Plant Manager

Orion Food Systems - Sioux Falls, SD (30+ days ago)3.0


Plant Manager position oversees daily processing operations demonstrating commitment to employee safety, product quality, and teamwork. Position is responsible for the collection and analysis of daily data generated in all areas of Production activity.

Essential Functions

Essential Functions

Manages plant staffing based on approved Employee Headcount plan. Manages, directs and guides department's supervisors and their respective direct reports. Estimates appropriate level of staff necessary to meet business and budgetary goals and objectives. Responsible for scheduling of Supervisors and all other direct reports. Directs training and indoctrination of workers to achieve efficiency and to reduce downtime. Acquaint workers with company policies and procedures. Determines job priorities. Position must be committed to produce superior quality products at all times to eliminate customer complaints. Achieves customer satisfaction through efficient operations. Reviews job orders to provide continuous supply of product required for operations. Reviews production, quality control, and other reports and statistics to plan and modify production activities. Plans, develops, and implements new methods and procedures designed to improve operations, minimize operating costs, and achieve greater utilization of labor and materials. Maintains costing efficiency through efficient production operations and adequate product yields. Responsible for the allocation of resources in line with established cost structure. Compares production goals to actual production run to measure efficiency. Accomplishes all paperwork in accordance with established time frame or record keeping requirements. Oversees various processing operations and works with other departments to reduce waste. Manages and maintains office supplies at or below factory budget for assigned department. Responsible for the day-to-day supplies inventory. Responsible for the Department safety records. Ensures safety records are in line with the established goals set forth by Orion Foods. Verifies that production activities are performed in compliance with Orion Foods policies and procedures and OSHA regulations. Leads the department by example and motivates employees to maintain run rates, yields, and safety records at or above expectations. Participates in all Safety meetings or events. Works with all Departments to maintain an audit/tour ready facility. Ensures facilities are audit/tour ready in compliance with Orion Foods policies and procedures, FDA/USDA regulations, and customer specifications. Interacts with members of different departments as well as customers and government agencies. Communicates at all levels to meet production expectations. Monitors quality, safety, scheduling, personnel and mechanical status of the plant. Collaborate with the functional areas of the operations such as Human Resources, Safety, Maintenance, Quality Assurance, Finance, Shipping, etc. Communicates effectively at all levels to provide appropriate directives and to resolve employee problems/conflicts. Manages employees. Indirectly supervises employees' work activities and monitors work performance. Collaborates with Human Resources to screen, interview and hire candidates. Administers or assists with disciplinary actions and recommends performance improvement actions in collaboration with the HR Manager. Monitors work performance and recommends compensation decisions based on guidelines. Follows Orion Foods values to develop and maintain a favorable working relationship with all employees. Promotes a cooperative and harmonious environment to facilitate positive employee morale, productivity, and continued improvement. Participates as a member of the Team. Participates in the ongoing development, communication and implementation of team concepts, programs and policies; coordinates work to ensure best practices with all team members. Chairs or attends appropriate team meetings. As a member of the Team, fosters strong cohesiveness regarding all major issues; e.g., direction, annual plan, budget, policy changes, etc. Accepts responsibility to quickly identify any areas that lack cohesiveness, bringing them to the attention of the supervisor working with the team in a supportive manner to resolve issues and actively look for ways, and reinforce actions needed, to achieve synergy possible within the organization.

Experience and Education Competencies

Required Education and/or Experience. Associates degree from an accredited university in industrial, mechanical or business administration, or a four-year technical degree in related discipline. Experience in manufacturing management, preferably in a process-oriented operations and/or related industry of five years. A minimum of three years of experience managing a significant segment of a large manufacturer or the entire operation of a smaller manufacturer.

Preferred Education and/or Experience. A Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of seven years of experience in food manufacturing management in a process-oriented operations and/or related industry. A minimum of five years of experience managing a significant segment of a large food manufacturer or the entire operation of a smaller manufacturer. Lean manufacturing certification is preferred.

Project Management. Must be able to follow project scopes and timelines.

Supervisor Responsibility. This position directly or indirectly manages all employees of the department and is responsible for the overall performance, management and hiring of the employees within the department.

Technical Capacity. Must demonstrate the attributes and understanding of process and equipment. Must understand and enforce all FDA, USDA, SQF, Orion Foods food safety guidelines, rules, specifications and directives.

Communication. Excellent communication skills (written and verbal). Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and customers.

Mathematical Skills. Strong analytical and ability to calculate figures and amounts. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Technical Competencies. Proficient in MS Office products (Excel, Word, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint). SAP experience preferred, but not required.

Problem Solving, Analysis and Reasoning Abilities. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Strong analytical skills with ability to identify opportunities and draw conclusive results from data or information.


Behaviors/Work Environment/Physical Requirements

All Orion Food Systems employees and stakeholders must have uncompromising integrity and ethical standards.

Leadership. Creates an inspiring vision of the future. Motivates and inspires people to engage with that vision. Performance Management. Manage by metrics and financial targets. Business Acumen. Maintain professional skills at all times.

Personal Effectiveness/Credibility. Maintain personal and professional integrity. Presentation Skills. Speak and present information in a concise manner.

Accountability and Reliability. Work reliably under pressure to keep on task and meet deadlines. Passionate, Energetic, and Enthusiastic. Possess a high energy level, focusing on execution with measurable results. We exhibit a "can-do attitude" to maintain enthusiasm and provide encouragement by our demeanor. Strong Work Ethic. Fully committed and willing to do whatever it takes to drive the team and company brand into the future. Work/life balance is encouraged at Orion Food Systems with the expectation that team members give 110% effort on the job. Orion is a fast-paced environment and it is critical that our employees are driven to succeed. Customer Focused. Keep the customer as their main focus while executing the daily responsibilities of their job. Supportive. Possess emotional intelligence and common sense to support team members and appreciate the value of our culture, company, and brand.

Physical. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit or stand for two or more hours at a time. Must be able to tolerate heat and cold conditions when working in the manufacturing facility. Must be able to lift and / or carry 25 pounds on a routine basis. Must be able to walk short distances routinely

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Maintain a professional appearance and grooming standards as outlined.

Behaviors/Work Environment/Physical Requirements


The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Federal law obligates us to provide reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of employees, unless to do so would pose an undue hardship. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need an accommodation to complete these listed essential functions.

Orion is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer