HP Hood LLC DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS - Cultured Products in Syracuse, New York

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Sr. Operations Director, the Director of Operations will oversee the manufacturing activities of multiple sites, ensuring manufacturing/warehousing cost, safety standards, and quality standards are achieved.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, direct and provide leadership necessary for achieving plant and corporate goals in the area of Safety, Quality, Labor Relations, Customer Service, and Cost (CPU and Variances).
  • Responsible for the successful attainment of Production, Quality and Safety objectives, implementation of policies, and most effective utilization of available resources while ensuring all customer, regulatory and legal requirements are followed.
  • Contributes to development of annual budget, performance goals and process and operational improvements.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal requirements concerning dairy processing, environmental, safety, and working conditions.
  • Responsible for training and development of direct reports.
  • Stay abreast of new technologies associated with the industry, through trade magazines, training classes and technical manuals.
  • Implement, manage and evaluate operation processes and procedures, in accordance with the standards and procedures set out by the organization.
  • Supervise plant Sr. leadership; ensure their functional objectives are being carried out; coach them towards improved performance and working jointly as a single team
  • Oversee expanding capital installations and integrate new customers and product lines into existing production and distribution
  • Provide leadership for effective employee relations through positive proactive communication, coaching, training, problem resolution, and follow up. Work with each site on employee tenement initiatives.
  • Manage safety programs and procedures to exceed company goals on both leading and lagging indicators.
  • Support continuous improvement of Production, Safety and food safety management systems.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
  • 10-12 years of year’s progressive management experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Industry experience within dairy required with strong preference towards cultured-dairy products.
  • Budgeting and planning experience required.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives.
  • Operations management responsibility in a 7X24 operation.
  • Excellent communication and follow-up skills with a strong drive for continuous improvement.
  • Knowledge of PMO and other related regulatory guidelines as well as interaction with federal and state government employees.
  • Experience in building functional teams.
  • Experience with filling, and packaging.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor 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.