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CommonWealth Kitchen (CWK) is in search of an entrepreneurial senior manager to lead our signature food manufacturing social enterprise. CWK’s co-manufacturing team provides outsourced processing for a wide mix of artisan bakers and packaged goods companies to help them efficiently scale production. Products include sauces, condiments, beverages and baked goods that are packaged for retail and wholesale accounts. Equipment used for production include a multi-head filler; 100-gallon steam kettles; Vemag extruder; flow wrapper; and label line. When not providing outsourced production for our diverse businesses, CWK also provides value-added processing for regional farms, and a line of CWK-branded wholesale products.
About CommonWealth Kitchen
At CommonWealth Kitchen, food is our passion; equity is our mission. We are an entrepreneurial nonprofit based in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood on a mission to build a new food economy grounded in racial, social, and economic justice.
We operate Greater Boston’s only non-profit shared-use commercial kitchen, providing hourly rental to 50+ diverse start-up and early-stage food companies annually, over 75% BIPOC-owned. We also operate a signature small-batch food manufacturing enterprise, which provides outsourced processing to help emerging food businesses scale, while creating high quality urban manufacturing jobs, supporting regional farms, and generating earned income to support CWK’s operations. To complement our kitchens, CWK offers a wide range of business education and training, mentoring, and coordinated market access to more than 200 diverse food companies annually, including food trucks, caterers, bakers, packaged goods companies, and restaurants.
CWK launched our one-of-a-kind food manufacturing social enterprise in 2016 as a way to help artisan bakers and packaged goods companies scale by outsourcing production to CWK’s dedicated team. The model allows us to aggregate multiple part-time and seasonal jobs with our companies into full-time employment on our staff, and to leverage our nonprofit status to invest in specialized equipment to partially automate the process.
As the world recovers in the aftermath of COVID, CWK is at a key inflection point. We have built a strong foundation and reputation for effectively supporting and scaling diverse food businesses, and demonstrated the power of our vertically-integrated approach. With clear proof of concept and rapidly growing demand from buyers looking to increase their local and diverse sourcing, we now need a senior manager able to help fully operationalize and scale our manufacturing operation to keep up with demand. Over the next 12 months, we expect to increase production to 2 shifts/day, and to expand into a larger production space on site over the next 18 months.
The Director of Manufacturing Operations is a hands-on senior management role that oversees all of the day-to-day operations and strategy for our co-packing operation. This position requires excellent culinary and organizational skills; extensive knowledge of food safety, product formulation and production methods, including HACCP plans and scheduled processes; familiarity with a range of production, filling, packaging and labeling equipment; and demonstrated managerial experience, including developing and managing budgets and managing staff. The ideal candidate has excellent organizational skills, is data driven and results-oriented, excels in a collaborative multicultural work environment, and shares a clear commitment to CWK’s mission.
Salary, Benefits, Working Conditions
CommonWealth Kitchen anticipates the annual salary range to be between $85,000 and $115,000. CWK offers generous paid time off as well as group health insurance.
The selected candidate will need to work on site at our Dorchester facility 5 days/week, and must have some flexibility for intermittent remote evening and/or weekend hours to participate in classes and workshops, schedule check-ins with business owners, attend events, etc.
CommonWealth Kitchen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into every aspect of our organization. We firmly believe that a diverse staff makes us a more successful organization.
To apply: https://commonwealthkitchen.org/about/careers/
Additional Postings available from CommonWealth Kitchen
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Entrepreneurship Program Associate
Finance & Administration Associate