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Production Manager

About Us

Portland Bee Balm started ten years ago in a garage with wax from Brad’s backyard beehives. We have spent the last ten years with a focus on our craft and our customers. We have asked questions, listened to feedback, and have always been open to better ways of doing business. We are a plastic negative company, meaning that we remove twice as much plastic from the environment as we generate. We are a certified cruelty-free company and have never tested on animals. We also produce the world’s only reusable all stainless-steel lip balm tube – designed and made in the USA to last a lifetime. We source our ingredients and packaging locally and form lasting relationships with suppliers we trust. We have taken this same long-term, holistic approach in building our team and culture. Each team member is essential to achieving the goals we share. We have high standards and hold ourselves and each other accountable while respecting individual autonomy and creative approaches to problem-solving. We make space for team members’ priorities outside of work, believing that people do their best work when life is balanced.

We are an independent natural lip balm company. We take pride in creating one of the simplest, cleanest, and highest quality lip balms on the market with innovative packaging and unique displays. We are currently a team of 15 individuals, working together to make lip balms in the best way possible, with the highest quality ingredients we can source. We care about each other, our customers, our vendors, our local community, and the planet. We strive to evaluate the impacts of all our decisions with care. We have an employee profit share program and open-books policy, meaning all company financial information is shared with every employee. We are a fast-growing company and are looking for someone who is excited to grow with us and be a part of what we’re building. We have big plans for the next year and beyond.

About You

You are comfortable setting goals and leading a team to accomplish them. You are always looking for ways to do things more efficiently and encourage this outlook in those you lead. You understand the importance of objective data and can support your intuition with hard numbers when asked. You can have no problem setting fair expectations and holding people accountable in a collaborative fashion. You care about and advocate for the team you lead - getting them the resources they need to be their best. You are interested in the best idea or solution, even if it is not your own. You are quick to discard processes that are not serving your goals. People are comfortable approaching you and sharing their concerns and ideas; they feel heard and respected after the interaction. You believe in “a place for everything and everything in its place”. You are comfortable both behind a computer analyzing a productivity tracking spreadsheet and out on the production floor replacing the heating element on a wax melting tank. You bring a positive attitude to your team and any challenges you encounter.

Summary/Objective

The production manager leads the production team and has responsibility for all production-related processes and outcomes. 

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Hire, evaluate, lead and inspire members of the production team
  • Set clear and measurable expectations for process outcomes and provide frequent feedback to team members as well as continuous process improvement
  • Track all production-related inventory items and set re-order trigger levels and maintain appropriate levels of finished goods and components(labels, tubes, ingredients, packaging, etc.)
  • Maintain a clean, organized, and safe workspace
  • Ensure all equipment is running properly
  • Work closely with Management Team to execute goals in a timely manner

Competencies

  • Comfortable setting expectations and holding employees accountable in a positive and collaborative manner
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Great written and verbal communication
  • Internally motivated
  • Can take a project from start to finish with minimal oversight
  • Has an understanding of business fundamentals and strategy
  • High mathematical literacy and ability to think numerically and probabilistically 

Preferred Experience

  • Management experience in a production environment
  • Familiarity with warehouse layout and organization
  • Experience with inventory tracking and supply chain management
  • CPG industry experience - preferably grocery - ideally body care
  • Familiarity with production equipment maintenance and repair

Work Environment

This person works on-site in a professional office and warehouse environment in Portland, OR.

Job Type: Full-time M-F

Pay: $50,000.00 - $75,000per year

  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Employer-paid retirement match
  • Employer-paid(partially) Health insurance
  • Quarterly profit share bonus
  • Transportation plan
  • Paid Volunteer time

To apply email brad@portlandbeebalm.com with your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter please tell us one thing that you are passionate about that is unrelated to this job.

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