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Lead, Bakery 1

City & State: 

Chicago Heights, IL, US, 60411

Job Category:  Bakery Operations

ARYZTA is a global baking company with a Passion for Good Food. We provide our retail and foodservice customers with a portfolio of bakery solutions so they can deliver memorable, delicious food to consumers. With operations in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, ARYZTA has become a global leader in the baked goods industry and one of the largest specialty bakery companies in the world. Our leading bakery brands in North America include La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. We have 58 state-of-the-art bakeries and kitchens around the globe, with 20 of those in North America, and are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. The Americas team champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



Job Title

  • Production Line Lead


  • Production

Reporting to

  • Production Shift Supervisor/Production Manager


Key Accountabilities

Supervise the efficient production of the line in accordance to the schedule, manpower, Quality Assurance, USDA and safety requirements.


  • Responsible for producing a quality product that meets all the Safety, USDA, QA, and Customer regulations.
  • Effectively communicates as required with Manager.
  • Ensures that all products are in compliance with QA and USDA standards.
  • Continuously looking for production improvements, or better methods to facilitate work flow for all workers on the line without affecting required quality or safety standards.
  • Assigns personnel in accordance to their capacity, ability and effort to perform their assigned jobs.
  • Exhibits, at all times, a professional manner to obtain maximum collaboration and better labor performance.
  • Ensures that all reports and documentation are correct and timely.
  • Verifies that all employees’ hours and names are correct, without exceeding the permitted hours. 
  • Verifies that the ingredients and usage corresponding to a product are correct.
  • Produces quantities as scheduled, especially for the occasional customers.
  • Maintains and provides communication to all the workers with regard to the next day’s production to assure that the workforce is prepared.
  • Prepares materials, mixes and batches in a timely fashion to ensure on time startup for next shift/day. 
  • Continuously trains workers to read and review recipes.
  • Trains workers on hygiene and safety rules to eliminate accidents.
  • Disciplines any worker that does not comply with or respect the company rules or performs at an unacceptable level.
  • Maintains a constant evaluation and record of the workers for their annual performance evaluation.



Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • High School /Equivalent; Three years of food preparation experience and 1 year minimum of supervisory experience.
  • College degree or courses toward and 5 years of food production experience preferred.
  • Good communications skills, hard working, dependable, safety conscious and bilingual, English/Spanish preferred
  • Able to communicate and make logical decisions.
  • Walk the line and monitor events.

Physical Demands

  • Lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Work standing or walking for long periods of time.
  • Work bending and squatting.
  • Work making fast and repetitive hand motions.
  • Work in cold refrigerated and frozen conditions.






ARYZTA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.