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Production Team Leader


Location: St. Joseph, MO 

Exemption: Nonexempt 

Shift: Days – 12 hour shifts 



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:

Support for Department Supervisor, Department Superintendent and Department Manager. Coordinate activities in production area(s) to meet production goals, quality and cost objectives. Provide direction to employees according to established policies and management guidance.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work and communicate with the Processing Supervisor to coordinate the daily activities of the B&L, oils, ILS and spice room department including staffing, re-work, ingredients, helping to adjust batches monitoring packaging activities, spice room weighing, and monitoring processing activities
  • Give direction to and help manage and monitor the training of all team members in B&L, oils, ILS and spice room departments, including packaging and processing in all areas. Plan, schedule, organize and delegate production needs. Ensure that lines are staffed properly to produce product. Ensure that employees are trained to perform the job to which they are assigned. Administer work rules and company policies in a fair and consistent manner
  • Prepare all necessary documents and reports in an accurate and timely fashion
  • Monitor B&L, oils, ILS and spice room areas for standard operating procedure (SOP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliance
  • Maintain sanitary conditions in the facility. Follow good housekeeping procedures at all times
  • Responsible for supporting the SQF Program and performing other duties as assigned
  • Act as backup for other Department Lead (Processing) or other shifts as needed and fill in for Processing Supervisor as needed
  • Participate in Continuous Improvement (CI) projects
  • Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma/GED

Experience in the food manufacturing environment with oils, dressings and/or sauces and operating lift equipment preferred

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be able to read, write and communicate effectively with the ability to give and follow directions accurately
  • Must be able to operate all equipment safely and efficiently; have an understanding of continuous system processing, packaging, oil offloading (rail side) and ingredient weighing
  • Possess leadership skills and the ability to train employees
  • Requires computer skills in Excel, Outlook, Word, Power Point as well as mathematical skills



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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