Production Manager

About the position: 

The Production Manager (PM) is a leader who creates a community and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Ground Up Production Kitchen as well as supporting the Director of Operations in reaching company operational goals. 

The PM is responsible for managing 10-12 production staff, supervising the manufacturing and packaging of high quality nut butter in a food safe environment, while maintaining efficiency, quality and meeting goals. The average work day includes hands-on production kitchen support as well as administrative/computer work. 

Type of Position: Exempt, Full-time 

Wage Range: $55,000-$60,000 

Benefits: Paid Holidays, PTO Accrual, Healthcare Reimbursement

Schedule: Varied shifts during Ground Up operating hours. Typically weekdays between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:30 pm. (Most of the year, with the exception of September through December, Ground Up runs a four day work week) 



  • Directly supervise team of 10-12 including kitchen supervisor, production specialists, production associates, and production apprentices 
  • Lead production planning including maintaining current inventory, updating sales and output data, and making and communicating production schedules to staff 
  • Act as Manager on Duty and lead production teams when needed in order to fill in for Kitchen Supervisor and Production Specialists 
  • Cultivate positive team culture and promote an environment in which employees are engaged, empowered, and committed to the success of the company 
  • Coach, guide, train and give meaningful feedback to all staff through on-the-job training, regular evaluations, corrective action, and performance plans 
  • Set long-term and short-term goals and motivate staff to achieve them
  • Analyze efficiency of production practices and create and improve systems and processes to optimize effectiveness 
  • Plan and lead team meetings, huddles, team lunches and other staff appreciation or educational events 
  • Determine hiring needs based on budgets and the input of the leadership team; plan, perform, and supervise recruiting, hiring, and onboarding of new staff 
  • Take reasonable direction from supervisors 


  • Train staff in the production and packaging of nut butter which includes but is not limited to mixing batches according to provided recipes, labeling containers and boxes, tightening lids, tampering jars, and boxing and moving product and ingredients in and out of the warehouse 
  • Operate and maintain production equipment such as industrial mixers, filler machines, label machines, and industrial dishwasher 
  • Maintain or exceed quality and safety standards for all Ground Up products 
  • Taste raw ingredients and finished products, determine the highest level of quality, and train staff on determining quality abd accuracy through taste tests 
  • Meet production and production prep goal expectations as set by the Operations Director. Communicate goals to staff and utilize motivation, encouragement, and continuous efficiency improvements 
  • Procure well priced ingredients for production accurately and in a timely manner 
  • Lead production planning including accurate data collection, forecasting, and operational strategy 

Safety & Good Manufacturing Practices 

  • Maintain high standards of quality and sanitation in line with regulatory agencies
  • Maintain GMP and Food Safety requirements through maintaining and improving systems, staff training and accountability 
  • Lead third party audit execution and action items 
  • Lead trainings on sanitation and protocol to stay up to date with current requirements and regulations
  • Understand and facilitate a safe work culture, ensuring compliance with all company safety/environmental and housekeeping policies
  • Ensure sanitation practices and record keeping are maintained to food safety regulatory requirements
  • Lead daily team huddles
  • Abide by OSHA regulations and encourage a safety culture through training and accountability
  • Perform safety audits regularly
  • Update safety protocols as needed
  • Maintain and elevate product quality through training and accountability of production staff in the area of quality control, tasting, and production corrections

Administrative Tasks 

  • Perform tasks in DEAR (our inventory management system) including but not limited to taking inventory, placing purchase orders, and creating production assemblies 
  • Oversee and audit DEAR tasks delegated to the kitchen supervisor
  •  Supervise schedule writing and labor management 
  • Employee HR management through Gusto with timecard reconciliation, PTO, and scheduling 
  • Supervise and participate in staff evaluation writing and delivery
  • Cost reduction research in the areas of supplies, utilities, and shipping
  • Provide excellent service to customers in person, via email, and over the phone 

Preferred Skills & Qualifications 

Demonstrate the following qualities: 

  •  Attention to detail 
  • Thorough and complete output standards 
  • Ability to independently problem-solve
  • Sound judgment
  • Motivation to complete projects accurately and fully
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexibility
  • High learning agility
  • Highly organized 
  • Effective communication in both oral and written form 
  • Project Management 
  • Management of purchasing and labor budgets 
  • Staff training and performance management 
  • Supervisory experience 
  • Trauma informed management experience 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill to safely and effectively operate standard food service and warehouse equipment 
  • Food Handler’s Certificate 
  • HACCP Certification 
  • Forklift certification 
  • Proficient in Google Docs, Sheets, Powerpoint, and all other computer programs and platforms assigned 
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs & able to stand on feet for extended periods with or without reasonable accommodation. 

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