now hiring: local sales and customer serve representative

Now accepting applications for a full-time Local Sales and Customer Service Representative. Stop by 407 Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202 on Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4pm, to complete an application or email resume + cover letter to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com

General Responsibilities:

·         Comfortable with the sales, marketing, and customer service elements of Smoking Goose

·         Attend all sales meetings and associate meetings

·         Embrace and successfully communicate the standards and production methods of Smoking Goose and Slow Food

·         Excel at demonstrating and communicating product knowledge

·         Represent company in a positive manner at all times

·         Field sales calls and orders

·         Contact current accounts to fulfill orders

·         Reports directly to the Director of Operations

 

Customer Service:

·         Conduct business in an enthusiastic, honest, and confident manner

·         Value the individual order, no matter how small

·         Be accessible, inviting, and personable with customers

·         Comfortable handling one-on-one customer interactions and any issues whether on the phone, in person, or via email

·         Field and respond to all product inquiries

·         Take orders from customers and process them appropriately

·         Process all orders the same day (including weekends)

·         Ensure order accuracy and timeliness

·         Use Smoking Goose’s team, tools, and any means necessary within reason to accommodate customers’ issues, needs, and orders

·         Return all phone calls the same day and all emails within 24 hours

 

Sales:

·         Self-starter:  internally driven by a desire to be successful in the food service business

·         Suggestively sell the weekly hot list

·         Ability to ask for the order

·         Understand how to build on past successes by asking for more business

·         Abide by Smoking Goose’s sales strategy

·         Motivate sales of new products to existing accounts

·         Monitor daily sales activities

·         Secure and coordinate custom processing orders

·         Visit local accounts and execute tastings and demos

Stop by 407 Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202 on Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4pm, to complete an application or email resume + cover letter to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com

introducing Mike

There's a new gent on the meat beat. Help us welcome Mike!

This native Hoosier joins our sales team as Wholesale Distribution Coordinator after seven years selling organic, grass-fed cheese and milk. "It was important to me to continue working with a food producer who encourages and supports healthy, sustainable farming, and who produces a quality product," Mike says. "The care that goes into Smoking Goose products from start to finish is what makes me proud to be a part of the Smoking Goose team."

When he's not working with our partners in protein, Mike's tempo still stays quick. He plays percussion and beats out four gigs a week at Indy music venues and private events. "I play many different styles of music and enjoy the variety. Just like food, I don't want the same diet all the time," Mike explains. 

But if he had to pick a few Smoking Goose meat treats that get the most play on his plate, our Applewood Smoked Bacon takes top billing. "Because it's bacon," Mike says with a wink. To round out a glass of wine and some of the grass-fed cheeses he knows so well, Mike reaches for our Gentile Giant and Saucisson Rouge. "Gentile Giant is so unique and only available this time of year: wild boar with rum wort from Hotel Tango. I love the flavor and texture of Saucisson Rouge."

We're excited that his gigs now include the Smoking Goose show. Welcome, Mike!

Now Hiring: Dishwasher, full-time with benefits

This full-time position offers competitive salary + benefits and meat perks while working daytime hours with evenings, weekends, and holidays off. 

Duties include washing the dishes and equipment we use to make sausages, salumi, and smoked meats. General cleaning and some light facility maintenance is also part of the job. This position plays a crucial part in our company's success.

For candidates interested in advancement opportunities, this is also a chance to get a foot in the door with the prospect of learning more about business operations, food production, equipment maintenance, HAACP procedures, and more.

The ideal candidate is reliable, thorough, and can work independently as well as part of a team. No experience is necessary, and on the job training is provided.

Applicants should apply in person at Smoking Goose (407 Dorman St. Indianapolis, IN 46202) between 8am - 4pm on Monday - Friday. Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit a cover letter and resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com No phone calls please.

Now Hiring: Quality Assurance Supervisor with USDA/HAACP experience

update: this position has been filled

Quality Assurance Supervisor

The ideal candidate has experience working in a meat production environment and has a strong knowledge of USDA regulations with HACCP certification. An applicable food science degree is preferred but not required. The position would require submitting some federal label applications as well as HACCP assessment, audits, food safety enforcement, and supervision of one to three quality-assurance personnel. This is an active, hands-on position, and training will be provided.

This full-time position offers competitive salary + benefits and meat perks while working daytime hours.

Applicants should apply in person at Smoking Goose (407 Dorman St. Indianapolis, IN 46202) between 8am - 4pm on Monday - Friday. Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit a cover letter and resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com No phone calls please.

now hiring: order fulfillment

This Full-Time Position includes communicating effectively with our Packaging Staff, Sales Staff, and preferred carriers to efficiently coordinate outgoing orders.

