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Production Manager

Category: Management

Is Full Time: Yes





Based in Wheeling, WV, the Ziegenfelder Company is a private, family owned frozen novelty manufacturer that focuses solely on producing the highest quality frozen ice novelties, commonly referred to as twin pops. We are the largest manufacturer of twin pops in the country with production facilities in Wheeling, WV; Chino, CA; and Denver, CO.

The Ziegenfelder Company has averaged solid double-digit growth for the past 15 years while growing our tribe from 60 employees in one facility with three production lines to over 300 employees across three facilities and 10 production lines. Core to our success has always been making the highest quality, best tasting products in the market and selling them to valued customers at the best possible price. The Ziegenfelder Company owns and produces the brand Budget Saver, as well as, licensed and private labeled products for premiere retailers, such as Albertsons, Dollar General, Kroger, and Walmart. 24/7 operations in our three facilities, generates over 2.2 million pops per day.

Ziegenfelder’s growth and success is clearly due to our dedicated tribe. We value integrity, creativity and innovation, and are committed to positively impacting our workforce and the communities in which we live and work.


Growing together, revolutionizing our company and bringing smiles to every home in America.


Making people smile with really cool treats.


Growing Better Together.


Think Tribe First

Win by Always doing the Right Thing

Inspire Each Other

Nurture our Zieggy Economy

Serve Others


As the Production Manager, you will oversee daily production operations to ensure safe and quality products are delivered to our customers and a safe work environment is provided for employees. You will be expected to ensure appropriate plant staffing levels, operational efficiency, and supporting a One Tribe mentality to hit all operational goals and KPIs. You are the liaison between plant staff and operations leadership. You will work collaboratively with the Zieggy Leadership Team in making decisions benefiting our tribe, our customers, and our community.

Our tribe members are the heart and soul of Ziegenfelder. Your skills as a leader will positively inspire, influence, and engage the Wheeling tribe to feel valued, motivated and part of the Ziegenfelder family. This includes hiring top talent, providing them with the tools to be successful, working to develop their talents, and successfully growing their careers.

Leading by example is a must. You will need to demonstrate initiative, personal accountability, integrity, and credibility, as well as, openness to change. Your actions and decisions will be made with the Zieggy Essentials in mind.

Come thrive at Ziegenfelder with your true passion for people, operations, creating quality product, and your ability to embrace a fast-paced, changing environment. Bring leadership, inspiration & innovation to cultivate our remarkable workforce and deliver a positive business impact.


The Ziegenfelder Production Manager is responsible for:

  • Accomplishing manufacturing staff results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, developing, enhancing training; initiating, coordinating, and enforcing policies, and procedures.
  • Coordinating materials, maintenance, changeovers, and staffing on the production lines to achieve production goals, ensure safe and efficient production lines, and produce quality Ziegenfelder treats ready for delivery to customers.
  • Monitoring quality data and coordinating with Quality Tribe to ensure appropriate production of Ziegenfelder treats.
  • Coordinating preventive and corrective procedures with Maintenance Tribe to keep production lines running efficiently.
  • Working with COO to ensure Operations and Warehouse Supervisors have the leadership skills and abilities necessary to lead production teams to success.
  • Driving accountability for successful production training, and development for all plant employees.
  • Supporting a culture of continuous learning and development for successful personal and professional outcomes.
  • Investigating safety incidents and accidents and ensuring appropriate reporting and documentation.
  • Coordinating with the People & Culture Tribe to ensure appropriate staffing levels, personnel issue resolution, performance engagement, career pathing and overall Tribe member success.


Leaders at all levels and in all roles at Ziegenfelder strive to demonstrate leadership competencies. As Production Manager, you will demonstrate:

  • Integrity: Is direct and truthful, is ethical in making decisions and speaks candidly about tough issues. Is open-minded and listens to tribe members at all levels. Is widely trusted by others and keeps confidences.
  • Self-awareness: Has an accurate picture of strengths and weaknesses and is willing to improve.
  • Accountability: Seeks to take responsibility before placing blame. Able to react when unexpected problems arise, and proactive in developing plans to prevent problems from reoccurring. Admits mistakes, owns failures and commits to deliver expectations and responsibilities.
  • Credibility: Makes decisions and problem solves based on regulations, facts, data and science. Clearly understands and communicates performance standards and expectations to others and is willing to hold self and others accountable to performance standards.
  • Commitment: Contributes maximum effort to support company initiatives and is tenacious when problem solving for the good of the tribe and organization. Willing to go above and beyond to support success for others and the company.
  • Teamwork: Focuses others’ energy on common goals, priorities and problems. Seeks common ground in an effort to resolve conflicts. Works harmoniously with colleagues and departments.
  • Initiative: Works to identify and seize opportunities when they arise. Demonstrates initiative and is motivated to drive improvement. Skilled at original thought when evaluating problems and developing action plans. Able to consult with peers and third parties when additional expertise may be needed.
  • Values and gives feedback: Seeks out, responds to, shares, and uses feedback.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • 5+ years of general experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably food manufacturing.
  • Proven experience with manufacturing methods, process improvement programs and procedures.
  • Adaptable with a drive for accuracy and learning.
  • Ability to be on call and available after business hours.


  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • Ability to lift 30-50 pounds and move objects to a higher, lower or horizontal position.
  • Ability to bend, twist, reach and grasp actions.
  • Good spatial awareness working around manufacturing equipment.


  • May be subject to noise above 85 decibels with proper protective equipment.
  • May be subject to cold temperatures of less than 32F with proper protective equipment.