Production Lead

Bedford Park, IL - Full Time Apply Now

Nurture Life, headquartered in the River North area of Chicago, is a subscription service that prepares wholesome, nutritious, ready-to-eat meals for babies, toddlers and kids and delivers them weekly, straight to customers’ doors. Our team of chefs and pediatric dietitian collaborate on every menu to ensure meals meet the changing nutritional needs of growing kids while introducing them to new flavors and textures. Our commitment to sourcing and producing the highest quality products and delivering a phenomenal customer experience means peace of mind for our families. Our passion is to impact the healthy development of children and revolutionize mealtime for families.


We are looking for a talented and driven production lead who loves to work on a team and is passionate about being a part of a company creating the very best meals for kids. Nurture Life is a rapidly growing startup in the foodtech industry led by a team with decades of experience in the technology and food and beverage industries. We are committed to transparency and collaboration in everything we do.


We value…

  • Raising the standard for children’s food in America
  • Exceeding our customers’ expectations 
  • Inspiring the extraordinary in our team 


Your days will consist of…


  • Leading the production team through hands on training across all areas of production and follow through on assigned duties to the team members
  • Organizing daily tasks and workstations for the team to allow multiple meals to be completed simultaneously
  • Conducting daily meetings with production teams to layout daily expectations and goals
  • Checking all products to ensure they live up to our high standards
  • Ensuring standard operating procedures while using plating guides and scales to portion meals to ensure consistency across all menu items
  • Verifying quality of seals and meal types as well as making sure all products are organized and labeled correctly
  • Taking inventory of all meals as you go to achieve a final and accurate inventory number
  • Helping maintain production equipment
  • Coaching the team on cleaning as you go, GMPs, USDA, and sanitation standards
  • Assisting in other areas of production as needed 
  • Working with food safety, quality assurance and other production managers to identify and implement food safety and quality improvements where needed as we scale
  • Always taking a hands on approach and helping to problem solve on the spot ensuring that food safety, quality and consistency are paramount
  • Daily updating of operations dashboard to track the production process and set goals
  • Communicating production schedules 
  • Helping to assist the inventory process that happens weekly ensuring all counts are accurate and precise
  • Providing a great environment for people to learn and work in 
  • Leading by example, walking the walk, talking the talk and being a great person to work with


We’d love for you to…


  • Ability to lead teams and handle shifting priorities throughout your work shift
  • Experience with fresh food packaging and in cold working environments, preferred 
  • Have basic math skills and ability to understand inventory and waste management systems
  • Experience with USDA, FDA, SQF, and GMP
  • Have 1+ years of experience leading teams in great food manufacturing facilities or high volume kitchens
  • Be self-motivated and work well without close supervision
  • Possess excellent coaching, training, communication and planning skills 
  • Be self-motivated and work well without close supervision
  • Have a leadership ability to organize and run a team of 10+ people


Work Environment

  • Work environment involves moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving machines and forklifts in production facility
  • Protective clothing or gear such as goggles, gloves and slip resistant shoes and other PPE may be required
  • Work will be performed in a cold environment (34-42 degrees) for extended periods of time, must be able to work in a cold environment with required appropriate clothing


Physical Demands

  • Work requires some physical strain such as long continuous periods of standing and walking in a production facility
  • Must be able to push, carry, lift and/or pull 50lbs or more
  • Other physical demands may include climbing, crouching and/or reaching