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Production Manager

Ventura Foods

Ventura Foods

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Employment Type: Salaried
Work Designation: Onsite

Position Summary:

Produce and control all phases of production at the plant to achieve quality, cost, service and safety goals. Meet or exceed any external audits and internal audits. Direct supervisors and other personnel to ensure that product is produced efficiently and complies with all manufacturing specifications, polices and quality standards.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Produce quality product that meets or exceeds food safety standards and specifications determined by Ventura Foods or outside regulating agencies (FDA, USDA, County Health Dept., ADEM, EPA, OSHA)
  • Manage and drive the SIS program through the production department. Oversee changes in standards which effect daily output. Manage to achieve daily efficiency through the facility. Manage efforts to maintain usage of ingredients, oil, packaging and supplies within budgeted standards. Lead efforts to reduce costs
  • Assist the safety program to meet goals established by Ventura Foods. Teach, train and improve techniques utilized by the workforce by developing standard operating procedures
  • Meet or exceed any and all external audits. Lead the internal audit groups and provide better QM techniques
  • Investigate, implement, prepare and assist in projects requiring capital investment at the plant
  • Maintain good morale, initiate creative ideas, encourage "outside of the box" thinking for all supervisors and employees. Ensure that policies and procedures are administered fairly and consistently
  • Oversee the sanitation of the facility. Ensure correct cleaning practices are being followed and completed per the master sanitation schedule. Manage and control facility equipment to ensure all environmental regulations at the federal, state and local government are met
  • Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Travel may be required

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Production Management, Business or equivalent experience
  • 5-10 years of experience in Production Management, Business
  • Prior supervisory and/or managerial experience in a food manufacturing environment preferred

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Superior planning, coordination, analytical, observational and coaching skills are required coupled with initiative to create and embrace change
  • Knowledge of manufacturing facility packaging, equipment and capacity
  • Requires computer skills in Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Must have proven ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with all levels to achieve results
  • Possess leadership skills and the ability to train, educate and motivate supervisors

Why Join Us:
Ventura Foods innovates and manufactures food solutions for foodservice and retail businesses. We make exclusive products for the world's most iconic restaurants and retailers, we provide ready-to-go product solutions for professional kitchens, and we make consumer brands everyone knows and loves. When you work for Ventura Foods, 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.

Ventura Foods offers career growth opportunities as well as competitive compensation and benefits:​

  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, & Vision – coverage beginning on your 1st day for eligible employees​
  • Profit Sharing and 401(k) matching (after eligible criteria is met)​
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Time, and Holidays​
  • Employee Appreciation Events​ and Employee Assistance Programs

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.