Training Specialist

Chicago, IL

This position will work through the Center of Excellence (COE) led Frontline Onboarding program to help create and implement a standardized on-the-job training certification program (OJT) across a BBU region. Will collaborate with Training Coordinators, North American Talent Development Team and Bakery Leadership.


  • Provide structure and guidance through a standardized approach to OJT to enhance frontline onboarding and current associate ongoing training process
  • Drive consistency of front-line associate training, onboarding cohort experience
  • Accountability and empowerment for HRBP, Hiring Manager, Site Leadership & Trainers
  • Driving home the idea of one-best-way to do things

Key Job Responsibilities: Technical & Generating Content

  • Work with bakeries to finalize development of OJT training plan & content collection
  • Build on existing SOP’s and conduct observation, consultation with front line
  • Create knowledge base, training curriculum, lesson plans and other reference documentation (SOP’s, shadow, simulation, job aids, videos, OPL’s, visuals, certification levels) used to convey job/tasks.
  • Work with the business to build the communication plan to implement OJT tools
  • Looking for synergies with other locations for sharing best practices and content
  • Manage skills development and replicate training program across assigned bakeries
  • Participate as SME on requested Kaizen team problem solving events
  • Training OJT instructors
  • Spending time at the bakeries coaching the instructors and leadership on best training practices
  • Reviewing trainee feedback and adjusting based on that feedback
  • Complete missing target equipment Maintenance PM and Troubleshooting procedures

Key Job Responsibilities: Administrative   

  • Enable use of New Hire Onboarding Portal (SNOW)
  • Execute change management plan to implement new BBU Onboarding Portal (training coordinator deployment)
  • Coordinate with business partners, including Plant Leadership Team, Training Coordinator, Safety, and Human Relations to assure associates complete requirements (training coordinator)
  • Partner with Plant Leadership Team to assess associate capabilities and provide necessary feedback on skill level or additional required training including supporting the build of the skill gap analysis
  • Support retention initiatives at the facility
  • Audit training program to ensure all KPIs are being met
  • Travel commensurate with requirements throughout region
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

Key Behavioral & Technical Competencies:

  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Self-starter and ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to comprehend work nature, basic bakery process steps, project mgt with rudimentary knowledge of operations, maintenance, vendor interface
  • Excellent organizational and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Ability to interact with associates at all levels of the organization
  • Comprehends adult learning
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency with data entry, MS Word, Excel, Microsoft 365, Oracle, and other software/applications highly desired
  • Must be able to work flexible work schedules when necessary

Education and Work History:

  • Four-Year College Degree
  • At least 5 years of experience desired in production environment and training role preferred
  • A combination of education, training and experience that results in demonstrated competency to perform the work may be substituted

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is an equal opportunity employer with a policy that provides equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.

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