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Plant Manager

Date Posted: 1/4/2022

Job #1591512
Oswego, Illinois

We are proud to be representing our client, a food manufacturing company on their Plant Manager opening in the western Chicago suburbs. We are looking for an established & polished Plant Manager to drive a Lean Manufacturing program implementation, increase employee engagement, and lead the commercialization of new products.

Our client is offering a great balance of a family-owned company with industry professionals in leadership roles that is nimble enough to react to market trends with the backing of a larger parent company providing resources & investment. They have seen consistent annual growth for many years, and they are offering a strong base salary, a bonus with a long history of payout, and benefits.


Plant Manager Overview

  • Responsible for the performance of a 2 shift (plus night sanitation, non-union food manufacturing plant.
  • Management of the following departments: Production, Operations, Engineering, HR, Materials Management, Packaging, and Maintenance.
  • The Plant Manager will have approximately 12 direct and 50 indirect reports.
  • Lead the continued adoption of Lean Manufacturing principles including strategy, project management, and obtaining buy-in from the staff.
  • Ensure cost, safety, quality, and delivery goals are met.
  • Provide a safe working condition for all employees.
  • Foster a culture with high levels of employee engagement, retention, and career development.
  • Facilitate cross-functional interaction and align individual departments with plant-wide goals.
  • Maintain the plant budget.
  • Oversee the launch of new products.
  • Resolve manufacturing floor issues.
  • Create & analyze key performance indicators to assess site performance and to identify areas of additional improvement.
  • Participate in audits.
  • Be the representative for the site in interactions with customers, suppliers, and corporate leadership.


Plant Manager Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree in Engineering, Food Science, Operations, or a related field.
  • Previous management experience within food manufacturing is required.
  • Previous success with improving a Lean Manufacturing culture.
  • Knowledge of FDA or USDA standards is required. This is an ambient temperature plant.

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