Plant Manager - Effingham, Illinois at Continental Mills, Inc.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Effingham, Illinois





Job Description:

About the Position


This position is responsible for leading the Effingham Dry Mix Plant.  With a current staff of over 50 employees, the facility produces a range of dry mix products for the Food Service sector.  This position is accountable for all areas of the operation (Safety, Production, Quality, Engineering, Maintenance, Logistics, Human Resources, and Financial) and requires effective leadership, planning, technical, communication and coaching skills to ensure safe production of high quality products to meet customer needs in the most cost-effective manner through empowered work teams. Effingham is a key growth site for Continental Mills


Essential Functions: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.



  • Champion safety as a value in the plant by incorporating safety-related initiatives and objectives in site master planning and integrate into the behaviors and culture of the plant.

  • Ensures product safety - establishes high performance standards in sanitation, GMP’s, BRC, HACCP and regulatory compliance.

  • Ensures product quality - establishes and manages systems for “right first time” performance and appropriate interfaces with suppliers, customers, and support resources.

  • Creates the environment and systems to ensure the Customers’ needs are met in quality, service, and speed to market. Leverage customer and internal relationships to resolve products surrounding customer complaints.

  • Drives Continuous Improvement utilizing TPM principles and methodology to dramatically improve critical business results.

  • Provides strategic leadership and tactical planning to responsively meet evolving business needs in alignment with company strategies and tactics.

  • Coaches, teaches and coordinates programs for all plant employees to develop business, technical and social skills.

  • Ensures strong financial performance, including budgeting, costing, forecasting, expense tracking and control as well as results feedback with a total delivered cost perspective.

  • Leads operation consistent with company values, principles, and HR policies and ensures practices are in compliance with HR regulations.

  • Supports sales initiatives enabling business growth for Continental Mills including aggressive ‘speed to market’ initiatives, as well as frequent customer-facing interactions. 

Position Requirements


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals qualified with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Leadership and Influence



  • Strong strategic and business thinker: demonstrated ability to create a vision for the future and lead planning and implementation to get there.

  • Effective developer of people: a teacher, coach, mentor and role model.

  • Excellent listener. Empathetic to individuals concerns and directs necessary follow-up actions.

  • Sets a positive example of collaboration with all individuals and functions, both internally and externally, to drive sustained improvements to results. Has strong customer-facing skills.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills as well as facilitation skills. Conveys information in understandable terms at all levels of the organization.

  • Sets expectations, delivers results and manages accountability.

  • Ability to develop relationships with the local community supporting both community and company objectives.

Technical Skills



  • Systemic problem solver, implementing solutions to solve root cause problems: continuous improvement orientation.

  • Data-driven decision maker with experience leading continuous improvement processes. Prefer experience with TPM but also consider Lean or Six Sigma.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand plant equipment and processes to support business objectives, continuous improvement and coaching.

  • Demonstrated experience in building a team and plant organization including training systems, work system design and Pay-for-Skills understanding.

  • Experience in leading new product commercialization processes is desired.

Education and/or Experience:



  • College degree in manufacturing, engineering, food processing or equivalent.

  • 15+ years of successful managerial experience with increasing levels of responsibility and results improvements within a variety of manufacturing areas (production, quality, logistics) within consumer products. Food background preferred.                              

The policy of Continental Mills, Inc. is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or military status, national origin, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.