3P Partners

  • Vice President Plant Operations

    Job Locations US
    Job ID
    Operations/Plant Managers/Engineering
  • Overview

    The Vice President of Plant Operations will develop, execute, and maintain a strategy to optimize the multiple site plant productivity while maintaining a focus on product quality, safety, regulatory compliance, and customer service.  Additional responsibilities include the hands-on leadership of the Continuous Improvement and Technical Services Departments, oversight for capital projects relating to plant and line extensions, as well as short- and long-term business planning and execution.

    Job Function

    • In a multi-plant environment, ensure manufacturing reliability, budgeted operating performance and positive organizational culture through the leadership and management of plant teams.  
    • Develop a plant management team that is effective in recruiting, training & managing plant personnel to realize effectiveness and efficiency objectives.  
    • Ensure that the plants are a safe place to work through effective safety programs. 
    • Develop and implement fact-based metrics that are timely and accurate to manage and evaluate operating results on an on-going basis. 
    • Identification of needed capital improvements and oversight of capex project budgets and implementation.  
    • Development and execution of continuous improvement projects in all operating aspects, vendor negotiations, and product performance.  
    • Provide the finance department with timely financial and management information for proper budgeting and reporting and facilitate implementation of all new ERP/ Data Systems. 
    • Contribute as a member of cross-functional teams such as Product Development, quality, supply chain, CSR, and others.  
    • SQF Support – Responsible for development, training, implementation and compliance to the SQF program. Oversight of our Food Safety and Food Quality (HACCP & SQF) programs. 
    • Work with COO as support to strategic projects as well as support for Board level operating decisions. 

    Job Requirements

    • Prefer Bachelor’s degree in Dairy/Food Science/Food Engineering. 
    • Minimum 15 years professional experience in food manufacturing, preferably dairy. 
    • Experience managing multiple processing plants  
    • Demonstrated experience in creating and working with high-performance teams. 
    • Demonstrated management skills and abilities, with experience leading a team of at least 300 people. 
    • Outstanding communication skills and team building. 
    • High level of emotional intelligence. 
    • Detail-oriented, team member, quick problem solver. 
    • Experience with UHT/UP processing and ESL filling. Experience in aseptic processing and packaging preferred. 
    • Product development experience a plus. 
    • Major capital project implementation experience, including addition of new equipment lines, and build-out of growth facilities. 
    • Thorough knowledge of regulatory requirements for food processing, dairy preferred. 
    • Knowledge of Organic Standards for food processing. 
    • Strong, honest work ethic with ability to handle multiple tasks daily. 
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license, reliable mode of transportation and proof of automobile insurance with required levels of coverage.  


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