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Production Manager


Do you have the appetite to Grow Your Magic?


Consumers everywhere are increasingly conscious of the quality of the food they eat. Puratos develops, produces and distributes a unique range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers who demand the very highest quality.

Founded in Belgium in 1919, Puratos is growing rapidly with over 9000 employees in over 70 countries. 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.




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 at our flagship Pennsauken, NJ plant.


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.




  • Food safety is a key accountability for this position.  The Production Manager will report all food safety and quality issues to immediate Supervisor and/or head of Quality and take immediate action as appropriate within the team as defined by Quality procedures.
  • Maintains 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
  • Monitor the work of employees, provide feedback, perform coaching or counseling, development plans and maintain records of seniority, accumulated points, paid time off, training, etc for all union employees in the production department.
  • Maintains work flow 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).
  • Candidate for Production Manager – Filling, Decors, and Sourdough Flavors will manage 7 unique production lines across 3 shifts through a team of four production supervisors
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trouble shoots, identifies, and assists in developing solutions for issues affecting production work cell safely and efficiently thereby delivering quality product at agreed costs.
  • Leads continuous improvement projects and activities as required. Utilizes regularly TPM, TQM and Lean-Six Sigma principles and tools
  • Participates in the capital process in the Production Department to include identifying, developing, submitting, and implementing CAPEX projects.
  • Implement production control systems consistent with lean materials flow systems, including pull systems, Kanban, and level scheduling.
  • Weekly / Monthly reporting on Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) for Production.
  • Foster use of SAP to manage our business.
  • Set goals, coach, and hold accountable direct reports.
  • Coach and encourage direct reports to benchmark and implement industry manufacturing best practices to promote continuous improvement every day.
  • Develop and Implement a plan to continuously increase productivity to consistently deliver lowest total cost of production.
  • 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



  • 5+ years of experience in a production/operations environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, or Business  
  • Supervisory experience with demonstrated strong leadership skills
  • Demonstrated use of Continuous Improvement, TQM and/or Lean tools including six sigma, value stream mapping, root cause / corrective action, Kaizen events and Kanban workflows.
  • 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 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 spreadsheet, database and presentation including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Visio
  • 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 cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, influence, presentation, and follow-up skills.