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Sr. Production Manager

Sr. Production Manager

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Wonderful Citrus is seeking a Production Manager - Lemon Packing Operations for our Delano, CA location. Successful candidate will supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in grading and packing of citrus fruit by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.


Wonderful Citrus is America’s largest integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus. Our citrus varieties can be found in the produce department of grocery stores across the country under the flagship consumer brands of Wonderful Halos mandarins and Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red grapefruit.

To learn more about Wonderful Citrus Company, its products and core values, visit www.wonderfulcitrus.com.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


Operational Support:  

  • Responsible for achieving, sustaining and continuously improving safety, quality, efficiency, and cost results.
  • Supervises packing department staff.
  • Oversees operation of all equipment used in grading and packing.
  • Works with production scheduler/planner to determine run schedules.
  • Coordinates production activities with upstream and downstream departments.
  • Maintains overall safety programs and sees that basic labor laws are enforced.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe, orderly and clean facility at all times.
  • Responsible for maintaining quality control program and achieving 3rd party quality audit objectives.
  • Sees that machinery and equipment repair schedules are kept.
  • Carries out personnel policies and procedures consistently.
  • Keeps management and sales department informed of production schedules.
  • Answers inquiries on production issues.
  • Prepares cost budgets and reconciliations.
  • Investigates customers’ complaints involving such matters as fruit quality, overcharges, and delay in shipment, and makes necessary adjustments.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Identify and analyze non-value added (waste) activities.
  • Lead the development and implementation of Lean CI plans to create continuous flow and reduce waste.
  • Work across department boundaries to improve the overall production process.
  • Implement and sustain 5S.
  • Manage results through visual factory.
  • Build CI knowledge in self and others via implementation and coaching.
  • Communicate business direction and results. Advocate continuous improvement processes through word and action.
  • Provide challenges and support team members to continuously improve results.
  • Utilize Plan-Do-Check-Act, root cause analysis, and process standardization to systemically solve problems.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation o “6 to 7” subordinate supervisors/leads who supervise a total of “35 – 65” employees in the Grading/Packing department.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, shill, and/ or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; or five or more years related experience and/or training in a production environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures manuals.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Wonderful Citrus is part of The Wonderful Company, a successful, fast-growing privately held $4 billion company with 7,300 employees worldwide. We’ve made Wonderful Pistachios one of America’s top-selling salty snacks. We’ve turned pomegranates and POM Wonderful into a worldwide phenomenon. Wonderful Halos is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America. FIJI Water is the No. 1 premium bottled water in America. JUSTIN Wine produces California’s top-selling luxury Cabernet Sauvignon. And Teleflora is the world’s largest flower delivery service.


The Wonderful Company has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility, including more than $100 million invested in environmental technologies and sustainability research, nearly $50 million in charitable giving and education initiatives in 2015 alone, $30 million toward the construction of a new charter school campus in California’s Central Valley, and innovative health and wellness programs.


The Wonderful Citrus Company is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status or protected veteran status, ancestry, age or any other categories protected by law.