November 4, 2022
Join us as a Production Leader

We’re hiring production leaders to help rapidly grow Bardee’s manufacturing capacity.

Our production leaders coordinate the production team to ensure the safest and most efficient operation of Bardee’s processing lines. We hope you love rapidly growing Bardee’s manufacturing capacity, from the daily production-oriented tasks to implementing the big initiatives that take Bardee to the global stage.

There’s so much that we want to do at Bardee we are hiring two Production Leaders to own different lines of production at Bardee.

About Bardee

Bardee is reshaping the global food system. To do this we’re transforming food waste into carbon positive protein and rich organic fertiliser with insects. This is a mission we believe in deeply. The work that we are doing is a critical step on the path to creating a future where humans can exist in sustainable harmony with our planet.

We have a fast-growing team located in Melbourne of over 30 hard-working people who genuinely look out for each other and love what they do.

Key Responsibilities

  • Onboard and lead a team of operators running Bardee’s food waste, insect protein,fertiliser and post-processing manufacturing lines.
  • Manage and lead our production lines. You will be accountable to meet production targets, completion of digital production logs and accurate production data entry and inventories.
  • Provide ongoing coaching, training, development and support to our production team and ensure their skills are developed and enhanced.
  • Ensure all machines and equipment are correctly used and maintained; report breakdowns as required and manage scheduled maintenance and repairs.
  • Lead trials for new production techniques and systems of work to improve manufacturing practices and productivity.
  • Ensure compliance with safety procedures and maintain rigorous food safety, hygiene and quality standards using HACCP and Good Manufacturing Practices(GMP) principles. This includes assisting and actively participating in maintaining quality and safety accreditations (audits).  
  • Create, document and implement SOPs within our HACCP and Quality Management Systems.
  • Ensure the safety and quality of products going to customers and manage the reprocessing for any product defects or non-conformities.

Why Bardee?

We’re doing something truly special at Bardee. You’ll be joining a formidable team of insect-obsessed, solutions-focused, big picture thinkers who thrive on constantly innovating.

In two years we’ve evolved from breeding flies in a stinky bucket, with popsicle sticks in the backyard – yes, this happened 😂, to pitching tents on a university campus, to commissioning our 2,500 sqm automated facility. Now we’re preparing to open new and even larger facilities across Australia.

You’ll be doing work that matters to you, Bardee and the world. The success of our General Manager will directly impact our ability to scale, cohesion of our teams working onsite and the logistics of our product operations.

Everyone at Bardee owns a slice of the company, and your vesting schedule and share options are always accessible and transparent.

About you

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Inspiring Leader: You are approachable and personable, with a natural ability to inspire and motivate.
  • Product Obsessed: You love being part of making great food, pet food, animal feed or fertiliser products. You’re here to make a better world with us.
  • Solution Finder: You proactively come up with solutions to roadblocks in your workflow and collaborate on new process improvements, leading your team to the best possible outcomes.
  • GMP Mastery: You’re constantly learning and leveraging your experience to improve our manufacturing practices and you have a love of spreadsheets and digital tools.

Ideally, you also have experience in:

  • Creating process improvements and continuous improvement in food, animal feed or fertiliser manufacturing.
  • Developing and implementing Quality Management System for HACCP. Bonus points for ISO9001, Feedsafe, Organic certification or similar.

Become a Superfly

We call ourselves the Superflies and here’s what you might love about working at Bardee:

We’re building a truly diverse team. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view, we are inclusive and we believe diversity drives innovation. Uniqueness is powerful. Be yourself and come as you are.

You will have the autonomy to realise your dreams within your sphere of accountability.

You’ll be delivering high-stakes work that matters deeply to the company and the world. Bardee has a mission for you to sink your skills and passion into.

You’ll be constantly looking for how we can improve manufacturing operations and creating new efficiencies and leading your team to deliver our ambitions production goals.

We aspire to always live by our values and we reflect on our wins, learnings and challenges every week. This feedback and reflection fuels our growth.

What you might hate working at Bardee:

We’re a small startup. We’re a small team that just scaled to 20+ FTE. We’ve never done this before and will be making lots of mistakes along the way.

We won’t handhold you. You’ll be accountable to deliver your goals safely and efficiently.

We are comfortable with change. Things move quickly at Bardee, so you can expect to find things out last minute. We’ll be coming up with things on the fly, and not everything will work out.

Sometimes sustainability smells. We work with food waste so you’ll want to take a shower when you get home.

Weekend operations. Our insects are too busy growing and don’t know when it’s the weekend, so some operations extend into Saturday.

We’re all-in. Sometimes things go wrong and we have a culture where everyone, no matter their job description, everyone jumps in to help out.

Ready to hit the ground running?

Ultimately this role will be shaped around the right candidate. If the mission inspires you and you believe you are the right person for the job, we want to speak with you.

Apply here now

Applications will close as soon as we find the right person, and we’ll be evaluating applications as they come in.

We believe that building a diverse and inclusive team is critical to Bardee’s success. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. Come as you are.

Good luck!

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