Excellent attention to detail is required. The ability to consistently meet deadlines, work in a cold environment, and do some heavy lifting is needed. Previous experience is preferred but not required.

Schedule typically includes daytime, weekday hours with weekends and holidays off.

How to Apply

Immediate interviews Tuesday, May 2, 4-7pm at Smoking Goose: 407 N. Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202

Applicants who cannot attend the open interview opportunity on May 2 may apply in person Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm or may submit cover letter & resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com

No phone calls or social media inquiries please.

UPDATE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED -- Now Hiring: full-time positions in sales + production

update: these positions have been filled

Application details:

All applicants are encouraged to apply in person Monday--Friday, 8am to 4pm, at Smoking Goose: 407 Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202 Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit cover letter & resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com No phone calls or social media inquiries please.

full-time Cutting & Curing Assistant

however part-time may be considered for the right candidate

Duties include knife work by hand using traditional seam butchery techniques (breaking down whole proteins into subprimals, trimming boneless subprimals, and cutting trim) as well as executing the daily responsibilities of curing, brining, and overhauling products. 

Applicants must have an eye for consistency and quality as well as the ability to work in a cold environment and do some heavy lifting. Experience is not required, though applicants with prior experience are encouraged to apply. Training is provided.

full-time Distribution Account Coordinator

Smoking Goose seeks a self-motivated individual with a great passion for food and the desire to work closely with our team. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of specialty food distributors, how they operate, and how best to provide support to foster these partnerships. Because Smoking Goose values relationships with our distributor partners, their representatives, and customers, the ideal candidate is expected to develop interpersonal relationships as the key to building upon our success. The right candidate must be willing to travel and participate in a variety of food shows, product demonstrations, events, and other types of product training.  Success in this position will be measured based on account profitably maintained and grown within these distributor partnerships. This candidate will also be held accountable for attendance at required events and the new accounts that are secured as a result of connections made during those events.

Read the complete job description: click here.

Application details:

All applicants are encouraged to apply in person Monday--Friday, 8am to 4pm, at Smoking Goose: 407 Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202 Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit cover letter & resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com No phone calls or social media inquiries please.

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update: Dishwasher position has been filled
full-time Dishwasher

Duties include washing equipment from our USDA-inspected smokehouse & meatery, facility upkeep, and general cleaning.

Work schedule includes weekday, daytime hours with weekends and holidays off. Benefits and meat perks available for this full-time position.

Now hiring: update -- position has been filled


update: position has been filled

Full-Time Order Fullfillment / Shipping Position

This full-time position includes communicating effectively with our Packaging Staff, Sales Staff, and preferred carriers to efficiently coordinate outgoing orders.

Excellent attention to detail is required. The ability to consistently meet deadlines, work in a cold environment, and do some heavy lifting is needed. 

Previous experience is preferred but not required. Schedule typically includes daytime hours on weekdays with weekends and holidays off.

All applicants are encouraged to apply in person Monday--Friday, 8am to 4pm, at Smoking Goose: 407 Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202

Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit cover letter & resume to jobs@smokinggoose.com No phone calls or social media inquiries please.
 

now hiring: working days with weekends/holidays off

Smoking Goose is now accepting application for a new Full-Time Position working daytime hours with evenings and weekends off.

Packaging Position's responsiblities include:

  • portioning, packaging and labeling of products
  • demonstrating attention to detail and an eye for consistency and quality
  • some heavy lifting and the ability to work in a cold environment is required
  • experience is not required and training is provided

To apply:

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply in person at smoking goose: 407 Dorman St. Indianapolis 46202
  • Applicants who cannot apply in person may send a cover letter + resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com
  • No phone calls or social media inquiries please

Purchasing and Procurement Position: UPDATE positio has been filled

The ideal candidate for this hourly, full-time Purchasing and Procurement Position can demonstrate experience in:

  • managing inventory of a perishable product.
  • using an in-depth inventory management software system.
  • purchasing whole animals as well as proteins and ingredients for food production.

Please review the detailed job description below for more information. Applicants are encouraged to apply in person at Smoking Goose (407 Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202) weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit a cover letter and resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com No phone calls or social media inquiries, please.

