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Production Manager – Kitchener/Waterloo Region

Permanent, Full Time + Kitchener, ON

Dare Foods Limited is a private, family owned portfolio of brands established in 1892. The Dare “Made Better” promise guides everything we do and comes to life through our portfolio of consumer-loved brands including Bear Paws, Breton, REALFRUIT, Boulangerie Grissol, Raincoast Crisps and Whippet (to name just a few). Our head office is in Cambridge Ontario. We have been located in the Kitchener area since the family’s original store opened in 1892.


Production Manager – Kitchener/Waterloo Region

The successful applicant for this opportunity is a highly motivated and results-oriented individual who will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the production area ensuring that health and safety, quality, cost, and volume targets are exceeding expectations while focusing on continuous improvement initiatives (CI) for the Crisp manufacturing process.

This role is accountable for the general oversight of production supervisors and hourly workers with attention to training, coaching , mentoring and performance management.

The successful applicant will work closely with the plant team on continual review and execution of plant projects, initiatives, labour planning etc; with the aim of capitalizing on opportunities for business and process optimization.

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 anticipate future risk to operations and provide actionable plans to mitigate or eliminate the impact.



  • Promote a safe and healthy work environment for the entire manufacturing facility.
  • Provide direct leadership to the Production Supervisors, empowering them and creating accountability and also monitoring and compliance auditing.
  • Deliver performance improvement through change initiatives and commitment to ongoing continuous improvement.
  • Work proactively with various plant departments including Quality, Supply Chain, Human Resources and Schedulers/Planners 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 future internal BRC, HACCP and GMP standards.
  • Will perform investigations and root cause analysis into health and safety, quality, maintenance 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 include: 

  • A post secondary degree or diploma is preferred with a focus on Engineering/Supply Chain Business Management or Food Science
  • 5+ years’ experience in a fast-paced manufacturing environment (CPG/Food experience preferred)
  • 3+ years demonstrated people management
  • Lean Manufacturing/Six-Sigma training and/or experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Work Safe Health and Safety Regulations
  • Experience participating, preferably leading a JHSC
  • Proven ability to lead, motivate and coach and success in driving a culture of safety and quality
  • Excellent technical skills to analyse, define options and lead implementation of solution
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, planning and analytical skills
  • 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 May 13, 2024 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.

Guided by our Purpose, Mission and Values Dare Foods Limited is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected, supported and proud to work here. 

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.