Sunfed Careers


We live in a solar powered world.

The closer we get to sunlight, the better brighter cleaner things get!

Packing a pea protein punch!

Clean lean plant protein.

Naturally packed with protein, iron and zinc!

Want to help accelerate humanity towards being fully solar powered? Then Sunfed is the place for you.

Food is the largest form of energy we consume on this planet. Transforming this energy system into a new, dynamic and sustainable system will have the biggest impact on our footprint, and on our health. To do that, we need new innovative fresh thinking free from the paradigms of the past.

If you're driven and creative with oodles of grit and energy; if you like to be challenged, are hungry to make a difference, and want to be part of the solution - then let’s talk.

Current Vacancies at Sunfed

Chief Financial Officer

It’s time for us to bring on a CFO who totally gets what we’re trying to achieve, and can help take us from start-up to scale-up. It’s a broad role - you’ll be preparing board reports and providing timely info to our senior leadership team, as well as getting right down into the detail of our accounts and payroll.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Driving the financial planning by analysing and managing performance and risks.
  • Preparing annual accounts, budgets, financial forecasts, report variances. funding strategy, and grants.
  • Developing and documenting business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls.
  • Helping level-up all payment processes including payroll
  • Analysing financial performance and making improvements to our business model, financial risk, banking relationships.
  • Work with the wider team on demand forecasting and planning
  • Plus many other things that aren’t listed here!

Does this sound like you?

  • You’ve done the hard yards, got an accounting degree, and can put CA beside your name.
  • You have experience in a senior finance role in a high-growth business, ideally Financial Controller level or above.
  • You’re comfortable in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment.
  • We’d love you to have experience in manufacturing, export, and operating in new markets
  • You’ve been through the process of raising capital and understand the ins and outs.
  • You’ve got strong commercial acumen and can operate in other areas of the business, outside pure financials.

If you’re interested in this role, please contact recruit@sunfedfoods.com outlining how you’re suited to this role, and why you’d like to work for Sunfed. 
Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

 

Manufacturing Manager

We’re looking for a Manufacturing Manager to manage and streamline our production, coordinate the ops team, and help expand our range of world-first category-breaking products to market. We’re looking for someone who is motivated to make a real difference, and committed to growing with us at pace.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Managing production and all that goes with it. You’ll be owning operations at our production site and managing all the staff who help us make our products.
  • Helping to create a culture of excellence - we’re an Agile business who value continuous improvement with lean principles and practical solutions.
  • Working with the core team of engineers, as well as external stakeholders.
  • Managing large scale projects - we have big goals! This could be around automation, process improvement, or any number of things.
  • Creating a strong food safety culture. We’re a food production company so our compliance and health and safety is absolutely critical. We’re looking for someone to come in and own this space.
  • Managing procurement and distribution - working with suppliers and distributers to make sure we’re operating efficiently
  • Helping us take new products from the R&D stage into production

Does this sound like you?

  • You have experience in an operational role in a similar business - demonstrable hands-on experience with machine operation and running food production.
  • You’re a strong Project Manager, your organisational skills are second to none.
  • You have some logistics and export experience under your belt
  • You have the ability to prioritise tasks, manage time, all while operating at speed!
  • You’re an exceptional communicator and are comfortable talking with staff at all levels
  • You have a strong problem solving - both strategic and commercial -  capability with laser-like focus on detail.
  • You have strong financial acumen - you can budget, forecast, analyse, and accurately report on financial info.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced agile start-up environment, enjoy R&D and constant change
  • You’re a quick learner with a continuous improvement mindset and a positive attitude

If you’re interested in this role, please contact recruit@sunfedfoods.com outlining how you’re suited to this role, and why you’d like to work for Sunfed. 

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

 

Team Leads - Production Floor

We’re looking for two awesome Team Leaders - one for our day shift and one for our afternoon / night shift. You’ll be managing the tight knit team on our production floor who work hard every day to ensure that our product gets into the hands of our happy customers!

