Production Manager

Reference Number: SMY-4835
Location: Indianapolis, IN

The 1st Shift Production Manager leads and supports the production department in the conversion of raw materials into finished goods in the most cost-effective manner while adhering to food quality, food safety and industrial safety standards.


  • Lead, plan, organize and control the operation of the shift.
  • Measure and evaluate key performance and productivity targets, including staffing levels, against established standards and goals
  • Monitor performance of equipment and machinery in collaboration with food production and engineering teams and communicate equipment malfunction to maintenance team
  • Develop and maintain performance standards for all aspects of food production
  • Train, develop and coach production leads and employees
  • Ensure quality, safety, and good manufacturing processes (GMPs) are followed
  • Comply with FDA, HACCP and SQF standards
  • Lead interactions with local, state, federal and third-party inspectors
  • Monitor, manage and improve employee productivity and provide constructive feedback, coaching, and progressive discipline as needed
  • Review and maintain time records
  • Prepare and submit performance reports
  • Ensure adherence to legal and company policies and procedures and undertake disciplinary actions when appropriate
  • Identify and resolve employee, customer, and/or supplier concerns
  • Perform other required tasks as assigned


  • High school diploma required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in food production
  • Minimum 7 years of supervisory experience
  • Experienced with and capable of demonstrating strong understanding of HACCP or related food safety protocol
  • Previous food processing experience, supervisory experience, manufacturing knowledge and understanding of yields, plant efficiencies, and operations procedures, preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to lead problem solving and troubleshooting efforts associated with high-level process issues
  • Strong problem solving, math, and analytical skills
  • Ability to motivate, train and coach employees to encourage optimum performance and engagement
  • Good planning and priority setting skills
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment
  • Ability to work in varying production environments (heat and cold)


  • 401(k) with matching
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance


If this sounds like a good fit for you, please contact me for more information.

Sam Young
Senior Business Consultant