Production Team Lead (Day Shift)


Chicago, US, 60654

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!

The Team Lead, Production is responsible for the day-to-day operations of his/her assigned shift. In conjunction with the Plant Production Supervisor, this position will oversee production activities of hourly personnel and oversee machine operation. This position will train, coach, and problem solve with team members; communicate timely and relevant information to team members and supervisors in a thorough manner; and demonstrate ownership in plant and food safety, including all regulatory requirements. This position also keeps control of the Good Manufacturing Practices, Safety, Quality, Customer Service and team processes.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the operations of assigned shift including coordinating work activities for hourly and temporary employees, supporting efficient equipment operation, providing adequate personnel training, handling personnel issues and communicating relevant information to Production Supervisors.
  • Responsible for the organization of the day-to-day operations of shift including assignment of sanitation duties, machine troubleshooting and reassignment of team members as needed.
  • Coach and support each team member and facilitate brief team meetings as needed, including employee and temporary employee work assessments.
  • Assign or complete cross training activities for shift personnel to be able to work in the production areas.
  • Confer with team production leads to coordinate operations and activities within or between work areas.
  • Complete completion of all shift paperwork is done in a timely manner.
  • Enforce company policies, safety standards, GMP standards and HACCP.
  • Oversee maintenance of clean and sanitary conditions according to Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Inspect materials, products, or equipment to detect and document defects, malfunctions and questions.
  • Confirm production orders in SAP, if needed.
  • Routinely suggest and implement improvements on assigned areas.
  • Participate in process improvement training, safety training or committee work, a lean team or other committee work.
  • Take responsibility for assigned duties and perform other duties as assigned by Production Supervisor in a timely manner.


About you:

  • High School diploma or equivalency and a minimum of two years of appropriate supervisory experience in a food-manufacturing environment. Associate’s degree preferred.
  • Proficient English language skills both written and oral
  • Computer knowledge in Word, Excel; PowerPoint and SAP (helpful)
  • Teamwork and Cooperation – have a genuine intention to work cooperatively with others and to be part of a team.
  • Flexibility, Self-control, Self-confidence – ability to adapt to and work effectively with a variety of situations individual or groups.
  • Organizational Commitment – ability and willingness to modify his/her behavior to suit the values, priorities and goals of the organization.
  • Interpersonal understanding and Relationship building – ability to listen and understand others.
  • Initiative – preference for taking action before being requested.
  • Developing Others – genuine intent to foster the learning or development of one or several employees.


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • 12 paid holidays, generous PTO, plus your birthday off
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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