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Dairy Farmers of America Plant Director in Allerton, Iowa

Position : Plant Director

Location : Allerton, Iowa

Requisition ID: : 15113

General Purpose:

The Plant Manager is responsible for managing the safety, quality, productivity, and financial objectives of the plant. Work closely with plant management and plant employees and serve as a liaison with the DFA enterprise-wide functional departments such as Food Safety, Quality, Regulatory (FSQR), Human Resources, Finance, Engineering, Purchasing, Research and Development, and Risk Management. This position is a leadership role and is expected to inspire employees to greater levels of professionalism, quality, productivity, and engagement in the DFA team.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the health, safety, and well-being of team members. Promote employee participation in actively managing EHS through identification and mitigation of hazards. Ensure timely reporting and investigation of EHS events

  • Ensure manufacturing team is staffed appropriately to meet business requirements

  • Mentor, train, and coach facility leadership team members to understand the organization and their roles within the organization, ensuring that each team member is developing for their next role

  • Demonstrate leadership through participation in core leadership processes such as development of division and manufacturing facility operating, capital and expense budgets, leader standard work, employee onboarding, succession planning and horizon planning

  • Deeply root an atmosphere of collaboration across Ingredient Solutions manufacturing and shared service business partners that is characterized by inclusion, precision, learning and purpose

  • Lead the establishment of Key Performance Indicators to measure performance of the division and manufacturing facilities

  • Facilitate communication between our customers and our plants to assure we are properly implementing customer requests, response to complaints and providing excellent customer service

  • Champion a culture of cross-functional ownership for food safety, quality and regulatory compliance across all levels of the plant to proactively identify and mitigate risks.

  • Cultivate an innovative, data driven, team-oriented culture that embraces continuous improvement within an environment of learning

  • Support leaders focused on optimizing the use of business integration systems to drive productivity through defining business integration requirements, managing organizational transformation and coordinating end-user utilization for DFA business systems

  • Support effective stakeholder collaboration to standardize common functions in areas of quality, safety, maintenance, sustainability, environmental, SAP, Safe Quality Foods (SQF), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), Auditing, and Abatement activities

  • Enable team members focused on increasing productivity through the application of a standardized Continuous Improvement program

  • Mentor, train, and coach team members and leaders in division aligned strategy deployment process, continuous improvement methodologies and problem-solving tools

  • Empower teams to improve equipment reliability using industry standard tools such as Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Preventive Maintenance and Predictive Maintenance

  • Partner with key stakeholder(s) to ensure an effective Capital and Expense Project Management process

  • Manage effective relationships within Ingredient Solutions. Report on performance and share Ingredients Solutions strategy and business plan objectives.

  • Effectively interact with key account customers as the need arises

  • The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties and skills required. Other duties may be assigned as required.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in related field

  • 8-10 years of progressive experience in manufacturing management

  • Supervisory experience or demonstrated people leadership attributes

  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent team building skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task

  • Ability to interact in a positive and professional way with all personnel within Dairy Farmers of America and with our customers

  • Ability to provide leadership and management of various systems, projects and priorities while embracing DFA's values of integrity, quality, passion, accountability, community, and innovation

  • Excellent understanding of the organization's strategy, goals and objectives

  • Strong insight into the organizational structure and stakeholder needs

  • Able to achieve and maintain credibility and respect within the organization

  • Able to exercise independent judgment and take action

  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, including persuasive communication

  • Logical and efficient, with keen attention to detail

  • Highly self-motivated and directed

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks

  • Ability to communicate ideas to all levels of the business

  • Strong customer service orientation

  • Able to build relationships with individuals across the organization

  • Able to interact and communicate effectively with employees and customers at various levels.

  • Understand the importance of managing the "people" issues related to the project

  • Able to demonstrate a high level of comfort in changing environment and ability to adapt approach as the environment and requirements change

  • Able to be on-call

  • Infant formula experience a plus

  • High level hygiene manufacturing experience desired

  • Continuous Improvement knowledge with Six Sigma Black/Green Belt preferred

  • PMP certification or equivalent a plus

  • Lean Manufacturing formal certification desired

  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English

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