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Plant Manager

Avondale, LA
  • Expired: May 11, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

About Terviva Terviva is a food and agriculture company committed to transform the food and agriculture industry by making food production more accessible and equitable to farmers, and more sustainable for our communities and our planet. We do this by cultivating a non-GMO, sustainable tree crop called Pongamia that produces beans with dramatically higher yields than other oilseed crops. Through our R&D, we have developed proprietary bean processing technology that enables us to produce tasty and nourishing plant-based oil and protein food ingredients. Our Pongamia trees not only produce beans for sustainable food ingredients; they also restore farmland to productive use, thus helping farmers feed people while taking care of the planet. In alignment with our culture and values, we strive to develop a workplace where diversity and inclusion are an essential part of who we are. We do this by hiring and engaging diverse teammates from all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives because we believe our diversity makes us stronger and better while working together. Learn more at Overview Terviva is seeking an experienced, results-oriented manufacturing leader with strong leadership and safety experience and the proven ability to drive organizational achievement as our Plant Manager in the New Orleans area.

In addition to managing our plant in the New Orleans area, the Plant Manager will lead all Terviva manufacturing activities in North America. The position will require strong leadership and team building and development skills, as well as project management, communication, and presentation skills. The position will report directly to the VP of Products and Processing and will partner with the raw materials Supply Chain, R&D, Commercial, Quality, and Engineering teams to safely supply quality products to our Terviva customers.

The candidate must have a solid and demonstrable knowledge of manufacturing concepts in food ingredients, mainly in the vegetable oil industry. The ideal candidate will have a deep knowledge of production equipment for processing unit operations, in particular a deep expertise in vegetable oil processing. The candidate must also possess a good understanding of regulatory requirements of a food production facility as it relates to Process and Occupational Safety, Food Safety, and Good Manufacturing Practices.

The candidate should have demonstrable and verifiable experience in building a high performing manufacturing team. Job Responsibilities Lead the daily operations of the Terviva edible oil facility. Hire and manage all site staff; and establish programs for training and establishing the foundation of a high performing manufacturing team. Lead the SHE program, and all Process Safety (24 CFR 1910.119) and Occupational Safety efforts towards a zero injury culture. Lead the quality effort towards and meet customer demands, on spec, on time. Financial reporting and adherence to budget requirements and COG’s. Comprehensive knowledge and integration of plant level KPIs on safety, quality, efficiency, throughput. Lead the overall asset management, maintenance, and reliability programs. Lead the continuous improvement efforts throughout his/her organization. Lead waste elimination efforts. Responsible for the quality effort and all site-specific aspects of the Terviva Food Safety program. Collaborate with all Terviva sites and departments. Lead competence development in the field of expertise through training and/or mentoring. Share knowledge and create networks with other communities of experts internally and externally. Skills, Competencies & Experience Proven experience in the operation of vegetable oil processing, especially solvent extraction food ingredient manufacturing facilities. Proven and demonstrable experience in Process Safety and the implementation of Process Safety programs. Experience in asset management and reliability programs, MRO. Adept at engaging with all levels of the organization from shop floor to corporate leadership. A minimum of 10 years of related experience in the ingredient or food industries.

A substantial portion of the food industry experience must have been with processing unit operation specification and/or plant startup and operations. Excellent Team Leadership and organizational skills and experience, including staff development. Experience managing operating budgets and SAP (or equivalent systems) to integrate with corporate accounting, commercial invoicing, logistics, etc. Knowledge of HACCP, FSMA and GMP systems appropriate to food ingredients. Direct experience with and oversight of hourly staff in the United States and Mexico. Excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills. Excellent organizational skills and management skills. Good knowledge of practical engineering principles. Ability to travel up to 25%. Fluency in English and Spanish a plus. Education & Background Engineering degree, Bachelor of Science or equivalent in Mechanical, Chemical, Food, or Agricultural. Must be authorized to work in the United States. Working at Terviva offers you: The opportunity to make an impact in a fast-growing mission-driven company that believes in sustainability, equity and care for our environment and our people. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Potential annual bonus. Stock options, commensurate with role and experience. Medical and dental, vision and life insurance (employee premium fully paid by Terviva. Generous leave package. COVID-19 Recruiting Process in Place Remote interview process is followed. Personal protective equipment provided or required. Temperature screenings required for in-person interviews. Social distancing guidelines in place. Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place. Next Steps To apply, please respond to the company position below. Please include your resume and a cover letter telling us about yourself, your experience and why you are well suited for this job with Terviva. Terviva is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status and sexual orientation or any other legally protected status or characteristics. Our leadership team is dedicated to this policy and all employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.



Avondale, LA



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