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Supervisor Production

Ventura Foods

Ventura Foods

Software Engineering, Product, People & HR, Operations
St Joseph, MO, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2023


Location: St. Joseph, MO 

Exemption: Exempt 

Shift: Days – 12 hour shifts 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Responsible for activities in production area(s) to meet production goals, quality and cost objectives.  Provides direction to employees according to established policies and management guidance.  This position requires direction of separate production rooms staffed by hourly employees.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, and delegate work assignments to accommodate departmental schedules and to best utilize manpower and equipment and thereby meeting OEE efficiencies and striving for continual improvement within department.
  • Provide direction to production personnel and monitor job performance. Communicate with personnel on any schedule changes and assist them in resolving production issues to ensure customer orders are completed on time.
  • Communicate, in a timely manner, with production manager, scheduler, and other management staff status of production progress keeping them appraised of any issues that may impact order completion.
  • Ensure product specifications are met and alerting production manager and quality assurance if product quality is in question immediately.  Resolve quality issues through training of personnel and enforcement of standards.
  • Knowledgeable in all processes and equipment functions, tracks and resolves labor timekeeping issues.  Suggests changes in working conditions and use of equipment to increase efficiency of area.
  • Develop and implement job specific training to all employees, ensure overall conformance with all Company policies, Good Manufacturing Practices, and housekeeping.
  • Is an advocate of safety within the facility and follows, and enforces all safety procedures.
  • Responsible for assuring compliance with all Food Safety policies, procedures and regulatory criterion including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated Preventive Controls.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.
  • 2+ years of experience as a front line supervisor in a manufacturing environment is preferred.
  • Experience in the food industry and knowledge of GMPs, HACCP and sanitation practices is helpful.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be able to communicate accurately and clearly both orally and in writing using electronic media, telephone and direct contact with internal and external personnel.  
  • Skill set must include strong analytical, observation, and coaching skills coupled with initiative to create and embrace change.  
  • Knowledge of facility's packaging, equipment, and capacity is important.
  • Operate standard office equipment and demonstrate competency in the use of standard software applications.


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Diversity & Inclusion:

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.