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Plant Manager

Location: Lakewood, NJ, United States
Date Posted: 12-20-2018

Reports to:
Chief Operating Officer

The Plant Manager position directs and manages all plant operations with overall responsibilities for development, scheduling, production, inventory control, shipping; receiving, maintenance, quality, security, print shop, and other plant-related activities. This is a ‘roll up your sleeves’, ‘hands-on’ position that requires directing, leading, and mentoring employees at all levels, including both a union and a large, variable contract workforce.

Essential Functions
 Direct and manage plant operations for development, scheduling, production, inventory control, shipping; receiving, maintenance, quality, security, and print shop.
 Provide leadership in maintaining a team based, customer focused culture of commitment, respect, transparency and accountability at every level of the plant.
 Ability to empower the operations team through hiring, evaluating, developing, training, and coaching.
 Must demonstrate sound judgement and unwavering integrity in all business dealings.
 Coordinate plant activities through planning and scheduling with departmental supervisors to ensure manufacturing objectives are accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner.
 Maintain close contact with Sales executives and their staffs to ensure that customer requirements are understood and being met.
 Develop and control plans, costs, and operating budget.
 Implement cost effective systems of control over capital, operating expenditures, manpower, wages and salaries.
 Develop and create operational and efficiency improvement strategies through the use of industry best practices.
 Manage capital asset maintenance including buildings.
 Establish and monitor overall plant performance metrics for production and quality standards.
 Control and minimize labor overtime, premium freight and repair expenses.
 Maintain existing plant facilities and equipment; replace, or make adjustments to plant facilities and equipment when necessary. Provide direct supervision and a ‘hands on’ approach.
 Provide leadership and training to the operations team so they are fully capable of accomplishing company goals and objectives.
 Implement and maintain preventative maintenance programs.
 Provide ongoing support of the SQF principles, incorporating shop floor organization, food quality and safety, and plant cleanliness among all plant personnel.
 Provide direction, development and leadership to supervisors.

 Leadership
 Food / Confection Manufacturing
 Written; Verbal Communications
 Decision Making
 Problem Solving/Analysis
 Financial Management
 Negotiation
 Business Acumen

Position Type / Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Hours of work are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Occasional Sundays and interacting with second shift staff at night are also required.

Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.

Required Education and Experience
 Bachelor degree in related field and a minimum of 8 years plant/general management experience in a food / confection manufacturing environment.
 Exposure to managing both union and contract employee based environments.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
 Fluency in English is required; additional fluency in Spanish is preferred.
 Strong knowledge of SQF, GMP, HACCP, FDA, and OSHA requirements and standards.
 Basic understanding of Heat; Power Co-generation and HVAC systems is required.
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