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Senior Manager, Production


Northlake, IL, US, 60164

Job Type:  Bakery Operations

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 14 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



The Senior Manager, Production will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies, processes, and programs in support of the Aspire Bakeries system in order to ensure compliance with company requirements and to meet goals for servicing the customer. The Senior Manager, Bakery-Production is fully accountable for meeting plant volume and operating plant objectives. This position will be responsible for Bakery safety and security to meet/exceed established goals; food quality specifications, departmental KPIs, departmental budgets, employee training, and employee safety.



  • Lead team to deliver and exceed performance metrics in areas of employee safety, food quality, customer satisfaction, production yields, efficiencies, labor costs, and production costs with a reduction in overall downtime and reduction in waste, production schedule adherence, housekeeping conditions, and continuous employee training 
  • Ensure compliance with all safety, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), regulatory and company policies, and inspection audit ready at all times
  • Drive quality improvements and initiatives through functional team leadership
  • Oversee the coordination and scheduling of all departments to meet planning demand levels
  • Review Key Performance Indicator (KPI) statistics and provide weekly reports with detailed commentary, to include an action plan for needed remediation
  • Assists in the annual budget process while monitoring and controlling the budget of labor and departmental spending throughout the fiscal year.
  • Provides and supports employee performance management with recognition, rewards, and resources that are focused on the development, motivation, and engagement of all employees
  • Supports the Aspire Bakeries Core Values philosophy



  • Bachelor’s Degree (Business, Engineering, Operation Management, Finance) preferred and 5 years of food manufacturing experience, including managerial experience OR Associates Degree (Business, Engineering, Operation Management, Finance) and 7 years of food manufacturing experience, including managerial experience
  • Excellent leadership, communications, and team-building skills
  • General knowledge of process equipment and regulatory compliance
  • Basic P&L and budgeting experience
  • Good writing, mathematics, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Basic accounting knowledge
  • Computer literate with proficiency in spreadsheet, word, and email functions
  • Travel requirements less than 10% of total work time



We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to submit your resume, however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Our organization is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity of persons with disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of our facilities and services. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their required accommodations known in advance.