variances to Purchasing Manager.
  • Maintains System 2000 information related to required raw material inventory levels.
  • Evaluate Backorder Report for backorders and late order status.
  • Assures that the commodity is delivered on schedule, at the negotiated price, and meets the quality standards of the company, including FDA food safety guidelines.
  • Maintains timely control of orders, amendments, due dates, and other documents to assure accurate retention of records.
  • Problem Solving: Develop lasting solutions and changes that improve overall efficiency and accuracy that can impact internal and external customers.
  • Evaluates and documents Continuous Improvement efforts initiated by yourself and your suppliers.
  • Ensures clear and timely communication within department and with other departments to maximize quality, productivity and minimize down time.

Supplier Management

  • Research products and negotiate with suppliers for best possible product at lowest cost without compromising quality
  • Maintain honest, straightforward vendor relationships, using problem-solving skills.
  • Solicit end user feedback on suppliers to help in evaluation process.
  • Evaluate suppliers on annual basis and provide appropriate feedback to the suppliers
  • Track issues with suppliers, including using SCARs and work with the suppliers to resolve the issues.
  • Aid in the research, testing and approval of new products.

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Marketing Specialist

The Marketing Specialist is responsible for assisting Business Managers in the development and maintenance of Private Label and Mariani brands for Special Markets customers. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following but not limited to - Other duties may be assigned. A college degree or related experience and/or training preferred; an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office product. Experience in syndicated data software such as IRI or ACNielson a plus.

Marketing

  • Assist Business/Product Manager with internal department process on new product development for product lines for selected channels.
  • Support the development and implementation of marketing strategies and business plans.
  • Development, coordination, implementation, maintenance of artwork/package designs.
  • Continued product maintenance.
  • Ensure the accuracy and timely updating of price lists for selected channels.
  • Maintain product and packaging specification files for supported products.
  • Assist with creation of sales literature and product presentations.
  • Utilize syndicated data to observe market activity and assist in developing marketing strategies.
  • Manage all sample requests and other collateral material.
  • Coordinate channel trade events. Some travel may be required.
  • Coordinate special promotional programs from sales through to shipping.

Communications

  • Ensures clear and timely communication within department and with other departments to maximize quality, productivity and minimize down time.
  • Acts as a problem solver and team player.
  • Must have good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Preferred Bi-lingual (Spanish read & write) speaker but not required. (With understanding that conversational
  • Spanish is required within a year)
  • Presents technical information and or procedures to the team.

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Director of Retail Sales

Responsible for all sales volume and sales related activity in grocery, military and private label / grocery in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as necessary.

Sales

  • Oversees and directs all sales and sales related activity by Sales Managers in their respective territories.
  • Responsible for achieving sales volume goals and any sales objectives set forth by management.
  • Responsible for translating corporate goals and objectives into actionable plans for Sales Manager’s to execute against.
  • Responsible for solving customer problems in an expeditious manner within guidelines.
  • Ensure Sales Managers are providing timely forecasts for product, and merchandising vehicle needs.
  • Collaborate with marketing to develop new items, and marketing initiatives to drive sales.
  • Facilitate communication between Sales Managers, brokers, buyers and marketing.
  • Travel to perform customer and broker calls in support of Sales Managers activities.
  • Oversee the negotiation of settlement of customer claims within company set guidelines.
  • Identify new sales and marketing opportunities.
  • Develop relationships with senior management of our top account base.
  • Required to spend one full week per month in the Solano County office to facilitate communication with internal departments and senior management.

Management

  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the Retail Sales department;
  • Hire, coach, and manage the performance of the Regional Sales Manager team.
  • Motivate RSMs to meet and exceed their budgeted numbers and performance objectives.
  • Manage RSMs in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Perform strategic planning, annual appraisals, and develop reward programs for RSMs & brokers.
  • Responsible for oversight of Retail Product Manager, providing guidance on general product management, evaluation and development of new item/merchandising/promotional opportunities
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback
  • Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services
  • Is able to effectively communicate with Department Personnel / Supervisory Peers / Upper Management.
  • Represent Retail Sales in continuous process improvement initiatives.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Sales, Communication or related field from a four-year accredited college or university;
  • Must have at least 8-10 years Sales and Marketing management experience directing a team of sales and marketing professionals; consumer packaged goods, food and beverage experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated track record developing and implementing successful business plans, executing innovation and the ability to identify consumer insights into new products is required.
  • Travel required both domestically and internationally.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to the company’s mission.

