Thistle is hiring a

Food Manufacturing Supervisor / Sous Chef

Vacaville, United States
Who we are:

Founded in 2013, Thistle is a leading tech-enabled food and nutrition company that delivers ready-to-eat meals right to your doorstep. We empower our customers to get and stay healthy while improving the sustainability of our food system. Thistle began as a single pop-up location in San Francisco selling cold-pressed juices to delivering nearly 15 million delicious, healthy, plant-forward meals, organic cold-pressed juices, and snacks.

About the Role:  

Reporting to the Culinary Manager, the Sous Chef/Culinary Supervisor supervises our general prep and hot-line culinary team. The ideal candidate has high-volume food production experience, has a roll-up-your-sleeves approach, has a positive attitude, is a hands-on leader, works to empower and motivate their team, and thrives in a fast-paced, evolving environment.

This position is 100% onsite in Vacaville, CA.

What you'll do:

  • Supervise and coordinate culinary operations for team members, including scheduling, time management, performance evaluations, hiring, and discipline
  • In collaboration with the Culinary Manager, ensure culinary production leads and culinary production staff adhere to all recipes, SOPs, policies, safety standards, and GMPs
  • Support the team with company growth and scale while maintaining quality, consistency, and accuracy of all produced products for delivery to our customers
  • Continuously guide and coach team members with proper food handling, production, storage, service, and execution
  • Identify training needs and areas for employee development and professional growth
  • Work cross-functionally with Production, R&D, Quality Assurance, and Facilities teams to ensure proper receiving, handoffs, and production standards
  • Keep all kitchen spaces to the highest level of cleanliness in accordance with local and HACCAP health codes and guidelines
  • Maintain accurate inventory of raw materials and processed food products
  • Maintain reporting and documentation; update upper management regarding culinary operations
  • Attend weekly safety meetings; maintain records of policy changes and rollouts
  • Ensure OSHA compliance standards are adhered to at all times by staff
  • Assist with weekly internal QA Audits in collaboration with the Quality Assurance team
  • Ensure that all COVID protocols are followed at all times

What you'll bring:

  • High school diploma required; degree preferred
  • Culinary Certificate highly preferred
  • 2+ years as a Sous Chef or Kitchen Assistant Manager in a catering, food manufacturing, or high-volume food production environment required
  • Solid understanding of commercial cooking equipment including, but not limited to, steam kettles and tilt skillets
  • Working knowledge of HACCP, GMPs, quality standards, OSHA regulations, and safe food handling procedures
  • Strong understanding and execution of First-In, First-Out, and product rotation
  • Strong decision-making skills and a results-driven approach
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and, at times, stressful environment
  • Desire to grow and develop leadership skills
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with a cross-functional team
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 25 pounds and stoop, kneel, bend, and reach
  • Tech savvy approach to your work; proficiency with a variety of tech platforms including, but not limited to, G-Suite and Slack

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential values at Thistle. We know we do our best and most impactful work when we feel we are represented and belong. We're proud to actively recruit and hire talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  

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