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7 Mar 2018

West Coast Ripening Manager – California

Posted by Tara Schwartz, – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #33007


The Ripening Program Supervisor oversees the ripening program based on coordination with Production and Sales.  Responsible for the quality of ripening in accordance with customer expectations for color and ripening stage, and monitors fruit inventory required to fulfill orders.

Essential Functions

*             Based on forecasted needs, plan, execute and monitor the ripening process.

*             Establish and maintain ripening schedules, room monitoring and adjustments.

*             Identify customer orders that require fruit to be pre-conditioned.

*             Ensure quality of ripening in terms of customer preferences for color and ripening stage.

*             Move fruit in and out of ripening rooms and program the ripening rooms.

*             Monitor the progress for the ripening process daily and make the necessary adjustment to the schedule.

*             Conducts fruit testing and maintains accurate records.

*             Monitor inventory on a daily basis.

*             Develop and document best practices for fruit ripening and adjust as needed for natural variations in fruit and variations from season to season.

*             Assist in servicing and providing technical support to new and existing customers.

*             Ensure quality evaluations of incoming and outgoing fruit are carried out and recorded according to requirements.

*             Report on unusual fruit, packaging, etc.

*             Continually assess the ripening program to drive improvements.

*             Provide technical expertise and support to team members and to customers as related to post-harvest handling and ripening.

*             Train and advise team members regarding post harvest handling and ripening practices.

*             Conduct informational seminars for internal company divisions and customers.

*             Performs other related duties as required or assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position directly supervises employees involved in the ripening function.

Position Requirements

*             Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

*             Specific experience ripening avocados highly preferred

*             Solid understanding of how produce/fruit behaves under different conditions.

*             Experience providing technical support to customers.

*             Excellent verbal and written communication skills

*             Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

*             Detail oriented and organized.

*             Proficient in MS Office

*             Strong analytical and problem solving skills

*             Willing and able to work with changing deadlines and shifting priorities

Please contact Tara Schwartz,


Job Categories: Operations, Production, Processing. Job Types: West Coast. Job expires in Endless.

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