Senior Director of Alaskan Seafood Operations
Title:Senior Director of Alaskan Seafood Operations
Location:Sitka, AK
Department:AK Operations
Travel:More than 25%
Job Status:Full-time

About Our Company: Founded in 2012 by a food systems professor from the Midwest and a fisherman from Sitka, Alaska, Sitka Salmon Shares is now one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing Community Supported Fisheries (CSF). Modeled after Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), we provide high-quality, traceable seafood, with a purpose, to tens of thousands of home cooks in the Midwest and beyond. We source our fish from our network of fishermen-owners through our fish plant in Sitka as well as through partnerships with small-scale fishermen in other parts of the state. Our Company is built on the values of supporting small-boat, family fishermen in Alaska, and cultivating healthy and sustainable food systems in the places we live, work, fish, and play.

About the Position: The Senior Director of Alaska Operations will play a vital leadership role in the expansion of the Company’s seafood processing operations in Alaska. This will include providing the necessary skill and expertise needed to choose among alternative growth strategies, as well as building and managing facilities, equipment, people, capital projects, and developing and implementing strategies that meet or exceed production goals, safeguard Company assets, and advance short and long-term interests. This position will work closely with the CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Chief Fisheries Officer, and other company executives and will directly oversee the Director of Sitka Operations, Plant Manager, and other high-level plant staff. This seafood industry operations and management professional will be capable of driving innovation and improvement towards the Company’s goal of being an industry leader in environmentally-friendly, quality-focused, socially-responsible seafood. This is an intense, year-round position that requires long hours during the production and construction seasons.

Location: Sitka, Alaska, with frequent travel across the state. Relocation provided.

Desired start date: October 2020

Essential Duties:

  • Lead multi-faceted decision-making processes to determine appropriate investments in the company’s processing capacity in Sitka and potentially in other coastal communities.
  • Lead timely, on-budget, and successful completion of major capital projects.
  • Effectively implement and monitor strategies that allow the Company to meet or exceed seafood production goals from Sitka-based facilities and partner processors, including oversight of company management in Alaska, successful operation and use of equipment, facilities, and effective production processes.
  • Work with the Company leadership to ensure successful financial management of Sitka Salmon Alaska Holdings and safeguard Company assets. Proactively identify and communicate financial risks to leadership.
  • Champion a culture, and develop the necessary procedures, that ensures a workplace focused on food safety, worker safety, and excellence in product quality.
  • Evaluate and innovate in ways that drive achievement of overall Company goals and objectives that relate to the traceable, environmentally and socially responsible production of the highest quality seafood.
  • Build infrastructure and staffing to support our fishermen as an unmatched buyer and partner
  • Develop professional and harmonious working relationships with employees, fishermen, local community members, and regulatory agencies. Represent the company professionally and appropriately in interactions with others.
  • Support continual improvement of supply chain processes across the Company including at our lower-48 packing and warehouse facilities.
  • Travel as needed within Alaska and to the lower-48.

Required Experience & Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a related field (equivalent experience considered).
  • 10+ years of experience in Alaskan seafood processing and operations leadership position; experience building new plants, expanding plants.
  • Proven ability to successfully lead teams of staff and contractors.
  • Proven ability to oversee capital projects, food safety, worker safety, and quality aspects of seafood production.
  • Strong knowledge of lean manufacturing practices, experience with HAACP, and cold chain management.
  • Influential, collaborative, professional demeanor. Effective oral and written communications.
  • Intermediate or advanced Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Dedication and understanding of how to produce premium quality fish and value-added production.
  • Alignment with the social and environmental values of the Company.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a seafood processing plant with inherent hazards such as moving machinery, ammonia, wet floors, noise, forklift traffic, etc. Work is often in inclement weather (cold, wind, rain, snow).
  • At times during the production season, possess the ability to work long hours, seven days a week.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for long hours, to walk, use hands and fingers in a skilled manner, to talk and listen in English. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision and depth perception. The working environment can often be cold and wet.

Pay and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and benefits including employer-subsidized health care, 401k + match, vacation/holiday PTO, and monthly seafood share.
  • Monthly housing stipend and relocation package negotiable.
  • Year-end bonus based on Company and individual performance.
  • Opportunity for growth within the Company.

Sitka Salmon Shares is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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