Chief Operating Officer
All | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Full Time
Position Profile - Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Every day, it’s likely that every American will come in contact with or consume food handled by disposable gloves. 7.6 million Americans per year are sickened by a foodborne illness where disposable gloves are the cause. Bacterial and fungal contamination of glove surfaces from poor glove manufacturing standards; undetected glove punctures which lead to tens of thousands of bacteria being released from moist internal glove surfaces (glove juice); and toxic chemical migration to food from cheap raw materials are some of the issues the food industry and consumers face due to cheap disposable gloves.
The US uses 228,000 disposable gloves every minute. If society does not have safety gloves the foodservice industry, medical industry and more halt. Disposable gloves are a necessity not a commodity.
Eagle Protect has been developing best practices for food safety and social good since 2006. The company is well positioned to grow in this unique moment during the global pandemic. With US Headquarters in South Lake Tahoe Ca. Eagle Protect is a multi-national company engaged in the sourcing, certification, and distribution of food safety and personal protective equipment. The company has been in operation for 14 years, originally in New Zealand, and expanded to the US in 2016.
Eagle Protect a rapidly growing innovative B-Corp PPE provider enhancing the safety and performance of disposable protection products for Costco, CINTAS, Cargill, Tyson Foods and many others worldwide. The company does this by supplying uniquely certified, high-quality, ethically sourced disposable gloves and clothing.
The pre Covid US market for disposable gloves in the food industry is estimated at US$1.5b per annum. The global pandemic has created PPE shortages due to manufacturing supply and shipping logistics, as manufacturing has historically been concentrated in Southeast Asia. Post-pandemic, there is an expectation that the baseline level of PPE required will have permanently increased. Therefore, this is an immense growth opportunity for companies that can deliver and manage customers both in the short-term and long-term.
Team - The New Zealand Way
Eagle Protect founder and CEO Steve Ardagh was born in New Zealand. He has adapted and embedded many of the traditions in the culture of the company. The New Zealand way means doing what you say with urgency and pride. Being friendly, interested and responsive in a genuine way with whomever you come in contact with. Doing business does not mean not having fun - New Zealanders love to have a laugh and put a smile on peoples faces - that’s the way we do business in New Zealand and the US!
This is an excellent opportunity to grow an organization from 4 people to 10 and beyond. Eagle Protect seeks a dynamic COO to partner with the CEO to lead the organization through a period of significant growth. The Head of Operations will partner with the CEO and entire team to guide and build excellence in the quality of the work environment, efficiency of the organization's ability to grow, and culture that always delivers to Eagle Protect’s clients.
This position will work across the organization to develop, enhance &/or streamline the operational practices and processes needed to support the growth of Eagle Protect. The company needs to level up Sales processes, Sourcing, Logistics, and Marketing. The role and responsibilities will evolve according to Eagle’s growth as well as the expertise that the applicant brings to the table.
Specific responsibilities will include:
Sales & Marketing
Manage the team to ensure effective & efficient delivery of financial & operational plans – by month, quarter & year;
Ensure repeatability customer experience with clients
Determine if there are markets beyond food service that Eagle Protect should sell to
Logistics & Supply Chain Execution
Optimize the Supply Chain - Identify and implement the most efficient and affordable ways to procure, store products, transport them from point A to point B, and ensure customer satisfaction
Read the tea leaves to forecast supply and demand
Engage talent across the organization to develop plans to strengthen Eagle’s organizational capabilities & operational infrastructure – including need for any new technology, systems, processes & talent – to support rapid growth
Strategic Leadership & Support
Thought partner to the CEO to Lead company culture efforts, developing and implementing new approaches to building and strengthening organizational culture, and internal communications
Own strategy and implementation of key initiatives that will enable continued rapid growth of the organization (ideas to action)
Balance of customer need and long term company vision
Knowledge & Skill Requirements:
The Eagle Protect COO will be skilled at moving between tasks that require strategic vision to tactical executions and comfortable doing any task in the company while building a world-class organization. S/he is entrepreneurial, has excellent judgment, and is results-oriented. This person will always be willing to forge ahead on a strategic path in the absence of perfect information.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
Proven success in the development and implementation of Operational Plans that enables a company to grow from $10m to $50m+ for businesses that sell and distribute goods, ideally to foodservice or medical industry
Experience identifying and implementing opportunities for efficiencies, improvements, and lean operations
Experience and track record finding/implementing the right answer on building the corporate infrastructure to scale from $10m to $50m+
Strong process and operational leader with extraordinary ability to listen, understand, and connect with employees at all levels of the organization
Loves building agile flexible structure/process to let the day to day run smoothly
Excellent at project management, particularly with respect to organization, prioritization, and time management and ability to manage and participate in multiple projects at once