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Operations Manager


Location: Ontario, CA 

Exemption: Exempt 

Shift: First 



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:

To control manufacturing location activities to achieve company profit and growth objectives primarily through controlling product quality, quantities, and costs associated with the location. This is to be done in accordance with all company policies and procedures and all federal, state, and local statutes.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assure all food products meet Food Safety Standards and specifications of all jurisdictional entitles of Ventura Foods and its customers. ( FDA, City and County Health Dept.) 
  • Manage and control assets to achieve and improve cost objectives while meeting or exceeding Customer's expectations. The major cost areas being labor, ingredient yields, production costs, and Plant overhead expenses. 
  • Manage department safety and health programs to meet OSHA and Ventura standards with emphasis on reducing and eliminating employee injuries and worker's compensation claims. Manage and control department equipment and processes to meet all environmental regulations of the federal, state and local governments (EPA, ADEM, and NPDES). 
  • Manage to meet or exceed acceptable scores/ratings on all internal and external audits. Assure that Ventura's HR policies are administered fairly and in accordance with company benefits and policies. This includes hiring, promotion and termination of department employees.
  •  Prepare, implement, and manage capital and operating budgets timely and effectively for department. Manage to attain service levels of 98.5% case fill and 95.5% order fill (preventative maintenance, foods and materials locator system, OEE/Informance programs, and work order systems). 
  • Work with Sales and R&D to obtain and control projects that develop into production requirements for ongoing business and focus on less scrap and increase capacity. Maintain department facilities and grounds in good repair and consistent with high standards
  • Maintain and encourage employee participation in new and creative ideas for cost control, new products and process enhancements to aid in the longevity of Ventura foods as a company. Ensure operational model is implemented to drive day to day focus and results and fully support JDE initiatives.
  • 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 degree or equivalent experience
  • 7-10 years of food manufacturing experience

Knowledge and Skills:

  • High level of business savvy and ability to deal with both daily facility problems and with highest levels of management (internal and external).
  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel spreadsheets.
  • Good working knowledge of product formulas, costing, and experience in bringing R&D endeavors to fruition.
  • Requires leadership and teambuilding skills. Ability to aggressively manage change, and skilled at handling employee disputes and maintain good employee morale.

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 $118,000 – $155,000 for Employees Located in California*
  • Annual bonus (based on the incentive program terms and conditions)


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. 


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.

Nearest Major Market: Riverside
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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