Cold Storage Network Manager

  • Location: US - Ballico Warehouse
  • Job Family: Nursery
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0004923
  • Experience Years: 5-10 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

The Cold Storage Network Manager will be responsible for identifying short and long-term cold storage needs for the US, Canada and Baja, develop a strategy to ensure proper facilities are in place, be responsible for the oversight of the internal and external cold storage network and maintain accurate nursery plant inventory records across the cold storage network. Additionally, this Manager will oversee the procurement activities of shipping and storage materials (e.g. pallets, boxes). This role will manage two functions: Internal Cold Storage (Ballico Facility Team) and External Cold Storage (Cold Storage / Procurement Manager). • This role is responsible for the oversight of the Ballico, CA nursery cold storage facility and requires being onsite at the Ballico facility. The position will oversee the Ballico staff and ensure maintenance, regulatory compliance, safety, plant handling and inventory control policies are followed at the Ballico facility. • This role is responsible for the oversight of the external cold storage facilities and procurement of storage / shipping materials. The position will oversee the Cold Chain / Procurement Manager and ensure maintenance, regulatory compliance, safety, plant handling and inventory control policies are followed at the 3rd party facilities. This leadership position requires the ability to manage multiple initiatives, facilitate positive solution-oriented discussions with key stakeholders, work cross functionally with other departments, understand supporting systems, and manage through processes and systems.


  • Maintain/Develop key performance indicators and measure and report results
  • Manage and maintain accurate nursery plant inventory records at all Nursery cooler locations
  • Develop annual operating budgets and oversee the monthly variance reporting
  • Manage the design and upkeep of standard operating procedures, process maps and improvement strategies for each cold storage facility.  Work with key Driscoll’s of the Americas (DOTA) co-workers to align best practices
  • Oversee all aspects of the Ballico facility including managing staff, regulatory compliance, maintenance practices budgets and process improvement activities.  Align standard practices with external coolers
  • Work with internal and external customers to understand requirements of plant trim shed and storage needs.  Ensure vendor requirements are established and measured
  • Supervise team including annual goal setting and measuring performance against established goals in accordance with Driscoll’s policy
  • Administer Driscoll’s plant handling practices in accordance with Driscoll’s of the America’s standards
  • Ensure the security of Driscoll’s confidential and proprietary information and materials
  • Contributes to the Business Unit’s people priorities and objectives regarding people leader effectiveness, engaged employees, and enabling others to perform
  • Domestic travel required between 25% and 40%; potential for some international travel
  • Represents Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like professional manner in all interactions with growers, co-workers, suppliers, customers and the business community at large
  • Other duties as assigned*
  • *This job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work performed by employees in this job.  It is not an exhaustive list of all the job's responsibilities.  At Driscoll’s, all of our jobs include broad responsibilities for continually improving the processes we use to develop our products.

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science, Business, or related field OR equivalent experience
  • Minimum of five to eight years of experience with operations and personnel management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at the same time
  • Experience in team building and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work cross functionally across departments
  • Ability to develop process, manage multiple projects and measure results
  • Reliability, attention to detail, and proven teamwork skills are a must
  • Should be self-motivated, able to work independently and lead cross functional teams.
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office
  • Work collaboratively with Director, Nursery operations, peers and internal and external customers of all levels
  • Experience in team building and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work cross functionally across departments
  • This position requires an extended schedule to support operational requirements
  • California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program
  • A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) fluency preferred

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.