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AeroFarms Team Lead - Day Shift (6 A.M. - 6 P.M.) in Danville, Virginia

Team Lead - Day Shift (6 A.M. - 6 P.M.)

Pay for this position is $20.00/hour. AeroFarms offers benefits that include enrollment in 401k, Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, PTO, and more.

Schedule based on a 2-2-3 pattern, alternating weekends.

Company Summary  

The world needs our help. Today 8 billion people live on the planet with less arable land than ever before. We need a solution to cultivate more using less and define the future of farming for generations to come .   

AeroFarms is part of that solution, transforming agriculture with people and planet in mind. As a Certified B Corporation and pioneer in indoor vertical farming, we use our proprietary technology to grow produce using up to 95% less water and no pesticides ever. The result is a portfolio of products that burst with flavor, taste, and nutritional value. Leading the industry, AeroFarms has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies five years in a row, topped Fortune Magazine’s 2022 Change the World Company List, and was recognized as one of the 95 “Brands That Matter” by Fast Company.   

Now in over 1,000 stores across the United States, we are scaling our award-winning brand and technology around the world. As AeroFarms approaches our next phase of explosive growth, we seek passionate and motivated individuals to join our team. If a team of intellectually curious coworkers and our change-the-world mission resonates with you, apply today. Learn more about AeroFarms and join us to change the world as we grow the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity.  

Position Summary   

We are seeking a dedicated and detail-oriented Team Lead responsible for leading the efficient packing of leafy greens, adhering to quality specifications. The role involves supervising the sorting process for optimal product quality, operating scales, and metal detectors, and ensuring accurate weights. A key aspect is the ability to differentiate between various packaging materials. The Team Lead will meticulously track quality metrics, inputting data into the system, and oversee the operation of the automatic packaging line. Flexibility to undertake additional tasks from the Supervisor is essential. Join us in maintaining excellence in packaging operations.

Departments available for this role:

  • Harvesting 

    What you’ll do:

  • Ensure the safety and productivity of all employees assigned to designated tasks

· Enforce all safety and quality processing procedures

· Maintain a clean and safe workplace in accordance with company policies

· Investigate and report all incidents (accidents, poor performance, kit shortages, kitting errors, excessive scrap)

· Enable effective communications between management and operators

· Evaluate new employees and coach existing employees

· Suggest and implement cost-saving ideas

· Plan work schedule to be performed during a given day or week, by several employees within their area of responsibility and ensure that work performed is in compliance with specifications.

· Effectively direct and work with Line or Process team members.

· Instruct and train team members in standard operating procedures (SOP’s)

· Observe machinery operation to detect malfunctions and report problems to maintenance for repair.

· Promotes 5S compliance by ensuring that all work areas are clean, orderly and labeled.

· Document all employee reports and prepare all necessary paperwork including accident reports.

· Complete production reports as required.

· Provide feedback on team member performance/non-performance to Department/Area Supervisor

· All other tasks assigned by your supervisor.

  What you’ll bring:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent.      

  • Experience in food production helpful. 

  • Must be able to communicate effectively. 

  • Must be able to read, write, understand, and speak basic English (required). 

  • Must be able to work in a cold environment (<40F) for long periods of time. 

  • Availability to work weekends is a must. 

  • Ability to respect and maintain confidential information. 

  • Ability to work within a team environment. 

  • Ability to lift, push, or pull up to 30 lbs. 

  • Must be able to drive electric forklift/pallet jack after training. 

  • Must be able to work independently and within a team. 

  • Must have time management skills to meet certain deadlines for shipping. 

  • Must be detailed oriented and organized. 

  • Must have good communication skills. 

  • Must have good basic math skills. 

  • Ability to use scales and computer. 

    Personal Attributes

  • Collaboration - we know we cannot fix the world's problems as an individual, we have to work together as a team to make that happen. Teamwork is how we get there! 

  • Communication - we are a small company (in relative terms -– 200+ employees), we work well together because we communicate well with each other. You must demonstrate why our mission is important to you: everyone who works at AeroFarms has a strong link to the mission: we want to hear why it means something to you!

  • Agility - What we do has never been done before: we are an innovation company, there is no right or wrong way to do things, we constantly develop how we operate, we can always elevate what we are doing and never claim to have it right. 

  • Accountability - we don’t micromanage, we hire individuals who know what they need to do and can do so with minimal direction and take ownership of their projects and deadlines. 

  • Respect - We are already starting our journey scaling around the world: we want our team to represent every kind of individual out on Planet Earth and we need to respect different people, different ideas, different cultures etc. We can learn so much from each other, but respect is  key.

  • Empowerment - we provide an environment for growth and development: we need your help to develop our business, we will help you develop in your career, and sky is the limit given our growth plans!! 

    Internal candidates seeking a promotion must have completed a minimum of six months in their current role before becoming eligible for consideration.

In accordance with organizational protocol, employees will at times be required to fill absences in the operation process that are equal to or lower than their positional hierarchy. Additionally, if an employee is absent, the role of the absent employee is to be completed by their immediate superior.

 

*Please note that AeroFarms does not work with any external staffing/recruitment vendors. Any unsolicited resumes shared with the AeroFarms team will be considered property of AeroFarms and no recruitment fees of any kind will be paid or owed unless an existing recruitment agreement exists alongside with specific engagement for the role in question.

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