Now Hiring: Freezer Lead

Freezer Lead

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About Us

Harvie is a grocery home delivery service based in Lawrenceville that was founded in 2020 with a mission to make it as simple as possible for families to have access to local foods. Get to know our team at https://eatharvie.com/behindthebox!

Each week the Harvie crew works together in our Pittsburgh warehouse to aggregate products from our farm and producer partners and create customized grocery boxes for customers. Products include produce, eggs, milk, cheese, bread, meat, flowers, and many other items to create a full grocery experience. Unlike a physical grocery store, all boxes are delivered to member homes, so you won’t have any customer interaction throughout your day.

About the Position

We are looking for smart and motivated individuals who want to work in a start-up food hub environment as our Freezer Lead. As such you will contribute to our mission of helping small farms and producers beat the big guys by committing to the storage, organization, quality control, and efficiency of the freezer section of our warehouse and ensuring that our members receive the best groceries in Pittsburgh every single week!

Responsibilities:

  • Guides all Freezer Associates in the Frozen Department before, during, and after box packing to ensure quality, accuracy, and efficiency are maintained
  • Leads the team in the accurate tracking of freezer inventory and works through any issues with the Sourcing Department
  • Organizes freezer products in storage as well as on the line according to food safety guidelines and ensuring a safe and efficient usage of the space for our employees
  • Works closely with the Receiving and Sourcing Departments to ensure products are arriving on time and in the right condition; proposes solutions for future deliveries
  • Collaborates with the Fulfillment Manager and other area leads to improve the efficiency and accuracy of box packing as the expert on the freezer line’s intricacies
  • Aids in the continual training process of Freezer Associates and helps determine which employees would be best suited to work on this team
  • Fills into packing, inventory, and other roles as needed
  • Relays when new team members are needed to the Operations Manager with overall efficiency and labor costs in mind

Important Details:

  • Seeking full-time employees in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Compensation begins at $18/hour
  • Full time shift: Mondays 9am – 4pm, Tuesdays – Friday 8am – 4pm
  • Benefits include:
    • Health insurance: medical, vision and dental covered at 70% by Harvie
    • Paid time off: vacation, personal, and floating holidays of your choice
    • Paid lunch breaks
    • 401k with up to 4% company matching
    • Paid parental leave
    • 30% off your own weekly grocery box!

About You:

  • Comfortable working in a freezer at various intervals throughout shift
  • Strong knowledge of quality control and food safety best practices
  • Experience in fast-paced production facilities, grocery stores, or restaurants
  • Personal connection to agriculture and interested in supporting local farms
  • Able to do physical, repetitive tasks that involve heavy lifting and maneuvering on a warehouse floor
  • Reliable and efficient worker with an extremely high attention to detail
  • Strong oral and written communicator with a natural ability to lead others
  • Able to make effective decisions in fast-paced environments with composure and without having to consult superiors
  • Adept at entering accurate data for inventory, safety and quality reports as needed

    Apply here:  https://airtable.com/app620rCBjepziTKe/shrUgydOo5Epv07X0

Day 1 for Pennsylvania’s local food economy

For the last 20 years I have had a vision of local farmers feeding local communities. This week, we took a huge step towards that vision.

After over a year of work (including one false start this past summer), our new distribution center is fully operational!

This new facility is a piece of the infrastructure that a robust and resilient local food economy needs to thrive.

Now we can take the next step in growing this vision: this year we will grow to support local food economies across Pennsylvania. 

Last year, you supported over 350 local farmers and producers through Harvie. This year, we hope you will join us in increasing your impact as we introduce you to many more local products and producers with the increased capacity of our new distribution center.

I want to take a moment to thank all of the Harvie staff that persevered through a difficult year of operations as we built out the new distribution center, the 45 members who joined us as 5-year Harvie Green members which helped us finally get our doors open, our farmers and producers for producing amazing food, and each of you for eating local food every week, making this vision into a reality.

Every meal is a choice of how we want to live, eat, and work together.

I’m so proud that you have chosen to eat with Harvie. Thank you!

Eat with Purpose!

Simon Huntley
Founder, Harvie

New, Peak Season, and Last Call | January 2024

Just arriving: Baby Mizuna & Arugula Salad Greens from Clarion River Organics, Rover Radishes from Getblok Farms, Purple “Crooked” Carrots from Central PA Produce, Dried Gomphrena & Marigold Flowers from Pisarcik Flower Farm, and Green Garlic from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative

Peak season: Stripetti and Carnival Squash from Blue Goose Farm, Rutabaga & Purple Top Turnips from Clarion River Organics, Chioggia & Gold Beets from Central PA Produce, and Jonagold Apples from Dawson’s Orchards.

Going, Going, Gone: Sweet Potato Fingerlings from Clarion River Organics, Young Arugula from Blue Goose Farm, and Brussels Sprouts from Lancaster Farm Fresh

New, Peak Season, and Last Call | November 2023

November 2023

November may not stand out  traditionally as big month for produce, however, we have some really exciting new products joining our lists this month. With Thanksgiving coming up, our focus has been sourcing fruits and veggies to fill your holiday table. Look for holiday items like brussels sprouts, green beans, pomegranate, and cranberries. Plus seasonal staples like potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, lettuce, greens, and much more.

Additionally, we are excited to now carry limited quantity items from a new local producer, Getblok Farms, in Aliquippa. Husband and wife, Vinnie and Christina, own and operate this new and highly efficient indoor farm specializing in both fresh greens and herbs as well as some less traditional hydroponic crops like radishes, baby carrots, and Hakurei turnips. As they ramp up their production, we look forward to bringing you lots of their high-quality crops this winter and beyond.

As frost is now upon our Western PA fields, we will have to say goodbye to some more of our local summer crops like peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and herbs. But we will do our best to source these beloved products from regional and national sources when our Pennsylvania supply finishes for the season–all while continuing to carry as many items as we can from our local farmers.

-Neil S., Harvie Sourcing

New, Peak Season, and Last Call | October 2023

October 2023

Ready or not, October brings the first frosts to Western Pennsylvania each year. Along with that comes one of the more dramatic shifts in produce as well. If you have not had your fill of summer fruits and veggies, do not delay. The local produce availability is about to shift seasons. But do not fear, we have a large network of local and regional farms that will keep us well supplied with an amazing assortment as the seasons change.  There are actually a lot of great items that will be new to the list this month as well.

Incoming: Some serious seasonal favorites will return this month: broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and napa cabbage. We will also rotate in different varieties of items that we are currently carrying–Olympic Giant Asian pears, rainbow carrots, French fingerlings, Koginut and Angel Hair squash all come to mind. Other fun items like radicchio, rainbow chard, and fresh ginger will find their way to Harvie this month too. Oh, and some unsung heroes like kohlrabi and celeriac will be there for us as the weather gets colder as well. 

Outgoing: Well, I guess this will come as no surprise, but our long run of fresh berries is about to end. Be sure to check out our sustainably grown frozen berries from Stahlbush Island Farms as a great alternative. Most of the sensitive summer vegetables–eggplant, zucchini, sweet corn, green beans–are on their way out soon. Herbs like basil and parsley may also depart (although we are working to source some locally grown indoor herbs soon–stay tuned!). Notice, however, that I did not throw tomatoes on this outgoing list just yet. Thanks to indoor production, we should be able to keep some local tomatoes around until the end of the year or so. 

-Neil S., Harvie Sourcing