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Production Manager

City & State: 

Swedesboro, NJ, US, 08085

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 Manager 


  • Production and Packing



Key Accountabilities

Manages overall manufacturing activities and processes of the production and packing line(s) of the Plant to produce the highest quality product at the lowest possible cost. Manages production and packaging processes workflow, assembly methods, and work force utilization. Ensures that employees adhere to Plant and government regulations with emphasis on safety, sanitation and quality.


  • Perform continuous improvement review.
  • Collaborate with management and team to analyze production runs and recommend improvements.
  • Schedule production and ensure line operates efficiently.
  • Create and maintain schedules of items for production runs; authorize schedule changes; substitute materials as needed.
  • Incorporate new customer orders into production process as soon as possible.
  • Reschedule missed items into production on priority basis.
  • Accelerate production schedule as needed to reduce lag time.
  • Analyze and reduce scrap levels to meet efficiency targets and utilization.
  • Ensure mechanical equipment functions properly.
  • Minimize/streamline checks on line.
  • Collaborate with internal resources as required (e.g. Human Resources, Quality, and Maintenance).
  • Ensure proper labor utilization.
  • Authorize/manage ad hoc staffing as needed.
  • Review daily reconciliation reports produced by supervisors.
  • Daily Uptime Report (machine down time, items produced, run efficiency).
  • Daily Reconciliation Report (reconcile raw material usage).
  • Meet daily with Maintenance Manager and Bakery Supervisors to resolve issues.
  • Review variance analyses, compare results with standards and budget, and evaluate variance performance with Accounting.
  • Analyze cause of variances; recommend and implement procedures to improve performance.
  • Process order verification.
  • Ensure continuous readiness for Plant and food safety audits. 
  • Participate in all department heads’ weekly walk-through to evaluate Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), food safety, sanitation, maintenance and quality.
  • Perform internal readiness audits to mirror American Institute of Baking (AIB) and other auditing agency requirements.
  • Foster cooperation and goal achievement among departmental staff.
  • Lead staff meetings.
  • Oversee team supervisory staff; communicate goals and objectives.
  • Ensure consistent interpretation and application of policies and procedures.
  • Personnel Management
  • Hire, train, coach and manage Production and Packing team.
  • Measure employee and team performance.
  • Review and approve timecard reports.
  • Set forth standards for safety.
  • Ensure accident/loss prevention and security policies are followed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.


Be capable of managing up to 9 Bakery Supervisors in the Production and Packaging departments. Be responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of these employees. Be in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Will act on the Assistant General Manager’s behalf as needed or as assigned


  • Analytical - Uses intuition and experience to complement data.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Project Management - Completes projects on time and on budget.
  • Technical Skills - Shares expertise with others.
  • Customer Service - Meets commitments.
  • Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming others; remains open to others' ideas and tries new ideas; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control.
  • Team Work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; contributes to building a positive team spirit; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; recognizes accomplishments of other team members.
  • Delegation - Delegates work assignments; provides recognition for results.
  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; inspires respect and trust; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Managing People - Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; makes self-available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically.
  • Diversity - Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free environment.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions; responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; generates suggestions for improving work.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation - Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance.
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner; strives to increase productivity.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.


Education, Technical Qualifications, Experience and Competencies Proficiency Level


  • Bachelor’s Degree, or combination of college and equivalent experience
  • 5-7  years manufacturing experience including supervisory experience
  • Excellent leadership, communications and team building skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Computer literate with proficiency in Excel, Word and SAP inventory applications
  • Manufacturing experience in baking industry preferred
  • Handling dough and sheeting, plus working with freezers/freezer storage preferred
  • Math Ability - Have the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Have the ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to interpret graphs and diagrams.
  • Reasoning Ability - Have the ability to define problems, to collect data, to establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Have the ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as production schedules, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Have the ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Have the ability to speak effectively before groups of employees or colleagues in organization.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively.
  • Computer/Software Skills
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Word processing software, Excel spreadsheet software and Outlook email software.
  • Travel as needed

Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk; and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • This position requires employee to have adequate communicating and observational skills, including seeing, speaking and hearing, due to the operation of various types of moving equipment used in the bakery.  These requirements are for the safety of the employee and co-workers.  These requirements are also necessary for collecting and distributing information to staff, and communicating with co-workers.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and color vision.

Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to work near moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); extreme cold (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather), and to rapid changes in temperature.  The employee must be able to tolerate a work environment that contains flour dust. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.





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.