Our client, a 160 year old family-owned dairy company, has a tremendous opportunity for the right individual to be the Director of Operations for their brand new, state of the art, manufacturing facility in upstate New York. Our client has grown into one of the country’s largest branded dairy operators with approximately 3,000 employees and 13 manufacturing plants throughout the United States.

This individual will hire and train all employees with plans to open the facility in 1st Quarter, 2018. Capacity of the plant is up to 500 employees. It will be manufacturing ESL high speed beverages.

Job Summary:

Plan, organize, direct and provide leadership necessary for achieving plant and corporate goals in the area of Safety, Warehouse, Transportation, Quality, Employee Relations, Performance and Cost.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsible for the successful attainment of production objectives, implementation of policies, and most effective utilization of available resources and facilities.

Contributes to development of annual budget, performance goals and process and operational improvements.

Budgetary responsibility, including budget administration and cost control.

Responsible for the enforcement of GMP’s in their business unit. Enforce adherence to manufacturing instructions, quality standards, and GMP. Ensures compliance with all legal requirements concerning dairy processing, environmental, safety, and working conditions. Responsible for training and development of direct reports.

Achieves effective communication between shifts and other departments by adhering to established communication methods regarding Company performance and safety.

Plans, schedules, and directs the operation of equipment and facilities to guarantee safe and cost-efficient operations.

Manages annual budget in such a manner as to achieve the targeted objectives.

Assists in designing, improving, and installing equipment and systems to improve plant efficiency and meet plant needs.

Works with Engineering and Maintenance groups in maximizing output, improving equipment availability, and reducing waste.

Supervises activities of a team of direct reports.

Responsible for overseeing and monitoring ethical sourcing guidelines.

Establishes and maintains a positive work environment including personnel policy development, training, safety and housekeeping.

Stays abreast of new technologies associated with the industry through trade magazines, training classes and technical manuals.

Other duties as assigned by the Director of Operations.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

7+ years’ experience in a high-volume beverage manufacturing environment preferred.

ESL/Fluid Dairy is preferred.

Operations management responsibility in a 7×24 operation.

Budgeting and Planning experience required.

Must have prior experience managing other operational functions such as project, processing and packaging.

In-depth knowledge of PMO and other regulatory guidelines required, as well as the ability to interact with federal and state employees.

Experience with filling, packaging, transportation and customer service targets.

Skills and Competencies:

Effectively prioritizes and adapts to competing demands, easily shifting from one action and solution to another based on the needs of the business.

Inspires others’ confidence in them through vision and passion to build commitment and overcomes resistance while building highly engaged functional teams.

Agile communicator who can clearly present complex ideas to others and can constructively address disagreement and conflict while building consensus.

Strives to bring out the best in others by generously giving credit and help that sets a stage to develop team members’ skills and encourage growth.

An innovative manager who looks for ways to improve and promote safety, quality and efficiencies.

Excellent computer skills including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office suites and MRP/ERP systems.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

This individual will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

All applicants for this position must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future without requiring sponsorship.

For additional information, please contact Moira McGrath, (954) 428-3888 or moira@foodscience.com