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Production Manager (Part-time)

Drive change. Shape the future. Use your hands. Surround yourself with transcendent scents! 

Bright Black uses scent as an artistic medium and candles as a platform to share positive stories about Blackness. Our small, passionate, hard-working, fun, and fast-growing team is looking to hire a Production Manager to support production at our Durham, NC-based facility. In just over a year, Bright Black has collaborated with numerous partners, including Michelle Obama and Jordan Peele/HBO, and has been featured in over 60 media outlets including Beyonce’s Black Parade, Vogue, People, NPR and Durham Magazine. Now, we’re looking to expand our team with a candidate who has a passion for artisanship, community, and sharing the beauty and brilliance of Black people, culture, and history.

Your Role:

*The Production Manager is an on-site role with the primary responsibility of handcrafting small batch, high-quality candles. The ideal candidate will be able to balance pace and accuracy, in an effort to hit daily target production and quality goals. This position is part-time, but may evolve into a full-time role in the future. The Production Manager will work directly with the Bright Black COO and Production Team Associates.

*Additionally, the Production Manager will engage in packaging, unloading supplies from delivery trucks, and quality assurance, all in a safe, clean, and comfortable work environment. This position is part-time but may evolve into a full-time role over time. Specific hours will be determined in partnership with the chosen applicant based on both parties’ needs. 


Your Responsibilities:

*Handcraft Bright Black candles using company tools, including wax melter, labelers, etc.

*Engage in candle finishing including, final wick trimming, ensuring all surfaces of candles are smooth, lidding, etc. 

*Problem solve throughout the production process including identifying issues, brainstorming and implementing solutions, and documenting the effectiveness of implemented solutions. 

*Support shipping activities including packaging finished candles for fulfillment.

*Assist with inventory management.

*Support teammates as needed.

*Receive freight and materials, and deliver final products to our storage area. 

*Maintain a clean, neat, safe and orderly work area. 

*Perform other duties, as requested. 

*Uphold highest standards of artisanship. 


An Ideal Candidate Will:

*Be punctual, responsible, highly organized, meticulous about details and the accuracy of production, and get excited about boosting production efficiency. 

*Have at least 1-3 years experience working on a production line, or a demonstrated willingness and ability to work hard, at pace, and carefully on a team.

*Be professional, including dependable with respect to schedule and completed work. 

*Adhere to all safety protocols. 

*Be self-directed, but comfortable with asking questions and open to taking directions.

*Be consistent, yet adaptable.

*Provide a strong work history that demonstrates integrity and a strong work ethic.

*Demonstrate creative problem-solving skills, a curious mind, willingness to learn and grow, positivity, and strong verbal and written communication skills. 

*Be in alignment with the Bright Black mission, vision, and values.

*Be over 18 years of age. 

*Previous candle making experience is a plus, but not required. We are willing to train the candidate upon hire.


Job Requirements:

*Ability to stand or walk for 6-8 hours a day.

*Ability to lift 20-50 lbs. throughout the day.


Good Reasons to Join:

We are a dynamic, fast-growing, mission-driven company offering competitive pay ($18-$20 per hour depending on experience), employee discounts, and a healthy and kind work environment. We strive to run our business with consciousness, upholding the values of inter-being, cooperative economics, respect and creativity.


COVID-19 Statement: 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, it is our responsibility to help keep our employees, customers, partners, communities and the world healthy and safe. At Bright Black, we have implemented processes and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have also implemented an Emergency Sick Leave policy providing staff 2 weeks of paid time off, if they have a confirmed case of COVID-19.


To Apply:

Are you the perfect Production Manager for the Bright Black team? If so, please send your resume and cover letter to brightblackhiring@gmail.com. In your cover letter, please explain how you are aligned with the Bright Black mission and vision. Please also indicate your work availability, how you heard about the position, and ideally, how long you see yourself working on the Bright Black team. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



We're an equal opportunity employer. We make employment decisions on the basis of merit. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital, veteran or disability status, age, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.