Culinary Manager
Thistle
 Oakland, CA
Thistle is an early-stage, successful food-tech startup headquartered in Oakland/Berkeley, CA. Thistle makes eating nutritious, organic and local foods incredibly convenient and accessible. We believe that by removing the major existing hurdles to consumers (no time to make a meal; too expensive to eat healthy; bad local options), we can empower our customers to make great choices for themselves, their family and the environment. We’re currently serving customers in California & Nevada, and we’re growing incredibly fast!

Thistle is looking for a person with a strong background in high volume food production to join our operations team. Our Culinary Manager is responsible for the management of our high-volume culinary team. The candidate will lead in managing the day-to-day operations of our facility, including setting priority lists to the teams, ensuring accurate and timely delivery of food to our packaging facility in Berkeley, scheduling and the overall running of the facility.

What You'll Do

  • Will help us scale while maintaining quality and consistency
  • Recipe development and scaling with development team
  • Instruct and teach proper food handling, production, storage, service and execution
  • Keep all kitchen spaces to the highest level of cleanliness in accordance with local and HACCAP health codes and guidelines
  • Recruit and train employees
  • Oversee all kitchen operations
  • Work cross functionally with the plate and development teams
  • Scheduling

What You'll Bring

  • Minimum 3+ years as a Sous Chef or Kitchen Manager in a Catering, food manufacturing, or high volume environment
  • Minimum 3+ years working with high volume production kitchen equipment such as tilt skillets, combi ovens and large food processing machines
  • Must have experience with recipe scaling and standardization
  • Must have exemplary communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to conceptualize the company's mission and drive results
  • Ability to build morale and spirit through an atmosphere of teamwork
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit with scalable processes always in mind
  • Passion for food and culinary creation, menu and recipe development
  • Proven track record in the following functions: food planning and preparation, purchasing, strong financial accountability, scheduling
  • Comfortable in a dynamic, fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Think creatively with the paramount goal of customer satisfaction
  • Display leadership and thrive in a high volume kitchen
  • Tech savvy; able to use Excel, Word and Google Docs
  • Possession of a valid California or equivalent Food Handlers Certification



Diversity and inclusion are essential values at Thistle. We know we'll do our best and most impactful work when we feel we're represented and we belong. We're proud to actively recruit and hire talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.