General Responsibilities

  • Weekly purchasing of raw materials, production supplies, and cleaning supplies
  • Comparing price, quality, and service for best option
  • Completing of physical inventories (monthly)
  • Submitting purchase orders for approval
  • Placing orders with suppliers
  • Monitoring the receipt of raw materials, production supplies, and cleaning supplies
  • Monitoring HACCP documentation and tracking of products
  • Purchasing within set budgets
  • Inspecting product for accuracy and for quality
  • Comparing delivery invoices to purchase orders for accuracy
  • Working closely with production manager to maintain proper par levels of products and supplies
  • Working closely with book keeper to maintain cash flow budget

Food Safety Responsibilities

  • Upholds high quality, wholesomeness, and freshness of product
  • Oversees and monitors the rotation and stocking of product as it’s received
  • Upholds the company's food safety program
  • Adheres to all of Goose's standard operating proceducres (SOP) including sanitation (SSOP)
  • Adheres to all of Goose's good manufacturing practices (GMP)
  • Oversees maintenance and regular cleaning of all raw product storage areas

Product Responsibilities

  • Oversees and manages the labeling, rotation, and storage of product
  • Inspects incoming and stored products for shelf life, quality, and wholesomeness
  • Monitors shipping conditions and temperatures
  • Understands and works accordance with Goose's HACCP plan

Procurement Responsibilities

  • Researches and evaluates new suppliers
  • Works with farms to continually improve farming practices
  • Issues and follows up on newly submitted Producer Information Forms
  • Conducts farm visits to verify Producer Information Form data
  • Evaluates farms and producers based on Goose's purchasing principles (for more info, please visit http://www.smokinggoose.com/s/SGSources.pdf)
  • Works with processors to schedule slaughtering and provides cutting instructions
  • Evaluates processors in preferred networks for cleanliness and humane treatment
  • Trains processors in cutting instructions
  • Acquires Letters of Guarantee from new suppliers

Expectations

  • Leads by example in uniform, personal hygiene, and attitude
  • Leads by example in work ethic
  • This hourly, full-time position averages 42-50 hours per week, typically 5 days a week and 9-10 hours per day.
  • This position is available beginning in August; however, earlier employment may be possible for the right candidate.

How to Apply

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply in person at Smoking Goose (407 Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202) weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm.
  • Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit cover letter and resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com
  • No phone calls or social media inquiries please.

Order Fulfillment/Shipping position: *update* position has been filled

UPDATE: this position has been filled.

This Full-Time Position includes communicating effectively with our Packaging Staff, Sales Staff, and preferred carriers to efficiently coordinate outgoing orders.

Excellent attention to detail is required. The ability to consistently meet deadlines, work in a cold environment, and do some heavy lifting is needed. Previous experience is preferred but not required.

Schedule typically includes daytime, weekday hours with weekends and holidays off.

How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply in person Monday--Friday, 8am to 4pm, at Smoking Goose: 407 N. Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202

Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit cover letter & resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com

No phone calls or social media inquiries please.

now hiring: part-time controller UPDATE: POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

part-time controller (about 20-25 hours/week) for both Goose the Market and Smoking Goose to handle:

  • accounts receivable 
  • accounts payable
  • cash flow management
  • cash flow budgets
  • advise on operational budgets
  • guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures
  • assist in achieving budget objectives, schedule expenditures, analyze variances, and initiate corrective action 
  • must have prior experience with managing perishable products, processing payroll, and using QuickBooks

to apply:

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply in person at Goose the Market (2503 N Delaware St Indianapolis). Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit a resume and cover letter to jobs [at] goosethemarket.com No phone calls or social media inquiries please.

now hiring: here we grow again UPDATE: POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED

now hiring: here we grow again UPDATE: POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED

 

apprentice: full-time, 18 months, paid position

Smoking Goose accepts up to three Apprentices to learn the skills of the meat trade during three six-month rotations working in each area of our production: butchering, sausage-making, and packaging + monitoring fermentation/aging.

Applicants are not expected to have much experience in butchering or handcrafting charcuterie; however, applicants must have a serious, professional interest in the industry and be ready to commit to working the entire 18 month session. The position includes some heavy lifting and the ability to work in a cold environment.

how to apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply in person Monday--Friday, 8am to 4pm, at Smoking Goose: 407 N. Dorman St. Indianapolis IN 46202

Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit cover letter & resume to jobs [at] smokinggoose.com

No phone calls or social media inquiries please.

Meat Cutter UPDATE: THIS POSITION HAVE BEEN FILLED

daytime hours & weekends off
This position includes breaking down whole cuts using seam butchery techniques as well as portioning proteins for products like sausages, dry cured whole muscles, and more. The position requires an eye for consistency and quality and includes some heavy lifting and the ability to work in a cold environment. Experience is not required, though applicants with prior experience are encouraged to apply. Training is provided.

