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ADM Plant Superintendent (Nutrition)– Indianola, IA in Indianola, Iowa


Job Title:

Plant Superintendent (Nutrition)– Indianola, IA


Operations: Manufacturing, Production, Maintenance, Utilities

Job Description:

Plant Superintendent (Nutrition)– Indianola, IA

This is an exempt level position.

Job Summary:

The Plant Superintendent will coordinate and oversee day to day activities of processing operations at the Indianola, IA, facility. This position is responsible for the safe, successful and progressive day to day operational activities as well as maintaining a safe and sanitary workplace in compliance with company policies, government regulations and regulatory agencies, including, but not limited to, OSHA, EPA, DNR, FDA, USDA, , HACCP, FSMA, etc. This position reports to the Plant Manager.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ensure successful day to day operation of the processing facility in the areas of safety, quality and production

  • Assist the Plant Manager in guiding and managing the manufacturing process

  • Respond to plant, process, personnel, product and environmental emergencies

  • Assist in troubleshooting production issues, controlling costs and optimizing yields and productivity

  • Manage the performance of shift team leaders and provide guidance as well as production expectations

  • Provide leadership for colleague development as well as establish and achieve plant goals

  • Engage in the management of policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance with health and safety, environmental, food safety, sanitation and quality policies and procedures

  • Work with commercial and logistics groups to set production schedules

  • Monitor production schedules to ensure completed products are shipped on time and in accordance with customer expectations

  • Coordinate preventive maintenance scheduling to ensure equipment is maintained in conjunction with the production schedule and commercial demands

  • Work with engineering regarding capital expenditures in addition to investigating potential cost savings projects

  • Maintain a high degree of availability to a 24/5 operation

  • Strong leadership, management and interpersonal skills

  • Interpersonal skills employed include handling conflict, motivating, instructing and training personnel in a fair, honest and direct way

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • General computer skills, including experience with MS Office

  • Help drive our performance excellence program with the role of PE champion

  • Leading continuous improvement activities and driving change

Job Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Engineering preferred or related discipline or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of 3 plus years of production and supervisory experience

  • Demonstrated strong commitment and leadership in plant health and safety, quality and food safety and environmental programs

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a food processing facility employing GMP and HACCP methodologies

  • Ability to achieve and track excellence using performance driven metrics

  • Technical competence in mechanics, instrumentation, controls, calculations and utility systems

  • Ability to utilize independent judgment to solve problems, employ excellent organizational skills to effectively handle multiple ongoing tasks, meet deadlines and strive for continuous improvement along with holding high expectations for direct reports

  • Ability to effectively manage time for optimal results

Working Conditions:

  • Employees in this position working at this location are [or may be] exposed to various potential chemical and food allergens due to the nature of our business and the requirements of the job. If there is any reason such exposure would interfere with your ability to perform this role or work at the location, please notify the hiring manager.

  • Dust

  • Chemicals/Irritants

  • The scope of the position may require exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents and cleaners common to mechanical work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use and disposal/storage are not properly followed

  • Inside areas:

  • Spring/Summer: Temperatures in some areas of the facility will be up to or exceed 100 degrees

  • Fall/Winter: Temperatures in the facility may be at or below freezing

  • Outside areas:

  • Spring/Summer: Outside temperature may be up to or exceed 100 degrees with potential for high humidity; may be exposed to inclement weather conditions, including, but not limited to, rain and wind

  • Fall/Winter: Outside temperatures may reach freezing or below; may be exposed to inclement weather, including freezing rain, sleet, snow and wind

  • Some manufacturing processes within the facility are highly reliant on machinery and other processing equipment and, as a result, noise levels may reach or exceed 85 decibels and require use of hearing protection for most of the work shift

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to 30 pounds on a frequent basis, up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis

  • Lifting or carrying of weights over 50 pounds is rare; employees are required to request assistance in lifting or carrying objects that weigh more than 50 pounds

  • Ability to traverse up to two (2) miles during the course of a work day

  • Ability to move about or to a work site by stooping, bending, kneeling or squatting frequently during the course of a work day; may require periods of prolonged sitting or standing

  • Ability to operate equipment or diagnose/detect issues of machinery that may be located at different heights; may require work on ladders, scaffolding or other work at heights

  • Requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual and electrically powered tools and electrical test equipment as well as move throughout the facility, including climbing stairs in all buildings

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

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About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at





Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM. (


Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).

  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.

  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).

Additional benefits include:

  • Paid time off including paid holidays.

  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.

  • Tuition assistance.

  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.

*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.