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EXCEED Associate


Location: Ontario, CA 

Exemption: Exempt 



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:

12-month rotational leadership development program for recent graduates, with initial goal of placement into the supervisor position, upon successful completion of the program (and a long term goal of elevated leadership within the organization). Participants spend approximately 4 months in each rotation with a focus on management training and project leadership, within any of the following functional areas: Quality, Maintenance, Supply Chain, Processing, Packaging, and Production.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Key responsibility will be focused on CI project initiatives - with an emphasis on driving impactful solutions to identified challenges. Manages the project and is responsible for assessing potential solutions, recommending best approach by applying business strategy, presenting to and aligning with leadership, and implementation of actual initiatives. Responsible for the project timeline, budget, and delivery of results aligned upon with leadership.

  • Partner with supervisor to plan, organize, and delegate work assignments that accommodate departmental schedules and to best utilize people and equipment, thereby meeting KPI's for departments, and striving for continuous improvement within department.             

  • Partner with supervisor to provide direction to employees/team and monitor job performance, inclusive of problem resolution and continuous improvement efforts.         

  • Partner with supervisor to ensure food safety, product specifications, cost, and service level metrics are met. Follows and enforces all safety procedures within the facility. Inclusive of training personnel and enforcement of standards.          

  • Applies knowledge of processes and equipment functions to resolve issues and provide direction to employees. Proactively communicate any issues with meeting targets to site leadership. Makes recommendations for solutions, changes, and appropriate CI efforts.        

  • Partner with the supervisor to develop, implement, and improve job specific training to all employees, ensure overall conformance with all Company policies, Good Manufacturing Practices, and housekeeping.

  • 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree (targeting Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Supply Chain, and Food Science)
  • 0 to 3 years experience in a manufacturing facility (targeting previous internship experience in a similar manufacturing environment within the food industry)

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrates and practices leadership
  • Knowledge and experience in a similar manufacturing facility within the food industry

Why Join Us:

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
  • Salary Base Range of $60,000 – $70,000 for Employees Located in California*

*The “base salary range” provided above is a good faith estimate of what we expect to pay for this position.   The range provided is for California-based employees as Ventura Foods is required by California State Law to post pay rates.  Ventura Foods reserves the right to pay outside of the given range based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: candidate skills and experience, complexity of the job, budgetary factors, and location/geography.  Ventura Foods conducts regular reviews of compensation ranges and therefore reserves the right to alter this range at any given 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.

Nearest Major Market: Riverside
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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