You’ll be responsible for:  

  • Organising, leading, and managing the production team on your shift.
  • Planning and executing all tasks required to ensure optimum performance of the production line during your shift.
  • Continuously optimising and refining staff training - staff are trained on what they need to know, when they need to know it.
  • Creating & managing the rosters for your shift - making sure the team takes their breaks on time and morale is high. You’ll also be responsible for a seamless handover once the night team comes in.
  • Maintaining a tight line of communication to the operations, engineering and compliance teams - ensuring any incidents are reported quickly and risk mitigation procedures are executed.
  • Accurately document and record production data and info for production compliance and quality purposes. You’ll also take ownership for product quality throughout your shift.
  • Ensure units, shippers and pallets are correctly labelled and manage pallet logistics with 3PL partners.
  • Continuously feedback and improve SOPs for optimum performance of the production line.
  • Ensure high cleaning performance and compliance with food grade and hygiene standards.
  • Owning health & safety processes for your team - the buck stops with you!

Does this sound like you?

  • You have experience in a Team Lead role in an FMCG environment.
  • You totally get the ins and outs of hygiene, and health & safety requirements in a food production environment.
  • You have the ability to prioritise tasks, manage time, all while operating at speed!
  • You’ve managed a team before and are comfortable providing feedback when needed.
  • You’re an excellent communicator & can communicate with staff at all levels.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced agile start-up environment, enjoy R&D and constant change.
  • You’re a quick learner with a continuous improvement mindset and a positive attitude.
  • You’ve operated complex machines in a production environment - you’re able to set up, shut down, and test our production machines regularly.
  • Bonus points if you have a forklift licence!

If you’re interested in these roles, please contact recruit@sunfedfoods.com outlining how you’re suited to what we're looking for, and why you’d like to work for Sunfed. 

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

 

Plant / Maintenance Engineer 

We’re looking for a strong Plant / Maintenance Engineer to join the team and help us develop, implement, monitor and optimise efficient manufacturing processes & workflow. 

A typical day might look like:

  • Analysing production workflows to optimise production line for streamlined productivity and adaptability.
  • Developing working instructions, workmanship standards and process documents, and ensuring they are followed.
  • Day-to-day problem solving and maintenance to ensure production lines are up and running.
  • Continuously improving production flows - we’re always optimising for quality, productivity, efficiency and cost savings, we’ll look to you to be providing and implementing recommendations and solutions.
  • Investigating operational problems affecting production and reporting, recommending and implementing solutions.
  • Performing gap analysis to identify skills and expertise needed for managing production line.
  • Getting your hands dirty and helping run our machines on the production floor when needed.
  • Documenting new product development steps so we can bring ideas from R&D to the production floor.
  • Working with the Chief Engineer and Chief Product Architect to translate and implement new lines from R&D to production.
  • Helping in the design and manufacture of new machinery.
  • Monitoring compliance - H&S, food safety, confidentiality, etc.
  • Managing process change - training and supervising staff on new processes and technology. 

Does this sound like you?

  • You hold an “Electrical Appliance Serviceperson - endorsed to disconnect and reconnect” certification, or higher certification.
  • You have solid experience process engineering within a food production business.
  • Your written communication skills are excellent and you have experience writing functional descriptions, P&ID’s, and manuals.
  • You’re able to switch between managing the high level elements of a project while also remaining focussed on the smaller details.
  • You’re machine-minded - you have a knack for picking up new pieces of equipment and figuring out how it works.
  • Bonus if you have a forklift licence!
  • You thrive in a fast-paced agile start-up environment, enjoy R&D and constant change.
  • You’re a problem solver - you’re able to methodically work through challenges to get to the result that you want.
  • You’re a quick learner with a continuous improvement mindset and a positive solutions-focused attitude

    If you’re interested in this role, please contact recruit@sunfedfoods.com outlining how you’re suited to this role, and why you’d like to work for Sunfed. 

    Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

     

    Production Line Technicians

    Our production floor is the heart of everything we do, it’s the sun in our universe.  Without our production floor and the awesome team behind it, we wouldn’t be able to bring Sunfed to our customers. 

    We’re always on the look-out for great Production Line Technicians to help keep the Sunfed world turning. We’re a growing business and there are lots of opportunities for people who are keen to grow their career. We run two production shifts per day: 7am - 3pm, and 3pm til late.

