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Overview The Panera Bread Legacy began in 1981 as Au Bon Pain Co., Inc. founded by Ron Shaich and Louis Kane, the company prospered along the east coast of the United States and internationally throughout the 1980s and 1990’s. In 1993, Au Bon Pain Co., Inc. purchased Saint Louis Bread Co., a chain of 20 bakery-cafes located in the St. Louis area. Managing a comprehensive re-staging of Saint Louis Bread Co. average unit volumes increased by 75% in just four years. The emerging company began to introduce the Panera Bread brand name outside of the St. Louis area. By 1997, it was clear that Panera Bread had the potential to become one of the leading brands in the nation. In 1999, all of Au Bon Pain Co., Inc.'s business units were sold to focus on growing the Panera Bread brands and achieving that goal. Today, there are over 1100 Panera Bread bakery-cafes throughout the US, delivering fresh, artisan bread on a national scale. With its comfortable, conversational surroundings, free Wi-Fi, and quality ingredients, it’s easy to see why Panera Bread is consistently ranked as America’s favorite quick-casual chain.

At Panera Bread, We Care

  • We Care About Your Future
    Our continued success has created excellent career opportunities and secured individuals’ futures for over 25 years.
  • We Care About Family
    Our compensation & benefit programs are more than just rewards, they’re thanks for all you do as part of our family.
  • We Care About All Individuals
    Our dedication to inclusion in our bakery-cafes, where differences are respected and valued, carries through to our external partnerships as well.
  • We Care About Success
    Our company has demonstrated consistent market leadership and has redefined success in our industry.
  • We Care About Community
    Our commitment to improving the lives of all individuals has lead us to develop give-back programs that help individuals get ahead. Operation Dough-Nation® is a program that ensures that every purchase made at Panera Bread feeds back into the community. We are also proud to participate in the Scrip Fundraising program, helping non-profit organizations raise money by selling our Panera Card gift cards and keeping a percentage of the sales.

    The Pull of Panera Bread:
    When you join Panera Bread, you will be a part of a family. You will also enjoy a great quality of life, including:
  • Grease-free environment
  • No late nights
  • No alcohol service

  • Wouldn’t you like to join a company where over 90% of our retail management associates are "highly satisfied" with their careers? (Panera Bread Retail Satisfaction Survey)

    Our Roles
    We offer unlimited career opportunities. You can truly control your future at Panera Bread.

    Retail Opportunities:
  • Bakers
  • Bakery Market Managers
  • Catering Coordinators
  • District Catering Sales Coordinators
  • Hourly Associates
  • Shift Supervisors
  • Assistant Managers
  • General Managers
  • District Managers
  • Joint Venture Programs (in designated markets)

    Corporate Opportunities: St. Louis, MO & Needham, MA
    Our support center opportunities encompass a variety of areas and departments. Departments include:
  • HR
  • Development
  • Supply Chain
  • Legal
  • Training
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • IT
  • Marketing

    Fresh Dough Facility Opportunities:
  • Production Managers, Supervisors, Planners & Associates
  • Distribution Managers, Supervisors & Coordinators
  • Office Coordinators
  • Maintenance Mechanics
  • Drivers
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