Plant Manager @ Purity Dairies

Company Name:
Dean Foods
Job Title
Plant Manager @ Purity Dairies
Dean Foods
Nashville, TN
Bachelor's Degree
Career Level
Job Type
Full Time
Open Date
Job Description
The Plant Manager III provides leadership and direction to the plant in all areas of responsibility including administration, production, processing, packaging, quality, maintenance, warehousing, shipping, purchasing, safety, and environmental.

Directs the overall activities of the manufacturing facilities of the plant to ensure customer orders are received, scheduled, produced and shipped at the lowest possible cost to meet the customers' requirements while maintaining corporate established quality standards.

Analyzes plant operations to ensure that the facility maintains a leadership position in the industry and that it takes advantage of new processes and technologies that become available.

Is responsible for expense control, including shrink, labor and overhead costs utilizing Continuous Improvement techniques.

Develops annual manufacturing expense budget in accordance with forecasted sales volumes and planned inventory levels.

Develops and manages implementation of plant capital budget.

Provides reliable and accurate information to finance to ensure that end of month closing schedules are met.

Ensures that appropriate standard operating procedures (SOP's) are developed and maintained for all aspects of the business.

Implements plant safety programs and ensure compliance with good manufacturing practices (GMP's).

Is responsible for the Food Security Policy/Program to assess potential food security risks and to ensure food security preventive measures are being implemented and routinely audited regarding the manufacturing, handling and storage of all food ingredients as well as finished goods.

Is responsible for all corporate, customer and government audits to ensure compliance.

Is responsible for environmental compliance.

Collaborates with other plant managers within Dean Foods to share best practices.

Acts as a liaison with Distribution, Sales and Customer Service to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction in helping to address customer inquiries, problems and concerns.

Is responsible for maintaining proper staffing levels, employee performance evaluations, discipline, and employee commendation.

Is responsible for the overall succession planning and development of plant management staff.

For those facilities with a collective bargaining agreement, additional responsibilities will include assisting in contract negotiations, grievances and arbitrations and all aspects of contract management.

Ensures compliance with all Dean Corporate policies and procedures.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Engages in the typical responsibilities of a manager requiring planning, evaluating, organizing, integrating, and controlling.

Has supervisory responsibility involving staffing, conducting performance appraisals, training and developing subordinates, promotions, salary increases, terminations, disciplinary actions, etc.
Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree (BS).

Minimum of 7 years of hands-on experience, preferably in dairy plant operations or food industry.

Internal Applicants: Minimum of 10 years of hands-on experience with 5 years in supervision.

Must be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of regulatory laws and responsibilities as relative to processing and filling and general facility standards.

Demonstrates basic understanding of budgeting, cost control and federal milk marketing reporting.

Demonstrates a passion for learning and a willingness to build new skills.

Must be able to define, diagnose, and resolve problems.

Ability to have an organization-wide perspective and understand how the business operates.

Ability to understand the vision of the organization and translate it into specific plans and actions that achieve desired results.

Must be a strong executor who has the ability to assist with strategy development at all levels of the organization to drive business performance.

Excellent verbal/written communication skills.

Ability to adapt to changing organizational and operational needs; ability to lead people through change

Ability to work collaboratively with all departments, management levels within the company, and external stakeholders.

Ability to successfully influence peers and senior leadership.

Ability to recruit, hire, develop, coach, and mentor talent for current and future needs.

Ability to recognize opportunities to simplify processes and create efficiencies.
Dean Foods Company is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V

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