Operations & Finance Manager

V Smiley Preserves & Minifactory
Bristol, VT
Full Time
1 week ago


Bristol Vermont

Position Overview

We’re hiring an upbeat, financially focused food professional to cohere the production/fulfillment of V Smiley Preserves (jam company) with Minifactory (restaurant, coffee shop and market showcasing V Smiley Preserves products). V Smiley Preserves and Minifactory operate out of a shared kitchen. Warehousing and fulfillment take place offsite (1 mile down the road). You’ll work in both locations.

Our ideal candidate has a strong cooking/production background, loves building spreadsheets, identifies as a numbers person and likes working with people.

Minifactory is our new business. You’ll be instrumental in building an organization from the ground upwards, determining how to arrange resources for maximum productivity.

Your role splits three ways:

1) administrative, financial checks and balances

2) connecting across departments

3) hands on support in the kitchen during our startup phase as we transition from jam company to jam company and restaurant.

Who You’ll Work With

  • VSP Production Lead: Production lead preps and cooks preserves. You’ll manage their workflow and their ingredients ordering and making sure production and fulfillment operations are smooth.

  • VSP Fulfillment Lead: Fulfillment lead packs/ships ecommerce and wholesale orders, facilitates local wholesale deliveries and oversees inventory management. You’ll manage their workflow and coordinate the relationship between production and fulfillment.

  • Minifactory Front of House Manager: oversees the fresh/pantry market, schedules FOH staff, HR lead point of contact, orders FOH supplies/goods, manages coffee program.

  • Minifactory Lead Cook & Baker

  • V Smiley (Head Cook of Minifactory, Owner of VSP)

  • Christine Mitchell Adams, VSP/Minifactory Marketing

  • VSP/Minifactory Bookkeeper

You manage: VSP Fulfillment Lead, Production Lead

You collaborate with: FOH Manager, Baker, and Head Cook

You report to: V Smiley



o   Costing out V Smiley Preserves/Minifactory products

o   Creating V Smiley Preserves/Minifactory budget

o   In charge of seasonal production calendar 

o   Tethering our local supply chain to production and marketing 

o   Facilitates movement of ingredients/preserves from VSP production into Minifactory menu

o   Facilitates movement of ingredients with FOH Manager from market back into Minifactory (as produce/product ages out of salability)

o   Maintaining relationships with farm partners


o   Increase efficiency across teams

o   Foster communicative and fun work environment

o   Stimulates excellence in both the individual and group

o   Create a work schedule cohering VSP & Minifactory

o   Mapping financial goals ensuring management team is on the same page and knows what’s coming down the pipeline 

o   SOPs and/or documented organization of our suppliers and growers 

o   Financial evaluation

o   Minimizes food waste

o   Tracks ingredient sales between Minifactory and V Smiley Preserves


o   Successful record of financial management in food business (skills in Excel/Google Sheets, book/recording keeping)

o   Drive to research and implement systems to increase team efficiency

o   Food production management experience

o   Restaurant experience (minimum 2 years as a line cook)

o   Fundamental belief in using business to grow our local food systems

o   Be a good, active listener

o   Have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

o   A love for building/managing teams using a strengths based approach

o   Highly organized

o   Quick, efficient, multi-tasking and highly attentive to detail

o   Community minded


  • Base starting wage of $23/hr + share in service charge payout / Equity Options

  • Two weeks paid time off

  • Seasonal bonuses

  • Staff meals

  • Employee discount

As we move out of the startup phase for Minifactory, the Operations Manager is pivotal in researching and implementing additions to our benefit package.

Application Instructions

1. Scroll and fill out application and send materials requested on application to honeyjam@vsmileypreserves.com

2. We’ll be in touch via your provided contact info to set up a remote, 10 min. interview.

3. Final steps will be a hybrid working and in person interview.

16 Main Street
Bristol, VT 05443