Plant Manager

Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Date Posted: 10-09-2017
 Plant Manager
This position will serve as the driving force in daily manufacturing activity including instruction, as needed, to indirect groups providing clear direction and achieving efficient operations.
Essential Functions
The Plant Manager will lead the manufacturing operations for the facility in providing quality products at or below budgeted cost and delivering balanced results in safety, people, profitability, quality, service and speed to market. The position will also be responsible for managing overall capacity utilization, ensuring plant operations are in compliance with regulatory and company quality attributes and the facility exceeds safety standards.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • By example practice a high on-floor presence especially start-ups, line struggles, project work and first production tests/runs.
  • Plan, organize and direct the manufacturing operations to ensure the plant meets the daily production schedule while insuring product standards meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.
  • Improve production quality, throughput, delivery performance, predictability and profitability through effective planning, metrics and training. Establish and communicate clear metrics and targets to measure improvement.
  • Initiate tools and processes to minimize manufacturing costs and improve productivity through effective utilization of manpower, availability of equipment and materials and capital spending
  • Develop and execute overall plant manufacturing strategies:
    • Participate in planning, development, implementation & evaluation of strategic business and performance goals and objectives.
    • Include training, key operator skills assessment, bench strength and performance monitoring to sustain efficient operations.
    • Focus on standardized work and other lean manufacturing practices such as 5S Visual Communication.
  • Develop and deliver labor and VOH budget:
    • Manage budget and cost controls considering changes in demand (volume), business seasonality and required service levels.
    • Identify manufacturing cost drivers and proactively adjust manpower and department expenses to achieve budget commitments.
    • Daily focus on yields particularly emphasizing meats, cheese and WIP with both superintendents by line. Report weekly actions/results focused on overall reduction and disposals.
  • Developing leaders: Establish an internal development program for Line Leads, Supervisors, and process control. All crews to have a succession of leaders in development providing a balance of internal and external recruitments/promotions.
  • Establish group and individual accountabilities across the manufacturing operations for problem solving and cost reduction. Develop and implement new techniques that focus on fact based problem solving.
  • Ensure plants meet OSHA requirements and continually improve safety record by addressing both physical safety issues as well as employee safety attitudes. Maintain and improve housekeeping in all areas.
  • Ensure compliance with all food regulatory requirements, and ensure adherence to food safety and GMP's.
  • Maintain superior scores on all SQF of other third party audits (customer driven).
  • Ensure all products meet product specifications and consumer / customer complaints are fully addressed.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
The continued growth of our business requires a dedicated and proven leader able to work closely with all business functions. Ability to build, transform and lead a successful team and provide clear direction and instruction is essential.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with management, employees, suppliers and customers.
  • Possess team-building skills; the ability to gain consensus and deliver results with and through people.
  • Strong leadership skills, independent thinking, strong organizational and planning abilities and excellent analytical, problem solving and decision making skills are essential.
  • Acts with high integrity and honesty in good times and bad.
  • Laser focus on execution (end to end) applying relentless rigor.
  • Experience in strategic planning as well as tactical execution.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to deliver define objectives on time, with budget commitment and on target.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Operations Management, Engineering or related field.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years manufacturing experience.
  • Proficient understanding of financial and budget management with experience in managing functional areas and scope of business of at least $200 million in material spending.
  • Good working knowledge and experience using Six Sigma & Lean Manufacturing techniques a plus.
  • Ability to perform monthly/quarterly operations, financial and vendor business reviews.
  • Develop strategies and budgets for the annual operations plan.
  • Master Degree in Business (MBA).
  • Food Manufacturing Experience.
  • Prior plant management experience.
Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

We offer a great opportunity with a comprehensive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, short-term disability, 401K with company match, and vacation
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