    The types of things Production Line Technicians do:

    • Preparing ingredients, mixing, and general food handling
    • Packing and inventory of finished products
    • Performing required QA sensory and factory test for finished products
    • Accurately documenting and recording data and information for production and quality purposes
    • Ensuring compliance with all operations and QA procedures
    • Upholding strict compliance with all relevant Hygiene and Safety legislation and requirements, as well as Sunfed’s confidentiality requirements
    • Helping continuously improve functions and processes to optimise workflow
    • Cleaning and shutting down our production line
    • Running our machines from start to finish - continuously monitoring them and making sure they’re running optimally.

    We’re keen to hear from you if:

    • You have experience on a production line in a food-manufacture facility.
    • You have a very solid understanding of health & safety procedures within food production.
    • You’ve worked in fast-paced environments where you’ve held a high level of autonomy.
    • You have a strong work ethic and enjoy a challenge.
    • You’re a quick learner with a continuous improvement mindset and a positive attitude.

    If you’re interested in this role, please contact recruit@sunfedfoods.com outlining how you’re suited to this role, and why you’d like to work for Sunfed. 

    Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

     

     

    Machine Operators

    Our production floor is the heart of everything we do, it’s the sun in our universe.  Without our production floor and the awesome team behind it, we wouldn’t be able to bring Sunfed to our customers. 

    We’re always on the look-out for great Machine Operators to help keep the Sunfed world turning. We’re a growing business and there are lots of opportunities for people who are keen to grow their career. We run two production shifts per day: 7am - 3pm, and 3pm til late.

    The types of things Machine Operators do:

    • Setting up machines to start a production cycle
    • Operating core machines on the production line
    • Fixing any issues that might occur during production
    • Controlling and adjusting machine settings as needed to maintain product quality
    • Inspecting parts with precision and measuring tools
    • Testing operation of machines periodically and conducting routine preventative maintenance, adjustments and repairs
    • Checking output to spot any machine-related mistakes or flaws
    • Keeping records of approved and defective units or final products
    • Helping with general operation tasks including ingredients preparation, mixing, general food handling, packing and inventory of finished products, and all other related tasks
    • Performing required QA sensory and factory test for products
    • Accurately documenting and recording data and information for production and quality purposes
    • Monitoring compliance - overall health and safety, food safety, confidentiality.
    • Helping to optimise the production line for productivity and adaptability - we have a continuous improvement culture and are constantly iterating on what we do.

    We’re keen to hear from you if:

    • You’ve operated complex machinery in a food production environment
    • You have an understanding of good manufacturing practice and continuous improvement
    • You have a very solid understanding of health & safety procedures within food production.
    • You’ve worked in fast-paced environments where you’ve held a high level of autonomy.
    • You have a strong work ethic and enjoy a challenge.
    • You’re a quick learner with a continuous improvement mindset and a positive attitude.

    If you’re interested in this role, please contact recruit@sunfedfoods.com outlining how you’re suited to this role, and why you’d like to work for Sunfed. 

    Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

     

    Financial Accountant

    We’re on the look-out for a Financial Accountant who can juggle … (priorities, yellow peas, flaming torches … you name it) to join our team and help us streamline our day to day finance and office operations. 

    You’ll be responsible for:

    • Management of bank accounts, credit card systems, expense and receipt processes and other accounts processes.
    • Accounts payable and receivable.
    • You’ll be the first point of contact for all incoming comms relating to accounts and you’ll liaise with suppliers and customers as required.
    • Payroll - including setting up new employee accounts including payroll, timesheet and ReceiptBank accounts.
    • End of month-end reconciliations in Xero.
    • Assist the Finance team to allocate general ledger work including GL reconciliations to assist in the production of management accounts accurately, with audit activities and FX payments.
    • Monitor taxation and compliance, including completing GST returns.
    • Monitor internal controls and implement new ones as required.
    • Plus many more things! We’re a growing start-up and we all wear many hats.

    Does this sound like you?

    • You're a qualified CA
    • You have an affinity for technology - picking up new tech is no problem and you have experience using Xero and ReceiptBank.
    • Your written and verbal communication skills are excellent.
    • You’re confident in your skills but not afraid to ask for help when you need it.
    • You’re keen to work for a start-up where we all wear many hats. 
    • You thrive in a fast-paced agile environment and enjoy constant change.
    • You’re a quick learner with a continuous improvement mindset and a positive attitude.

    If you’re interested in this role, please contact recruit@sunfedfoods.com outlining how you’re suited to this role, and why you’d like to work for Sunfed. 

    Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

     

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