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Operations Manager Agricultural Connections, LLC

  • Date Posted November 06, 2020
  • Location Bend, OR
  • Category Agriculture / Business
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Our mission is to revolutionize the food industry and become Central Oregon's leader in farm-direct food sales. We aim to create a local food distribution system for local farmers, home cooks, regional chefs, processors, and grocery store owners that is convenient and accessible.

We are a tiny and mighty Bend-based team who loves what we do and who is honored to contribute to the successful evolution of our regional food system. Our farmers are the heart and soul of our work as, without them, we essentially have no need to exist. We care about the nourishment of the land and the nourishment of every body. We foresee joyful communities that know their farmers by name and the seasonal veggies that come from their soil. Our craft is one of the connector; we build enduring relationships and local food is the thread we weave all the way from our farm partners to our amazing and supportive customers.

Agricultural Connections (AC) delivers farm-fresh food year-round. We sell LOCAL and REGIONAL food that bridges the gap between farmers and consumers. We strive to supply Central Oregon homes, companies, restaurants, and grocery stores with the freshest, most authentically local, organically grown and high quality products year-round.  

Job description POSITION SUMMARY

The Operations Manager is responsible for all aspects of operational success including service excellence, order processing, financial management, staffing, training, sanitation and safety. This position includes primary responsibility for our Commercial Wholesale program as well as supervisory role for retail and delivery staff. The Operations Manager leads our small team in creating a positive and constructive work environment and prioritizes excellent relationships with our farmers, ranchers, and customers. The Operations Manager works in coordination with the owner to implement sales and marketing strategies. This is a full time salaried exempt position. This position has a variable schedule.


Team Management:

Daily management of all staff

Scheduling, route management

Maintains compliance with applicable employment laws


Warehouse and Delivery Operations:

Wholesale order processing and fulfillment

Maintains compliance with all applicable sanitation, health, food safety and licensing laws

Manages maintenance and repair of all vehicles and equipment

Invoice management

Sanitation and safety 

Operational efficiency

Invoicing validation, accounting

Database and website management


Financial Performance:

Participates in developing an annual budget with Owner

Responsible to P&L and ensures profitability through excellent operational and sales management

Labor and cost of goods management


Sales, Supplier & Client Relations:

Builds and maintains excellent relationships with all producers and clients

Maintains accurate inventory and supply data

Disburses bi-weekly Availability lists

Performs producer site visits

Regularly makes sales calls and visits

Works with owner to identify and capitalize on new sales opportunities

Works with owner to execute  production analyses, crop planning, and crop coordination



This is a full time position. Time spent on various tasks may vary throughout the year. The position will require working early mornings, sometimes evenings, and must be flexible to help out the team with various operational tasks as the need arises. The flexibility is required of all team members so that there is resilience and support from within the whole team to keep the business running smoothly. A 20-30% amount of this position can optionally be performed remotely. 


Salary, Benefits & PTO: 

This is a salaried exempt position

Competitive Salary package

Health Benefits include food ordering discounts with AC. Insurance benefits TBD


  • Year 1: Five business days
  • Year 2: Seven business days
  • Year 3+: Ten business days

Preferred Qualifications:

Must have a passion for food systems and a desire to integrate with Central Oregon’s food system. Must have excellent interpersonal skills for being the direct point of contact for commercial clients and vendors. Must have exceptional communication and writing skills, experience with spreadsheets, and comfortability with cloud-based systems. Must have a valid driver's license.

  • 3+ years of food systems or related experience
  • 2+ years of people management experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of food safety & sanitation, production, equipment maintenance and warehousing
  • Ability to work with people from all different backgrounds and experiences
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, specifically spreadsheet skills
  • Service oriented, ability to adopt a client-first mentality
  • Ability to be flexible and accommodating while upholding food safety standards and operating procedures 
  • Creative problem solver and team player 
  • Food distribution experience recommended
  • Ability to stay cool under pressure
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, and lift 50 lbs
Compensation this position is : salaried Application instructions
This job expired on January 05, 2021
DeadlineNovember 13, 2020

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