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Team Lead- 1st Shift

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Date: Sep 1, 2021

Location: Swedesboro, NJ, US, NJ 08085

Company: Bonduelle


What if your job had a real impact? 

By joining Bonduelle, the world leader in ready-to-use plant-based food, you are deciding to make a positive and sustainable impact on yourself, the others and the planet. You will play an active part in our mission: "inspire the transition toward a plant-based diet to contribute to people's well being and planet health". Bonduelle is a family-run company of 14,600 people which provides over 100 countries with vegetables. 

Well established in the United States, our business unit includes 4 production facilities with more than 3,200 associates. We process fresh vegetables, salads and meal solutions with our own brands: Ready Pac Foods®, Bistro®, Ready Snax®, Cool Cuts® and Bonduelle Fresh Picked™. Join us at Bonduelle to start an adventure where people come first and contribute to a better future through plant-based food!


Position Summary:

As our Production Team Leader, you’ll be responsible for supervising production associates on assigned shifts in order to drive a safe and highly efficient production operation to produce high quality fresh food products.  This position requires strong leadership skills and people and process development is critical in this role. The Production Team Leader must mentor associates, contribute to continuous process improvement and ensure that proper quality, sanitation, and safety guidelines are being met.


What you will Do:


  • Ensure the safety of all employees in the operation of equipment through proper training, enforcement of safety rules, documentation, and following proper procedures and GMP protocols.
  • Produce and package a high-quality product through the use of proper procedures and adherence to good manufacturing practices and government standards in cooperation with the Quality & Food Safety department.  Responsible for reporting and taking action on food safety and quality problems to the appropriate personnel, as well as following quality and safety programs and policies themselves in order to ensure products made meet the highest standards possible
  • Ensure production lines are operating efficiently and running at targeted throughput.  Complete hourly audits for safety, quality, cost, and line performance.  Develop and execute action plans to address any gaps in inefficiencies. 
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives to ensure that downtime is minimized and yield is maximized.  Execute action plans to ensure the root causes of unplanned downtime are addressed.
  • Manage Production Schedules and employee schedules and ensure correct crewing and de-crewing processes are being followed in accordance with crewing standards.
  • Monitor rework levels and usage in order to keep rework levels at a minimum
  • Monitor product yields and identify/execute corrective actions and plan to close gaps
  • Build people capability through effective employee relations, hiring, training, and communications for frontline hourly associates.  Coach and mentor frontline workforce to driveline productivity, efficiencies, and yields.  
  • Plan and initiate cross-training of employees to expand job knowledge and add flexibility to scheduling the workforce.
  • Track KPI/costs and anticipate as well as correct trends which would compromise the achievement of financial targets.  Ensure proper and accurate reporting of all daily requirements and metrics (quality, safety, schedule attainment, case fill rate, order fill rate, yield).
  • Manage all plant overhead costs to budget such as T&E, supplies, utilities, sanitation, etc.


What you will Need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

  • Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment or other equivalent experience.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.  

  • Bi-lingual capability is a plus

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule

  • Ability to work in a cold environment (70% of time in 34°F, 30% administrative office work)

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team based fast paced, changing work environment.

  • An understanding of production procedures, safety processes and food safety/quality requirements is desired (FDA compliance).

  • Exposure to TPM, Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma.

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong communication skills required.

  • Must be self-motivated and independent.

  • Basic Mathematical and analytical skills required as well as problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work well in a team environment and collaborate up and down the organization

  • A passion for learning and a craving to work in a fun culture

  • Ability to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of nonconformities relating to food safety, quality and production efficiencies.

  • Ability to use a computer, including Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint as well as the Google Suite.

  • Familiarity with JDE, RPMS, DSI.

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule as needed. 

Bonduelle Fresh Americas is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe in hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a workforce that truly reflects our communities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to veterans and individuals with disabilities or special needs during the application process and employment. If you need assistance, please contact us at (626) 856-8686 or bfa-info@bonduelle.com.