Learning and Development Manager - Blue Diamond Growers - Sacramento, CA

18 Dec 2014 10:43 PM | Anonymous

Learning and Development Manager - Sacramento, CA

Blue Diamond Growers continues to grow and transform!  To sustain our success we must build and leverage a robust learning and development platform at all levels of the enterprise:  from frontline to executive.  As such, we have a need for an exceptional Learning & Development professional.

The Learning & Development Manager will partner with business units, diagnose performance issues and learning needs, identify appropriate training-based solutions, and develop learning frameworks to facilitate achievement of the individual business unit’s goals.  The L&D Manager is responsible for selecting and utilizing appropriate training solutions, delivery methods, and facilitation skills to deliver structured as well as just-in-time training programs.  This is a hands-on, individual contributor role; as such, the L&D Manager will perform the full range of responsibilities for an L&D function from strategy development to program management to course administration and reporting.

The L&D Manager is a newly created role reporting to the Head of Human Resources.  Initial objectives will focus on:

  • Learning Blue Diamond’s business and building relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Fully transitioning to Blue Diamond ownership of recently deployed SAP training; ensuring all training is current and sustainable.
  • Completing a needs analysis for improving frontline leader capability, gaining alignment on an appropriate learning solution, and developing and implementing the solution.
  • Identifying and prioritizing frontline technical training needs.


  • Evaluate business units’ overall learning requirements based on understanding of business objectives, desired results, and constraints; align learning solutions accordingly.  I.e., conduct skills / knowledge assessments across business units to identify specific training needs.
  • Identify and prioritize learning needs of specific employee segments and recommend training solutions to enhance performance.
  • Design and implement highly effective, results-driven learning / training strategies and solutions using industry standard testing methods, needs analysis, and methods of designing training programs; deliver learning programs when appropriate; manage programs to ensure standards and continuously improve.
  • Investigate available training methods and procedures to determine the most effective manner by which to meet specific learning needs; recommend and develop solutions.
  • Partner with HR and business leaders to support development needs.
  • Assess, recommend, and build training infrastructure to support business directed learning / training; indirectly manage the trainer network to ensure standards and sustain programs and processes.
  • Assess learning program participants for knowledge and behaviors learned; develop metrics to assess the effectiveness and ROI of learning programs.  Develop and produce applicable training reports.
  • Partner with business units and HR functions to ensure consistency of training policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate with business units, HR team, and external training vendors to schedule training / educational sessions; manage training program execution.



The Successful candidate for the Learning & Development Manager role will have demonstrated ability to:

  • Develop a holistic view of performance problems, identify root causes, and suggest training-based solutions.
  • Consult with clients to determine the client’s need, perceived roadblocks, business unit culture, and work environment issues.
  • Collaborate including the ability to integrate and act upon the diverse perspectives of business unit managers, instructional designers, corporate HR and external vendors.
  • Apply adult learning theory to classroom facilitation and program development.
  • Facilitate training sessions that guide participants toward achieving the desired learning outcomes.
  • Work autonomously within teams and as a liaison to internal and external clients.
  • Communicate effectively to all levels.
  • Manage and continuously improve curricula.
  • Lead and manage course and curricula development projects.
  • Coordinate learning and development activities throughout the organization; perform training administrative tasks in a Learning Management System (LMS) or training registration system.

The successful candidate will also possess:

  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of progressive experience as a learning & development practitioner with at least two (2) years in a manufacturing environment preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Business, or related field.
  • Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) or Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) Certification strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of training and organizational development theories, instructional design models, such as ADDIE, and e-learning standards (e.g. SCORM and AICC).
  • Project management skills and ability to facilitate organizing and managing multiple priorities and/or projects.
  • Willingness and ability to travel between BDG’s three (3) manufacturing locations as required by projects and/or training delivery; willingness and ability to periodically work on any of three (3) shifts.


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