Sanitation Team Leader, PM, Bakery – Lakeland

Location: Lakeland, FL between Orlando and Tampa
Job ID: 26078BR
Department: LAK Bakery
Date Posted: Sep 21, 2023

$48 - 67k


As a Sanitation Team Leader for the Publix Bakery Plant, you’ll oversee a team and ensure the sanitation of equipment that produces the bakery products that our customers know and love! In addition, you will oversee the disassembly and reassembly of equipment, ensure a clean work environment by utilizing industrial strength chemicals and collaborate cross functionally with production and quality assurance for product line changeovers. Our Bakery Plant produces award-winning products such as breads, rolls, cookies, pies, cakes, muffins, danish, dry mixes, fillings, icings, and glazes. Without our Sanitation Team Leaders, the Publix Bakery Plant simply couldn’t produce high quality products needed to serve our customers.

  • Performing tasks in the work area on a daily basis within the team including:
    • Being an on-the-floor work participant with associates
    • Covering for unplanned absences and vacations
    • Understanding and maintaining all department reports and procedures
    • Coordinating breaks and lunch schedules
    • Overseeing and understanding the maintenance of equipment, PM’s and work orders
    • Assisting managers with scheduling of associates
    • Understanding production and ability to execute department requirements
    • Maintaining Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
    • Promoting and enforcing quality and food safety standards
    • Being a role model for associates
    • Planning and conducting job skill training for all associates including writing Skill Breakdown Sheets (SBSs) and conducting Job Instruction Training (JIT)
    • Leading and driving improvement of plant operations
    • Analyzing and understanding KPI’s and data
    • Performing the day to day tasks and responsibilities of the Department Manager/Assistant Department Manager in their absence, such as production scheduling and planning
    • And other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma or its equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be able to learn and perform all positions in the department
  • Must be able to understand plant policies, practices, procedures, and requirements
  • Must be able to plan, organize and follow-through on assignments
  • Must be able to obtain a forklift license and operate a forklift
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 50 pounds
  • Must be willing to travel to any specialized training
  • Must have a high level of maturity, discretion, tact and judgment
  • Must have good computer and software skills, including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word
  • Must have thorough knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) program
  • Must be able to use industrial strength chemicals
  • Must have basic mechanical skills
  • Must be able to climb ladders
  • Must demonstrate excellent work habits in line with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
  • Must demonstrate safe working habits
  • Must demonstrate leadership skills
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have good human relations skills (the ability to work well with others and be a team player)
  • Must be able to work any shift, nights, weekends, holidays, and extended hours
  • Must have excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Must be willing to assist other team members in other areas
  • Must be able to work efficiently with little or no supervision
  • Must be able to follow detailed written and verbal instructions
  • Must possess basic math skills
  • Must be able to communicate effectively
  • Must show enthusiasm, initiative, and pride in work and
  • A commitment to Publix and our mission.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some college coursework in Business, Engineering, and/or Food Science
  • Department experience related to this position


  • Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost
  • An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Group health plan (with prescription benefits)
  • Group dental plan
  • Group vision plan
  • Sick pay
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Company-paid life insurance (with accidental death & dismemberment benefits)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vacation pay
  • Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
  • Paycheck direct deposit
  • Credit union
  • Access to over 50 discount offers including discounts on computer, vehicle and wireless purchases
  • 6 paid holidays (associates can exchange the following holidays with their manager’s approval: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day).

Additional Information

Your application may have additional steps that you will need to complete in order to remain eligible for consideration. Please be sure to monitor your email, including your spam folder, on a daily basis for critical, time-sensitive emails that could require action within 24-48 hours.

Please do not use your Publix email address when applying. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation email.

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