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QC Supervisor / Night Shift

Responsible for ensuring that Night Shift produces to specification on a daily basis while keeping product HOLDs to a minimum. Ensures Food Safety requirements and GMP’s are adhered to and assists production where needed to troubleshoot issues related to product quality. Responsible for the effective utilization of QA Department resources and for participating on management teams to provide information or direction on special projects. Provides technical support where needed. Other duties and responsibilities in addition to the following may be assigned.

Accountability: Quality

  • Responsible for teaming with production to create world best practices “WBP’s” to ensure that all products meet specification and Customer expectations.
  • Responsible for providing continuous support to operations to ensure that all incoming materials meet specification. Develops and improves inspection methods as needed.
  • Compiles data and prepares corrective action reports (CAR’s) for Customers as needed.
  • Responsible for training personnel in proper administration of QA testing protocols, GMP’s and other procedures deemed necessary. Audits and recommends improvements.
  • Makes assessments of current operating procedures and effectiveness and develops improvements.
  • Provides effective daily monitoring and feedback to production staff with regards to;
  • Incoming product quality and conformance to specification.
  • Sanitation monitoring and Pre-op inspections.
  • Pest control monitoring and environmental monitoring inside and outside of the facility.
  • Maintains the company’s ability to achieve the highest scores from outside auditors.
  • Sets up cross-training programs to provide backup support.
  • Participates on CIP teams and projects as needed.
  • Participates in Internal Audits as needed supporting QA.
  • Must be able to solve problems through research and analyze results. Must have strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to handle multiple priorities.
  • Assists with all testing required in QA Lab.
  • Monitors HOLD lots and evaluates for proper disposition and keeps team informed.
  • Provides Food Safety and Quality training on the factory floor in line with incentives;
  • Quality Complaints and strategies to improve.
  • Product Cuttings and reference guides.
  • Incoming Raw Materials reports for operators.
  • Provides QA monitoring of daily inspection to identify potential quality issues.
  • Effectively utilizes human resources. Organizes recruitment and placement of required staff. Establishes organization structure and work schedules. Monitors adherence to rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Ensures all production documentation is completed and properly filed daily.

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Maintenance Mechanic - Industrial

Under the direction of the maintenance manager or maintenance lead, performs preventative maintenance activities on al process equipment while assisting with facilities maintenance, equipment installation, and overhauling of all plant equipment.

Qualifications

  • 2-5 years Food Manufacturing experience
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Industrial Electrical experience a plus

Accountability: Production Maintenance

  • Works in an extremely safe manner and protects not only him/her self but also other people and equipment in the facility.
  • Ensures that Food Safety Measures are adhered to in all operations.
  • Schedules and performs preventive maintenance in a timely manner.
  • Read sketches, prints, operating instructions and proceed accordingly.
  • Check Materials and parts and makes requests for same
  • Lay out work from sketches, drawings, etc.
  • Fabricate and assemble parts to construct machinery and equipment.
  • Locate line up and anchor machinery.
  • Test and time machinery.
  • Able to repair, adjust, trouble-shoot, and time food processing equipment.
  • Able to repair, adjust, trouble-shoot, and time weight scales, metal detectors and case printer.
  • Demonstrate welding skills with all metals, especially stainless steel.
  • Analyzes and makes necessary repairs of fluid power systems.
  • Lay out and install process piping systems
  • Understand food processing equipment computer control systems
  • Provide own appropriate hand tools and meters as required

Accountability: Communications

  • Must be proficient in following and enhancing Preventative Maintenance Programs.
  • Maintain maintenance records and logs work appropriately.
  • Communicates effectively and adequately voices opinion to accomplish goals.
  • Takes the lead in repair situations, communicating time frame and needs to production personnel and management staff.
  • Interfaces with contractors to insure facility standards and job requirements are met.

Accountability: Other

  • Must be able to work swing shift and weekends and frequent long hours.
  • Must be able to operate a forklift and high reach boom lift.

