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John Vena Inc. Senior Packer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


We are currently seeking a Senior Packer (or Packing House Shift Leader) to join our Packing House team as a crucial link in the food supply chain.

The Senior Packer/Shift Leader works under direction of the AM or PM Supervisor. The Senior Packer/Shift Leader is responsible for executing the daily plan set forth by management. They will hold the team accountable for case or unit per hour quotas. The Senior Packer/Shift Leader must follow all food safety and general safety practices.


This is a full-time position.  The shift available: Monday - Thursday 2pm - 10pm & Friday 12pm - 8pm. The targeted pay for this positio n is $16-18/hour.

  • Ensures the safety and productivity of employees assigned to designated shifts.

  • Manages hours to the best of their ability by monitoring productivity and controlling team size.

  • Responsible for communication to the Packing Team on the daily plan and holds them accountable.

  • Assures customer specifications are met by verifying the Quality Control Specialist findings and adjusting when necessary.

  • Completes all activities assigned in the packing room.

  • Schedules maintenance during shifts for routine machine cleanings.

  • Responsible for machine optimization.

  • Responsible to report all hours to temp agencies and Director of Production.

  • Performs all tasks and duties in an efficient and safe manner.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or as necessary. Remains flexible and adaptable in work schedules and work assignments as defied by departmental and organizational needs.

  • Represents John Vena, Inc. in a manner that conveys professionalism, confidentiality, courtesy, fairness, personal integrity, and respect for others. 


    Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish highly preferred

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Excellent time management and planning skills

  • Strong oral communication skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Strong supervisory skills

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and can stand for an entire shift


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required

  • College Degree preferred

  • Knowledge of the Produce Industry


    Join us on our quest to make food more fun!

    John Vena Inc. Specialty Produce (JVI) is a family-owned produce wholesaler supplying specialty and tropical fruit, vegetables, and herbs to companies large and small throughout the Northeast region. We've been in business since 1919 and are still operated by the same family. Our home is in the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market on Essington Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. We may work behind the scenes, but you can’t miss our facility – the building is more than a quarter mile long!

    The produce industry is fast-paced and we bring a lot of energy to the table to make sure the freshest products get from our partner farms to our foodservice and retail customers seven days a week. Our team is committed to providing the best possible service, working collaboratively and acting with integrity. We are looking for people that share these values- and our love of good food to join our team.

    Our diverse, fun-loving 80+ team members are the most important part of our business and a part of our extended family. To make sure our people and their families are taken care of we offer:

  • Competitive compensation rates ($16-18/hour)

  • Completely free medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees AND their family members, including prescription drug coverage

  • PPE and supportive COVID-19 policies

  • Retirement plans with employer match

  • Generous paid holiday and sick time policy

  • Overtime opportunities

  • Years of service rewards

  • Employee perks and events

  • On-the-job training and opportunities for growth


    Visit our website to learn more about working at JVI: https://www.johnvenaproduce.com/

    John Vena Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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