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Join the Big Island Candies team in crafting Hawaii’s finest gourmet cookies, chocolates and confections.

The Aloha spirit shines and thrives at Big Island Candies. Ideal candidates require a consistently upbeat, genuinely friendly nature “to help from the heart,” as well as a passion for making someone feel at home.

 

 

Purchasing & Inventory Manager

Location: 

Hilo, Hawaii (on The Big Island)

Big Island Candies is seeking a Purchasing & Inventory Manager to lead, direct and oversee purchasing, inventory and warehouse functions, in accordance with Company guidelines, policies and procedures.

Essential duties include:

  • Make purchases necessary for the operation of the Company, and maintaining inventory of the items purchased;
  • Negotiate vendor terms and prices, and arrange deliveries using knowledge of schedule requirements;
  • Develop and adhere to systems to track inventory of necessary operating supplies, materials, raw materials and finished goods;
  • Assist in the development of purchasing and inventory management policies; carry out warehouse and inventory control policies and procedures, as well as devise methods to optimize inventory control procedures;
  • Ensure forecasts and purchase orders are effectively communicated to suppliers;
  • Coordinate between accounting, purchasing, warehouse and factory, regarding inventory control and reporting;
  • Foster and develop a strong team of warehouse personnel through recruitment, thorough and consistent on-boarding process, training, coaching, as well as addressing competency gaps with the team;
  • Supervise employees and be responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the department; carry out supervisory responsibilities, including but not limited to: interviewing, hiring, and training employees; taking disciplinary and/or corrective action when needed; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance;
  • Be knowledgeable of purchase orders, receipts of goods, invoices and returns in accounting system; maintain purchasing and account records (inventory & vendor) in Excel spreadsheets, as well as other data entry into computer systems; analyze inventory flow and projections; research, verify and solve pricing discrepancies;
  • Be informed and stay current regarding market conditions, and communicate them to the team; prepare reports on raw-material costs.

Skills, qualifications and attributes include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in purchasing, inventory, warehousing, supply chain and logistics management, or a closely related field;
  • Possess the initiative, and good problem solving skills, to identify, anticipate and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully;
  • Strong organizational skills to efficiently prioritize and plan work activities and time management;
  • Excellent professional communication skills, including ability to express well-reasoned, independent thought; natural ability to speak and write effectively at all organization levels and with external contacts;
  • Be accurate, thorough and detail-oriented in monitoring your own work to ensure quality; apply feedback to improve performance;
  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment, and adapt to changing priorities, for example, if work processes require changes to improve efficiency;
  • Must have supervisory experience, including but not limited to knowledge of employment laws;
  • Have the ability to practice a high level of confidentiality;
  • Proficient in using the Internet; Email; Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license; must be able to attain forklift certification, if one has not already been achieved.

Other job duties and requirements will be addressed with qualified applicants who are selected for interviews.

Submit your résumé – Hilo (Purchasing & Inventory Manager)


Production Manager

Location: 

Hilo, Hawaii (on The Big Island)

Big Island Candies is seeking a Production Manager for our Celebrations department who will uphold the brand’s standard for producing high-quality products and delivering high-level customer service. Requirements include: Manage special projects, day-to-day operations and seasonal planning, with regards to our specialty-gift program, with a focus on production and inventory management; supervise team to produce elegant, high-quality specialty-gift items.

Essential duties include:

  • Plan and prepare with Celebrations Manager the production of numerous specialty-gift items according to specified deadlines, such as but not limited to rush projects;
  • Schedule sufficient staff to meet daily and weekly operational needs;
  • Motivate, train and manage staff to ensure cohesive, efficient production team;
  • Create, administer, update and maintain employee training program;
  • Receive and check in merchandise, and perform quality inventory-control check;
  • Manage inventory to meet planned stock levels and to change/adjust accordingly to meet consumer demand.

Qualifications and attributes include:

  • Must possess supervisor and management experience, leadership ability and effective team-building skills to direct personnel, as well as to interact with all levels of management;
  • Outstanding organizational skills, and detail-oriented with a high degree of accuracy;
  • The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment;
  • A keen sense to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable finished products and projects;
  • Strong sense of self-motivation with an optimistic attitude, in order to inspire others and motivate fellow workers toward achieving common goals;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; active listening skills; provide and receive constructive feedback;
  • Practice a high level of confidentiality;
  • Proficient in using the Internet; email; Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (non-peak period). During peak season: 8:00 a.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m. During Christmas holiday season, will work extended hours, evening-shift work (approximately 4 weeks), weekends (7-day work week), nights and/or staggered start time—must be flexible and available to meet operational needs. Work schedule subject to operational needs.

Other job duties and requirements will be addressed with qualified applicants who are selected for interviews.

Submit your résumé – Hilo (Production Manager: Celebrations)

 

Food Safety and Quality Manager

Location:

Hilo, Hawaii (on the Big Island)

Big Island Candies is seeking a Food Safety and Quality Manager to become an integral part of our team by:

1)    Executing a set of activities and tests designed to ensure all processes and products are adequate to meet all of the objectives set forth in Big Island Candies’ Quality Management Program, including Preventive Controls and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

2)    Possessing the skills and knowledge of laboratory equipment and procedures needed to design and perform various analytical laboratory tests on incoming ingredients and finished products, as well as to conduct environmental testing. 

3)    Exhibiting strong verbal and written communication skills, which are needed to work in a team environment with both management and production employees.

4)    Being able to collect and organize quality and production data, to interpret that data, and to correct issues if the results warrant such action.

5)    Being proficient in the use of the Internet to research information, as well as in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word.

Bachelor of Science degree, relevant experience in the food manufacturing industry and some professional laboratory experience are preferred. 

Other job duties and requirements will be addressed with qualified applicants who are selected for interviews.

Submit your résumé – Hilo (FSQ Manager) 

 
 
 
Big Island Candies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Continuous recruitment until position is filled.
Serious inquiries only.