VP Operations - Lean - Supply Chain

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San Francisco , CA
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Adam Zak
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Job Description


World Pantry is an established, growing San Francisco Bay Area based e-commerce company specializing in gourmet, natural and organic foods.  The company partners with leading food companies to handle all aspects of their direct to consumer e-commerce businesses.  This includes building and managing their official e-commerce webstores, providing marketing services and customer service support to those sites and fulfilling the orders. WorldPantry currently manages over 85 webstores, for example:

Founded in 1998, WorldPantry has averaged over +30% growth per year and has steadily grown without venture backing or outside investors. Instead, they have done it the "old fashioned way" by building a great team, providing great service to customers and partners, and with careful financial management. This allows WorldPantry.com to make long- term focused decisions, building a sustainable company which truly sets the new bar for exceptional customer service.   

Company headquarters are in San Francisco, with distribution centers in Newark, CA and Harrisburg, PA. WorldPantry is an open book management company and the ideal candidate will help contribute to the positive team culture and share the values of: outstanding service; respect; embrace learning, growth and change; personal responsibility and accountability; and work hard and have fun.


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the VP of Operations & Supply Chain (newly-created position) will be responsible for the customer facing operational roles of warehouse operations and fulfillment, inbound and outbound delivery logistics, and replenishment purchasing.  The person in this role will oversee warehouse and purchasing teams totaling approximately 35 people.  

Our new VP will be a key member of the top executive leadership group, working closely with peers -  CEO, CTO/VP of Engineering, COO/VP of Business 

Development, CFO, Marketing Directors - to provide guidance and support on operational and customer service matters, as well as growth strategy, business systems, HR and financial issues. 

Specifically, the VP of Operations & Supply Chain will be responsible for creating a truly world class operational team that provides exceptional service to our customers at every touchpoint. To achieve this, the successful candidate will create a clear vision of success, hire and develop an exceptional team, and develop a customer focused culture that is passionate about continuous learning and improvement. 

Along with the CEO, the VP of Operations & Supply Chain will be a key driver in the company's Lean transformation. WorldPantry.com is still early in its Lean transformation, but is highly committed, as evidenced by its Co-Learning Partnership with the Lean Enterprise Institute (www.lean.org). 


We're looking for at least 10-15 years of progressive leadership experience in a manufacturing, production, or distribution environment, with 3+ years in a senior level operational leadership role of a company with revenues of $75 million to $500 million.

And, for someone who is a very experienced Lean practitioner with 6+ year track record of Lean leadership success including creating cultures of continuous learning and improvement.

As well as a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves strategic thinker with ability to manage current day-to-day operations while providing strategic insight and leadership needed to massively scale the organization.

The full position profile is available for you to view at http://wp.me/P2HoVc-8p or send us a note and we'll email you a PDF version.

Adam Zak Executive Search
P.O. Box 110307   Naples,  FL  34108

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Position is open until filled