Director of Contract Manufacturing (FT)

San Clemente, CaliforniaFull-time
About the Job
Are you a Manager of Contract Manufacturing in the frozen food industry thinking about what might be next on your career horizon? Come join us at SAMBAZON! The ideal candidate will be local to Orange County/San Clemente, CA  in order to come into the office a couple of times per week or several times per month.

The Director of Contract Manufacturing will oversee contract manufacturing operations at multiple co-packing facilities throughout the United States, Canada and Brazil.  This includes overseeing and monitoring co-packer manufacturing processes and staff, quality control, facilitating communications and problem solving between the co-packer and SAMBAZON.  This position is also responsible for managing the yields/losses and new product commercialization at each co-packer. The Director of Contract Manufacturing will join in managing, negotiating and enforcing all existing and any new co-packer contracts and relationships.

Examples of just a few key responsibilities include:
  • Manage current and future relevant contract manufacturers to meet the production needs of SAMBAZON’s current and new product offerings and evaluate co-packer qualifications and equipment capabilities.
  • Facilitate initial startup procedures with new co-packers by establishing certifications, implementing SAMBAZON SOP’s and coordinating plant trials
  • Manage initial qualification and production start-up of all new co-packers and provide technical information to SAMBAZON Sales, Marketing, and Ops on all co-packers manufacturing capabilities.  
  • Manage all phases of production planning and production run timing with individual contract manufacturing facilities and manage timing and budgets appropriately to assure zero OOS situations.
  • Manage all new product launches at co-packers manufacturing facilities.
    About SAMBAZON

    Founded in 2000, SAMBAZON, an acronym for Sustainable Management of the Brazilian Amazon, was the first company to introduce “certified Açaí” to the world, supplying organic and Fair Trade certified Açaí products from a proprietary supply chain to ensure transparency from the “palm of the tree to the palm of your hand.” SAMBAZON recently launched Seeding Change, a documentary highlighting mission-driven brands operating on triple-bottom-line business models and using commerce as a vehicle to create a more prosperous future for the people and the planet, similarly to how SAMBAZON uses the Delicious Powers of Açaí. All SAMBAZON products, including Smoothie Packs, Ready to Eat Açaí Bowls, Juices, Energy drinks and Açaí Bites are made from USDA Organic, Non-GMO, vegan, and Fair for Life, Fair Trade Certified Açaí. SAMBAZON’s Fair Trade certification has helped to protect the Amazon Rainforest and its rich biodiversity and has helped to positively impact thousands of local growers. With the commitment to invest a percentage of local Açaí purchases back into the community, SAMBAZON has contributed over $1 million to build healthcare centers, community centers and schools. For more information about Seeding Change and SAMBAZON’s mission and products, visit