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Position Title: Production Management Trainee (PMT)

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Rice Lake On-Site

Grade: 00 

Requisition ID: 22009 

About McCain:

McCain Foods is proud to be a family and values-driven company. Our values are integral to our culture, helping to shape how we operate, how we work together and the choices we make. They are a big part of what makes us unique. McCain Foods opened their first production facility in their hometown of Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada. McCain Foods quickly established itself within the Canadian marketplace and then began a journey to become the world's largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties.


McCain products can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers around the world. In addition to fries, McCain also produces other foods, including appetizers, oven meals, vegetables and juice for both the retail and foodservice industries.


Why You Should Join Our Rice Lake Team:

McCain Food’s facility in Rice Lake, WI is a state-of-the-art food processing plant, employing approximately 275 employees. This site specializes in the production of onion rings. Fun Fact: The Red Robin tower of rings is made right here in Rice Lake, WI.


McCain offers full benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance

In addition, we offer other benefits including:

  • 20 Paid time off days
  • 401k – up to 6% matching
  • Health Spending Account/ HRA & Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Adoption & Infertility Assistance, Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • Education Reimbursement Assistance
  • Apprenticeship, Internship, & Coop support and opportunities


Sustainability and Planet Friendly Practices are at the heart of McCain:

We’ve embarked upon a journey to create planet-friendly food. We are committed to investing in resource-efficient operations in factories and farms.

  • We are moving to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
  • Donating 200 million meals to food banks and NGO worldwide by 2025.
  • Implementing regenerative agricultural practices across 100% of our potato acreage by 2030.
Job Summary

The Production Management Trainee (PMT) position provides high potential, talented university graduates with an opportunity to join the McCain Team and establish a strong foundation in understanding the business with the purpose of developing into future leaders of McCain Foods. 


PMT trainees will participate in a two-year Manufacturing Management development program, whereby a trainee will complete formal, self-guided, and applied learning experiences by partnering with senior, skilled subject matter experts in our manufacturing operations and plant teams. PMT trainees are provided cross-functional experience from “field to fork” within the product life cycle to learn all aspects of the manufacturing process


Essential Duties include the following: 
  • Observe experienced staff and gain knowledge about process, procedures, methods and standards that are required for performing a supervisory role within each of the program focus areas.
  • Complete the structured progression plan and required assignments including on-the-job training, mentorship, self-guided learning, training courses and applied learning experiences through rotational assignments within the manufacturing process.
  • Organize and lead work teams within assigned focus areas including scheduling, safety, daily operations, and performance management. Duties include decision-making, leadership, and administrative components of the roles assigned.
  • Assuming a front-line supervisory role, complete assignments in each of the program focus areas (i.e. receiving, processing, packaging, quality, etc.).
  • Develop talent and conduct on-the-job training with new employees ensuring they receive proper training in their positions.
  • Proactively foster and promote the safe work habits of employees ensuring proper safety policies and procedures are followed. Actively participate in health and safety initiatives, taking a lead role in the drive towards zero incidents through safety optimization.
  • Build experiences and projects to enhance learning and knowledge transfer.
  • Follow the job description for the particular assignment within the rotation (i.e. Supervisor).
  • Additional duties/projects as assigned.


Job Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Sound fact based decision making and problem solving ability with a focus on delivering results
  • Project Management discipline and principles as demonstrated in leading successful project initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sound pragmatic solutions in resolving day to day operational challenges with people
  • Clear understanding of manufacturing business process in a lean manufacturing environment
  • Understanding of statistical process control and data management
  • Working experience leading and training others
  • Experience in process design and productivity improvements
  • Demonstrated experience leading and influencing others
  • Understanding of lean principles and methodologies
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to work rotating shifts as required to operate production facilities and meet customer demands
  • Fact based decision making and problem resolution skills
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and lead projects/work teams
  • Communicate relentlessly
  • Strong organizational, written/oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Strong multi-cultural empathy and ability to work with diverse cultures, levels
  • Ability to earn the respect, acceptance and trust of peers, subordinates and superiors
  • Team player who is a champion of change
  • Ability to travel and willingness to be globally mobile           


Education and/or Experience

A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in the fields of Engineering, Food Sciences, Business, Supply Chain Management or related field.


Location and Travel:
  • This role is primarily located in the Rice Lake, Wisconsin production environment, but may be required to travel globally contingent on location of subject matter expertise of the rotational assignments.
  • There is a requirement to work from a McCain office or facility location and may travel as business needs require (the mission of the organization may sometimes take them to non-standard workplaces). 
  • May work a standard workweek, but additionally may be required to work evenings and/or weekends to accommodate deadlines, unplanned requirements, and/or production shift schedules as requested. 
  • Must be willing to relocate to other manufacturing operations within the McCain network for future career opportunities. Candidates with demonstrated leadership experience and/or experience in food and beverage manufacturing may be given preference.


The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by science, and in line with our culture and values, we believe that being vaccinated is the most effective way to protect each other, our families, our customers, and our communities.  It is therefore a requirement that the successful candidate for this role be fully vaccinated and have completed the mandatory incubation period prior to the candidate’s start date with McCain, subject to reasonable accommodations if you are unable to be vaccinated for protected grounds under applicable human rights legislation (e.g. medical or religious reasons).


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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Job Family: Manufacturing      
Division: NA Appetizer Manufacturing 
Department: ​Rice Lake Production ​
Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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