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Training Manager


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:

The Training Manager will be responsible for the application of learning theory and principles for the design, development and delivery of effective training materials; understanding of talent management and succession planning to assist the plant team in generating people capacity to meet the demands of the business.  This role is responsible for ensuring that the plant is supported with the right training and tools to enhance the growth and development of our employees.  This role will also coordinate training activities to comply with federal regulations (OSHA and FSMA) as well as the development of competency based learning models, introduction of new training delivery methods as well as building the learning component as part of World Class Manufacturing. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead Talent Management processes to identify and address competency, knowledge, and talent gaps in areas of staffing, talent development and succession planning programs to ensure the organization is prepared to meet short and long term goals
  • Ensure that training programs and course materials are developed on time, are kept current and incorporate new information, plant design changes, plant procedure changes and revisions, new regulations and training effectiveness reports
  • Oversee and manage a consistent training plan and schedule that provides the necessary framework to ensure employees are prepared to start-up, operate, inspect and maintain facilities in a safe, efficient and environmentally conscious manner
  • Drive process adoption and leverage internal trainers to support learning and organizational development initiatives.  Will engage external resources as necessary and manage execution to lead to strong results.
  • Design various managerial reports for review used for tracking, analysis and planning. 
  • Provides guidance, consulting and learning development expertise throughout the organization
  • Partner with operations leaders across all areas of the operation to identify training needs and schedule training events to meet production forecasts and labor gaps. Conducts training where appropriate.
  • Support a continuous improvement culture by partnering with Operations Excellence activities in partnership with operations leaders
  • Supports HR with organizational development initiatives such as coaching, team development, change management and/or organizational design


Education and Experience:

  • 5+ years of relevant work and of increasing responsibility. 
  • Bachelor's degree required in training, education, psychology, business management or related field. 
  • Ability to present ideas, coach and deliver messages related to performance in individual and/or group settings. 
  • Experience working with and delivering training/information to peers, hourly teams and management.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be able to take complex material and processes and translate that material to an understandable learning method. 
  • Organization, self motivation and capability to work in a rapidly changing environment with the ability to effectively interact with and influence all levels of the organization. 
  • Strong interpersonal, coaching, collaboration and negotiation skills, 
  • Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal communication skills at all levels of the organization and with individuals and group settings required. 
  • Ability to be a trusted advisor and consultative business partner to all functions within the facility. 
  • Self driven and committed to providing the highest level of service while remaining aligned with the overall goals of the L&D organization. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in utilization of learning systems and capable to design, develop and implement learning programs and strategies.
  • Sound knowledge on metrics, performance tracking, data integrity and process improvement methodologies.
  • Knowledge of adult learning processes, instructional design techniques and evaluation methodologies. 
  • Effective presentation and persuasion skills are necessary as this role requires the ability to influence without authority.

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 $102K – $134,500K 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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