Production Manager Job in Darigold, Inc.

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Salary is dependent on applicable experience.
The Production Manager should possess the desire and ability to dynamically contribute to the success of the facility. The ideal candidates for the role will excel in a fast-paced environment, consistently demonstrates initiative, and can handle multiple rigorous projects and endeavors. The ideal candidate will exhibit strong attention to detail and will be committed to producing high quality products. If you are looking for an environment where you can directly contribute to the facility’s success, actively influence processes and practices, and continue to grow your skills, we invite you to join our team.
The Production Manager reports to the Assistant Plant Manager. The primary purpose of the position is to direct and to be accountable for the activities of the Portland Plant’s day to day activities of the production departments involving Receiving, Processing, and Packaging while collaborating with Safety, Quality, Warehouse, Maintenance and Environmental Compliance Departments.
Objective Role:
The Production Manager will serve as a true strategic partner within the facility by:
Providing leadership and guidance to all Production Department Supervisors; define and ensure that individual performance of subordinates meet or exceed goals and expectations as aligned to the Plant’s Annual Operating Plan.
Ensuring effective communications and daily status reports are maintained regarding operations with the entire management team
Ensuring superior levels and delivery of safety, reliability, sanitation, quality and regulatory conformance in all arenas
Sponsoring continuous improvement initiatives and providing momentum to ensure successful completion within operations
Foster an environment of employee engagement related to Continuous Improvement
This function has a direct impact on the fiscal stability of the business and productivity of the business unit
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepare and conduct team meetings to ensure proper communications and updates from operations.
Work aggressively and cooperatively with Engineering, Quality Assurance, Human Resources, and EHS staff to ensure goals and objectives for the facility are accomplished:
Maximizes yields (product to raw material/ingredient ratios)
Minimizes off-specification product
Maximizes throughput (gallons/pounds per cycle)
Ensure safe work performance standards
Utilize Continuous Improvement team strategy to Identify and organize efforts related to cost saving projects and waste reduction.
Partners with HR to hire for production positions.
Manages work schedules for production employees.
Ensures employee timekeeping is accurate
Demonstrate excellent diplomacy and prompt intervention tactics in handling potentially disruptive personnel issues
Serve as the Subject Matter Expert in the arenas related to the production process and its associated equipment
Guide, and provide momentum, for the operations teams during periods of downtime
Through support and coordination ensure training and development of all production personnel
Assess, identify, and report on plant operations and the fiscal impact on those operations of upsets, downtime, and continuous improvement initiatives
Predictively, creatively, and decisively address production issues to guaranty swift resolution and minimal system or process upset.
Identify potential in, sponsor, mentor, and ensure development of supervisor subordinates
Ensure effective employee communication, training and compliance on quality programs, policies and standards. Take action to address quality issues
Partners with the Quality Managers to lead Root Cause and Corrective Action planning when quality issues arise.
Ensures Quality Alerts and are properly completed and that all necessary supervisors / operators are engaged in the process.
Leads efforts to develop training that may come from Corrective Action planning. Partners with other Continuous Improvement teams to accomplish this.
Partners with the Quality Managers to lead investigations following customer complaints and partners with Quality to conduct root cause and corrective action planning.
Review and analyze production, quality control, maintenance and operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications and operating or production problems
Partner with continuous improvement leaders to implement Lean principles and practices
Provide leadership, coaching and mentoring to build an engaged and effective team
Establish goals, communicate expectation and build a culture of accountability, commitment and empowerment
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to analytically and systemically troubleshoot manufacturing processes and issues; ideal candidate will have a strong background in mechanical applications in food and/or dairy processing
Fluent in Continuous Improvement Processes such as Root Cause Analysis, Statistical Process applications, and Standardized Procedural Development; ability to identify, assess, and develop department and process improvement projects and present financial justification
Ability to apply GMP procedures and practices to the system and ensure conformance
Ability to perform daily checks and reports to ensure quality and production goals are met
Computer literate in PC based applications in including Microsoft Office Suite, 11i, Oracle, EAM, and familiarity with PLC based process controls
Ability and experience working with groups of individuals with varying levels of education, expertise, and backgrounds
Ability to achieve results through management and direction of others
Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
Must be self-motivated and require minimal oversight or supervision
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Three to five years of experience in dairy, food processing or similar facility
Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science, Engineering, Business or related field preferred.
Knowledge of HACCP, GMPs, OSHA, and Department of Labor operational standards
Darigold is known for delivering fresh, high quality, value-added dairy products to people and customer-driven solutions to organizations all around the globe. We are the 5th largest dairy Co-Op in the US and one of the largest privately held organizations headquartered in Seattle, Washington. We produce over 10 billion pounds of milk every year! Since 1918, our Farmer-owners have taken great pride in producing nutritious dairy products with unsurpassed quality. Our work environment provides a result driven, collaborative space, with open & transparent communication, and a culture of celebrating everyone’s wins. Our mid-size private business model provides the ability to have dynamic involvement at all levels of our organization. We offer our employees a team-oriented work environment, competitive salary, an excellent benefit package including a 401K program and an educational assistance program.
Our vision at Darigold is to Lead Dairy Forward – achieving that vision requires cultivating and supporting a team with varying backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We are committed to providing a workplace based on mutual respect where all employees feel included and can bring their best and authentic selves to work every day. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. We welcome all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, creed, religion, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. As a condition of employment applicants offered a role will be required to successfully pass our pre-employment background screen, receive a negative drug screen result & confirm eligibility to work in the U.S. We participate in E-Verify – please follow the links for details, English / Spanish & view our Right to Work Statement, English / Spanish.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: From $88,000.00 per year
401(k) matching
Dental insurance
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Health insurance
Health savings account
Life insurance
Paid time off
Parental leave
Professional development assistance
Referral program
Vision insurance
10 hour shift
Day shift
Night shift
Weekend availability
Bachelor’s (Preferred)
Continuous improvement: 1 year (Preferred)
dairy, food processing or similar facility: 3 years (Preferred)
Work Location: One location