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Operations Management Intern

Posted: February 16, 2018

John Vena, Inc. is engaged in the sales and distribution of high quality fresh produce.

JOB TITLE:  Operations Management Intern
REPORTS TO: Director of Logistics
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY:
The Operations Management Intern may be assigned to any departments of John Vena, Inc. involved in product handling, preparation or transportation as part of their assignment.  This may include Operations, Product Handling, Production and certain aspects of Customer Service to understand the operations of John Vena, Inc. and will develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills required by the Operations Team.  Interns will be placed based on Company needs and depending upon the trainee’s skill set and experience.

John Vena, Inc. works around the clock and there may be opportunities to work non-traditional hours.  The timeframe for this position will be from May through August, with flexible start dates.  This internship is a full time, paid position.  Hours will be assigned according to the work assigned and will normally occur between 6 am and 8 pm.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Spend some time in all relevant departments to learn the basics of the business. Contributes to the success of the company by making suggestions for improvement, mastering assigned processes and functions effectively across departments/teams.
  2. Learns and understands the Production functions of John Vena, Inc., including, all production activity, equipment care, product quality, inventory levels and food safety practices. This includes the entire repacking process structure.
  3. Learns and understands the Logistics functions of John Vena, Inc., including, the organization and facilitation of incoming and outbound products, product put-away/placement, sampling and display of product, inventory, clean up, receiving, shipping and delivery, order selecting and equipment care.
  4. Learns and understands the cashier functions of John Vena Inc., including, the collection and management of cash received from customers in payment of cash sales and invoices.
  5. Learns and understands the proper handling process for sales tickets and BOLs, before and after order selection and shipping.
  6. Learns and understands the basic processes and procedures associated with counting, checking and correcting inventory.
  7. Learns and understand the John Vena, Inc. occupational and food safety programs and all associated requirements and regulations.
  8. Attends and participates in meetings and programs as assigned.
  9. Performs all tasks and duties in an efficient and safe manner.
  10. Performs other related duties as assigned or as necessary. Remains flexible and adaptable in work schedules and work assignments as defined by departmental and organizational needs.
  11. Represents John Vena, Inc. in a manner that conveys professionalism, confidentiality, courtesy, fairness, personal integrity, and respect for others.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
    • High School Diploma, or equivalent, required
    • Full time College student
  • SKILLS AND ABILITIES
    • Willingness to explore the fresh produce industry
    • Ability to work independently and with a team
    • Strong problem solving and/or troubleshooting skills
    • Proficient in computer use (Windows, Excel, Word)
    • Strong interpersonal skills

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

QUALITY & PRODUCTIVITY
Provides high quality services, processes and programs while consistently seeking ways to improve outcomes and enhance the organization. Meets or exceeds goals and objectives and consistently engages in productive work effort requiring minimal direction from manager.
PROFESSIONALISM
Demonstrates self-control by maintaining composure in difficult situations; deals calmly and effectively with stressful situations. Projects a professional image of oneself and the organization and demonstrates a positive attitude towards work and the organization.
ACCOUNTABILITY
Demonstrates a commitment to the position and accepts responsibility for personal actions. Comes to work on time and ready to work. Gives customers direct answers; tempers directness with appropriate level of diplomacy.
COLLABORATION & TEAMWORK
Supports a positive team environment in which employees participate, respect and cooperate with each other to achieve desired results. Builds and sustains cooperative working relationships and demonstrates a positive attitude in work assignment and interaction with others.
COMMUNICATION
Expresses self in a knowledgeable, coherent, and professional manner. Works to resolve conflict and promotes an open and honest environment for feedback and constructive criticism. Communicates a high level of enthusiasm, even over the telephone.
CUSTOMER FOCUS
Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of customers.  Consistently acts with customers in mind.  Establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
LEADERSHIP

Provides direction and motivation and sets an example through open communication and modeling best practices. Provides appropriate advice, on-going feedback, support and resources to improve effectiveness of individuals and departments.

PHYSICAL WORK REQUIREMENTS

This is to identify the "Physical Work Requirements" of a particular job.  All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  Individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or others in the workplace, because physical requirements cannot be eliminated or reduced by reasonable accommodation, will not be considered qualified for employment. This document is not an employment contract.  Please contact HR for definitions or clarification.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The following best describes the position:
Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Essential physical requirements of the job:
  • Stooping
  • Crouching
  • Reaching
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Pushing
  • Pulling
  • Lifting
  • Fingering
  • Grasping
  • Tactile sense
  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Talking
  • Visual acuity (color, depth perception and field of vision)
EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS
List equipment and tools operated and the frequency of use:
(Those which cannot be delegated to a co-worker.)
Vehicles: None    
Equipment:Pallet Jack, Office and Forklift
WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Conditions: Noise, Inside Work, Extreme Temps and Outside Work

COMMENTS: MUST BE ABLE TO WORK IN A COLD ENVIRONMENT.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to MANAGEMENT@JOHNVENAPRODUCE.COM