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Mgr Production


Location: St. Joseph, MO 

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:

To produce and control all phases of production at facility to achieve  profit, growth, quality and safety goals in an union environment.  To meet or exceed any external audits and internal audits.  To insure product quality, customer service and meet or exceed standard costs, while operating within fixed overhead budgets while providing ethical leadership to supervisors and union employees.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Produce quality product that meets or exceeds food safety standards and specifications determined by Ventura Foods or outside regulating agencies (FDA, USDA, or County Health Dept.)  Insure that production is at a level and is scheduled to consistently meet both customer service and Ventura Foods' distribution point requirements.
  • Oversee all phases of the production process and review all maintenance needs within the department with the Maintenance management staff.  Work with the Maintenance Department in controlling the R&M budget in this area and supporting the PM Program.
  • Manage and drive the SIS Program through the department to insure that production standards are consistently met or exceeded while producing a consistently high quality product.
  • Assist the Safety Program to meet goals established by Ventura Foods.  Teach, train, improve techniques utilized by subordinates and the general workforce by developing standard operating procedures.
  • Meet or exceed any and all external audits leading the internal audit groups and provide better QM techniques.
  • Initiate, investigate, justify, prepare, implement and assist on all capital investments in the production facility.
  • Maintain good employee morale, insure positive and accurate communications, initiate creative ideas, and encourage progressive thinking from all supervisors and hourly employees.
  • Manage and control facility equipment to ensure we meet all environmental regulations of the Federal, Sate and local governments.
  • Participate in preparation of standard costs for each product produced and in fixed overhead budgets.  Meet or operate below established standard costs while operating within or below fixed overhead budgets.
  • 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:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.  Five years of food manufacturing experience along with exposure to production scheduling, purchasing, warehouse and plant engineering/maintenance.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be a team builder, leader, and change initiator.  Must be able to communicate accurately and clearly both orally and in writing using electronic media, telephone and direct contact with internal and external personnel.   Skill set must include strong analytical, observation, and coaching skills coupled with initiative to create and embrace change.  Knowledge of facility's packaging, equipment, and capacity is important.  Operate standard office equipment and demonstrate competency in the use of standard software applications.


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: Kansas City

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