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Operations Manager at Land O'Lakes, Inc. in Frankfort, Indiana

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time





Job Description:


Join Land O'Lakes, Inc., and help us bring food from farmer to fork, building vibrant communities along the way. We're a global, Fortune 250 company and a farmer-owned cooperative, which means we work for one another-not Wall Street. We're proud to rank a Top Workplace. We offer:


  • Competitive compensation and rewards

  • Best-in-class healthcare for you and your family

  • Powerful savings programs

  • Training and career progression

Operations Manager

The Operations Manager oversees, plans, and coordinates all aspects of the production and quality assurance processes at a growing animal food manufacturing facility. They will manage aspects such overall safety compliance and performance, material planning, shift operations, production planning and quality checks to deliver quality product in line with customer expectations.

This position reports directly to the Plant Manager and in addition to managing production and quality assurance, is responsible for the planning and execution of plant operating improvement projects as assigned. The Operations Manager has direct accountability for the Production, Quality, Safety & Sanitation departments assigned to coordinate production, safety & quality activities.

Essential Functions:


  • Organize and supervise work duties for all associates.


  • Review hourly run rates; document corrective actions as needed.


  • Confirm compliance of actual production vs. schedule from previous day.


  • Collect trending and evaluate data to drive data based decisions.


  • Lead Industry 4.0 transition.


  • Lead organizational effectiveness initiatives.


  • Lead PIT team discussions and decisions.


  • Lead and manage continuous improvement projects as assigned.


  • Oversee ingredient receiving processes and procedures to ensure compliance.


  • Meet production requirements while ensuring quality standards are met.


  • Conduct end of shift and change of shift review with incoming Production Supervisors and teams.


  • Always follow and enforce GMP's along with SOP's, OSHA regulations and other regulatory agency requirements.


  • Drive continuous Improvement/ Productivity Improvement programs.


  • Establish line standards for the operating budget.


  • Oversees a team that includes a Quality Program Supervisor, Production Supervisors as well as 20+ production associates.


  • Achieve production requirements according toLOL product quality standards, material use, efficiencies, and labor.


  • Implement and apply Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing principles.


  • Proactively drive 5S. Maintain a clean and safe work environment.


  • All Safety & Regulatory compliance.


  • Trains supervisors and associates to perform their duties according toLOL policy and standards.


  • Review timekeeping system to validate in/out swipes daily at end of shift.


  • Identify process improvements to drive cost reduction and increase efficiencies.


  • Communicate employee issues (e.g. - Lateness, absenteeism, violations of policy, etc.) to Plant Manager and HR Manager.


  • Supervisory Responsibilities: Production, Sanitation Supervisors and Associates.


  • Maintain facility in "audit ready" condition. Participate in 3rd party audits.


  • Document disciplinary issues and action as necessary.


  • Prepare, manage, and administer performance evaluations for Quality & Production Supervisors.


  • Other duties as assigned.


Education - Experience Required:


  • Bachelor's Degree preferred (Ag Business, Food Science, Engineering preferred)


  • 3 plus years of supervisory/management experience in processing/manufacturing operations with solid progressive leadership experience.


  • Strong presentation, communication, training, and interpersonal skills.


  • Proven track record of understanding the drivers of product and labor cost variances.


  • Previous experience working as a team leader in a multi-faceted team is highly desirable.


  • Feed manufacturing experience preferred


Competencies Skills, Abilities and Traits Required:


  • Sound verbal and written communication skills.


  • Ability to extract, analyze, and apply data from production and inventory management systems, Excel, Power Point and Word.


  • Working Knowledge of principles of automated manufacturing processing systems.


  • Ability to utilize Master Production Schedule and Detailed Line Schedule Development to ensure delivery of scheduled production.


  • Knowledge/implementation of Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing/5S.


  • Highly developed people management skills/best practices.


  • High ability to make timely and critical business decisions.


  • Effectively evaluates the severity of schedule misses and revising plans quickly to minimize product supply issues.


Land O'Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. The company maintains a drug-free workforce, including pre- and post-employment substance abuse testing pursuant to a Drug and Alcohol Policy.

Neither Land O'Lakes, nor its search firms, will ever contact you and ask for confidential information over the phone or in email. If you receive a call or email like this, please do not provide the information being requested.

Land O'Lakes endeavors to make Landolakesinc.com accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact the HR Solution Center at 844-LOL-HR4U (844-565-4748) M-F 8:00am-4:30pm CT.





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