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Line Lead - 2nd Shift


Location: Waukesha 

Exemption: Nonexempt 

Shift: Second 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

Hands-on manufacturing team member who provides guidance and training in the manufacture of food products. Help keep materials organized, and advises supervisors of upcoming needs. Provide a good example for others to follow in the areas of safety, quality and productivity. Maintain orderly flow of quality production through the shop. Encourages good housekeeping and sets a positive example for employee morale and job satisfaction. Advise supervisor of productivity and quality issues that are not quickly and satisfactorily resolved.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide other employees with guidance and direction to attain good quality and productivity.  Monitor and review all paperwork for all processes and look for areas or issues that need to be addressed. Ensure that required documentation is accurate, timely and complete. Provide support and guidance for production personnel as a leader and aide. Seek out work that has not been assigned but needs to be done. Take a proactive approach to handling that work
  • Keep supervisor up to date concerning jobs status and concerns and leads the line in assuring that production schedule is achieved in an effective and efficient manner
  • Keep supervisor up to date concerning materials needs. Advise supervisor in a timely manner so stock shortages do not occur
  • Maintain equipment in good condition and repair. Start up and check equipment for preventative maintenance issues, proper set up, and operation. Perform minor maintenance and adjustments as needed
  • Promote a safe work environment. Ensure that all employees are working in a safe manner.  Work closely with production supervisors to address issues. Comply with and assure compliance of others with all GMPs, safety procedures, company policies, quality policies and procedures, and hazard analysis and critical control points as they apply
  • Set up and maintain operation of container and case coding equipment.  Assure correct codes are being applied correctly
  • Assist in solving process, quality and production problems.  Work with production supervisors to identify root causes and recommend corrective actions
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

High School Diploma/GED  

3-5 years of experience in Manufacturing

Knowledge and Skills:

Ability to put manufacturing concepts into practice including working knowledge of products being manufactured, knowledge of production equipment and tools, working knowledge of machine feeds and speeds, following schedule to fill orders in a timely manner

Analytical and problem solving skills for resolving manufacturing challenges

Ability to coach, educate and train team members and others to understand manufacturing techniques, standards, housekeeping, machine cleanliness, quality procedures and attaining excellence through continuous improvement

Ability to advise and assist supervisor with materials, equipment and tool needs to accomplish the task

Communication skills appropriate for interacting with team members at all levels within the organization


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.


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: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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