OPERATIONS MANAGER - USDA Meat/Pork Manufacturing
Kankakee, IL
Our client is a well-known, global USDA Manufacturer of meat and pork products sold around the world. They have a plant located 40 miles South of Chicago, in the Kankakee, IL area and are looking for an experience OPERATIONS MANAGER with USDA experience. The OPERATIONS MANAGER will oversee ALL production, maintenance and warehousing/inventory and quality control departments. Reporting to the Plant General Manager, The Operations Manager is the number two person in charge of the plant and will run the plant in the Plant Managers absence. This will be a first shift position but they will "occasionally" have to work on the off shifts as business may dictate.
Maintaining strict KPI compliance and reporting for responsible departments.
Reviewing daily production, maintenance, warehousing and project plans for effective utilization of resources.
Direct P&L responsibly for managed departments to include working closely with the GM on department budget preparations and having full involvement in P&L reviews.
Maintaining close operational control to ensure proper packaging and labeling of all products.
Working closely with direct report managers and other site managers to control product and plant waste ensuring necessary adjustments are made quickly.
Developing, designing and creating plans to improve production efficiencies.
Ensuring all departments complete work orders timely for quality and scheduling requirements.
Determining manning requirements based on volume and product mix. Evaluate current processes and methods through the use of time study, equipment layout, design and techniques. Determine most efficient means of improvement.
Ensuring strict inventory control processes and practices are adhered to.
Facilitating quality systems, continuous process improvement, and safety initiatives in accordance with Lean thinking throughout the organization
Continually monitoring responsible departments ensuring Quality and Sanitation policies and procedures are followed:
HACCP, SQF, Allergens and GMP adherence.
Leading all aspects of company Safety processes for reporting departments including training and audits.
Ensuring OT is closely monitored by Department managers & supervisors.
Maintaining strict control of cost of goods by overseeing reports for accuracy and completeness.
Direct implementation of Continuous Improvement and 5S processes.
Reviewing variance reports daily ensuring swift actions are taken to address areas with opportunities for improvement.
Planning and Schedule each weeks production runs with subordinate teams
Performing root cause analysis, to identify and resolve downtime and / or inefficient operational issues.
Completes performance and talent reviews in a timely manner.
Responsibility for all site operations when the GM is out of the plant.
Bachelor's degree (B.S.) or equivalent from a four year college
Minimum of 3 to 5 years of Food Manufacturing Management experience
Strong familiarity with HACCP compliance procedures and detailed product specifications
Must have experience dealing with USDA and FDA inspectors, regulations, policies and procedures
Strong knowledge of safe food handling, GMP's, training and manufacturing techniques
Must have experience with SQF or BRC audits and requirements preferred
Strong communication and organization skills
Experience with continuous improvement and lean processes desirable
Able to work flexible hours
Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus
Proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint
In return they can offer a competitive salary, bonus potential, excellent benefits, relocation assistance and ample opportunity for career advancement! Send resume in confidence to email provided

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