Newark, DE

Operations Assistant

Grow Our Tomorrow. Oppy is a leading grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world. As one of North America’s top produce companies for nearly 165 years, we bring over 100 varieties of produce from 27 countries to 1,300+ retailers in North America and throughout the world. As much as agriculture has shaped the past for humankind, Oppy’s efforts shape its future by sustainably providing families with healthy, safe and fresh produce to create a better quality of life for all. Our progressive team is called to a higher purpose that raises the economic wellbeing of families and communities who work the land.

Recognized as one Canada’s Best Managed Companies (for the last 20 years!) and a Top 100 Employer, our diverse team of dedicated professionals collaborate and make connections across our locations throughout North and South America. We owe our success to our adaptability, innovative and entrepreneurial approach, our commitment to our people, and the incredible relationships we build. We are looking for talented people who love a fast-paced, dynamic environment where you can grow your skills and career in a sector with abundant opportunity. Grow your tomorrow with us, today.


Reporting to the Operations Supervisor, the Operations Assistant will effectively coordinate the timely and accurate processing of documentation required to transport imported and domestic perishable products across North America. Your remarkable organization skills will be high in use as you facilitate the movement of products from seaports and other distribution points to cold storages and/or to customers. Your great attention to detail will help ensure that all release requirements and processes are met to avoid delays and interruptions to the supply chain. You will join an energetic team of professionals in a role that offers variety and challenge in a fast-paced and dynamic industry.


  • Facilitates the movement of perishable products from port to storage facilities across North America in a timely and accurate fashion. Seeks to contain costs and improve current processes.
  • Coordinates port activities to facilitate the transfer of products from discharge/arrival locations to storage/customers in the most time effective and economic manner. Monitors product delivery to confirm receipt.
  • Assists internal customers with sales, inventory, and finance reconciliations. Promotes a high level of customer service with both internal and external customers.
  • Manages communication and relationships with port and cold storage operators, transport companies, and internal staff to coordinate all daily activities in a timely manner. May negotiate port to storage freight rates.
  • Oversees the compliance of all cold storage requirements and government regulations. Monitors market-based cost controls, and assists with operational budgets.
  • Coordinates marine cargo claims including proforma filings, survey scheduling, supporting documents and claim product traceability. Ensures all documents are in place and follows up with all parties to ensure timely and successful claim filing.
  • Maintains an organized and accurate record of import documents including, vessel summaries, shipping reconciliations, temperature records, invoices, and freight charges.
  • May cover Eastern Canada container port arrivals with associated processes/paperwork.
  • Performs other related support activities as required.

Required Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the concepts, methods, standards and practices of transportation in the produce industry.
  • Knowledge of the product supply chain including manufacturing, quality control and warehousing.
  • Knowledge of the relevant computer systems, network and telecommunications technology, applications, tools and equipment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication (written & verbal) and customer service skills; ability to work effectively with multiple departments and forge strong relationships within the transportation team and all other stakeholders.
  • Strong organization and time management skills; ability to prioritize multiple demands in a timely manner.
  • Proven negotiating skills with an ability to effectively develop new business opportunities while understanding and working around potential obstacles.
  • Self-motivated with high standards/attention to detail; ability to set priorities and work accurately within tight deadlines in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of the relevant computer systems, network and telecommunications technology, applications, tools and equipment.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends and/or holidays; ability to travel occasionally within the area.
  • Positive and engaging attitude, with a commitment to fostering an inclusive, supportive and fun working environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Degree, diploma in supply chain, logistics, or related industry preferred; training in agri-business is an asset.
  • Minimum, 1 – 3 years of experience in port to storage management/coordination preferred.
  • Previous fresh produce and/or perishable commodity experience is an asset.

Why Join The Team?

  • We are the perfect sized organization that is still nimble but yet organized, and where meaningful impact and contributions happen.
  • We have a strong culture with terrific people that care about the business and each other. We want our people to grow and succeed.
  • We believe in you bringing your best true self and your best ideas, because diverse perspectives contribute to better problem solving and solutions in a dynamic and ever evolving industry.
  • We support your professional development and health with educational reimbursement and wellness programs.
  • We offer a comprehensive total compensation package that includes health, dental & vision coverage, 401k match, tuition reimbursement and benefits.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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