Full Job Description
The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. While Kraft Heinz is co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.
We spark joy around mealtime with our iconic brands, including Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Heinz, Philadelphia, Lunchables, Velveeta, Planters, Maxwell House, Capri Sun, Ore-Ida, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, Primal Kitchen, and Classico, among others.
No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally . Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!
Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy & Collaboration
We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day. As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.
The Plant Manager will coordinate and direct all of the major plant functions, maintain good employee relations and meet all ZBB budgetary objects. Responsible for the execution of all manufacturing operations including Product, Planning, Quality Assurance, Sanitation, Maintenance, Purchasing, Safety, Shipping, Receiving and Materials Controls, all in conformance with Kraft Heinz policies and all applicable regulatory and legal requirements. Responsible for coordination and communication of the operations forecast, including the identification of key financial operating risks and potential offsets. Support all strategic efforts to generate new sales and maintain the existing customer base.
Key Responsibilities of the Role
Guides department managers in the development of labor usage strategies to better the utilize resources, reacting to changes in production demands and deadlines.
Communicates to management and plant personnel Company changes in Kraft Heinz policies, procedures, and strategies.
Oversees the development and implementation of companywide policies and procedures
Ensures personnel adherence to Kraft Heinz policies, safety standards, and good manufacturing practices.
Actively supports all continuous improvement efforts throughout the plant.
Actively monitors and supports all safety projects and efforts throughout the plant
Consults with corporate offices and plant management team to develop annual operating budget & ZBB
Guides management team to ensure plant operates efficiently while meeting or exceeding corporate financial goals.
Reviews detailed labor standards by cost center to support annual budgeting process.
Actively works with the Human Resources Department in policy development, employee grievances, employee development issues, and employee motivation.
Work with Engineering and Maintenance departments to develop strategies to reduce production equipment downtime due to equipment failures.
Actively works with Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Engineering Manager, and Maintenance Manager on equipment process flows, optimization of plant layouts, coordination of shutdowns, and startups due to new production lines and equipment installations.
Oversees Cost Accounting on new products costing, developing standards, analysis of variances, and annual budget process.
Collaborates with department managers to identify and then recommends process improvements to reduce labor, ingredient, and packaging materials cost.
Analyzes plant daily/weekly/monthly spending to keep indirect and fixed cost within standards in order to
meet/exceed corporate financial goals
Supports the R&D team in developing of new products processes, supports production runs, costing of labor, and scrap standards for new products.
With department managers analyzes downtime data to develop downtime reduction strategies.
Analyzes manufacturing variances of ingredient, materials, and labor usage and works with management team to implement strategies to reduce them.
Oversees the preparation of operational schedules and manufacturing activities to ensure that production and quality of products meet specifications.
Identifies and implement continuous improvement initiatives such is labor reduction, waste reduction, and reduction of indirect cost to contribute to factory objectives.
Bachelor’s Degree is required
Prior plant management experience highly preferred
5+ years leadership experience within a manufacturing environment required
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and influence across all levels of employees
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity