Land O' Lakes Operations Specialist – (Manufacture) in Kent, Ohio


The Land O’Lakes Supply Chain & Operations division provides strategic leadership across the company’s many business units. The team plays a significant role in fueling revenue growth and profitability through operational excellence, quality, process improvement and innovation. By partnering closely with Finance, Marketing and Human Resources, the team delivers value to Land O’Lakes business units, members and customers.


Position Purpose:

This position will coordinate with R&D, the SOM (Strategic Operations Manager) and Headquarters regarding all aspects of product development trials in production. In addition, there are on-going capital improvements in the Kent facility. Both efforts require full-time coordination from the Kent production department. Without full-time attention, focus is lost on the day-to-day production requirements.

Experience-Education (Required):

Four-year degree required with emphasis in engineering or food science. We are seeking one (1) plus year experience in a manufacturing environment with a commitment and awareness to human safety. Based on performance and as opportunities arise, incumbent must be mobile as needed to advance into progressive roles within the company. Seek a person with strong leadership, problem and decision-making skills with excellent oral, written and presentation skills at various levels of the company.

Competencies-Skills (Required):

-This position will represent Kent, Ohio in coordinating and interacting with R&D, Management and Headquarters regarding all aspects of development trials in production.

  • In addition, there are on-going capital improvements in the Kent facility as well as continuous process improvement reviews that will be assigned to this position.

  • The incumbent will report to the Operations Manager but will frequently collaborate with and take direction from the Technical Services Manager.

  • This position provides technical support with process and line issues and will partner with production leadership in these efforts.

-This position will conduct training, lead team meetings and improve communications with the goal of enabling employees at the shop floor level of making informed decision. A result of these efforts will be to improve plant performance and efficiencies while improving employee satisfaction and employee relations.

-This individual will function as a fill-in production supervisor for all shifts and provides coordination and resources to assist in complying with all regulatory issues including safety, GMP's, environmental sanitation, and worker’s compensation.

-This position will mentor new production supervisors on day-to-day operations responsibilities to include Catalyst training, labor scheduling, and understanding production processes. Maintains and keeps immediate supervisor promptly informed of matters of significance concerning the department and takes/recommends corrective action where appropriate.

-This role will develop standard operating procedures for production employees. Conducts training with employees on the standard operating procedure. Monitors understanding and adherence to SOP's.

-The incumbent understands and enforces the union contract, attendance policy, work rules, GMP's, appropriate behavior in the workplace. Strong awareness and compliance to human and food safety is required.

-The incumbent in this position will work non-traditional hours (second and third shifts) as well as first shift to provide coverage as needed. Assignments will include working all three shifts on an intermittent basis.

-This individual will Lead PIT teams and other process improvement initiatives and serve as a subject matter expert for Land O'Lakes specific processes and production areas.

-This role interacts with maintenance, quality, engineering, and contractors as needed on projects.

-This role will develop and update process condition sheets as required.

-The incumbent will assist in the coordination activities for maintenance shutdowns for both Land O'Lakes employees and contractors.

-This role delivers input to engineering on capital improvements and serves as a go between for production and product management. This individual will assist in management of projects as needed.

-This position provides back up to the other Operations Specialist(s) and performs other duties as assigned.

Hours: This position is a 3rd shift role (11 PM – 7 AM). On occasion this individual may provide coverage on other shifts as needed.

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled. Land O’Lakes, Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Primary Location: US-Ohio-Kent
Job Function: Manufacturing and Operations
Organization: Supply Chain
Job Type: Experienced
Job Posting: Jun 19, 2017
Req ID: P-4543