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Production Manager

The Production Manager is a member of the Operations leadership team and is responsible for establishing the direction and providing the leadership for the Production Department. This individual will be responsible for delivering a strong and robust Manufacturing Excellence Program through Total Productive Manufacturing (TPM), Total Quality Management (TQM), and Lean-Six Sigma manufacturing philosophy to ensure a balanced delivery against the strategic Quality, Cost, Delivery, Environmental-Health-Safety, and People pillars.



Primary Responsibilities:


  • Food safety is a key accountability for this position. The Production Manager will report all food safety and quality issues to the immediate Supervisor and/or head of Quality and take immediate action as appropriate within the team as defined by Quality procedures.
  • Maintains a safe and clean work environment to be audit-ready at all times by educating and directing personnel on the use of all control points, equipment, and resources, maintaining compliance with established policies and procedures, and developing timely corrective actions for all non-compliant situations.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of production personnel: provide feedback, set goals, perform coaching or counseling, hold direct reports accountable, create development plans and record-keeping of attendance points, paid time off, training, etc.
  • Maintains workflow by monitoring steps of the process; setting processing variables; observing control points and equipment; monitoring personnel and resources; studying methods; implementing cost reductions; developing reporting procedures and systems; facilitating corrections to malfunctions within process control points; initiating and fostering a spirit of cooperation within and between departments.
  • Communicates and coordinates between the different departments (quality, R&D, warehouse, maintenance, and production).
  • Production Manager works with Operations, R&D, QA/QC, Procurement, and Planning colleagues to ensure an optimal schedule and then safe, efficient, timely delivery of the schedule.
  • Ensures production meets or exceeds quality standards by adhering, but not limited to SOPs, FDA, HACCP, GMP, and OSHA regulations.
  • Monitor operating specifications of each workstation. Respond to and troubleshoot abnormalities in daily operations.
  • Manage the production budget, monitor production expenses, and estimate costs and budgets.
  • Determine the number of necessary resources: workforce, production supplies, raw materials, packaging, etc.
  • Create maintenance work requests. Prioritize work orders together in collaboration with maintenance. Prioritize and assist in defining maintenance requirements including spare parts, preventative maintenance, and work instructions.
  • Regularly lead employee meetings for business updates, safety, quality, cost, and customer service performance and priorities with all production employees
  • Monitor employees' work performance and attitude and perform formal reviews as required by policy. You are responsible for the performance reviews of your direct reports.
  • Drive and empower employee engagement, training, and development to maximize safety, quality, and productivity.
  • Troubleshoot to identify and assist in developing solutions for issues affecting production work cell safely and efficiently thereby delivering a quality product at agreed costs.
  • Leads continuous improvement projects and activities as required. Utilizes regularly TPM, TQM, and Lean Six Sigma principles and tools. Educate and train employees utilizing Lean principles.
  • Participates in the capital process in the Production Department including identifying, developing, submitting, and implementing CAPEX projects. Approve purchase of equipment.
  • Implement production control systems consistent with lean material flow systems, including pull systems, and level scheduling.
  • Weekly / Monthly reporting on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Production. Develop daily, weekly, and monthly reporting tools to measure and visualize the production performance. Use available reporting tools (SAP, BI, COGNOS, Lumira, E-maintenance, etc.)
  • Inventory management of the production shop floor through SAP. Ensure process orders are closed out in a timely manner. Verify raw materials are consumed correctly. Resolve and escalate process order issues in SAP.
  • Develop and implement a plan to continuously increase productivity to consistently the production budget.
  • Develop and implement effective root cause - corrective actions within the Manufacturing function.
  • Assess staffing levels across all lines and propose solutions to solve short- and long-term gaps in partnership with HR and 3rd Party agencies.
  • You work in close relation with the HR-business partner concerning competence development, personal developments plans.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be constructed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required for this position.




  • Education experience
    • Minimum – 4 Year / Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, or Business
  • Work experience –
    • Minimum – 5 years of relevant experience in operations with at least 3 years in a managerial role experience in a production/operations environment


Prior Knowledge/Experience:

  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills
  • Demonstrated use of Continuous Improvement, TQM, and/or Lean tools including six sigma, value stream mapping, 5S, Root Cause Analysis, Pareto, DMAIC, Kaizen events, etc.
  • Must have a proven track record of driving performance in production departments including capacity increases, productivity improvement, and workforce optimization
  • Must have a working knowledge of OEE principles and ways to use the information to eliminate repetitive downtimes and drive performance
  • Knowledge of master scheduling practices and capacity analysis.
  • Experience in dealing with a unionized workforce
  • Strong experience in the areas of project management and maintenance
  • Proficient in spreadsheets, databases, and presentations including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
  • Experience working with SAP
  • Exceptional written & verbal communication skills. Written and verbal Spanish is a plus
  • Proven team player, able to work collaboratively at all levels and builds partnerships with crossfunctional teams.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, influence, presentation, and follow-up skills.



Looking for a Career for Good?

Puratos is a global purpose-driven company focused on bringing people together through food innovation for good. We offer a full range of innovative food ingredients and services for the bakery, patisserie, and chocolate sectors, serving artisans, retailers, industrial and food service companies in over 100 countries around the world. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit, and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This coupled with our commitment to our communities is what makes working at Puratos so magical. 


We offer a competitive compensation and benefit package, designed to promote a Happier, Healthier You.  This includes:

  • Insurance coverage beginning the first of the month—no extra waiting period to get started
  • Immediate 401(k) eligibility including a fully vested matching contribution
  • Receive over 5 weeks total of paid time off within your first year of service
  • Free life coaches, convenient onsite health exams, 24/7 access to Registered Nurses
  • Puratos-paid insurance coverage to protect you and your family including Life and Disability insurance


If you are a solution oriented and analytical thinker with a passion for leading and inspiring people, we invite you to experience the magic of being yourself and join us for “a career for good.”



Nearest Major Market: Kenosha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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