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Production Manager
Ref No.: 15-02512
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Position Type:Direct Placement
Start Date: 10/15/2015
Job Description
General Purpose:
Responsible for ensuring that DFA products are produced and distributed to the highest food safety and quality standards. Develop and maintain operational standards and parameters for all processes including all aspects of safety and productivity. Responsible for the ethical execution of contractual agreements set forth by the management team to operate the facility in a safe, progressive manner.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership in developing and maintaining a sound team effort among all workers.
  • Monitor on going plant operations in all areas and report deficiencies to the Plant Manager and resolve any operational issues.
  • Monitor inventory levels of supplies and equipment and initiates purchases thereof.
  • Monitor accurate records of inventory, rework and other product categories; assists accounting in resolving inventory questions.
  • Develop, implement and up-date plant operations of all processes.
  • Maintains the position of authority and accountability for employee relations. Communicates work and company information to employees on a regular basis; seeks employees' opinions and ideas.
  • Develop and carry out plant safety programs.
  • Reports to the Plant Manager and is the highest-ranking official at the site in the absence of the Plant Manager.
  • Must spend a minimum of 4 hours per day on the floor interacting with all the operational employees (Operators, Packagers, Milk Receivers and Lab Techs) to be effective in this position.
  • This position is required to track all environmental measured items and report them to facility management, including Waste Treatment Plant reporting, Dryer operating hours, and any other related items.
  • Inform Plant Manager and Plant Engineer of production and equipment irregularities.
  • Review product shrinkage issues, investigate root cause and resolve issues. Work with supervision to manage production practices that prevent / reduce product shrinkage.
  • Oversight of Operations Master Sanitation Schedule, equipment and facility cleanliness in compliance with regulatory, third party auditing firms, and customer expectations. Oversight of CIP systems in relation to current sanitation chemicals vendor's service program / DFA expectations.
  • Work with Plant Engineer with respect to equipment function / programming issues.
  • Facilitate monthly shift meetings with supervisors for all production shifts. Coordinate safety meetings for the plant monthly. Production Manager to define meeting agenda.
  • Facilitate monthly meeting with the Plant Manager and Plant Engineer, for continuous improvement. Solicit agenda / discussion items.
  • Responsible for creating shift work schedules and coordinating requested vacation time coverage to maintain production schedule.
  • Responsible for creating weekly schedule required to meet production requirements.
  • Responsible for accurate shift records of receipts, production activities, and shipments, as required.
  • Review / update / oversee training materials and training parameters as defined by a Job Description and training sign-off checklist.
  • Verify that consistent management of DFA GMP's such that work tasks are consistent with all corporate and regulatory quality and sanitation requirements.
  • Demonstrate leadership for safety programs by directing all safety meetings, and develop a safety team promoting safety awareness. Coordinate completion of annual safety training as defined by DFA Insurance & Safety. Schedule safety training during slower production periods working with production schedule to minimize overtime.
  • Complete supervisor's annual performance reviews working with Facility Manager. Work with Facility Manager to complete annual merit increase recommendations.
  • Responsible for completing and discussing disciplinary actions with direct reports as necessary.
  • All other duties as assigned or directed.
Education and Experience
  • Minimum of ten (10) years in a food-processing environment, preferably in dry milk production.
  • Five years managerial/leadership experience.
  • Safety/OSHA knowledge and understanding.
  • SAP experience preferred
  • Labor relations experience preferred.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel and other report writing tools.
  • Excellent quantitative, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Interpersonal skills. Strong teamwork skills. Strong communication skills.