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Operations Manager

Purina Mills

Purina Mills

St Joseph, MO, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2023
Operations Manager

Provides leadership and management to the production departments and oversees all manufacturing activities to meet safety, environmental, quality, production, and cost objectives. Manages process introductions, production schedules, production procedures and continuous improvement efforts for each manufacturing area. Provides guidance and direction to production staff’s training and development needs in order to maintain a competitive and competent workforce within the departments.


EHS: Responsible for following and enforcing company environmental, health and safety policies. Enforce work rules fairly and consistently. Provides leadership and participation in process safety related management programs. Participates in and is responsible for production related actions associated with hazard analysis and process safety reviews. Ensures that all production departments complete pre-production startup reviews and environmental, safety and health related pre-startup protocols.

Staff/Staffing: Manage direct and temporary labor services to provide maximum throughput while minimizing costs. Ensure products are produced in accordance with plant schedule and required product specifications. Instill accountability in employees to perform at a higher level. Cross train employees to facilitate flexibility and responsiveness. Maintain and update production protocols at the customer’s request.

Operations: Provide leadership within the process areas in an effort to drive process performance and improvements to achieve maximized business profitability by increasing throughputs, reducing losses, and improving overall morale. Develop and/or approve production batch procedures to ensure quality products are produced in a safe and effective manner. Responsible for meeting budgeted financial plans, controlling expenses and minimizing facility repairs. Provide customer support and liaison with the customer support group to ensure that their needs are addressed satisfactory. Prepare and analyze various weekly and monthly reports. Other duties as assigned.

Technical: Understand operational and technical issues and work directly with plant management and the technical group to identify required objectives and allocate resources appropriately. Facilitate and aid upcoming equipment or system changes driven by business cost reductions, product innovations/renovations and shifts in inventory management. Responsible for the safe introduction of new processes and products into the facility.

Required Experience/Knowledge (to be able to perform this job):

  • BS degree in Engineering (Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering preferred), Operations, or related field; or 10+ years of operational leadership experience will be considered.

  • 5+ of industrial manufacturing experience in a leadership/supervision role with an understanding of general plant production, safety, and environmental needs is highly desirable.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills – both supervisory and customer/constituents.

  • Working knowledge of computers, basic application software, and process control systems; proficiency in M/S applications needed.

  • ERP knowledge helpful. Experiences in ag chem processing, toll and batch operations are very beneficial.

  • Some experience with packaging/logistics operational responsibility is desired.

  • Excels in a fast paced, changing environment.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills along with talent management and development.

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