Classified Ads

    American Cheese Society Classifieds

    Do you have a job opening? Equipment for sale?

    ACS allows for classified ads to be posted for 30 days starting at $25 for ACS members or $35 for non-members.  Your ad will be viewable to a targeted audience of ACS members, as well as other industry members and the general public who visit this website daily. For an additional $5, you can include your company logo or a photo of the equipment you’re selling.   If you desire to have your ad placed longer than 90 days, please contact the ACS office at 720-328-2788.

    Assistant Cheesemaker

    The Grey Barn and Farm is a 100 acre certified organic 100% grass-fed dairy located on Martha’s Vineyard (thegreybarnandfarm.com). We are committed to sustainability for the land and our community and hope that any individual applying for this position has the same aspirations.

    We are looking for an Assistant Cheesemaker to round out our creamery team. This person will assist Head Cheesemaker with production, packaging and sales of our cheeses. As with all creamery roles, this job requires focus, attention to detail and willingness to work long, odd hours. This is great opportunity for someone looking to grow a career in all aspects of producing and selling cheese.

    Reports to: Head Cheesemaker; Owners.

    Tasks include:
    Assist in cheesemaking and ripening.
    Wrap cheeses and prepare for sale.
    Maintain production and sanitation records.
    Cleaning: so much cleaning, every day.
    Participate in quality control cheese tasting sessions.
    Stock and maintain retail shop; participate in tours if needed.

    Other requirements:
    Must be able to lift 50 lbs, repeatedly.
    Must be able to work in hot/humid and cold/damp environments for extended periods.
    Must be willing to safely handle concentrated caustic and acid cleaning chemicals.

    Qualifications:
    Minimum 1 year experience in cheese production.
    Professional attitude, flexible schedule.
    Ability to work independently at times, collaboratively at times.

    This is a full time, year-round, salaried position. Start April/ May 2017.
    Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience.
    Possible housing on farm.

    Please send a resume and statement of interest to Lindsay:
    [email protected]

    Cheesemonger

    Western Markets is a specialty independent grocer that has been around the Birmingham, AL area since 1948. With a family work environment, known for it’s massive wine selection, quality meats & fresh departments, it’s new location in the Lane Parke development in Mountain Brook is one of the most innovative and upscale specialty grocery stores in the state of Alabama.

    Western Markets is looking to hire a full-time cheese specialist (cheesemonger) to manage all aspects of a large cheese department. The cheesemonger will be responsible for merchandising, selling, ordering, sampling, cutting, wrapping, sanitation and everything in between. Full benefits package available including insurance, 401K and more. Beginning pay will be based on resume experience and interview, with accelerated pay adjustments possible based on early performance. A great people person who likes to sell & merchandise cheese in a retail environment can make up for lack of extensive cheese knowledge. Many training courses and certifications are available at no cost to the right person for the job.

    For more information please contact Lisa Wise, 205-803-5307, [email protected]

    Couet Farm and Fromagerie Cheesemaker and Cheesemonger (2 positions)

    COMPANY DESCRIPTION
    Couet Farm & Fromagerie is a young cheesemaking company, entering into its third year of operation. We create small batch, handmade, cave-aged cheeses in Beaujolais and Catalonian styles. We work directly with northeast family dairies, supporting our agricultural community, and we use only high quality clean, rich, raw milk. We are currently the only Massachusetts sheep milk cheesemaker!

    CHEESEMAKER JOB DESCRIPTION
    We have an opening for a cheesemaker to start immediately. This is a full time position, approximately 40 hours per week with daily variation; this is not a 9 to 5 job. The position reports to the owner of Couet Farm & Fromagerie. We are looking at expanding our small team, where each of us wears many hats, and we expect the new hire to be willing to do the same. While we would prefer our new cheesemaker to have experience making cheese in a commercial facility, we are willing to consider someone with passion and the drive to become independent.

    The three most important parts of working for us in the cheese room are:
    1) clean all the things
    2) clean some more
    3) maintain records

    Duties include but are not limited to:
    Haul and test milk
    Make cheese according to our recipes
    Keep records
    Improve our recipes and experiment with new ones
    Bring new recipes to full production
    Affinage in our cave
    Clean
    Prepare cheeses for distribution and deliver orders
    Sell cheese at farmers’ markets
    Provide input on procedures
    Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications:
    Passion for cheese
    Passion for cleanliness
    Passion for record-keeping
    Ability to follow verbal and written directions
    Willingness to take initiative and to offer constructive input
    Willingness to work weekends
    Ability to lift up to 30 lbs
    Familiarity with cheesemaking process and a clean food environment preferred
    Familiarity with federal and state regulations preferred
    ServSafe and Allergen Awareness certificates preferred
    Milk hauler’s license for Massachusetts a plus

    CHEESEMONGER/FARMERS’ MARKET REP JOB DESCRIPTION
    We have an opening for a cheesemonger/farmers’ market representative to start in May 2017. This is a part time position, between 12 and 24 hours per week depending on new hire availability and the number of markets we decide to attend. The position reports to the owner of Couet Farm & Fromagerie. We are looking at expanding our small team, where each of us wears many hats, and we expect the new hire to be willing to do the same. While we would prefer our new rep to have experience cheesemongering or selling at farmers’ markets, we are willing to consider someone with passion and motivation.

