Hawthorne Gardening Company
March 1, 2022
Olivehurst, CA
Job Type


At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We are looking for a Plant Manager who will grow at our Growing Media facility in Olivehurst, California.  Growing Media, a network of 45 plants across North America, produces branded consumer products such as mulch and soil for lawn and garden care.

If you have an entrepreneurial mindset and thrive in a fast-paced operations environment, then you will fit in well as a Scotts Plant Manager.  On a day-to-day basis, you will have the responsibility for driving employee engagement, safety, product quality, productivity, order delivery, and customer service.  In this role, you have the ability to positively impact the plant’s overall performance and our customers’ satisfaction.  

What you’ll do in this role:

  • DEFINE SUCCESS:  Establish short and long-term operating objectives, ensuring goals are aligned to deliver desired production capacity, shipping, and people capabilities.  Apply knowledge of processes, equipment, and system capability to set challenging individual, team, and facility standards.

  • LEAD:  Provide day-to-day leadership and coaching to supervisors and hourly associates, driving enhanced plant operations in the areas of safety, production, maintenance, warehousing, shipping, and office management.

  • CUSTOMER SERVICE:   Foster and maintain a high level of customer service through on-time deliveries, responsiveness to customer needs, ensuring all shipped product meets customer quality requirements.

  • FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY:  Establish and monitor plant operating budget and shipments forecast; identify and implement continuous improvement efforts to positively affect profitability.

  • SOURCE:  Identify possible sources of local raw materials, while monitoring quality and cost-effectiveness; negotiate/manage supplier and vendor contracts.

  • PARTNER:  Collaborate with operations, regional sales, business development teams, and corporate team members to ensure product supply levels and customer service.

  • DEVELOP TALENT:  Build people capability through effective associate relations, hiring, training, and transparent communication for both management and front-line hourly personnel.

  • REPRESENT:  Develop and maintain positive community relations: participate in local activities and/or organizations to promote goodwill and a positive company image.

  • STEWARDSHIP:  Ensures compliance with all environmental, health & safety regulations, ordinances, and permit requirements.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Operations Management, Supply Chain, Logistics, or other related fields.

  • 5 years of site-level or department management experience in manufacturing or warehousing.  Prior experience leading in a direct store delivery environment is highly preferred.

  • Working knowledge of enabling functions of operations including environmental management, quality assurance, capital planning, production scheduling, and private fleet operations.

  • Leads with an Entrepreneurial Spirit - curious, actively seeking out change, energized by new, tough assignments and overcoming obstacles, resilient, takes well-reasoned risks, and consistently executes.

  • Demonstrates strong People Agility - authentic, transparent, self-aware, inspires others to perform at a high level, connects and builds a wide range of working relationships, and values the diversity of thought, style, and perspective.

  • The desire to be “hands-on” - this role requires regular presence on the plant floor.

  • Fluent in English and Spanish (preferred).

What makes this role unique:

  • Our business is stable and growing with 21 million new customers entering the lawn and garden category since last year.

  • You will be exposed to all levels of the organization.  You will not be just a number but a valuable contributor to our team and organization.  

  • At Scott's, every day is a new day.  You will be encouraged to think outside the box, operate with autonomy, and challenge the status quo.  We are energized by highly changing environments and are comfortable with ambiguity.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including Health, Dental, and Vision coverage.

  • 401K match (up to 7.5%). No waiting period on vesting or match.

  • Discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • 13 paid holidays and a generous vacation policy.

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, Scotts Associates for a Greener Earth (SAGE), and Scotts Young Professionals





Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scott's. With the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring certain associates to get a COVID vaccine*. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families, and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high-quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters, and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug-free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

*Except where prohibited by state or local law