JO 15670 Plant Manager – Atlanta, GA Area

 Global manufacturer of food products. Products include seasoning blends, dry mixes, coating systems, dough blends, crumbs, flavors, sauces and food bases that are used in an extensive variety of applications from snack foods and processed meat and poultry to ready meals.


Atlanta, GA Area

Salary Range:

$120-$140K to start, bonus program, etc.                                                                              Total compensation is a combination of base pay, incentives and benefits.                      Benefits include:  BC/BS medical PPO 1st day, MetLife dental PPO 1st day, Short Term and Long Term Disability, Retirement Plans, Education Assistance, FSA, EAP,10 Paid Holidays, 5 Personal Days, Wellness Reimbursement, Telemedicine, Work/Life Balance, summer hours and much more.


VP Supply Chain


The Plant Manager is responsible for general supervision of all phases of plant operations including: production, materials, quality control, maintenance, receiving, and shipping.  Responsibilities also include recruiting, hiring and training personnel and facility/physical plant up-keep and capital improvements.  In addition the Plant Manager will be responsible for annual budget planning and execution. They will work closely with the production team to increase productivity and profitability within the manufacturing operation the company. This person must be a trained professional with at least 7- 10 years of experience including best practices in both managerial and production platforms.                                               
140 total employees, 6 direct reports, 110,000 square footage of plant plus a warehouse, 3 shifts, non-union, 70 million pounds of material last year through the door.

Major Duties &

§  Provide leadership for the successful day-to-day operation of the facility in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. 


§  Work closely with quality personnel to ensure product consistency while monitoring scrap rates to determine trends and areas of improvement. In addition, works in collaboration with Quality to ensure the facility maintains food safety standards per BRC requirements in order to consistently meet audit score goals and minimize any opportunities for issues.

§  Ensures Employee safety requirements are consistently met and areas for improvement identified with solutions implemented to provide for a safe workplace for employees while consistently meeting business requirements and annual initiative goals.

§  In collaboration with the Supply Chain team reviews established production schedules for all manufacturing departments to ensure established inventory levels and customer order requirements are met while operating at the highest efficiency possible. 

§  Coordinates the hiring and training of all manufacturing personnel.  Responsible for the talent management of the entire staff.

§  Monitors & manages operation expenses and researches ways to reduce costs while maintaining product quality.

§  Develops and executes the plant manufacturing budgets.

§  Encourages and promotes operating in a continuous improvement environment, identifying and implementing best practices leveraging North American sister unit expertise/ideas as well as outside sources (companies, associations, consultants, academia, etc.).

§  Removes production constraints; allocates human and equipment resources and direct production employees to maintain and enhance profitable operation of the plant facility.

§  Removes waste and constraints from the production process to improve efficiencies and enhance productivity.

§  Communicates with Marketing, Product Development and Sales to develop new business growth strategies and developments/implements capital plans to meet strategy requirements.

§  Works in collaboration with sales to organize and execute plant tours for Customers, Suppliers and other key personnel.

§  Leads Crisis management process in accordance with business unit guidelines.  Works in collaboration with Human resources to activate the Send Word Now Communication to plant as well as office employees per requirements of the policy.

§  Works in collaboration with the VP of Supply Chain to establish capacity planning requirements and ensures ongoing evaluation of new business opportunities and its impact on plant capability.  In addition, identified and works with the Supply Chain team to determine options for capacity maximization including but not limited to:  Feed system options, material handling systems, warehouses, co-manufacturing opportunities, etc.

In collaboration with Engineering researches and identified new equipment systems that provide opportunities to improve efficiencies, increase production, reduce ergonomic strain on employees and overall provide for a more effective operation.  Works also with Engineering to manage capital projects and ensure installation within time and budget required.

Problem Solving/Decision Making:

§  Problem Solving: Must be able to quickly ascertain a situation and be decisive in solving it, such as identifying defects in the production line, identifying food safety and Quality issues, managing balance between customer order deadlines and capabilities/capacity of plant.  Resolving employee issues aligned with manufacturing facility.

§  Decision Making:  Development/Implementation of the operations budget to achieve the goals; Resolution of personnel issues aligned with company and legal requirements; Capital decisions/priorities aligned with business plans and budget requirements; day to day management responsibilities of the facility.

Working Relationships:

Directly manages six subordinate supervisors who supervise a total of approximately 140 employees within the Sanitation Department, Maintenance Department, Mixing Department, Packaging Department, Quality and Receiving/Shipping Department. 

Peer relationships include Plant Managers of sister units in IL, GA, Canada and Mexico

Frequent Contacts include:  Personnel in the Food Safety & Quality area Supply Chain organization (Planning & Scheduling, Customer Service), Sales Management, Marketing, Human Resources, General Manager, and Engineering.



§  Customers, Vendors, Contractors, Auditors


Knowledge &

§  Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Operations Management/Finance/Business Administration or other related field.

§  7-10 years progressive manufacturing leadership/management experience in a food manufacturing facility.

§  Preferred Qualifications: Masters in Operations/Business Management or Supply Chain Continuous Improvement Certification

§  Other Requirements:

-       Previous experience/strong understanding of budgeting/expense management with a basic understanding of financial and accounting practices.

-       Strong computer skills including the ability to prepare spreadsheets and use Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Power Point and/or Access) to analyze data and trends.

-       Previous experience/best practices implementing and using continuous improvement/lean tools such as; Six Sigma, 5-S, Lean Manufacturing, Transactional Lean, etc. to drive improvement.

-       Previous experience/broad understanding of safety systems and enforcement of safety rules and policies.

-       Demonstrated strong leadership, team building and advanced coaching skills.

-       Demonstrated ability to motivate people, assess and develop employee skills.

-       Demonstrated understanding of the principles and applications associated with manufacturing operations, maintenance and engineering.

-       Excellent planning and organizational skills, with the ability to balance production and maintenance needs.

-       Excellent interpersonal communication and listening ability.

-       A strong ability to be adaptable and flexible.

-       Strong analytical and decision-making skills.

-       Ability to work with teams and lead decision-making processes in a team environment.

-       Highly motivated, results oriented, driven.


Work Environment:

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.

Work Environment

Works in both an office and a plant environment.  The plant work environment may include exposure to moving mechanical parts, dampness, and some dust.  The noise level in plant is usually moderate.  Hearing protection may be required in designated areas.  The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet.



Mid-Level Leaders

  • Make Sound Decisions
  • Meet Customer Needs
  • Manage Execution
  • Act Strategically
  • Think Creatively
  • Use Financial Data
  • Build Realistic Plans
  • Show Drive and Initiative
  • Develop Others
  • Foster Open Communication



Terri Sherman, Vice President-Industrial Foods, Ingredients & Flavors, Tom Sloan & Associates, tsherman@tsloan.com, 920-261-8890, Cell: 414-530-4171

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