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Join The Kern’s Kitchen Team: Production Leader Wanted 


Job Title: Production Leader 

Reports to: Business Owner 

Pay Range: 50-60k 


About Us: 

Kern’s Kitchen is a small, family owned and operated food manufacturing facility known best for producing Derby-Pie® chocolate nut pie. We carry a 60+ year tradition and pride ourselves on our standards: quality, efficiency and cleanliness. Located near Jeffersontown in Louisville, Kentucky, we conduct all operations within a 10,000 square foot temperature-controlled facility producing in excess of 100,000 pies annually. We are veteran friendly. This very special position will be privy to the secret recipe and charged with maintaining that secrecy and quality. 

Position Overview: 

We are seeking an individual who will lead our production team. This is a working leader position that will be responsible for all operations within our facility while fostering a positive work atmosphere among team members.

As the Production Leader, you will play a crucial role in leading our baking operations. You'll be responsible for executing and overseeing the entire baking process, ensuring the timely production of high-quality products, and maintaining a hygienic and efficient environment. Collaboration with various team members, quality control, and inventory management, is essential to achieving optimal production outcomes and upholding our reputation for quality products. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and execute production plans for Kern’s Kitchen 

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of all facets of the business, including Food Safety, HACCP, retail, wholesale, and shipping operations 

  • Supervise and schedule staff, provide training, set performance goals, and conduct regular performance evaluations 

  • Monitor and maintain equipment, ensuring proper functioning and coordinating repairs or maintenance as needed 

  • Oversee the baking process, ensuring adherence to recipes, quality standards, GMP’s and consistent product presentation 

  • Manage inventory, ensuring timely availability of ingredients and supplies while monitoring costs and maintaining budgets 

  • Identify areas for improvement and implement corrective actions 

  • Optimize production processes to increase efficiency, minimize waste, and improve overall productivity 

  • Ensure compliance with food safety and hygiene regulations, maintaining a clean and organized bakery environment 

  • Promote team development as needed 

  • Work closely with teams to maintain product quality standards and address any product-related issues promptly 

  • Coordinate between teams for maximum production capabilities 

  • Provide regular updates to senior management on products and performance

  • Foster a positive culture within the bakery teams and optimize team-building skills 


  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills 

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, Food Science, or a related field (or equivalent work experience) 

  • Proven experience as a Production Leader/Manager or in a similar leadership role within a food service environment 

  • Thorough understanding of production processes, techniques, and quality control practices

  • Excellent leadership and communication abilities, capable of motivating and guiding staff 

Application Process: 

We appreciate all applications, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Job Type: 



Management: 1 year (Required or Similar experience) 

How To Apply: 

Serious inquiries please contact Alan Rupp for further information. 

Alan Rupp 


Work Location: 

In-person (Located in Louisville KY) 

Join us in creating delicious moments and contributing to Kern's Kitchen's legacy of excellence. If you are a passionate Production Leader ready to take on this exciting challenge, we invite you to apply and be a part of our team!

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