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Production Operations Support

Department: Production
Reports To: Pellet Production Manager
Classification: Exempt, Salary
Location: Sunnyside, WA


This position provides support and assistance for the operations department. It will focus on optimizing quality, efficiency, throughput, warehouse/refrigeration functionality, and materials inventory/traceability. It will also support company safety goals and values while providing environmental stewardship and ensuring customer satisfaction in addition to providing support as needed to pellet plant and cold storage facilities that are essential in the production and storage of premium quality hops for use in brewing.  Additional duties as assigned by the operations management team. 


  • Excellent communication and written skills
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Experience with manufacturing processes and maintenance/operations
  • Bilingual Spanish, preferred
  • Experience and/or understanding of the brewing process is a plus
  • Understanding of Lean Principles is a plus
  • Pre-hire drug screening required

Job Duties:

  • Improve the inventory system for packaging materials, spare parts, and other consumables used by the operations department.  Support the tracking of production quantities and bill of materials.
  • Perform/track maintenance and troubleshoot mechanical/refrigeration problems for cold storage warehouses.
  • Provide support and feedback in the creation and revising of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Increase production while maintaining a safe and healthy workplace
  • Support departmental goals and objectives; Identify resource requirements; track expenses and report to management
  • Review and evaluate program documentation deliverables for completeness and accuracy;
  • Conduct post-implementation review and communicate results to facilitate learning
  • Support and facilitate general maintenance, preventative maintenance, and maintenance records
  • Participate in Safety Committee Meetings
  • Facilitate and support ISO 9001 & 14001 Internal Audits, Continuous Improvement, Corrective Action and Accident Investigation
  • Work closely with management to support Pellet Plant Processing, Quality, Sustainability and Food Safety initiatives
  • Notify your supervisor if you identify or recommend ways to improve process efficiency.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by Manager or his designee.

Refrigeration Mechanic

Department: Operations
Classification: Non-exempt, Hourly
Reports To: Pellet Plant Manager

Employee performs skilled maintenance, installation, repair and inspection work on complex refrigeration equipment for Yakima Chief - Hopunion operations.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in Freon (R22) refrigeration maintenance and trouble-shooting electrical and PLC control systems.
  • Experience working with Freon 5-H Carrier compressors or Copeland compressors.
  • Practiced in safe work habits
  • Team player with obvious enthusiasm, initiative, and pride in work
  • Self-starters dedicated to continuous quality improvement
  • Proficient in written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to safely replace mechanical and electrical components including motors, motor starters, switches, solenoids, pumps, refrigeration valves, and compressors
  • Able to respond to unplanned breakdowns with a sense of urgency and
  • Able to demonstrate proficiency in troubleshooting techniques.

Job Duties:

  • Fabricate and assemble structural and functional components of refrigeration system, using hand tools, power tools, and welding equipment.
  • Lift and align components into position, using hoist or block and tackle.
  • Drill holes and install mounting brackets and hangers into floor and walls of building.
  • Insulate shells and cabinets of systems.
  • Braze or solder parts to repair defective joints and leaks.
  • Observe and test system operation, using gauges and instruments.
  • Confer with department supervision or other personnel to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
  • Continuously look for ways to improve process efficiency and notify immediate supervisor of observations and recommendations.
  • Meet with department supervisor and team members to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
  • Work in conjunction with Lean Manufacturing Principles in the Pellet Plant.
  • Maintain sanitary and safe work environment.
  • Follow safety requirements.
  • May be asked to participate on company’s Safety Committee.
  • Ensure that company safety policies as well as federal, state and local safety and environmental regulations are observed.
  • Must have a complete understanding of company’s policies, SOPs, QPs, EPs, HACCP and cGMP to ensure quality, safety, efficiency and sustainability.
  • Must adhere to all company policies.
  • Follow all instructions from the Manager, shift supervisor and/or assistant supervisor.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by Manager and/or Manager’s designee.

Logistics Manager

Yakima Chief-Hopunion seeks to recruit a full-time Logistics Manager. This position is responsible for management and oversight of company logistics including shipping of finished product to customer and company storage facilities globally, receipt of purchased products internationally, and efficient movement of products internally.


  • BS/BA degree preferred (preferably in Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management or Business Management).
  • Past experience in manufacturing environment with responsibility for logistics.
  • Firm understanding of manufacturing and distribution processes. 
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles and processes, and a passion for continuous improvement preferred.
  • Experience in shipping, both domestic and international, and/or supply chain management.
  • Prior experience negotiating with vendors. 
  • Understanding and following the product life cycle process.
  • Excellent communication skills (strong verbal and written required).
  • Customer service skills.
  • Travel may be required.
  • Leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Interpersonal skills (ability to effectively work with all levels from hourly to management).
  • Time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Job Duties:

  • Provide management and oversight to all company shipping and transportation logistics.
  • Analyze current shipping and transportation costs for the purpose of achieving optimal efficiency.
  • Ensure that finished products get to customer in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Negotiate with shipping and transportation vendors to get greatest value for the company.
  • Work with Supply Chain Manager and other company personnel to make sure product shipping schedule aligns with production planning.
  • Hire and manage personnel necessary to provide efficient shipping and logistics for the company. 
  • Maintain SOPs, perform routine maintenance to insure system integrity. 
  • Ensure all manufacturing procedures comply with government and ISO standards for food safety and quality.
  • Engage in LEAN and continuous improvement initiatives to improve costs and efficiency throughout our logistics and transportation processes.
  • Manage shipping and logistics for all company locations including Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
  • Assist finance and sales with inventory accounting when necessary.
  • Assure that company safety policies as well as federal, state and local safety and environmental regulations are observed.
  • Must adhere to all company policies.
  • Notify your supervisor if you identify or recommend ways to improve process efficiency.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by supervisor or his/her designee.