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Ingredient Room Lead

Department: Logistics
Location: Los Banos, CA



With relation to current production schedule, coordinates crew and assigns duties to insure production lines have ingredients needed to complete the production schedule. Maintain effective communication with MRP Supervisor, operations manager, supervisor, shipping supervisor, inventory control coordinator, operations lead, material handler forklift driver, batch room operator, and QA personnel.

This job requires the Ingredients Room Lead to perform the following tasks:

  • Schedule batch weighing to prevent production shutdowns
  • Check/verify materials, lot numbers and amounts to be weighed per batch formula
  • Insure that ingredients are used in FIFO order
  • Control the placement of ingredients that are Organic/Allergens to comply with proper storage requirements.
  • Work well with team members to keep batches available for weekly production
  • Document lot numbers, as required, and insure that all weighed ingredients are issued to the shop order.
  • Oversees employees within the Ingredients room and upholds all company policy and procedure.
  • Support the review, understanding and compliance of all programs, policies and procedures contained in the Food Safety and Quality Management System.




                              % OF

ITEM                    TIME        JOB FUNCTIONS


                                     65%    Responsible for ensuring that safety, company policy, quality procedures and good manufacturing practices (GMPs) including Master Sanitation Schedule, are understood and followed by members. Responsible for serving as the catalyst in developing members to prevent and solve problems. Responsible for ensuring that productivity goals are achieved and setting direction for the Ingredients team to accomplish these goals. Read and analyze charts, work orders, production schedules, and other records and reports to determine production requirements and to evaluate current production estimates and outputs. Responsible to direct and coordinate the activities of employees engaged in the ingredients area. Confer with supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments. Plan and adhere to work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals. Inspect materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions.


                              20%          Responsible for performing daily and weekly planning to assure that the scheduling of ingredients, personnel, and products are utilized in the most cost efficient manner. Responsible for communicating with other shifts any information that might aid the production supervisor/QA personnel on those shifts. Direct and coordinate the activities of employees engaged in the ingredients area.

3.                                10%     Additional responsibilities include verifying the availability of raw materials, preparing for daily production start-ups and daily ingredients reports and Attendance. Enforce safety and sanitation regulations.



4.                           5%            Perform other duties as needed or assigned by manager and/or supervisor.


            TOTAL     100%



Internal Contacts:

            Operations supervisor, paste/dice prepping and dumping employees, batch operators and filler operators, packaging operators and inventory employees, temporary personnel and QC/QA


External Contacts:

            Vendors, Suppliers and Auditors


Education Level and Focus:

            High School diploma or equivalent. Some college preferred.


Years and Type of Related Experience Required:

            5 years + in a leadership position implementing tracking systems and procedures. Teaching/training/directing employees in all areas of operations from been staging and reconciliation to dumping of ingredients (including dice and paste), batching, filling, packaging, inventory tracking. Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.




            Ability to be punctual with regular attendance.


Interpersonal and Communication:

            Ability to function with minimal supervision, including the capacity to follow verbal and written instruction, team player, ability to speak and write English. Ability to teach/train/direct employees to achieve quality goals, efficiencies outputs, meet safety standards and maintain open communications between all departments/areas. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Providing information to shift supervisors, co-workers, and members by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Technical and Analytical:

            Ability to use Microsoft programs; Excel, Word, Outlook. Ability to reconcile case counts and material usage in raw ingredients as well as packaging yields. Experience in product development and working with support organizations i.e. Research and Development, Quality Assurance, customer representatives. Experience in supervising processes and employees through Regulatory audits. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Administrative and Operations:

            Experience in developing S.O.Pís. Ability to train employees in policy/procedures as well as teaching employees on safe work habits and completing all injury reported documents.   Ability to develop line reports and tracking systems for efficiencies, Inventories and material usage reconciliations. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Physical Demands:

            Agile, ability to stand for long periods of time, reaching, bending, lift 40+ lbs, pushing, pulling, stretching


Work Environment:

            Food plant, cold, hot and humid conditions, wet floors, high noise levels, forklift and pedestrian traffic


Special Equipment Used:

            Forklift, thermometers, scales, pumps and bin dumping equipment, cryovac fillers and check weighing equipment, case forming and sealing machines, palletize, stretch wrappers, case coders, glue pots and machines, case packer, tape sealing machines, label machines. Communication radios, PC computers.

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