• Plant Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-Bakersfield
    Job ID 2018-1089
    # of Openings
  • Overview


    We're Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the plant-powered food and beverage company of the future. Our mission is to innovate delicious plant-powered foods for mindful nourishment. We're led by beverage visionary Greg Steltenpohl, crafting, concocting and cold-brewing beautifully bottled goodness from the San Joaquin Valley. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of warrior Queen Califia, the goddess of bounty and abundance who ruled over the mythical island of California. We make our daily decisions using these five core values: Do, Learn Improve; Act Like an Owner; Challenge the Status Quo; The Bottle is Half Full; and Using our Sixth Sense (being conscious of our impact on others and the planet).

    In a snapshot:

    • Founded in 2010
    • 250+ full time staff and contracted employee
    • Headquarters in Downtown L.A. Arts District and Manufacturing in Bakersfield, CA
    • We believe in Shared Leadership where team members are heard and leadership is broadly distributed
    • We are committed to our people and to our communities' sustainability



    The Plant Manager for Califia Farms is responsible for day-to-day and strategic leadership and management of operations in our Bakersfield plant. This role oversees plant operations to achieve short and long-range business goals in safety, quality, customer service, costs, efficiency, and raw material usage yields.


    • Assist the Chief Operations Officer in setting key performance objectives (KPOs), operational indicators, and strategies; and lead execution to achieve objectives.
    • Ensure performance objectives are cascaded to all Leadership Team Members.
    • Insure collaboration with Plant Leadership Team and cross functional partners through inclusive leadership and decision making.
    • Communicate effectively with hourly team members, individually and in team meetings, to ensure hourly team members feel heard and engaged.
    • Ensure all hourly team members understand all plant performance indicators and receive regular feedback on the plant’s performance. 
    • Lead the production team to meet our customer quality and delivery expectations.
    • Lead the Operations activities necessary to ensure regulatory compliance, manage/ prevent risk, and maintain an effective business continuity strategy.
    • Establish and sustain a culture of continuous improvement to identify and implement improvements in processes, work methods, and process execution that improve operational performance.
    • Hire, develop and retain management, and operations staff.
    • Provide direction, leadership, mentoring, and motivation to build and maintain a high performing plant.
    • Ensure that each department has the appropriate management and lead personnel who are responsible for fully training all positions to create an efficient operation.
    • Provide leadership on the management activities needed to acquire, train, and retain effective staff in all positions.
    • Participate in annual plan development, and directs communication, implementation and execution of operations plans.
    • Collaborate with the Corporate Safety function to ensure employees are working safely and injuries are prevented.
    • Collaborate with Logistics to identify and maintain efficient and cost-effective channels of product delivery and distribution.
    • Collaborate with all support functions (finance, IT, legal, human resources, and sales and marketing) to achieve business objectives and develop a strong, functional and collaborative culture.
    • Provides estimates for order completion, materials, supplies, and equipment needs.
    • Estimates production times, staffing requirements and related issues for management decisions.
    • Ensures that machines and equipment are properly maintained to optimize utilization and performance.
    • Interacts with R&D management concerning product design and specifications to ensure efficient production methods.


    • Acts like an Owner mentality and is willing to chart the course and lead the organization.
    • Dedicated to strong relationships with customers and employees, with excellent communication skills, is inspirational and able to lead people by collaboration, heartfelt service, appreciation, and bias to action.
    • Able to clearly articulate the vision and plan, provide direct and clear feedback and able to positively influence others.
    • Enthusiastic individual with fire in the belly, who is tough and thick skinned, willing to do what it takes, able to endure uncertainty and challenges, is creative and flexible enough to change course when necessary.
    • Thrives on learning by constantly seeking new knowledge, fearless problem solver, engages in self-improvement, is smart and focused on what matters.



    • BS/BA or equivalent in Agri-Business, Management, Engineering or other related field a plus.
    • 10+ years of leadership experience in production facilities, prefer beverage, food processing and/or dairy products.
    • Minimum 2 years of experience as a plant manager
    • P&L experience, strong financial and analytical skills
    • Excellent intuition and deductive reasoning for assessing opportunities
    • Keen insight and proactive ability to identify, assess and manage risk
    • Demonstrated experience and success in managing people effectively and leading operations function in a complex manufacturing environment.
    • Skilled and experienced with labor, hiring and management practices, including building and maintaining high performance organizations
    • Decisive and collaborative leader with the ability to drive performance through multiple organizational levels
    • Demonstrated operational leadership; hands-on management style; effective decision-maker


    The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


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