Careers

 


Miyoko’s Kitchen is an artisanal vegan company making handcrafted products from organic ingredients. The kitchen hums with excitement making and delivering scrumptious vegan cheese offerings. We recently added vegan butter to our product line and are thrilled with the reception our plant based butter has received rivaling any European Style butter on the market. We are constantly developing new delicious additions to our whole-foods, plant-based Vegan Cheese Shop.

Our team is made up of dedicated and compassionate folks striving towards a common goal, providing delicious food good for your health, planet and the animals.  We’re looking for individuals who are socially- conscious, entrepreneurial with multiple core competencies and who can put team before the ego.

We offer a casual, rewarding and supportive work environment, and we’re committed to providing employees with ongoing opportunities for personal and professional development. Many of our employees started in entry-level positions and have grown and been promoted to challenging new career tracks within the company.

 

Some of the benefits we offer:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Paid sick/time off
  • Free vegan lunches; free vegan cheese and butter samples
  • Employee Discount Program

Join our team of cultured nuts!

 

Open positions:

Plant Controller/Cost Accountant

Production Supervisor

Food Scientist

 

Production Associates

Packaging Associates

Cheesemakers

Customer Service / Ecommerce Manager

Quality Assurance Manager
(additional information coming soon, email if interested!)

 

If you don’t see a position that interests you, feel free to email us at jobs@miyokoskitchen.com. We’re always looking for great candidates!


Plant Controller/Cost Accountant

We are a fast growing manufacturer of alternative dairy products currently located in Fairfax and will soon be opening a new manufacturing plant in Petaluma. The primary duties for this position involve plant cost accounting and expense control, secondary responsibility will be monthly financial reporting and to oversee the staff accountant who is responsible for Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. The position reports to the CFO.

Essential Job Functions:

  • MUST HAVE – Manufacturing background.
  • Prepare, maintain and analyze product standard costs.
  • Oversee and reconcile inventory cycle counts and annual physical inventory.
  • Assist in preparation of capital appropriations requests.
  • Track/review cost reduction projects and maintain required reporting.
  • Identify issues and proactively initiate analysis (labor, material usage, spending, etc.).
  • Cost reduction monitoring, reporting, and results auditing (where applicable).
  • Prepare and coordinate the annual budget.
  • Oversee the monthly closing process.
  • Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget and prior year.
  • Responsible for the daily operations of the accounting/finance function.
  • Prepare special projects and financial analysis for discussions with management concerning product investment and/or pricing decisions.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal reporting requirements.
  • Assist with financial audits as needed and provide recommendations for procedural improvements and control deficiencies.
  • Other duties as assigned by CFO.

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor degree in Accounting or Finance, CPA, CMA, or MBA preferable or equivalent, complementary work experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive cost accounting and analysis experience with a manufacturing organization. A strong emphasis should be put on knowledge of management accounting, cost and inventory accounting, and GAAP.
  • Strong analytical skills are required to quickly grasp issues impacting the plant’s financial results.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills are required.
  • Ability to manage projects, work independently, and communicate effectively to all areas and levels of the location.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships across plant and functional.
  • Must have a broad enough understanding of the business to be credible, make impactful changes, and support other projects that impact areas outside of accounting and reporting.
  • Focus on continuous improvement and the elimination of non-valued activities.
  • Experience in ERP reporting systems.
  • Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations.
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections.
  • Working knowledge of short and long term budgeting and forecasting, rolling budgets, and product-line profitability analysis.
  • Strong MS Office skill set, especially Excel

If you’re interested in being considered for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to: jobs@miyokoskitchen.com


Production Supervisor

This position works under the direction of the Production Manager, and assists the Production Manager with ensuring the safety and productivity of all production employees and successfully achieving long term and short term goals of the department.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Helps ensure that production of products meets or exceeds efficiency and company quality standards and specifications, policies and procedures including regulatory requirements, HACCP and GMP.
  • Responsible for assisting Production manager with developing the production schedule in accordance with projected sales plan.
  • Assists Production Manager with work flow balancing- division of responsibilities amongst employees on each shift. Assists with daily manpower planning including assignment of responsibilities. Works in conjunction with Production manager to determine number of employees needed per shift.
  • Assists with monitoring quality of incoming raw materials and finished products per company standards.
  • Develops production SOPs as needed.
  • Assists with developing preventive maintenance schedule of machinery, ensures maintenance schedule is adhered to, and reports maintenance and repair issues in a timely manner.

Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a food production facility, with at least a year in a supervisory position in a food production/manufacturing environment.
  • Preference for someone who has experience in the cheesemaking industry.
  • Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be detailed oriented, have strong leadership ability for motivating team members.
  • Excellent time management skills required, ability to handle multiple tasks without losing focus on priorities.
  • Basic computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office products preferred.
  • Ability to spend 75% to 80% a day on plant production floor.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus.

If you’re interested in being considered for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to: jobs@miyokoskitchen.com


Food Scientist

This full-time position works under the direction of the R&D Director.

Essential responsibility is to work with cross functional teams in the development of new product formulations and/or reformulation of existing products; product stabilization and training staff to identify commercialized-ready products.

Qualifications: B.S in Food Science or closely related field with at least 6 years’ experience. Preference for someone with experience in fermentation methods and processes. Demonstrated experience in product development and formulation from concept to completion. Working knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations, experience with food safety, HACCP and quality regulations/programs is a plus. Prior professional experience supporting the development of vegan cheese and or other vegan product is a plus. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds and be on your feet.

If you’re interested in being considered for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to: jobs@miyokoskitchen.com


Production Associates

We’re looking for passionate team members to help us make amazing vegan cheese and to create a rewarding workplace. Production Associates are responsible for preparing and making high quality, tasty products. They are the foundation of our brand and are passionate about what they do in the Kitchen!

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain work area, equipment, and personal sanitation.
  • Operate milling machine
  •  Form/fill cheese
  • Handle and treat cheese in various modes of treatment as prescribed
  • Work within a team to meet production goals
  • Weigh ingredients and document lot codes on make sheets.
  • Handle and inspect/treat cheese as applicable.
  • Operate filler; load filler with product.
  • Maintain accurate production records.  
  • Prepare, weigh, carry, load, product according to established guidelines.  
  • Account and apply labels/stickers/ to applicable trays/tubs/ etc.

 Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent, with basic math skills.
  • Kitchen/bakery, and food preparation experience highly desirable.
  • Valid food handler’s certificate preferred.
  • Punctual, reliable and consistent in attendance. This is critical!
  • Able to work flexible hours, weekends, overtime as needed.
  • High attention to details; able to work quickly and accurately in a fast paced environment.
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Ability to work in multiple roles throughout the production center.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds repetitively and able to stand for extended periods of time. Must be able to push, pull, squat, bend and reach above and below shoulders. Repetitive use of hands.
  • Able to withstand working in a noisy environment (safety gear provided)
  • Exposure to temperatures that range from freezing to sub-freezing (coolers, freezers etc).

What you’ll receive:

  • Competitive compensation.
  • Employee Discount Program.
  • Free vegan lunches, vegan cheese and butter samples.
  • Health and dental benefits.
  • Paid sick leave and vacation.
  • Excellent opportunities for growth and advancement.

If you’re interested in being considered for this position, please email your resume to: jobs@miyokoskitchen.com


 Packaging Associates

We’re looking for passionate team members to help us make amazing vegan cheese and to create a rewarding workplace. Packaging Associates label and put our finished products into boxes. They also help with maintaining accurate production records and ensure only top quality products are shipped out.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain work area, equipment, and personal sanitation.
  • De-form product from moldings without compromising the integrity of product.
  • Effective and Efficient loading and receiving from Vacuum Pack Machine.
  • Maintain accurate production records i.e. counts of units boxed/cased/crated/etc.  
  • Inspect product making sure seal is intact and only top quality product goes out.
  • Identifies and sorts out rework; handles rework in a timely manner.
  • Account and apply labels/stickers/ to applicable units/crates etc.  

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent, with basic math skills.
  • Punctual, reliable and consistent in attendance. This is critical!
  • Able to work flexible hours, weekends, overtime as needed.
  • High attention to details; able to work quickly and accurately in a fast paced environment.
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Previous food service experience preferred.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds and able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Able to withstand working in a noisy environment (safety gear provided)
  • Exposure to temperatures that range from freezing to sub-freezing (coolers, freezers etc).

What you’ll receive:

  • Competitive compensation.
  • Employee Discount Program.
  • Free vegan lunches, vegan cheese and butter samples.
  • Health and dental benefits (for full-time employees)
  • Paid sick leave and time off.
  • Excellent opportunities for growth and advancement.