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Manager, Cut Fruit / Main Line

Under the direction of the Vice President of operations, is responsible for overseeing the activities associated to the Cut Fruit department including the main line production, cut fruit production lines, import and domestic raisin receiving and inventory management. Ensures food safety measures are complied with in ever operation. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Accountability: Cut Fruit / Main Line Operations

  • Responsible for oversight of all production lines in the Cut fruit and Main Line Departments including set up and daily operation.
  • Ensures that a sufficient number of employees are available to run the lines on a daily basis
  • Reports line productivity to supervisor.
  • Ensures all lines are running efficiently and reports any maintenance issues to the Maintenance manager.
  • Participating in group meetings for each and take the lead on reporting follow up action required by individuals in respective department.
  • Ensure that proper departmental communication guidelines are maintained as our environment changes.
  • Ensures all pack reports are complete, accurate and turned in a timely manner.
  • Oversees the receiving of raw materials, both imported and domestic.
  • Ensures all Import paperwork is properly maintained and reported.
  • Maintain Weekly Lots by Bin accounting to ensure proper inventory records.
  • Presents and documents one “Safety Talk” per week, with signatures of employees in attendance.
  • Reports injuries and investigates all accidents and “near-misses”
  • Coordinates weekly, or more frequent if needed, maintenance (part replacement, etc.) on all machines
  • Oversees the waste disposal including fruit waste, raisin waste and sludge.
  • Ensures waste disposal paperwork is reported in a timely manner.
  • Ensures labor tracking is properly maintained and reported.
  • Ensure production variance is reported on a daily basis.
  • Yield and material variances are captured and discussed for improvement on a daily basis.
  • Performs Cycle Counts of Raw Materials daily and monthly
  • Ensures ALL staff members are trained in SOP’s, Safety, Food Safety, GMP’s and any other Company policies and procedures. This training must be documented and filed with HR.

 

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Machine Operator - Mechanic - Bag Line

Supervisor or Manager is responsible for operating one or more production lines in the Bag Line area. Will be responsible to set up for production and ensure the products produced are within Mariani quality standards. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications

  • Maintenance experience required.
  • Certification from a tech school desired.
  • Must be a self-starter motivated and show leadership ability.
  • Must pass Mariani forklift certification.
  • Must be able to think on their feet and must have mechanical aptitude.
  • Must be able to work under a timeline and meet that timeline.
  • Must be able to perform simple mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to keep focus under stressful situations.
  • Must be trained in the nature and properties of sanitation chemicals.
  • Must be able to lead a crew and set example for company values.
  • Must be able to stand for up to 12 hours a shift
  • Must be willing to work any shift

Operation of a production line

  • Operations
  • Sets up assigned line for operation in allotted time.
  • Starts, stops, sets up, and cleans machinery according to operational requirements.
  • Performs daily line inspection and reports findings to Supervisor and Maintenance.
  • Follows up reports to ensure maintenance tasks are completed.
  • Oversees production run ensuring that specific customer specifications are meet.
        This includes fruit requirement
        Bag coding is properly located and in the proper format.
        Case coding is in the right location and proper format.
        Pallet tag and placard information matches product information.
  • Keeps supervisor informed of any issues with production run.
  • Keeps in contact with Maintenance crew of any repairs needing to be preformed.
  • Will learn to perform daily general maintenance of the bag line and surrounding equipment.
  • Track productivity of line including spillage, through put, yield and any other critical parameters.
  • Properly reports downtime and materials used to Production Control.
  • Report productivity to supervisor on a regular basis.
  • May handle materials weighing up to 60 pounds occasionally.
  • Maintains correct product availability to line operations as directed.
  • May operate forklift on a limited basis.
  • Will not mishandle equipment in any manner.
  • Must ensure all line staff is following proper production specifications.
  • Must be able to train as needed. This may mean travel to outside training sites.
  • Must be willing and able to train other operators on production.
  • Will follow ALL GMP’s daily.
  • Reports quality issues to supervisor immediately.

 

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Cadet
Responsible for working in all operations departments working with the department manager to learn the activities in each area including throughput, yield, product quality, GMP’s and food safety. The Cadet will be responsible to minimize downtime, both scheduled and unscheduled, to a level not to exceed a total of 5% within the department. Ensures that operators and staff receive the information they need to run their assigned line and are responsible for the proper collection and transaction of all data in order to maintain lot integrity and product traceability. Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and communicate same to assigned employees. Supervisor will ensure that Food Safety Measures are adhered to in all operations. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Production

