Manager, Contract Manufacturing Operations

Califia Farms
Baltimore, MD
United States
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Manager, Contract Manufacturing Operations

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The Manager of Contract Manufacturing Operations will join a dynamic Operations team, reporting to the Director of Contract Manufacturing. The purpose of this role is to coordinate and oversee contract manufacturing operations and provide effective project management for the development and commercialization of new product/secondary package offerings, cost reduction projects, and other supply chain initiatives. The ideal candidate for this role will have experience in production planning, aseptic and/or ESL beverage processing and packaging, filling, in addition to providing clear, frequent communication regarding project status to all appropriate departments.


In addition, the role will also work closely with R&D and QA to ensure contract manufacturers produce to Califia’s product specifications. Responsibilities will also include partnering with all contract manufacturers on continuous improvement efforts such as waste reduction, inventory accuracy, root cause investigations / corrective actions, and optimizing performance and cost.


This individual must understand Califia’s diverse supply chain, including multiple Contract Manufactures with varying processing, packaging, and storage capabilities.


This is a remote position. Travel ranges from 25% - 50%. 



  • Support on-going operations at Califia Farms co-manufacturing facilities: production scheduling, ingredient and packaging sourcing, processing, filling, quality assurance, food safety, and integration with Califia Farms distribution system.
  • Procure and develop manufacturing capacity for all Califia products at co-manufacturers to enable assured supply and future growth.
  • Quality assurance – food safety systems, thermal processing requirements, facility and equipment operating standards, product specifications
  • Excellent communicator at all organizational levels – CEO, marketing, sales/product development, plant management, quality assurance, and logistics/supply chain
  • Project management – product development timelines, packaging development lead times, product trials, interdependencies of project components
  • Coordinate product trials with Califia Farms R&D and support teams.
  • Manage and drive business simplification efforts (i.e., lean manufacturing, supply chain complexities, etc.). Co-man improvement projects to achieve cost reductions or efficiencies
  • Ensure standard and best processes are maintained across all co-manufacturers and Califia internal manufacturing.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, Logistics, Business, or related field is preferred or equivalent work experience.
  • The position requires a thorough understanding of multiple supply chain disciplines and would include experience in several roles, including production planning, operations management, purchasing, logistics, quality assurance, or engineering.
  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills and a firm grasp of supply chain cost structure and drivers.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated leadership and influence skills and function effectively in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Must be results-oriented with strong execution skills. Requires knowledge of organizational work processes and how to get tasks accomplished across functional boundaries.
  • Ability to lead/manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Led cost improvement efforts and process improvement experience



Salary Range: $120 - $130K



The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.