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Plant Manager

Gateway Recruiting, INC. Kingsport, TN

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description
Position Summary:

Reporting directly to the Senior US operation manager, the Plant Manager’s primary responsibilities include the daily management and coordination of plant operations while ensuring profitability of operations and compliance with all labor, safety, environmental and corporate policies, and regulations. More specifically and in collaboration with their management team, this position oversees all activities related to operations, namely: production, maintenance, sanitation, receiving, and shipping. This key role provides leadership to his/her facility and ensures efficient communications between all departments under his/her responsibility, quality control, other plants when needed, and corporate as well.


Strategic component:

  • With the Senior Operation manager, develop and execute process annual plans, and budgets based on company goals and objectives.
  • Develops policy, directs, and coordinates safety activities in relation to the company corporate standards and OSHA compliance.
  • Recommend and implement continuous improvement initiatives in order to increase quality, efficiency, and safety.
  • Support and enforce all company policies and procedures that relate to the Plant Manager’s areas of authority.
  • Analyzes and controls plant expenditures to ensure conformity and budgetary requirements.
  • Works with Plant Supervisor in planning, budgeting, organizing resources, executing work plans, monitors production and quality, coordinates priorities, resolves issues, and participates in special projects and work schedules.
  • Ensure site compliance to all labor, safety, and environmental regulations.
  • Prepare management reporting as required.
  • Manage all production activities to ensure product quality, cost-effectiveness, and proper execution of duties.
  • Recommend measures for continuous improvement in order to increase quality, efficiency, and safety.
  • Communicate with research and development as well as product management personnel to develop new product strategies.

Operational component:

  • Ensure that Health and Safety requirements are being met by supporting and participating in regular Health & Safety meetings.
  • Plans, organizes, implements, and monitors work schedules/external suppliers consistent with the normal needs of the plant and special projects.
  • Lead plant production and maintenance personnel in day-to-day activities to ensure the safe and efficient maintenance of equipment and facilities.
  • Ensure production schedules are met in a timely, efficient, and safe manner.
  • Review established production schedules for all manufacturing departments to insure established inventory levels are met while operating at the highest efficiency possible.
  • Monitor and minimize plant losses.
  • Analyze problems in the production chain, identify their root cause, and establish procedures to reduce or eliminate them.
  • Ensure effective preventive maintenance and repair of all material handling systems and equipment to minimize downtime.
  • Provide support to internal and external audits.
  • Ensure that Health and Safety requirements are being met by supporting and participating in regular Health & Safety meetings.

Team management component:

  • Hire, direct, coach, and mentor staff to ensure performance targets are being met.
  • Ensure all staff reports are suitably trained/qualified/licensed for the various tasks and jobs they must complete.
  • Provide management of employees directly or through supervisors and managers.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business/Finance/Management/Operations or another related field is required.
  • Preferred qualifications: Master’s degree, Six Sigma, Green Belt or Black Belt certification.
  • Seven (7) to twelve (12) years of experience in the food industry in similar functions is required.
  • Knowledge of Good Management Practices (GMP) and experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
  • Previous experience/strong understanding of budgeting/expense management with a basic understanding of financial and accounting practices.
  • Previous experience/best practices implementing and using continuous improvement/lean tools such as Six Sigma, 5-S, Lean Manufacturing, etc. to drive improvement.
  • Previous experience/broad understanding of safety systems and enforcement of safety rules and policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate people, assess and develop employee skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, with the ability to balance production and maintenance needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and listening ability.
  • A strong ability to be adaptable and flexible.
  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work with teams and lead decision-making processes in a team environment.
  • Highly motivated, results-oriented, driven.
  • Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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