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Rockbridge Search & Recruitment 18/02/2021

VP of Production

Ref #: 318
Location: N. California N. California 93905
Salary: Competitive
Sector: Cannabis
Type: Permanent

The VP of Production directs, manages, participates, and provides support to the design, activities, and operations of the cultivation and production division of the organization, including its cannabis cultivation, harvest, drying, curing, processing, packaging, and fulfillment operations. The VP of Production will combine analytical and technical knowledge, business skills and practical experience to grow business and achieve aggressive revenue goals. The VP of Production participates in the ongoing strategic planning and vision for the company and its cultivation and production facilities and teams and reports to the CEO.

  • Oversees all aspects of farm operations and participates with the Executive team in critical development decisions including production and harvest plans, budgets, and labor management issues.
  • In conjunction with the cultivation team, develops and designs cultivation operations within allocated resources: budget, staffing and timeliness.
  • Executes on production plans and schedules, ensuring the production goals are met, that cultivation greenhouses are maintained in accordance with best-in-practice standards, and that facilities are turned around (cleaned and sanitized) efficiently.
  • Ensures that integrated pest management and irrigation procedures are executed and updated in accordance with The Company’s standards; ensures that environmental controls are maintained at appropriate settings to account for the life cycle of the plants.
  • Sources best-of-class equipment, materials and procedures within allocated budget and develops workflow and greenhouse layout to minimize labor requirements and maximize crop yield.
  • In conjunction with the onsite management team, develops standard operating procedures, manages, and coordinates operations including daily activities, equipment acquisition, maintenance, training schedules, personnel, quality assurance and regulatory compliance.
  • Ensures timely and efficient harvests and the adherence to harvest schedules.
  • Overseas all The Company’s post-harvest operations including drying, curing, bucking, trimming, and packaging functions; establishes and assigns KPIs for the above-referenced functions, and holds team members for performance against those standards.
  • Communicates values, strategies, and objectives; assign accountabilities; plans, monitors, and appraises job results; develops incentives, a climate for offering information and opinions, and provides educational opportunities to the management team.
  • Works to foster interdepartmental collaboration between the cultivation and production teams in Salinas with The Company’s retail, marketing and outside sales teams, furthering strengthening The Company as a leading vertically integrated player in the cannabis industry.
  • Ensure labor cost objectives are met, improve productivity, efficiency and reduce labor cost.
  • Interacts regularly with the executive team and individual department heads to ensure that company’s operations priorities are aligned with total company direction.
  • Continually investigates and introduces process improvement measures and presents suggestions to CEO for consideration.
  • Participates in vendor negotiations to ensure product relevance and cost-efficiency.
  • Strategic planning and execution to enhance profitability, productivity, and efficiency throughout the farm operation.
  • Responsible for maintaining profit margins, according to established objectives and develops and maintains internal control systems to ensure accountability.
  • Weighs the costs and benefits of various options to determine the best course of action to achieve organization goals.
PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS: (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with various audiences both cross functional and departmental.
  • Reports effectively and in an organized, data-driven manner to the CEO and to The Company’s executive team.
  • Use initiative and independent judgment appropriately.
  • Interpret, understand, and comply with complex statues, ordinances, regulations, standards, and laws.
  • Analyze and evaluate information accurately, and express ideas clearly when providing oral and written reports or recommendations on administrative, financial, and technical issues.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, management, customers, other governmental agencies, community members and public.
  • Understanding of applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations as they pertain to the industry, safety regulations, local municipal codes.
  • Exceptional conflict resolution skills.
  • Regularly required to perform carrying, grasping, lifting, walking, standing, some bending/crouching, stooping, stretching, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, push, pull and balance up to 50 lbs. (100 lbs. with assistance) and must be able to do so with extreme care and caution when working with plants and products.
  • Work is performed inside and outside greenhouse facilities on the farm premises.
  • Work is subject to weather conditions, including rain and extreme hot or cold temperatures.
  • Periodic travel may be required for meetings.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field or at least 10 years of greenhouse industry
  • Management with proven ability to execute and supervise a production plan.
  • Fluent in Spanish is a plus.