Meat Minutemen (and Women!) Program

Meat Minutemen (and Women!) Program

Ever wish you could work at Smoking Goose but not give up your day job? Here's your chance!

when there's a big batch of sausages to tie, hams to hang, and the like, we send out an email to all Minutemen with details on the opportunity to suit up and work side-by-side with our production team in our USDA-inspected facility.

Besides the experience of making meat magic with the professionals, you'll also be compensated handsomely (err, deliciously) for your work.

Meat minutemen program faq:

1. What to expect? We'll provide your uniform and hands-on instruction for jobs like tying salumi, linking sausages, and more. Prior experience is not required and we'll provide on-the-job training. Shifts are generally a few hours long and between 8am - 5pm on weekdays.

2. How to sign up? complete the form on this webpage. After you get an email detailing a minutemen opportunity, if you decide to volunteer, just reply to the email to reserve your spot.

3. Who can sign up? All Meat Minutemen must be at least 18 years old, able to do physical work in cold conditions, and sign Smoking Goose's Stage Waiver. Copies can be supplied upon request before you decide whether or not to work with us. No worries--no hazing, just legal stuff.

4. What you get? In addition to joining the ranks of Smoking Goose's production team for the day, you'll go home a sense of protein pride and a generous supply of meat treats.

5. No call, no show? Barring an emergency, Meat Minutemen who agree to work a shift but don't show up and don't contact us before the shift starts forfeit their chances to participate in the program.

Register in the Meat Minutemen (and women!) Program by completing this form:

Name *
Name
Phone *
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All Meat Minutemen must be at least 18 years old, able to do physical work in cold conditions, and sign Smoking Goose's Stage Waiver. *

"Life in the Cube"

A MEAT MINUTEMAN MEMOIR
BY ALL-STAR VOLUNTEER BRUCE

I am a home meat monger and had been making my own sausage and bacon for a few years when the Smoking Goose opened. When they started offering classes, I started taking them. After a couple years and about five classes, I discovered that they had a program called The Minute Man. For those of you that are not familiar with it, The Minute Man program allows you to volunteer to work in production at Smoking Goose. in return, they pay you generously in meaty treats. You can do it as little or often as you like. Fortunately, I have a flexible schedule and an understanding wife, so I signed on and have been going in about one day a week. my meat skills have really improved!

On my first day, I was introduced to “The Cube”. The cube is really a building within a building at the Dorman Street Meatery. My first impression was sensory overload. It is bright white and stainless steel, cold, wet, noisy, and crowded. Most of the time music is playing louder than the grinders, everything from Big Band to Heavy Metal and Rap. Inhabiting this space is a merry band of madmen who are the magicians of meat. Here they take lean and fat, salt, sugar, herbs and spices and turn it into all those great products.

After spending some time in there, several things have struck me. The first and foremost is that everything is handcrafted from the highest quality ingredients. Sure, machines grind and mix sausage meat, but the final assembly is all by hand. I have learned to stuff, tie and truss hams, sausages of all types and shapes, duck breasts, you name it. Everyone in The Cube can perform multiple roles, often shifting from one task to another and back again as the ebb and flow of production goes on. Everyone also has a careful eye for quality. If something slips by one person, someone else will catch and correct it.

The second thing is the quantity of product that is produced, especially given the handcrafted nature of it. Ever wonder what a half-ton of bacon looks like? Sign up for Minute Man duty and you’ll get your chance. The Goose ships all over the country so it is a constant balancing act to have product ready to go given that much of it has a six week or longer aging period. One batch comes out, the next goes in.

The last big thing I noticed is the amount of creativity. There is a constant search for new and different recipes for sausage and meats. A number of people contribute and often someone will bring in a test batch for everyone to try. Critiques are made and formulas adjusted to get the final product just right. The same applies to production techniques. There is always a search to find better ways to keep quality high and achieve the production needed.

It has certainly been a refreshing and enjoyable time. I can’t recommend it enough for anyone interested in improving their home sausage making skills or just wanting to learn the basics to get started. All the guys in the cube are pretty patient and willing to share their knowledge. I am a hunter and have always butchered my own meat, but my knife skills are also vastly improved. (And I still have all ten digits at full length!) If you are interested in giving the Meat Minuteman (and Woman) Program a try, i encourage you to sign up.

Oh, and that understanding wife, she now places her orders for the products I am working for!