Production Shift Lead (3rd Shift)

Califia Farms

Califia Farms

Bakersfield, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Production Shift Lead (3rd Shift)

Job Locations US-CA-Bakersfield
Job ID 2024-1616
# of Openings



Rooted in California, Califia Farms is on a mission to create a future where plants replace dairy, without compromise. The company creates a variety of great-tasting plant-based beverages that make the transition to eating plant-based dairy easy and delicious. Califia Farms is one of the fastest-growing, independently owned, natural beverage companies in the U.S., the UK and Australia, and is well-known for its iconic curvy bottle. Califia Farms was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District, with a manufacturing facility in Bakersfield, Calif. The company’s culture is built around four core values: passion for purpose, insights into action, fierce interdependence, and challenger spirit.


  • Assists in providing safe working conditions for all employees.
  • Plan and coordinate daily tank use for finished product.
  • Conduct inventories of staged ingredients and reconcile them against upcoming production schedule. Notify Supervisor of any discrepancies between staged inventory and plan.
  • Maintain all CIP and Cleaning Logs in Redzone; ensure team test’s all rinse water for pH as well as chemical titration.
  • Ensure team is ready for Liquid tankers and are received and documented correctly in Redzone/Ross.
  • Ensure ATP swabs and allergen tests are conducted after CIPs in batching and production equipment.
  • Adjust batches (Brix, Acid, pH, Solids, density) as needed.
  • Proficient in all Production and Blending Ross functions.
  • Understand and enter production and blending information into Redzone.
  • Ensure all Redzone checks are accurate, completed and signed off in a timely manner.
  • Ensure the team properly documents cleanings, MSS, lot numbers, quantities, and expiration dates on formulas per customer regulations.
  • Proficient with all Markem software and associated equipment.
  • Understand and perform sanitation duties for the batching and production areas.
  • Coordinate training with new hire operators and refresher training for current operators.
  • Direct and assign batching activities so that there is a ready supply of finished products for the production lines when it is needed.
  • Follow and monitor all GMP, HACCP, Food Safety and SOPs guidelines.
  • Understand and follow plant safety and quality rules, including wearing of PPE, safe lifting techniques, safe machine operation.
  • Operate forklift, walkies, and manual pallet jacks.
  • Learn and operate the UHT as needed.
  • Visually inspect and test machinery and equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Communicate and assist maintenance on problems and breakdowns on all equipment in batching and production areas.
  • Operates equipment for startup and shutdown.
  • Develops and maintains positive and professional relationships with all employees and management.
  • Ensures product is within quality and customer qualifications.
  • Work with QA department to test and approve quality of product.
  • Optimizes plant efficiency and coordinates plant needs accordingly.
  • Communicate unsafe acts and/or equipment​.
  • Help Supervisors investigate incidents.
  • Ensure Net Content is met on every run BEFORE the run ends.
  • Drive and complete rework as needed.
  • Direct team members to positions as needed and upcoming task(s) (CIP’s, Product Changes, Rework, PayCom Training)
  • Communicate/create and enter shift notes.
  • Operate equipment as needed (call ins, breaks, lunches)
  • Coach/train team members to improve their knowledge and performance.
  • Ensure team members receive their breaks and lunches.
  • Communicates to the on-coming shift: status of production, yesterday’s results and set up the team for the next 12 hours.
  • Sets up, adjusts, and maintains equipment with responsibility for production and quality.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor or other plant management.



  • Business Awareness.
  • Trustworthiness /Ethics.
  • Results Driven.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Able to lift up to 70 lbs.
  • Able to work under pressure in a very fast paced environment.
  • Strong analytical skills - ability to analyze substantial amounts of data and determine deficiencies. Able to perform root cause analysis.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Able to communicate and work well with people on all levels of the organization.
  • Able to receive, analyze and report information efficiently.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Computer skills (Microsoft suite) (Ross, Redzone, Excel, Markem, Pressco, Vision System, Etc.)


  • Minimum Required: High School Diploma/GED.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in food manufacturing
  • Ability to speak, write, and read English is a must, some Spanish a plus.
  • Ability to stand, kneel, bend over, climb stairs and ladders, and lift/move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must possess good mechanical, communication, and people skills.
  • Must be able to follow and communicate directions.
  • Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure and compute rate, ratio, and percentage.

This position is classified as Non-Exempt (eligible for overtime). The expected hourly rate for this position is between $23.00 – $27.50 per year based on a full-time schedule. Location, confirmed job-related skills and experience will be considered in setting the actual hourly rate.

Califia Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Califia Farms is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


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