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Training Specialist


Location: Saginaw, TX 

Exemption: Nonexempt 

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:

The Plant Training Specialist is responsible for the design, development, and execution of a wide variety of Learning & Development processes, programs, systems, and performance support materials. This role facilitates and flawlessly executes Learning & Development events with professionalism, enthusiasm, energy, and precision. Responsibility for functioning as expert user of various Learning & Development systems such as: LMS, LCMS, Learning Design software, and Project Management software. This role will work cross-functionally with other departments, facilities, contractors, members of the L&D Team, and other Key Stakeholders as needed on Enterprise-Level projects and training rollouts.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designs Learning Content that facilitates knowledge transfer (eLearning, Instructor-Led Training Classes, Virtual Training, Observations, Evaluations, Knowledge Tests, etc.) that is Learner-Focused, engaging, highly interactive, and easily applied to job functions. Maintains functional-level knowledge of Learning Development Software (Articulate 360, Alchemy Creator, etc.) and Audio/Video editing software (Adobe, Camtasia, Final Cut Pro, etc.). Utilize knowledge of various Learning Methodologies (ADDIE, SAM, Agile, etc.) to evaluate current training offerings, make necessary enhancements, and develop new learner-focused training offerings that meet the ever-changing business needs.
  • Work w/ Subject Matter Experts to gather necessary information to revise, create, or enhance performance support documents (SOP's, Job Aids, OPL's, Theory of Operations, etc.) that supports the effective build of learning content. Ability to develop technical skills outside of their comfort level that enhance their ability to facilitate and develop training classes/events.
  • Execute the training project life cycle with a high degree of expertise and efficiency from end-to-end to include Needs Assessment, Project Charter, budget adherence, project timelines, KPIs, and Measurement and Evaluation (i.e., Kirkpatrick Model).
  • Facilitates higher-level classes in Functional Excellence (Certified Trainer, Chemical Safety Training, Pump/Mill Training) and Leadership Effectiveness (Emerging Leader training, Frontline Leader training). Provides material/expertise for Learning & Development events that engages and equips the audience and supports the desired outcome.
  • Utilize knowledge of A/V equipment, shot composure, lighting, sound, framing, etc. to capture pictures/videos needed to develop training materials. Work with SMEs as needed to capture assets that reinforce company policies and procedures, maintain brand integrity, and bring the training to LIFE.
  • Coordinator duties as required.

Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred - equivalent industry-level certification a plus.
  • Minimum of 1 - 2 years of experience in a professional Learning & Development role.
  • Demonstrated capability of technical expertise (Microsoft Suite, Articulate 360, Adobe Software, etc.), project management capabilities.
  • Outstanding communication skills - written and verbal.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be skilled in facilitating meetings and/or learning events in face-to-face and/or virtual environments.
  • Knowledge of various facilitation methods and techniques is a must.
  • Must be highly skilled in designing various performance support materials and other learning assets (role plays, self-assessments, training manuals, job aids, etc.) that align with the desired learning, behavioral, or business outcome.
  • Must be able to work cross-functionally with other departments, facilities, contractors, members of the L&D Team, and other Key Stakeholders.
  • Must possess a functional knowledge of various communication technologies and their applications (video conferencing, web-conferencing, audience response systems, presentation software, etc.).
  • Employee must model the company Core Values of Integrity, Customer Focus, Teamwork, and Personal Ownership, and possess a work history that demonstrates these values.
  • Must be a trusted advisor to the organizational levels with whom he/she serves.
  • Effective problem-solving, innovation, and communication skills will lead to success in this role.


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: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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