If you’re interested in being considered for this position, please email your resume to: jobs@miyokoskitchen.com


 

Cheesemakers

At Miyoko’s Kitchen, our mission is to make the very best artisan vegan cheese enveloped in a range of flavors and textures. Through our products, we hope to inspire people to see vegan cheese and ultimately a plant-based, whole foods diet in an entirely new way.

The cheesemaker we seek has experience in making traditional dairy cheese and is excited to apply his/her knowledge to non-dairy cheese making.

Responsibilities:

  • Make a variety of fresh and aged vegan cheeses while following strict procedures, and in accordance to our HACCP-based food safety program.
  • Work with Production Manager and Quality Manager in overseeing quality of products produced
  • Handle raw ingredients, ensure accurate weights and measurements in accordance to recipes, monitor and attend to cheeses during the cheese aging period.
  • Rotate refrigerated stocks, assist with inventory count of ingredients, supplies and packaging.
  • Assist with cleaning equipment and machinery after use

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent, with basic math skills.
  • 2 years cheesemaking experience in a commercial operation
  • Graduate of a cheesemaking course a plus
  • Knowledge of various cheesemaking techniques, cultures, enzymes, molds, aging, brining, etc.
  • Punctual, reliable and consistent in attendance. This is critical!
  • Able to work flexible hours, weekends, overtime as needed.
  • High attention to details; able to work quickly and accurately in a fast paced environment.
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Valid food handler’s certificate preferred.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds repetitively. 
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Able to withstand working in a noisy environment (safety gear provided)
  • Exposure to temperatures that range from freezing to sub-freezing (coolers, freezers etc).

What you’ll receive:

  • Competitive compensation ; excellent opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Employee Discount Program.
  • Free vegan lunches, vegan cheese and butter samples.
  • Health and dental benefits.
  • Paid sick leave and vacation.

If you’re interested in being considered for this position, please email your resume to: jobs@miyokoskitchen.com

 


Customer Service / Ecommerce Manager

We are looking for a Customer Service/eCommerce Manager who is passionate about health, natural/organic/vegan foods, the environment and animals. This position provides oversight and guidance on customer service/eCommerce activities at Miyoko’s Kitchen. This includes serving as the first point of contact for all customers to ensure inquiries and concerns are addressed quickly; compile and track metrics to provide insights on products, quality and overall customer satisfaction.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Handle consumer calls and emails, answer questions about product and so forth with the same consistent voice defined by Marketing; troubleshoot orders, QC issues, process refunds in Shopify, alleviate customer concerns, maintain complaint log, maintain log of misshipped items, communicate QC issues to Quality department.
  • Process all revenue orders, enter lot codes in Quick Books and Rapid Inventory, coordinate with shipping to ensure shipments go out in a timely manner.
  • Review and authorize new wholesale accounts. Respond to wholesale customer questions.
  • Manage eCommerce– update online store with new inventory, provide analysis of inventory reports and packaging reports, process gift certificates, coupons, process monthly reports on sales and promotions, conversion rates, etc. Ensure weekly orders for eCommerce are completed, monitor eCommerce inventory on a daily basis. Vet new apps and services requests through info@. Provide monthly sales reporting, coordinating with Quick Books.
  • Work with marketing on promotions, launch of limited editions, writing copy, etc. Create strategy and plan for growing eCommerce sales.
  • Sustainability program development, starting with easily achievable goals, such as creating recycling/compost/waste stations and educating staff on using them, to eventually reducing waste in supply chain, water and energy use, finding compostable packaging, etc.

Requirements:

  • Proven working experience as Customer Service/eCommerce Specialist; experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Familiarity with our products a big plus! Understand the company’s products and mission.
  • Working knowledge of customer service, ecommerce software, databases and tools. Knowledge and ability to use Google and Microsoft platforms.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal relationship skills. Willing to listen, strong consumer orientation.
  • Strong analytical skills; ability to learn the analytics tools within Shoppify, understand trends and be able to recommend changes where appropriate/relevant.
  • Ability to think creatively, and ability to provide solutions that addresses customers’ needs while working within company’s operational parameters.
  • Willing to take the extra mile to address customers’ requests while exercising professional judgement and discretion that comes from experience.
  • BS/MS degree in health, nutrition or related field preferred. Experienced with organic/natural food products required.

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