• Gordon Jensen Cod Operations Manager

    Job Locations US-AK-Dutch Harbor
    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/21/2018 7:12 PM)
    Job ID
    Alaska Operations
  • Overview

    Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Gordon Jensen’s cod operations in Dutch Harbor; including planning and forecasting for production, hiring and retention of staff, training and coaching of key staff on company standards, interfacing with corporate fleet and operations departments to ensure that location is on target for production goals and provides corporate office with production, accounting and all other necessary administrative support. This position reports to the General Manager of Western Alaska Operations.


    • Supervises the activities and personnel engaged in the cod production operations.
    • Oversees and participates in the development and achievement of performance, efficiency, and product quality standards. Provides direction and oversight to: production manager, production foreman, office manager, on-site safety manager, chief engineer, and quality control manager regarding the coordination of production operating standards with overall company objectives. 
    • Works cooperatively with Vessel Manager on pre- and post-season projects and planning.
    • Available to relieve Vessel Manager, as needed, during the herring and salmon production seasons.
    • Assists in the recruitment, training and retention of key staff.
    • Maintains effective daily communication with corporate management and the sales department ensuring that daily production, inventory and logistics data are tracked and shared.
    • Works with internal compliance departments to ensure that all company standards regarding safety, HR, environmental, etc. are being met consistently; this will also include the ongoing training of location personnel.
    • Monitors fuel usage, fuel reports and schedules fuel deliveries to ensure sufficient fuel resources to meet the demands of the operation.
    • Assists with the ordering of equipment, parts and supplies through the purchasing department and arranges the freight shipment north and south bound between Seattle and Dutch Harbor.
    • Ensures compliance with and reporting to multiple regulating entities including ODC, EPA, OSHA, HACCP, USDC, APDES.
    • Works with the chief engineer on preventative maintenance procedures and plans the repair of machines and equipment to minimize downtime.
    • Assists with maintaining regular communication with the fishing and tender fleet to facilitate steady availability of quality fish.
    • Upholds conformance with employment policies, company problem-solving procedures, the issuance of warnings, and the administration of company policies.
    • Administers pay and job assignments fairly, legally and within guidelines established by the human resource department.
    • Communicates and enforces established quality standards for all products and grades; develops and implements methods to measure, monitor and test such standards.
    • Trains, coaches and evaluates department managers leading by example, demonstrating leadership skills and striving toward continuous improvement.
    • Takes a personal interest in all reports of injury occurring in the production areas, initiates investigation when appropriate and addresses all unsafe conditions immediately.
    • Encourages employee communications and an open-door policy through team meetings and one-on-one interactions.
    • Stays abreast of production and personnel management trends by attending company-sponsored training programs and/or outside training opportunities.
    • Handles all personnel matters with confidentiality, sensitivity and in accordance with company and legal guidelines.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Minimum 5 years in a seafood production environment with at least three years in a management role.
    • In depth knowledge of production principles, techniques and related equipment.
    • Knowledge of commercial fishing vessel operations.
    • Experience working in a highly-regulated food manufacturing industry.
    • Practical work experience in planning, supervision, cost and budget control and quality assurance.
    • High aptitude for problem-solving and troubleshooting.
    • Ability to motivate others and build high production teams through exemplary leadership.
    • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
    • Solid computer skills in a MS Windows operating environment.
    • Must be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities and easily adapt to changing situations.

    Working Conditions

    • The position will be primarily based in Dutch Harbor, onboard the processing vessel Gordon Jensen, while the vessel is engaged in cod operations (from mid-December through the end of April). There is also potential for some intermittent relief work on the Jensen during the Spring/Summer Herring and Salmon seasons.  In addition to time spent in Alaska, this position will also be required to spend time (4-6 weeks) in Seattle, engaged in planning, budgeting, and project-related work.  The work schedule in Alaska requires long hours, up to 16-hours per day and 7 days per week.


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