La Porte, IN

Job Description

Plant Manager – Bread Bakery Food Manufacturing

similat job titles: Operations Manager, Plant Operations Manager, Production Manager


Location: La Porte, IN; about 35 miles south east of Chicago


Job Summary: Reports to the plant General Manager and Senior VP of Manufacturing. Responsible for all phases of plant management: production, engineering, sanitation, and shipping, in a medium-sized, 140 persons bread and roll bakery manufacturing plant. Manages all activities that are required to safely produce quality products with the most efficient use of labor and materials on a scheduled shift and line(s).


Desired Leadership Traits:

  • Charismatic; shows floor presence.
  • Able to corral manager team onto the same plan of action.
  • Knowledgeable enough to identify the best action plan.


Minimum Requirements:

  • (5) Five or more years’ experience in management within a high-speed sliced bread or bun manufacturing environment.
  • Sliced Bread or Buns experience required; experience working with ovens.
  • Experience with large-scale bakery equipment.
  • Understanding of function between ingredients, time, and temperature in the baking process.
  • Proven success of building teams.
  • Union management experience


Other Desired Traits:


  • Continuous Improvement / Lean Manufacturing background.
  • AIB training
  • BRC / SQF knowledge




This job offers the following:

  • Outstanding opportunities with a stable and established organization.
  • Excellent benefits, including:
  •   Comprehensive healthcare
  •   401k
  •   Defined pension plan
  • Highly adequate relocation assistance is provided if needed.


Are You A Good Fit? 

Essential Skills for Success:

  • Innovator and leader in change.
  • Promote and utilize other’s talents.
  • Actions are plan-based and result from strategy as opposed to reactionary.
  • Goals achieved by teamwork instead of own personal efforts.
  • Leadership style yields influence and trust. You’re not just “the boss”.
  • Achieves results.


Consider This Before Applying:

  1. Does this job describe work you would enjoy doing?
  2. Do you meet most of the minimum requirements?
  3. Have you considered everything if you would need to relocate?
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