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Plant Manager

Job Title
Plant Manager
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Plant/Production Manager

We are working with a plant-based food manufacturer outside of Omaha, Nebraska that is looking for a strong manufacturing leader. This role is with a company that has grown a great deal and recently moved from using co-packers to manufacturing their own delicious plant-based products. The Plant Manager is responsible for operational objectives, driving company culture and maintaining a world class operation. Please apply if interested!


Duties & Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Manage and evaluate the production resources to ensure high quality productivity with minimal down time.
  • Plan, implement and control and the production schedule and make revisions and adjustments as necessary.
  • Manages a continuous improvement system that engages employees in systematic, data-based improvement activities and succession planning.
  • Assures and supports employee safety, food safety and product quality initiatives for the ongoing production of safe and defect-free products
  • Drives continuous improvement activities to achieve world class manufacturing excellence by leading, modeling, and embedding into the culture an innovative, “can do”, and LEAN approach.
  • Recommends and implements changes in methods, equipment, systems, and organization as needed to assure that the objectives of the plant are achieved.
  • Prepares an Operational Plan for the plant and its operations.
  • Prepares an annual Operating Expense Budget and monthly forecast for and tracks facility’s ongoing performance against the budget.
  • Prepares and manages a Capital Expenditure Budget for each Fiscal Year.
  • Establishes site goals and strategies; measures, controls, takes corrective action, and reports results as appropriate in all areas of responsibility.
  • Builds a best-in-class culture to become an employer of choice; focusing on innovation, high performance, accountability, autonomy, a make-it-happen mentality, and whole person health.
  • Supervises plant’s preparation for GFSI and other third-party audits.
  • Works closely with Quality to ensure the highest standards are maintained and that all relevant certifications (BRC, Kosher, Organic etc.) are in place and current
  • Assures the appropriate systems and resources exist to protect all factory employees and associated partners while safeguarding the environment.
  • Leads and develops plant team of 25+ to ensure they accomplish company objectives, do their best work; are treated well, and understand the value they create and their importance to the team.
  • Provides resources and training needed to execute the plant’s Operational Plan.
  • Assumes total responsibility and accountability for profitability of the facility.
  • Works directly with state, local, and national regulatory agencies, and the Quality Director, to ensure ongoing compliance with all regulatory requirements; serves on the recall team.
  • Maintains plant equipment, buildings, and structures to a high standard and ensures the maximum availability and efficient use of all production equipment and services.
  • Works with the CEO on Employment Law requirements and Labor Relations issues.
  • Performs other duties as required. This list of responsibilities and duties is not all inclusive and may change over time.




Required Skills/Qualifications (including but not limited to):

  • Five (5) years in a production management position in a high care manufacturing facility preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead people
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, quickly changing, and innovative environment
  • Bachelor degree in a relevant field would be advantageous.
  • Knowledge of quality systems and process improvement techniques
  • Demonstrated ability in the Microsoft suite
  • Supply chain and business financial reporting expertise
  • Strong knowledge of food safety, HACCP, BRC, Organic, and Kosher certification processes
  • Ability to effectively lead organization and personnel and utilize human assets in accomplishing bottom line focused objectives to improve operations and achieve and maintain customer satisfaction.
  • Ability to identify, assess, and develop business development / process improvement projects and appropriate financial justification.
  • Ability to develop personnel competencies and provide clear and concise understanding of objectives for the organization.
  • Capability to prepare subordinate/s for transition to position of Plant Manager or other higher-level position/s in the organization.
  • Ability to handle conflict and display excellent diplomacy skills in handling situations which can be disruptive to the organization’s business development.
  • Effective leadership with excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills.
  • Internal Drive – the desire for excellence
  • Service Orientation – actively looking for ways to help people and function as a team player
  • Accountability – the ability to follow through on an established obligation and a willingness to accept responsibility of the outcome
  • Active Learning – understanding the implications of new information for current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Have good attention to detail
  • Decisive decision maker
  • Strong at negotiation and conflict management
  • Initiative – the ability to originate new ideas or methods; to think and act without being urged
  • Integrity – the ability to adhere to moral and ethical principles
  • Professionalism – adherence to courtesy, honesty, and responsibility in one’s dealings with co-workers and customers
  • Communication – the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented in writing, through spoken words and sentences, and the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing and speaking so others will understand
  • Interpersonal - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do; being flexible; and, listening to others with full attention, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Problem Solving - Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management and Attendance - Managing one's own time and consistently reporting to work, meetings, or other scheduled events in a timely manner; and, notifying others appropriately of planned or unplanned absences and tardiness.





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