Manager Special Projects - Operations at Home Chef

| Chicago
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Home Chef is building new ways to provide meal solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs, and shipping locations both online and in store. Our team is a unique mix of creators, chefs, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers and we’re growing quickly. Our customer-first mentality, combined with a zest for supporting our peers, helped us bring home Built in Chicago’s Startup of the Year Moxie award in 2017. If you’re ready to be part of the action, we’re ready to connect with you. There are no limits to where we can go together.
Summary of Responsibilities:
We are looking for a Manager of Special Projects within operations who will drive change across the operations organization on high-impact, high-priority engagements, reporting into the Vice President of Operations.
The right person will have extremely strong drive and ownership, being able to partner with employees at all levels of the organization from hourly production associates to the C-suite.
A person in this position will get hands-on experience and learning in different areas of operations and will be able to grow rapidly.
We are an organization committed to supporting rapid professional development, and high-performers in this role would have the opportunity to take on a P&L operational role within 12-18 months.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Identify and dimensionalize opportunities to improve operations efficiency and effectiveness across every aspect of Home Chef operations (e.g., procurement, production, logistics, network strategy, plant management, organizational benchmarking and finance)
  • Structure and define high-level direction into tactical plans to drive impact and value creation (e.g., redesigning how we forecast demand for procurement, determining how to improve throughput in production lines, developing actionable scorecards to drive accountability, optimize distribution network and shipping modes)
  • Set up and run Program Management Office for large projects like setting up new facilities or distribution channelsBuild in Excel, impact and financial models to size impact against work streams, working comfortably with large data sets and top-down assumptions
  • Create presentations to communicate projects to C-suite and training materials to roll-out new initiatives throughout the organization
  • Adapt quickly and fluidly to rapidly changing projects and under dynamic conditions (e.g., piloting multiple solutions in a test-and- fail approach)Be solutions-oriented in challenging contexts with multiple stakeholdersBe able to influence business owners and plant employees to adopt new solutions and processesBuild content mastery and deep knowledge across all areas of operations, from procurement to production


  • High level of expertise with spreadsheets including scripting, macros, external data connections, basic SQL, VBA
  • Demonstrated record of quantifiable business impact Excellent analytics and critical thinking, with strong attention to detail
  • Fluid communicator and influencer, helping to drive tight cross-functional collaborationResults-oriented mindset; able to multi-task and get things done in a fast-paced environmentHigh aptitude for thinking “outside-the-box” when identifying and recommending improvements
  • Exceptional ability to coach organization to implement long-term solutions that “stick” in both manufacturing and corporate environments
  • Outstanding project management skills and proven track record of ownership and independenceExcellent verbal and written communicator, with experience in giving structured and insight-led presentations to C-suite executives and hourly employees alike with all levels of technological expertise
  • Strong interest in the food, e-Commerce, and start-up spaceTravel will be required as part of this positionCompletion of a 4 year degree in business or related field is required
  • Consulting background preferred.

-Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first 
-Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day
-Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
-Generous paid time off (PTO) policy
-401k program
-Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses
-Free water taxi, discounted gym membership, and daily bike storage for Wrigley building employees
-Cold brew coffee on tap at no charge
-Employee discounts for Home Chef meal kits
-Free lunch every Friday and snacks and beverages on hand every day
-Casual dress
Home Chef is an equal employment opportunity employer 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • SketchDesign


Located in the iconic Old Chicago Post Office. Plus, the office is easy to get to with various train and bus stops being close by.

What are Home Chef Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Home Chef hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Free Daily Meals
Weekly Fooda credit which equals to one company paid lunch per week .
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at team's discretion.
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Home Chef hosts lunch and learn meetings once per quarter.
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day. Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses. On-site gym membership, and daily bike storage for Old Chicago Post Office building employees. Employee discounts for Home Chef meal kits. Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!

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