Utah State University

Aggie Chocolate Factory Production Manager

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 6 months ago(4/8/2022 10:02 AM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Nutrition Dietetics & Food Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The primary mission of the Aggie Chocolate Factory (ACF) is to support learning, research, and outreach activities related to cacao and chocolate production.


The ACF Production Manager (ACFPM) supports the primary mission of the ACF and is responsible for managing the production of the ACF including daily operations, production management, and staffing. The ACFPM (Manager I) ensures the smooth and efficient functioning of the ACF and the safe use and maintenance of equipment and facilities. The ACF provides facilities for students to learn and experience production operations in a bean-to-bar factory. It is also important for the ACFPM to provide a work environment where employees can learn and practice a range of skills that will be of benefit in their future activities and careers. Similar to a production manager at a small aggressive start-up business the ACFPM is expected to perform many different tasks with an enthusiastic entrepreneurial flare. The ACFPM will report directly to the ACF General Manager.



  • Oversee daily production.
  • Minimize cost of goods (materials, direct labor, factory overhead).
  • Estimate and report cost of goods.
  • Manage inventory of materials and finished product.
  • Perform routine and preventive maintenance and repair on laboratory equipment; ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment, materials, and supplies; performs periodic safety checks.
  • Document business processes as necessary.
  • Document all recipes.
  • Resolve problems and issues as they arise.
  • Be responsible for the training and enforcement of safety and security standards.
  • Ensure ACF employees understand and follow safety procedures and standards.
  • May conduct training workshops on new technology specific to the lab.
  • Investigate emerging technologies and make recommendations in support of teaching and learning initiatives; keep abreast of technical developments in the field as they relate to the curriculum, technical processes, and materials and equipment including computer hardware and software.
  • Supervise student and/or part-time employees, which includes work allocation, training, and problem resolution; evaluate performance and make recommendations for personnel actions.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Teaching and mentoring

  • Oversee educational and research activities such as teaching of the labs for the chocolate class, short courses, tours, and any research opportunities that may arise.
  • Develop and conduct orientation for students and faculty on the proper use of equipment, materials, and supplies.

Food Safety

  • Lead the ACFs effort to develop its HACCP plan
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a HACCP system
  • Maintain and monitor HACCP system in order to drive continuous improvements in food safety and quality.


  • Research and recommend purchases; locate parts, supplies, and research materials for the maintenance of the facility and for students and faculty using the facility.
  • Purchase materials, supplies, and equipment.


  • Ensure high standards of product quality and service are maintained.
  • Ensure ACF complies with government regulations.

Product development

  • Manage and perform product development activities as needed.
  • Estimate and report a) cost of goods and b) sales target forecast for new products.

Disaster recovery

  • Maintain a disaster recovery plan which can be implemented ensuring continuity of ACF operations as a learning and production facility.

Human resources

  • Assist in hiring new factory production employees.
  • Train and mentor employees.
  • Maintain a work schedule that will ensure the ACF operates efficiently.

Documentation and reporting

  • Maintain inventories.
  • Provide cost analysis of products.
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures for all production processes.
  • Maintain weekly production reports.


  • The ACFPM will obtain approval from the ACF General Manager and ACF Director for all significant purchases and business decisions and on a regular basis provide status reports to the ACF Director.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering or a related field plus one year of related experience.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control for food manufacturing.
  • Knowledge of HACCP

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an industrial food manufacturing business.
  • Experience in chocolate production.
  • Graduate degree in food science or related discipline
  • Expert knowledge of food pathogens and mitigation strategies

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*Updated 08/2022


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