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Production Manager

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Production Manager
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                                            Production Manager

We are working with a rapidly growing food manufacturer that is focused on continuous improvement and uncompromising quality! Located in the Seattle metropolitan area, we are seeking a highly talented Production Manager that will thrive in a fast-paced environment and can multitask a variety of challenging projects. This individual will report to the Plant Manager and will oversee production departments while collaborating with Quality Assurance, Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Warehouse, Special Projects, and Plant Maintenance.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Work aggressively and cooperatively with Quality Assurance, Plant Maintenance, Special Projects, Safety & Regulatory Affairs and Human Resources staff to ensure goals and objectives for the facility are accomplished:
  • Maximizes yields (product to raw material/ingredient ratios)
  • Minimizes off-specification product
  • Maximizes throughput (gallons/pounds per cycle)
  • Ensure safe work performance standards
  • Demonstrate excellent diplomacy and prompt intervention tactics in handling potentially disruptive personnel issues
  • Prepare and conduct team meetings to ensure proper communications and updates
  • Serve as the Subject Matter Expert in the arenas related to the production process and its associated equipment
  • Guide, and provide momentum, for the operations teams during periods of downtime
  • Through support and coordination ensure training and development of all plant production personnel
  • Assess, identify, and report on plant operations and the fiscal impact on those operations of upsets, downtime, and continuous improvement initiatives
  • Predictively, creatively, and decisively address production issues to guaranty swift resolution and minimal system or process upset
  • Identify potential in, sponsor, mentor, and ensure the development of supervisor subordinates
  • Ensure effective employee communication, training, and compliance on quality programs, policies, and standards.
  • Take action to address quality issues and the root cause
  • Review and analyze the production, quality control, maintenance, and operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications and operating or production problems
  • Partner with continuous improvement leaders to implement Lean principles and practices
  • Provide leadership, coaching, and mentoring to build an engaged and effective team
  • Establish goals, communicate expectations and build a culture of accountability, commitment, and empowerment

Required Skills/Qualifications:  
  • Bachelors of Science in Food Science, Engineering, Business or related field preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in dairy, food processing or similar facility
  • Knowledge of HACCP, GMPs, OSHA, and Department of Labor operational standards
  • Ability to analytically and systemically troubleshoot manufacturing processes and issues; the ideal candidate will have a strong background in mechanical applications in food and/or dairy processing
  • Fluent in Continuous Improvement Processes such as Root Cause Analysis, Statistical Process applications, and Standardized Procedural Development; ability to identify, assess, and develop department and process improvement projects and present financial justification
  • Demonstrates flexibility in moving from operational to financial disciplines
  • Ability to apply GMP procedures and practices to the system and ensure conformance
  • Ability to perform daily checks and reports to ensure quality and production goals are met
  • Computer literate in PC based applications in including Microsoft Office Suite, 11i, Oracle, EAM, and familiarity with PLC-based process controls
  • Ability and experience working with groups of individuals with varying levels of education, expertise, and backgrounds
  • Ability to achieve results through management and direction of others
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be self-motivated and require minimal oversight or supervision

Please apply if you are interested in a career with this exciting, rapidly growing company!

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