Manager, Production


Chicago, IL, US, 60632

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role: 

The Production Manager coordinates the production of company products by individual contributions and through the work of Production Leads. The Production Manager has a strong commitment to food and employee safety and ensures compliance for the production department and in the application of all activities. Assumes responsibility for communicating with the Site Manager on all production related issues.


Key responsibilities include: 

•    Supervise plant operations for the production and shipping areas
•    Coordinate and communicate scheduling for production activities for all shifts; coordinate vacation requests through Kronos 
•    Oversee production confirmation and KPI reporting in SAP
•    Confers with management personnel to establish production and quality control standards, develop budget and cost controls, and to obtain data regarding types, quantities, specifications, and delivery dates of products ordered
•    Ensures products meet customer specification
•    Coordinates activities of shipping and receiving
•    Coordinates production activities with other functions to obtain optimum production and utilization of human resources, machinery, and equipment
•    Compiles reviews and analyzes production, operational reports and dates to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications and operating or production problems
•    Consults with engineering and maintenance relative to modification of machines and equipment in order to improve production and quality of products. Revises production schedules and priorities as a result of equipment failure or operating problems
•    Coordinate and supervise training compliance for new hire and annual re-training activities
•    Collaborates with the Process Controller in the development of work instructions and training plans
•    Consults with supervisors, employees and Human Resources to resolve or effect settlement of employee concerns and ensures adherence to all respective legislation and company policies
•    Supervises the activities of the purchaser to ensure inventory of raw ingredients necessary to meet production processes and the provision of goods and services to all other company functions
•    Develops and revises Operational Procedures and observes workers to ensure compliance with standards
•    Ensure all GMP, BRC and food safety regulations are being followed by all employees 
•    Implement and monitor food and safety programs for the production department; meeting all regulatory requirements for both
•    Ensure all personnel safety rules are being following, including accident reporting
•    Support quality,  supply chain and sanitation compliance
•    Promotes and develops the leadership skills of the Supervisory Team
•    Establishes continuous improvement strategies and processes to reduce waste, cycle time and hours utilization
•    Implement and monitor food and safety programs for the production department; meeting all regulatory requirements for both
•    Learn and provide coverage for the QA and Supply Chain functions when needed


About you: 

•    Bachelor’s Degree with 5+ years’ experience in food manufacturing methods, process improvement program and procedures. 
•    Proficiency with Excel, Word, SAP. 
•    Diversified background with strong technical, business and supervisory skills. 

•    Team Leadership:  Has a supervisory role in site leadership promoting team morale and productivity
•    Impact and Influence:  Speaks out confidently to raise issues or respond to challenges and criticism as well as influences by providing clear explanation and concrete example
•    Achievement Orientation:  Takes decisions or set priorities based on anticipated profit/ROI
•    Communication:  Ensures effective communication and cooperation with Site Manager and all other work  colleagues

•    Must be able to freely move around entire facility.
•    May be expected to travel.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.