  • Coordinates with the production scheduler about production requirements on a daily basis
  • Schedules personnel required to meet the standard manning of the lines, working with the scheduler to ensure accurate staffing usage and reporting.
  • Uses the proper fruit according to product specifications.
  • Ensures proper reporting of fruit used daily.
  • Determines from the schedule whether to use tubs or fiber boxes to collect the fruit. Ensures that tubs or fiber boxes are available
  • Instructs the operators for the day’s production requirements
  • Ensures that a sufficient number of employees are available to run the lines on a daily basis
  • Ensures that the sorting process is properly completed for defects or contaminants
  • Makes line speed and temperature adjustments based on Quality Control reports to ensure product quality is completed by operators
  • Monitors to ensure that all pallets or bins are tagged, weighed, and delivered to the appropriate destination
  • Ensures that a copy of each pallet or bin tag is accounted for to make accurate computer transactions
  • Supervises department employees to keep them on tasks assigned
  • Cross-trains machine operators and other employees to offer maximum flexibility. Trains department employees on new tasks. Trains a back-up for this position
  • Enforces Company policies and documents disciplinary actions
  • Continuously monitors the lines for safety, including the proper use of PPE and safe conduct while working
  • Presents and documents one “Safety Talk” per week, with signatures of employees in attendance
  • Reports injuries and investigates all accidents and “near-misses”
  • Consults with operators to perform a DAILY inspection of equipment to ensure proper condition.
  • Reports any equipment concerns to maintenance.
  • Performs Weekly Lots by Bin Inventory of WIP product. Noting reasons for any variation from physical to system inventory.
  • Performs Cycle Count of Raw Materials daily and sanitation inspection daily.
  • Ensure production variance is reported on a daily basis
  • Completes annual performance appraisals for all direct report staff.
  • Implements and oversees the 5S’ management tool.
  • Cooperates with other leaders
  • Consistent Adherence and Application of Department SOP.

 

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Maintenance Electrician - Industrial

Under the direction of the maintenance manager or maintenance lead, assumes responsibility for the efficiency and safety of all plant electrical equipment and power distribution. Also assists with facilities maintenance, equipment installation, and overhauling of all process equipment.

3-5 years Industrial Manufacturing experience - Food Manufacturing experience.
2 years Industrial Electrician experience required.
Certification as journeyman electrician or equivalent required.
Experience with 480 power and motors required
Bilingual a plus
Mechanical Maintenance experience a plus

Essential Duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties and responsibilities in addition to the following may be assigned.

Accountability #1: – Production Maintenance

  • Works in an extremely safe manner and protects not only him/her self but also other people and equipment in the facility.
  • Responsible for scheduling and completing preventative maintenance on all electrical equipment, components and facilities power distribution in a timely manner.
  • Troubleshoots manufacturing and facility equipment for electrical malfunctions.
    Maintains proper inventory levels for common electrical components and prepares orders for necessary material and parts.
  • Lays out work from sketches, drawings, etc.  
  • Performs, or directs all maintenance wiring, installation of motors, switches, switch panels, fuse boxes, lighting, testing, programmable logic controllers, and power circuits in compliance with the current national electric code.
  • Determines proper size and specifications of wire, conduit, switches, panels, fuses, etc.
  • Reads and understands blueprints and circuit diagrams.
  • Reads prints, sketches and operating instructions and proceeds with work accordingly.     
    Inspects motors, switches, junction boxes, switch panels, circuit breakers, transformers, fuse panels, lighting, controls, heating and power circuits. Makes a layout of electrical circuits as needed.
  • Performs or directs installation, connection, adjustment, and calibration of electrical gauges and recording instruments.
  • Familiar with installation, set-up and operation of VFD units.
  • Familiar with PLC’s and their functions in a production environment.
  • Installs, adjusts, maintains, repairs, and overhauls process instruments, control instrumentation and related equipment both electronic and pneumatic.
  • Participates in sub-station repairs and maintenance.
  • Provides own appropriate hand tools and meters as required.

Accountability #2: – Other

  • Is on call as necessary, must be available to work weekends and overtime.
  • Must be able to safely operate a fork lift truck and high reach boom
  • Familiar with the operational requirements of a solar facility is valuable.

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Resumes can be sent to - jobline@mariani.com, faxed to 707-453-8342, or sent via mail at 500 Crocker Drive, Vacaville, CA 95688, Attn: Human Resources

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy Statement
The policy of the Company is to provide equal opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, Vietnam era/disabled veteran status, or disability, or other bases prohibited by applicable law. Company policy prohibits harassment of applicants or employees related to these bases. The Company has established a continuing Affirmative Action Program to assure equal employment opportunity in all its policy decisions affecting recruitment, selection, assignment, promotion, training, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

 

 

   
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