Production Manager

Chicago, Illinois

Position Description:

Performs functions to direct and coordinate the activities and workflow of several production lines with full accountability for results in terms of safety, costs, methods, quality and quantity of production, and personnel.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates and directs various departments and personnel to minimize or eliminate down time
  • Provides support to operations through creative problem solving, adaptation, and working with all departments to correct problems to maximum plant efficiency
  • Ensures all products are manufactured in compliance with approved specifications
  • Suggests and implements process improvements, which will increase safety and quality, while reducing costs
  • Provides status reports to the Operations Leadership and other senior managers including any safety, personnel, process, or maintenance issues that have occurred
  • In collaboration with day shift production manager, create processes and systems to have consistency among shifts and operations.
  • Ensures processes are compliant with company, state, and federal regulatory agencies' policies and requirements
  • Coordinates, communicates, and follows up on mechanical needs and repairs of maintenance staff necessary on your shift to keep operations running and assist mechanics in completing repairs when required
  • Contributes to the company's continuous improvement program by providing unsolicited recommendations for improving all areas operations
  • Has deep knowledge of the process operations at front line levels and provide active involvement with training all personnel.
  • Performs other functions as assigned

Supervisory/Management Responsibilities:
  • Hires, fires, coaches, counsels, and motivates staff
  • Responsible for supervising and directing employees, including production supervisors, operators, mechanics, technicians, and laborers
  • Assists with administration of timecards and approval of time off requests
  • Oversees employee participation and adherence to food safety and employee safety programs and policies
  • Manages staff by orienting and training employees on company rules, safety, and job functions, including new process workflows and designs
  • Guides the enforcement of systems, policies, and procedures consistently and fairly
  • Resolves personnel issues in accordance with company guidelines and policies and participate in union grievance meetings as necessary

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • 5 - 7 years of manufacturing experience
  • 3 - 5 years of management or leadership experience
  • Previous experience with OSHA regulations, USDA preferred
  • Proficient with computers, specifically Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of ERP system functionality preferred

  • Analytical Thinking: The ability to tackle a problem by using a logical, systematic sequential approach.
  • Interpersonal Influence: Able to help people rapidly become comfortable with him/her; rapidly assess and understand the individual style preferences of the key people in the customer's organization; and rapidly adapt to the preferences of the customer.
  • Drive for Results: Dedicated to achieving the best results by taking a dynamic approach to work, perseveres and uses metrics to analyze performance.
  • Innovation: Able to see ways of adding value to the customer in current and new products.
  • Action Orientation: Maintaining a sense of urgency to complete a task. Seeks information rather than waiting for it.

Leadership: Guide, mentor, and coach employees. Be able to assess and assign Individual Development Plans to develop more effective and engaged employees


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