    The two most important parts of working a market for us are:
    1) interacting and engaging with customers in a respectful and informative way, and;
    2) maintaining impeccable records of cheese sales

    Duties include but are not limited to:
    Cut & wrap cheeses at our cheesemaking facility
    Pack cheese and market materials
    Drive between Couet Farm and markets
    Set up and take down table, tent, etc.
    Call to and discuss with customers to actively sample and sell cheese
    Record every sale and monitor inventory
    Maintain and clean market materials
    Prepare cheeses for distribution and deliver orders
    Provide input on procedures
    Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications:
    Ability to simultaneously manage cash, customers, and inventory
    Willingness to call to and engage with the nearest customer
    Ability to keep impeccable records of sales and inventory
    Ability to lift up to 30 lbs
    Have your own vehicle, vehicle insurance, and a valid driver’s license
    Willingness to work on weekends

    Benefits:
    Pay commensurate with experience

    How to apply:
    Please tell us at cheese AT couetfarm DOT com:
    1) Why you would like to become our newest cheesemaker?
    OR
    1) Why you would like to become our newest cheesemonger?
    2) If you were a cheese, which cheese would you be and why?
    3) And please share with us your resume

    Metropolitan Market Career Fair – February 23rd!

    Metropolitan Market
    Career Fair
    February 23rd 10 AM – 7 PM

    Metropolitan Market is a favorite Pacific Northwest progressive upscale grocery retailer and one of the best places to work in the area.

    Every ingredient matters when preparing a great dish, and we have the same philosophy about our company culture. We value different tastes, experiences, and connections that our team members bring to the table, knowing that each person contributes to the success of who we are. With the opening of our seventh store in March, we are continually growing and seeking friendly, energetic team members who share our passion for great food and customer service.

    If you are interested in a career with incredible growth potential, and to work with a local company that is devoted to providing our customers the highest quality products while committed to making a contribution to the communities we serve, join us at our Career Fair to learn more!

    When:
    Thursday, February 23rd
    10 PM-7 PM

    Location:
    Hilton Bellevue
    300112th Ave SE
    Bellevue, WA 98004

    For More Information Visit:
    www.metropolitan-market.com/careers

    Corporate Cheese Specialist – Category Manager

    We are looking for an experienced “Cheese Junkie” to lead our exciting new cut cheese program being introduced to many of our locations in beautiful western Washington state. We are looking for a gourmet foodie to take this category to the next level! The Corporate Cheese Specialist isn’t just procuring product and managing a category…they are learning about cheese from local and foreign sources, sharing their knowledge and passion for this unique specialty product with our guests and leading a team of dynamic cheese mongers. If you’re up for the challenge of moving cheese into the fresh food forefront for our guests, then we’d love to hear from you!

    Qualified applicants interested in applying for this position should complete an application at www.haggen.com/employment (apply to the Corporate Office/Bellingham location) and attach a professional resume and cover letter.

    POSITION OVERVIEW:
    This position is responsible for all training and merchandising within the specialty cheese department, as well as product procurement and development of unique events and programs within the category that will elevate the specialty cheese department to exceed relative programs in the market. They research new products and product enhancements, analyze buying trends and pricing strategy ensuring that we are providing the optimum selection of products in order to maximize financial success. This will include establishing the correct itemization, distribution network, promotional plan and product price points required to be a leader in the category. They will assist with staffing, lead, develop and motivate the in-store Cheese teams and provide subject matter expertise in all areas associated with the specialty cheese department.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:
    1. Develops and implements the brand strategy for the specialty cheese department in order to meet financial commitments and manages the forecast of those commitments.
    2. Identifies local opportunities that fit the local format and collaborates with local vendors in order to establish new strategies that maintain competitive leadership.
    3. Develops product mix reflective of regional/local business needs including new item/vendors and innovative new programs including new product procurement and development.
    4. Manages inventory levels and works within logistics environment to ensure satisfactory in-stock conditions and maximize guest service expectations.
    5. Works onsite at all specialty cheese stores to develop world class cheese mongers, who can passionately sell any artisan cheese item, coaching exceptional guest service and comprehensive product knowledge.
    6. Establishes and maintains the pricing policy and procedure for the specialty cheese category, including everyday pricing, promotions and new items.
    7. Provides leadership to Specialty Cheese crew members, including input on employment decisions, planning and assigning work.
    8. Develops and maintains departmental layout plans including fixtures, equipment and department layouts.
    9. Coordinates, schedules and organizes Specialty Cheese Department resets for grand opening, remodels and existing stores, ensuring category section size optimizes special store requirements.
    10. Keeps store management apprised of department performance and recommends action to store management and Food Service Sales Manager.
    11. Facilitates team meetings with in-store Cheese Specialists in order to communicate expectations and provide mentorship and development opportunities.
    12. Ensures execution of all Cheese programs at store level.
    13. Communicates, to all levels, category financials and success stories.
    14. Reviews and executes necessary adjustments to pricing strategy based on competitive checks and ingredient/product cost changes. Recommends category budget and implement process for meeting financial goals.
    15. Builds trusted relationships with vendor community in order to optimize a product mix that emphasizes the brand and forecasts needs that will help manage commodities and maximize sales.
    16. Synthesizes market and consumer information to identify local opportunities that will deliver the brand.
    17. Establishes merchandising concepts and presentation techniques that actualize local programs and promotions that focus on customer values and satisfaction.
    18. Works closely with advertising/marketing team to actualize programs and promotions that support the brand.
    19. Maintains an awareness of competitive activity within the market area in order to analyze ads/promotion effectiveness vs. competition.
    20. Monitors store performance/compliance and assists with the execution of weekly ad/promo processes and displays.

    QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred in Business Administration and 5 to 7 years of related experience in field of Current Product Buyer or equivalent experience within the Cheese industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Culinary Arts certification preferred.
    • Knowledge of fundamental management concepts, practices and procedures related to buying, merchandising and retail operations including negotiation.
    • Working knowledge of food production and specialty food products including product preparation, product handling, and product lines, including sanitation procedures.
    • Ability to comprehend, interpret, analyze the following: instructions, correspondence, journals/articles, technical procedures, governmental regulations, financial reports, legal documents, packing lists, manifests, pick sheets/fulfillment orders, inventory count sheets, purchase orders, proof sheets/ads, P&L’s, movement/volume reports, competitive analysis docs, architectural/construction documents.
    • Experience in successfully monitoring financial performance with a proven ability to achieve budget goals.
    • Strong client management skills, particularly within vendor community, including local commodities and ability to develop working relationships with senior management of leading suppliers.
    • Ability to create effective written correspondence including: reports and procedure manuals, updates on programs to leadership and direct reports.
    • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions in one-on-one interaction and meeting/group presentation situations involving customers, Crew Members, in-Store Cheese Specialists and store/company leadership.
    • Ability to develop timely, specific, actionable and measurable plans that utilize the functionality of company systems in order to achieve performance objectives.
    • Must be able to manage heavy workload with multiple assignments in order to meet tight deadlines.
    • Must be able to adapt to competitor and/or shifts in the market with self-reliant drive, sense of urgency and innovation/creativity.
    • Must be able to learn/adapt quickly to changes and promote partnerships with other categories and Support Center departments.
    • Must have a strong understanding of the company’s sales process, including forecasting and planning with the ability to analyze data and develop business insights.
    • Must have working proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and have the ability to learn related software.
    • Accomplishes essential job responsibilities in accordance with established standard operating procedures and company policy creating a professional and enjoyable work environment.

    COMPANY OVERVIEW:
    Haggen is a premier retail grocer operating since 1933 delivering the most authentic Northwest food and lifestyle experience to our guests. Our “Northwest Fresh” vision brings the highest quality products, most trusted brands and the personal service of our caring employees to the communities we are proud to serve. With our hyper-local format, we are able to connect people to real and honest information provided by specialists, good tasting homemade food and extraordinary traditions and events that bring adventure and delight to your life.

    North Branch Farm
    Cheesemaker/Manager (one position)

    Our farm has a herd of eleven (and increasing) grass-fed, mixed-breed cows, including Canadiennes, Jerseys, Brown Swiss, and American Milking Devons, which we milk seasonally from May through December. Over the last two years, we set up all the infrastructure to produce hard, cave-aged cheeses for local and mail-order wholesale, but a change in farm partnerships lost us our cheesemaker and we are looking for someone to step into this essentially “turn-key” situation.

    We are looking for someone to make cheese starting in May, manage and market the cheese made last season, and do the recordkeeping and bookkeeping for the creamery. Although we are set up for a particular product and market, we are most interested in hiring someone with experience even if their business plan is different from what has happened here so far.

    We expect this position will require 25-30 hours per week during the milking season and less during the off-season; this operation is part of a larger farm where other work could bring the hours up to full time if it works for all of us. Compensation is negotiable, hourly at least to start with, and based on experience, and housing and farm produce could be part of the pay.

    The creamery is set up with a cheese make room where milk is pumped from the bulk tank (in a different building) to the cheese vat. The make room is attached both to a brine room equipped with a Coolbot, shelving and a brine tank and to a pack room for office work and for wrapping and packing cheeses for market/shipping. Across the road is a beautiful, poured concrete, 380 square foot cheese cave buried into a hill and set up for active and passive climate control. We have approximately 2500 pounds of cheese aging now, of two different varieties, that will need affinage and marketing in 2017.

    Our farm strives for integrity, environmental responsibility and fun at all levels. Our electricity is supplied by grid-tied solar; we use horse, tractor and hand power on the farm; and our hot water (including in the creamery) is wood-heated.

    Contact:
    Tyler Yentes
    207-323-8628
    www.northbranchfarm.org