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Company: Bonduelle Fresh Americas
Location: Covina, CA
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Recruitment Agency, Staffing, Job Board


If you combine a background in training with strong communication skills and the ability to train line personnel in a fast-paced, refrigerated production environment, the role of Frontline Trainer for our Bistro line of products offers some compelling opportunities. Consider:

  • We are undergoing an exciting change in our approach to training and this role has the opportunity to make a strong impact, both initially and over the long run. The team now reports into HR, and while you will concentrate on the Irwindale team, there's an opportunity to influence best practices across all four U.S. plants.
  • You can build a progressive career and have great exposure at the corporate and plant levels. In addition to training, you will write training documentation (internally called OPLs - One Point Lessons), work on special projects, and we anticipate building nationwide training metrics.
  • You will directly influence performance management and productivity at one of the largest produce facilities in the Los Angeles area at 400,000 square feet, including 24 production lines, shipping & receiving, a microbiology lab and more. We are a dual FDA, USDA facility with onsite corporate offices. 
  • Initially, you will train hourly production line personnel, but you could also begin training on skilled line positions, such as label operator.
  • You can showcase your potential to take on additional responsibilities and advance your career. From this role, you could step up to a lead trainer position, follow a path in Operations or HR, or even support our nationwide initiative and drive training at any or all of our four U.S. facilities.
  • We enjoy a positive, team-oriented culture where people have a good deal autonomy and their contributions are appreciated. We also place a high value on continuous improvement.
Bonduelle Fresh Americas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonduelle (BON.PA), and home of the Ready Pac Foods brand. For over 45 years, Ready Pac Foods has been a leader in offering the most innovative fresh food products to consumers around the world. With four processing facilities throughout the U.S., we focus on fresh vegetables, salads and fresh meal solutions for the Americas. We manufacture a complete range of products featuring fresh produce and protein under the company's Ready Pac Foods®, Bistro®, Ready Snax®, Cool Cuts®, elevĀte™ and Bonduelle Fresh Picked™ brands.

Pictured: Our processing facilities apply the latest global standards of food safety and quality. Using the latest technology and equipment, our goal is to ensure we only offer the highest quality products. To be a good fit for the Frontline Trainer - Bistro opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor's degree highly preferred  Quick question for you - click here
  • 2-4 years of training experience in a manufacturing environment; we may consider less experienced candidates who have a 4-year college degree  
  • Understanding of performance management 
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to teach line personnel on the floor and participate in high-level leadership meetings and presentations
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and Google Suite applications
  • The drive to learn and advance your skills and responsibilities
  • Willingness to work in a cold environment. You'll spend approximately 60% of your time working in areas that are 35°  Quick question for you - click here
  • Willingness to wear personnel protective equipment (PPE) when training on the floor
Preferred but not required:
  • Bilingual English/Spanish is a strong plus
  • A background in HR 
  • Experience with manufacturing automation
  • A background in engineering
You will work the first shift from 6 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday. You may have minimal travel (+/- 5%) to train at our facility in Arizona and perhaps visit our other two U.S. facilities.  

Pictured: Our Ready Snax® Snack Packs are the perfect snack solution at work, after school or anywhere on-the-go. Each of the nine varieties was created to curb your hunger and provide you with a boost of vitamins, all with fewer than 250 calories. This role is a key position within our manufacturing plants and supports our production team leads as they drive production to the highest safety, quality and efficiency standards.

Reporting to the Human Resource Business Partner, you will help drive efficiencies and associate retention by developing, training and coaching associates on the line on standard operating procedures. You will be responsible for the training and integration of new associates, including temps, into the Bistro environment, which includes exposure to multiple refrigerated areas within production. You'll also manage performance by retraining associates on various processes as needed. Beyond your daily training responsibilities, you will be responsible for developing a monthly training topic for our Alchemy program, participate in engineering and other meetings focused on equipment or training relevant topics, and keep essential documentation, such as the training logs. 

