Job Openings

Production Manager

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Albert Lea, MN
Job Type
Direct Hire
Aug 14, 2019
Job ID
Production Manager

  • Well established foods manufacturing facility has a need for a Production Manager due to a retirement
  • Company has been in business for 42 years with sales at $31 billion in 2018 and expecting about a 7% increase in 2019. 
  • They offer fantastic benefits and are big believers in continuous improvement and upper ward mobility
  • Our Production Managers are engaged, driven, smart, collaborative leaders who bring people together to solve problems, drive improvements, all with a relentless eye toward producing the highest quality product for our consumers.
  • Relocation assistance will be provided 
  • Sponsorship and visa transfers are not available 


  • Supervise, direct, and monitor all bakery production lines in accordance to the schedule, manpower, Quality Assurance, GMP guidelines and safety requirements
  • Coordinate efforts with team to reach or exceed established standards of production, such as labor units per hour; efficiency; OEE; and percent damaged.
  • Regularly train, coach and develop supervisors in methods of improving production processes
  • Develop and update operations procedures intended to create uniformity in the operation of equipment that serve as guides for training among operators to reach the established standard of quality and quantity, such as reduced downtime or waste.
  • Supervise and control the completion of established standards in reference to consumption, quality, and yield of the necessary materials and packaging materials used in the manufacture of our finished product.
  • Manage the manufacturing budget with a focus on the control of labor costs (i.e. unnecessary OT, temporary labor usage), yields and % damage to minimize material usage, operating material control, as well as planned maintenance spends with controls.
  • Prioritize and implement control systems including appropriate elements of TPM, LEAN, and root cause analysis to drive standardization and reduction in variables when solving challenges. Develop appropriate training to ensure everyone understands and can work with these concepts.
  • Develop and direct strategies conducive to attaining employee engagement through: training and development of employees, motivation and promoting teamwork at all levels
  • Facilitate and assist employees in reaching their specific objectives.


  • Four-year BS / BA degree required in a related, business or technical field such as food science, operations management, engineering, or the equivalent education.
  • 3+ years of experience in production management / supervision, in a food processing operation.  Meat, USDA or RTC/RTE is strongly preferred 
  • Significant experience with lean manufacturing and continuous improvement.
  • Accountable, self-motivated, self-directed and has a strong passion for safety, quality and productivity
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Effective mechanical aptitude.
  • Proficient computer skills with the ability to learn new systems quickly.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage both salaried professionals and hourly production associates in executing complex, operational programs.
  • Ability to manage a 3-shift operation / schedule.
  • Bi-lingual English / Spanish is a plus
  • Military veterans are a plus

We offer a wide variety of comprehensive benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Flexible Spending Account, Retirement Savings Plan with Match, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Group Critical Accident Insurance, Group Critical Illness Insurance, Growth potential, PTO, Employee Assistance Plan and numerous opportunities to volunteer in the communities.