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Production Manager Cambridge

Full Time + Cambridge, ON

About Dare Foods Limited

Dare Foods Limited is a private, family-owned business that continues to build a legacy rich in innovative, high-quality products that meet the changing needs of our consumers. “Made Better” is at the heart of everything we do at Dare and comes to life through our portfolio of consumer-loved brands including Bear Paws, Breton, REALFRUIT, Boulangerie Grissol, and Whippet (to name just a few). Our head office was relocated in 2018 from Kitchener to Cambridge and is a modern work environment connected to our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

Production Manager – Cambridge, ON

The successful applicant for this opportunity is an energetic, engaging and results oriented individual who will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of a state of the art, automated bakery and packaging facility. The successful incumbent will help develop and execute health and safety programs, support all quality and R&D initiatives, drive continuous improvement cost reduction actions and facilitate the communication governance across the sites cross functional teams.

This role is accountable for the management and supervision of a team of supervisors on a 24/5 schedule, including production and sanitation, and deeply involved in the scheduling of both labour and production.

A highly organized and self-motivated individual, the Production Manager will effectively manage multiple tasks and deadlines in a high paced manufacturing environment. As a forward thinker, and able to see the big picture, the Production Manager will be able to anticipate future risk of the site and provide actionable plans to mitigate or eliminate the impact.


    • Develop and execute/promote a safe and healthy work environment for the entire manufacturing facility
    • Provide direct leadership and mentorship to the Production Supervisors, including delegation, training, monitoring and compliance auditing
    • Deliver performance improvement through change initiatives and commitment to ongoing continuous improvement
    • Work proactively with various plant departments including Quality, Materials, and Scheduling/Planning to meet performance goals/targets and to recommend/execute actionable solutions to keep targets on track
    • Will be a certified member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee responsible for organizing monthly meetings and all other JHSC initiatives
    • Will ensure compliance with all quality, food safety and regulatory requirements as well as the internal SQF (Level 3), HACCP and GMP standards
    • Will perform investigations and root cause analysis into health and safety, quality, and manufacturing incidents
    • Will sit with various corporate cross-functional teams and will effectively communicate and represent the manufacturing facility to Sales and Marketing, R&D, and Corporate Health and Safety
    • Conduct performance appraisals for all direct reports to ensure alignment to goals and to foster growth opportunities for all team members
    • Will manage spend and ensure budget requirements are maintained or improved



Qualifications & Competencies

    • Post Secondary degree or diploma
    • 5+ years’ experience in a fast-paced manufacturing environment (CPG/Food experience preferred)
    • 3+ years demonstrated in people management
    • 3+ years’ experience in leading a continuous improvement program such as WCM or Six Sigma
    • Experience participating, preferably leading, a JHSC
    • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills
    • Proven ability to lead, motivate and coach
    • Excellent technical skills to analyze, define options and lead implementation of solution
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to lead project teams and meetings
    • Proven results in cost savings and continuous improvement
    • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines
    • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders and influence at all levels


We offer career elevating opportunities and a competitive salary and benefits package. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in writing by January 17, 2022 quoting the appropriate position title to hrresumes@darefoods.com (.txt, .doc or .pdf formats)

Thank you for your interest in Dare Foods Ltd. and the opportunity to review your resume, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No follow up inquiries or agencies at this time please.

Dare Foods Limited is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported. Dare Foods Ltd. will provide accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of its recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.