External Manufacturing Manager

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Who We Are

The Farmer’s Dog was created to radically improve the $90 billion global pet food industry — starting with a subscription service that sends freshly-made food directly to customers’ doors. Long term, our aim is to simplify every part of pet care, bettering the lives of the animals who make our lives better. We recently raised our Series C, bringing our total funding to over $100M. We're backed by the early investors of Warby Parker, Dollar Shave Club, Sweetgreen, and Glossier, and are aiming to build a company as healthy as the dogs we feed.

Join The Farmer’s Dog team as we continue to figure out ways of bringing peace of mind to customers, health to their companions, and much-needed change to the way people feed and care for their pets.

#LongLiveDogsWhere You'll Come In

The External Manufacturing Manager will be responsible for the quality, customer service, inventory, finished goods' production, material planning, cost control, cost reduction, and vendor relations at The Farmer's Dog's contract manufacturing facilities. In this role you'll participate in building a resilient manufacturing network within our outstanding, mission-focused Operations team. OPEN TO Remote location for the right candidate in USA.

How You'll Make An Impact

Product Commercialization

  • Lead projects through execution to ensure specifications are established prior to production and all parameters are achieved during the qualification, verification, and commercialization steps. Ensure adequate technical representation (Quality, R&D, and Procurement) is present during all project phases.
  • Drive projects on key manufacturing projects, e.g., new product introduction, product renovation, rationalization of facilities.

Ongoing maintenance

  • Establish and report critical metrics for co-manufacturers on quality, food safety, customer service, and financial reporting.
  • Develop and execute strategies to improve performance. Conduct regular Operational Improvement reviews with Contract Manufacturers to improve production efficiency and reduce production cost.
  • Analyze manufacturing best practices within facilities and look to implement these practices into the key strategic Contract Manufacturers.

Continuous Improvement

  • Serve as the primary function for achieving and recording operational savings at Contract Manufacturer facilities.
  • Provide focus and coordination to resolving immediate business issues (i.e., recalls, product going on hold, or other significant unusual occurrences). Handles inventory discrepancies and claims for excess losses or supplier issues between Contract Manufacturer and Corporate functions to control costs and ensure quick resolution of outstanding issues.
  • Benchmark key competitive and food industry datasets for new technology and efficiency strategies.

Capital

  • Engage business partners and establish a communication flow across all functional groups in the management of the capital strategy goals.

Teamwork

  • Liaise with the Operations function for internal manufacturing to align with TFD's manufacturing strategy to improve the alignment between Contract Manufacturing, Marketing, R&D, Quality, Manufacturing, Procurement, and Logistic departments.
  • Work with the Procurement function to help develop manufacturing and capacity strategies that are consistent with the current and future marketing strategies.
We're Excited About You Because
  • 7+ years in the human frozen food industry
  • Plant operations management, engineering, supply chain, distribution, consulting, and/or procurement experience, preferred
  • Experience in MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and Access) and Google Docs (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms)
  • Outstanding project management, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think creatively
  • Desire to approach work as a continuous learning opportunity
  • Experience with negotiation and contract manufacturing development, preferred
  • Must be okay 30-50 percent work related travel
A Few of Our Best Benefits
  • Brand new dog-friendly office in Greenwich Village (upon a safe return-to-office!)
  • Market-competitive compensation and equity packages
  • Comprehensive Healthcare, Dental, and Vision
  • 12 week paid parental leave
  • Flexible PTO and WFH policy
  • Discounted fresh food for your pup
  • Strict daily belly rub quota
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks

Location

The Farmer's Dog is located in the heart of Greenwich Village right by Washington Square Park and NYU!

An Insider's view of The Farmer's Dog

What’s the vibe like in the office?

It's so refreshing to be able to walk into my job knowing that I'm truly making a difference. Every person on our team believes in our product and mission, so motivation and passion comes organically. Did I mention that our office is full of dogs?

Matt

Customer Experience

What projects are you most excited about?

We are changing the way people think about pet food by delivering fresh, healthy meals for dogs in personalized meal plans. Supply chain is exciting because it's basically the key differentiating factor for how we can be the most cost efficient, really impact the consumer experience for the better, and always make sure the dogs get fed.

Sana

Head of Operations

How does the company support your career growth?

I feel a crazy opportunity to grow my career the way I want to at The Farmer's Dog. We are encouraged to take risks and are surrounded by genuine, loving, and compassionate people. The culture is supportive of both dog and human health and wellness, and I love that I get to help dogs live longer lives with my dog, Emmy, by my side.

Adrian

Growth Manager

What is your vision for the company?

The Farmer's Dog is on a mission to change the way people think about feeding their pets. Our goal is to educate & give people the tools to give their pets the healthiest diet. We believe that once the world is educated about fresh food, people will stop feeding their pets processed food and the life expectancy for the entire species will increase.

Brett

Co-Founder & Head of Community

What does your typical day look like?

As CEO, I spend my days making the hard decisions, hiring the best people, protecting the team, and making sure the company is financially sound. I also get to choose which dogs are allowed in the office (all of them).

Jonathan

Co-Founder & CEO

What are The Farmer's Dog Perks + Benefits

The Farmer's Dog Benefits Overview

Brand new dog-friendly office in Greenwich Village
Discount on TFD food for your pup!
Comprehensive Healthcare, Dental, and Vision
Unlimited vacation & sick days
Flexible work-from-home policy
Team outings, coffee always brewed fresh, and a strong snack game (avocado toast always)

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
We love partnering with rescue organizations, adoption centers, and other organizations who are as passionate about dogs and dog people as we are.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Whether we're ordering in, going out, or bringing our own, we take lunch seriously.
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
We love a good offsite and have regular all-hands meetings led by the co-founders.
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
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