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Production Lead

City & State: 

Northlake, IL, US, 60164

Job Category:  Bakery Operations

ARYZTA is a global baking company with a Passion for Good Food. We provide our retail and foodservice customers with a portfolio of bakery solutions so they can deliver memorable, delicious food to consumers. With operations in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, ARYZTA has become a global leader in the baked goods industry and one of the largest specialty bakery companies in the world. Our leading bakery brands in North America include La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. We have 58 state-of-the-art bakeries and kitchens around the globe, with 20 of those in North America, and are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. The Americas team champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



Job Title 

  • Production Lead


  • Production/Packaging

Key Accountabilities

Policy: It is the policy of ARYZTA LLC. That all products manufactured at ANA plants or under ANA name shall have job description of personnel that are trained with responsibilities of making sure products are made in a safe manner.

Purpose: To ensure that job duties that affect the safety, legality and quality standards are addressed.

Budget Scope: Applies basic skills to ensure that product to meet company specifications.  Training program will include how training will occur and the exit criteria will verify skill requirements which could include results of the exit criteria to prove comprehension.  This could be in the form of written, verbal and/or demonstration for compliance.                  

General Description: Operates various types of commercial food processing equipment, keeps records of production through put and material usage on a daily basis within his/her production line. Assists in training of new personnel as well as filling in for absent employees. Ensure job duties that affect safety, legality and quality standards are executed. Reporting directly to Foreperson.

Position Responsibilities :
•    Responsible for operation of equipment/Mfg line, establishing priorities and sequences for manufacturing products per production guidelines.
•    Ensures compliance with Production/Packaging procedure/practices as well as inspecting all areas within the Mfg line/equipment for any operational and/or mechanical issues as well as taking corrective action and notifying supervision and/or management.
•    Assists supervision in standardizing procedures/practices to improve line efficiency and/or product quality.
•    Follow all Good Manufacturing Practices
•    Expected to work in other areas as needed
•    Work safely, follow proper Lock-out/Tag-out procedure where applicable
•    Be proactive in preparing for all daily runs
•    Review production orders, sequence and amount
•    Fill Out and/or Print; all documents such as specification, production orders, weight sheets, downtime, scrap log and OEE
•    Order materials as needed
•    Pull dough out if need tempering.
•    Inspect ingredient bin and make sure all scoops are there and lids are not broken, where applicable.
•    Inspect line for good housekeeping
•    Set up line based on what is running first
•    Ensure systems are on such as coolers, freezers, air system, wrappers and glue hot melt
•    Ensure line is staffed
•    Pick up any temporary employee if ordered and inform temp employees on GMPS & Food Safety
•    Ensure that all employees sign-in on staff sheet
•    Ensure employees follow proper bag and box procedure (how to open).
•    Maintain line speed/standards
•    If allergens are produced, follow proper allergen procedure, tag line/equipment that needs cleaning.
•    Return all materials to warehouse clean, covered and wrapped
•    Audit line once a week and fill out safety report
•    Maintain area clean and organized. 
•    This position is also responsible for food safety and legality.
•    Support quality control programs to ensure production procedures are in compliance with best practices food safety and quality standards.

Education/Experience Requirements: High school, general education degree (GED), three (3) year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.  Ability to lift up to 50lbs.





ARYZTA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.