Chocolate Production Manager

Company Overview

Dandelion Chocolate

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Dandelion Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in San Francisco’s Mission District. We make chocolate from only two ingredients, cocoa beans and cane sugar, and travel to origins as often as we can to build good, trusting relationships with the producers who grow and ferment the beans we buy. We strive to make some of the best chocolate in the world, and now we’re looking for a Production Manager to lead that effort alongside our amazing production team at our new factory on 16th Street as we continue to scale up production.

While there’s no such thing as a typical day, you usually start your morning by meeting with Lead Chocolate Makers to talk about the production goals and daily schedule. After the team huddle, you meet with a chocolate maker for your weekly 1-1. They’ve expressed an interest in leading a safety initiative so you tweak schedules to ensure that they can attend the bi-weekly company safety meetings. Just as you’re due to start a meeting with the Flavor Manager, the tempering line stops working. With a text to reschedule, you drop everything to focus all of your attention on working with the senior chocolate maker and the production mechanic to fix the machine. The next hour has you delegating troubleshooting tasks to the team, making multiple phone calls to the Production Mechanic, a minor chocolate spill, and finally, a fixed machine. After lunch, you plan out the newest team member’s training schedule and send a status update on an ongoing R&D project. You finish the day by meeting with the Head of Production, where you outline your plans for developing your team, the most recent improvements on the flavor and production process, and a new quality assurance system you helped build with the food safety team.

We are constantly testing to improve our process and flavor, developing our teams, and welcoming visitors into our open factory and cafe. You will supervise and plan production operations and manage our team of chocolate makers. You’ll report to the Head of Production and work closely with other managers (Chocolate Operations, Packaging, Flavor, Quality, R&D, Valencia Street Production). You’ll be responsible for planning and executing our chocolate production to meet the highest quality standards. One of the most important aspects of this role will be scaling up the production processes and team as we maximize our space and equipment in our factory.

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    Job Duties

    - Consistently hit production deliverables/deadlines for bars, ground chocolate, nibs, whole roasted beans through effective goal setting and implementation
    - Create and maintain a strategic daily, weekly, monthly production plan and communicate it to your team and the Head of Production
    - Maintain the highest quality and flavor standards while working with the Flavor and Quality Managers to implement systems to continue to improve flavor/quality over time
    - Coach and develop team to grow individuals and address any performance issues; maintain an appropriate bar for talent and behavior and deepen your leadership bench within the team
    - Conduct interviews and coordinate with People Operations to build a healthy, adaptable team
    - Meet with production team members one-on-one weekly to develop skill-building plans and long-term goals
    - Handle and adapt the plan for hiccups in everyday production, including broken machines
    - Maintain inventory of beans, sugar, and production supplies to support production goals
    - Represent 16th street production point of view in meetings with other departments in the company while understanding and balancing strategic company goals
    - Hands on production tasks when required
    - Other tasks as needed

    Job Requirements

    - Leadership experience -- 2+ years prior experience in a leadership role in a deadline-driven, team-oriented environment where setting and meeting goals is essential.
    - Time management and prioritization skills -- you understand competing priorities and always try to maximize what you can accomplish with the available time and resources.
    - Excellent communication skills -- your communication style is approachable and clear, making it easy to coordinate with your team as well as other managers across the company.
    - Organizational skills -- you're a motivated, buttoned-up person who likes to plan (and back-up plan, and to back up your back-up plan) to make sure all your t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted
    - Tech skills -- Computer skills that include Excel, Google Suite, and Word. Willing to learn new systems.
    - Industry experience -- experience working in food production. Bachelor’s degree or relevant industry experience
    Language skills -- Fluent spoken and written English. Spanish language skills a plus!

    Skills/Experience Preferred



    Dandelion Chocolate constantly invests in our people and culture. All team members receive heavily subsidized medical, vision, and dental benefits as well as the option to enroll in our 401k program. All employees receive paid vacation time, holiday pay, and paid sick time. In addition, our team members enjoy commuter benefits, FSAs, local gym discounts, chocolate tasting opportunities, the chance to travel to origin and our Japan locations, and a range of opportunities to grow and develop within the company.


    Resume Required


    Cover letter Required


    Other Application Requirements

    Dandelion is growing and we are invested in employees who take ownership over their role and are interested in contributing in a bigger way with us. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, WE’D LIKE TO SEE YOUR RESUME AND A COVER LETTER THAT INCLUDES THE BEST TEAM YOU'VE WORKED WITH AND WHY IT WORKED SO WELL. Keep in mind that we value passion, attitude, and hard work, so tell us what inspires you to want to join our production team.