New hire orientation and training take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You will do an orientation for all incoming associates/temps, including company information, safety training, GMPs, dress code, personal protective equipment (PPE), gowning process and more. You'll then deliver those who are assigned to salads to their area and provide hands-on training for those assigned to Bistro. On the line, you'll instruct them what to do in their area responsibility (e.g. chicken, bacon, cheese, etc.), evaluate their performance, and make adjustments/improvements as needed.  Quick question for you - click here

Specifically, you will be responsible for:
  • Conducting a short onboarding session using a PowerPoint presentation on associates' first day, including GMPs, Safety, and the environment. Groups should include no more than 10 new associates.
  • Training assigned associates while utilizing effective training techniques, such as new associates' orientation, on-the-job training, health and safety practices, etc.
  • Training that is conducted in a classroom setting prior to the associate going to the production line and demonstrating tasks.
  • Reviewing the job description with the new associates
  • Assigning them to a line/area and mirroring the new associate. Ensuring they are assigned to the same line on day #2.
  • Taking the new associate on a short tour of the facility including restrooms, cafeteria, and locker room.
  • Partnering and communicating with the temporary agencies to meet new associates and coordinate training/onboarding.
  • Communicating new associate progress to their supervisor daily.
  • Overseeing the new associate performance for at least one week; longer if needed. Providing constant coaching and feedback to the associate.
  • Following and maintaining HACCP and Sanitation guidelines and processes.
  • Performing/assisting with annual training needs, making recommendations based on opportunities.
  • Training new associates against established one point lessons (OPLs).
  • Ensuring that adequate lesson plans/materials are available.
  • Completing special projects as assigned, such as writing or confirming one point lessons (OPLs).
  • Maintaining and tracking records (i.e. training sign-in sheets and development status of trainees).
  • Working safely around moving equipment and conveyors in a wet environment.
  • Performing appropriate instructional procedures or methods.
  • Ensuring new, transferred/returning associates receive appropriate department and/or equipment-specific training.
  • Assisting with the improvement of the facility's general orientation/induction program.
  • Understanding how to maintain a safe work environment and ensuring new associates are wearing/using PPE correctly.
  • Assisting with the facilitation of Alchemy training topics.
  • Complying with SQF Regulatory Programs.
  • Performing assessment of all new temps and associates.
Pictured: Our latest line of chopped salad kits are inspired by flavors and recipes from around the world. Healthy products, healthy values
"Giving people the freedom to eat healthier" has a deeper meaning for us. We believe in responsible business practices that benefit our associates, consumers and communities. Every consumer should have access to fresh, healthy and convenient choices and every one of our products is made with responsibly-sourced ingredients, by individuals who are treated ethically and with respect every day.

Be The Difference
The Ready Pac Difference is our identity. It defines the value we create that fuels our growth in order to be the most innovative fresh food company. It also defines the culture we create that enables our success and gives us the freedom to invest in our people, our business, and ultimately our consumers. The values defined in The Difference support our ability to give our Associates the freedom to drive results, learn and have fun.

Corporate responsibility
We are passionate about promoting sustainable agriculture, reducing our environmental impact, encouraging all employees to drive a culture of corporate social responsibility (CSR), feeding people well and feeding them sustainably, and promoting the well-being of our employees and communities. See the video for more information.

Rewarding environment
Our culture values teamwork and collaboration, and we are proactive about maintaining an atmosphere that is positive and motivating. We encourage and reward engagement, such as identifying potential safety or quality issues.

Excellent compensation
In addition to a competitive wage, we offer healthcare benefits to all associates after 30 days of employment, a 401(k) plan after 60 days, a tuition reimbursement program, and more. Your efforts will directly impact KPIs from profitability to performance efficiency and rework to safety and more. You'll also directly impact associate retention as you ensure individuals are confident and performing well in their area of responsibility. Daily, you'll leverage strong interpersonal skills to work with frontline associates and leadership.

The production environment is fast-paced and busy, and you'll need to be aware of the pace as you train. You'll be confident, cool-headed and able to both focus, and manage multiple tasks and associates as you bring them up to speed. In addition, in order to be an outstanding Frontline Trainer, you will:
  • Promote safety as well as quality.
  • Take on new challenges and continue learning.
  • Pay attention to details and also grasp the bigger picture.
  • Keep an eye out for improvements.
  • Assume ownership of and accountability for your responsibilities.
  • Build strong relationships inside and outside of the plant.

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