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Plant Manager

Posted Date: 11/20/2017
Salary Range: $110-120,000 + bonus + relocation assistance
Job Code: 2243
Location: Northeast


Responsible for leading various teams in production efforts in addition to performing the duties as needed to efficiently facilitate plant operations. Ensure that the plant products manufactured conform to company-defined product quality standards, as well as Federal, State and local standards of product identity, safety and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).


  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the plant; coordinate and direct plant operations in the achievement of production, cost, quality, and safety objectives.  
  • Ensure appropriate volume of production and raw inventories for each product produced to maximize machine efficiencies and minimize down time and stock outs.        
  • Manage plant budget and expenses to fall within, or better than plan. Manage all plant variances to meet or exceed plan including, but not limited to; headcount, overtime and spending.        
  • Ensure that the quality of products produced at the facility is consistent with intended design and desired image.
  • Coordinate with Plant Production Scheduler, Warehouse Management and Supply Management to ensure needed dry goods are on-hand as required. 
  • Establish and administer mechanisms for being alerted when suppliers are going to be late for delivery or cut items on a delivery. Take action to minimize impact on production schedules and alert appropriate sales and logistics personnel.    
  • Provide planning assistance with physical inventories and provide staffing to perform these activities; ensure accuracy of all inventories at all times.         
  • Ensure reporting mechanism regarding KPI are in-place and functioning; ensure monthly reporting of critical KPI to company leadership and plant staff.  
  • Monitor intake procedures of raw dairy products to assure quality standards are met and production shortages are avoided.          
  • Contributes to the development of budgets and cost controls. Ensure direct reports analyze, budget, and control spending for their respective line accounts.  
  • Facilitate the development of strategies and corrective actions to resolve quality issues as necessary.   
  • Implements and maintains manufacturing policies, procedures, and production control programs.           
  • Must ensure full compliance with all quality assurance standards.  
  • Provide for the development, prioritization and execution of capital improvement projects within the facility.           
  • Provide leadership for effective employee relations through positive communication, coaching, training, problem resolution/corrective actions, and floor time; work cooperatively with Human Resources.           
  • Coordinate production activities with purchasing, sales, warehousing, distribution, maintenance and quality control activities to obtain optimum production and utilization of staff and equipment.       
  • Provide for the personal and professional growth of team through coaching, feedback and opportunity.  
  • Foster participation of the workforce to enhance awareness and cooperation.       
  • Insure compliance with company policies and all government regulations; Insure compliance and enforcement of all work rules and regulations to plant operations and all applicable employees   
  • Ensures proper GMP and sanitation procedures are followed plant-wide in collaboration with the quality unit.           
  • Communicate with Human Resource Department on needs of the facility. 
  • Rigorously assess your leadership and technical team in terms of values, adherence to SOPs/GMPs, and actual results. 
  • Foster an “open door” policy for all employees to maintain an open line of communication between direct reports and management staff.         
  • Promote and provide excellent customer service with all customers.          
  • Promote a safe and harmonious work environment and adherence to company policy and procedures.
  • Maintain compliance with S.Q.F. certification.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance to all OSHA, NYSA&M, PMO, FDA, SQF and EEOC requirements.     


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of principles, methods and problems of operating business functions
  • Knowledge to implement and support various change management activities needed to improve the organizations effectiveness
  • Advanced knowledge of general computer functions such as Microsoft Office programs, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Advanced knowledge of OSHA, PMO, ESPH, SQF, and FDA requirements
  • Knowledge and technical understanding of production equipment
  • Skill in defining objectives and strategies to meet customer requirement and organizational goals/objectives
  • Skill in analytical thinking
  • Skill to actively seek out and identify opportunities
  • Skill in multi-tasking
  • Skill with basic math procedures
  • Skill in team-building
  • Skill in interpersonal and communication
  • Skill in planning to coordinate how production inputs equates to outputs
  • Ability to provide motivational support to recognize and reward people for their achievements
  • Ability to identify what needs to be done and take action before being asked
  • Ability to trust, develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support
  • Ability to supervise and lead by example
  • Ability to communicate with coworkers, management team members, and other individuals in a courteous and professional manner
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and coordinate various activities simultaneously
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks


  • BA/BS in Business Administration or related field, with an MBA preferred
  • Minimum 5-7 years in the role of Managing a Production facility
  • Related experience in the dairy food industry
  • Certifications to include but not limited to CPT, HACCP, OSHA 10-hour, First Aid, CPR and AED




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