Job Info
Job Title: Plant Manager
Location: Vernalis, CA
Job Number: 11196
Posted Date: 2/11/2020
Job description

The Plant Manager is responsible for leading operations, ensuring quality and integrity, people, and production objectives are achieved. Develops and manages processes that will maximize food and human safety, teamwork, product quality, and productivity to meet our customer service goals.


  • Plan, organize, direct optimum day-to-day operations to exceed customer expectations.
  • Responsible for annual budgeting and monthly evaluation of actual to budget performance.
  • Responsible for implementation of food safety program and food safety certifications in accordance with corporate and customer expectations.
  • Supports and leads human safety program by setting the example for a safe work environment.
  • Reinforces standards of organization and plant cleanliness among all plant employees.
  • In partnership with HR: provides employee coaching and development, promotes employee engagement, and the execution of positive employee relations’ strategies, makes employment recommendations and employee development decisions in conjunction with TBC people philosophy, resolves employee issues through progressive discipline.
  • Improve processes (safety, quality, productivity, cost) and increase employee’s skills and capabilities.
  • Responsible for inventory management which could include monthly cycle counting, elimination/reduction of shrink, reconciliation and reporting to corporate accounting/finance.
  • Ensures positive relationships with area growers, Field Reps, drivers, and suppliers.
  • Production scheduling and forecasting production to manage capacity and productivity.
  • Evaluate labor utilization, job responsibilities and duties. Anticipate staffing opportunities and coordinate training, career path opportunities, and succession planning to minimize downtime and maximize operational effectiveness.
  • Track production efficiencies and evaluate improvements in order to achieve optimum operations.
  • Stay up to date with latest production management best practices and concepts.
  • Fosters a high level of collaboration with other departments and plants including Maintenance, Quality, Human Resources, Accounting/Finance, Scheduling, Transportation, and Customer Service to share best practices and ensure open dialog.
  • Communicate, administer and enforce company rules, policies and procedures consistently and equitably.
  • Ensures plant complies with all OSHA, USDA, FDA, and EPA policies and provides support for all programs such as SQF, HAACP, GMP, and all other related Food Safety programs.
  • Regular physical presence in the workplace.
  • Availability for occasional travel for work. 
  • Community and industry involvement, as required.

Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • 7+ years of business management experience having managed an organization using the principles of budgeting, strategic planning, resource allocation, and human resource management.
  • Fiscal responsibility and financial acumen.
  • Experience and ability to work in a fast-paced food manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to proactively develop and implement programs designed to enhance plant operations, develop talent, create organizational efficiency, and promote safety.
  • Ability to create accountability, work collaboratively, and to lead by example.
  • Knowledge and experience in complying with OSHA, GMP, USDA, Food Safety, and HAACP requirements.
  • Strong team building, decision-making, and people management skills.
  • Superior organizational skills with the ability to look ahead and anticipate problems.
  • Effective time management and delegation abilities.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Must display positive attitude.
  • Ability meet the demands of constantly changing priorities.
  • Familiarity with industry standard equipment and have a technical/mechanical aptitude.
  • Strong computer/technical skills.
  • Ability to evaluate situation and make decisions with little or no guidance.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as seasonality of business demands.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is preferred but not required.
  • Must have valid driver’s license. 
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. to be considered for this position.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • Employee is frequently (more than 75% of time) required to: use hands/fingers, to handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls; to verbally communicate; and to hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, the ability to discern colors, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock, wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles/dust. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
  •  Protective equipment, such as hearing protection, safety glasses, hair net, and food safety related items, is required.

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