VP of Manufacturing

About you:
What does real food mean to you Is your favorite dish a cheesy casserole Perhaps a decadent and indulgent ice cream Either way, your identification with food is important to us. People who fit well here at Company have a commitment to quality in everything they do. Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work and good, honest values.
About us:?
Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work and good, honest values. We live by these shared values: We are Good Stewards, We believe in Uncompromising Quality, We work as One Team, We Play to Win, and We Genuinely Care for each other.?
What you will do:
We are conducting an executive search for a Vice, Manufacturing who will report to the Company Executive Vice President, Operations and be accountable for all Company manufacturing facilities and operations (two Oregon locations, three plants).? This executive will share the leadership team?s commitments to people, quality, service and productivity and their staff, and reviewing documentation in RedZone and other systems of records.
Here?s a day in the life:

  • Supervise Directors of Plant Operations (two) with full accountability for all manufacturing employees, processes, equipment and output.

  • Oversee manufacture of all Company-produced products including cheese, ice cream (rapid growth anticipated), ingredients and Company?s new powder products. This encompasses purchasing, production, inventory, quality control, buildings and equipment.

  • Oversee Company?s new Columbia River Technology partnership with Fonterra (New Zealand dairy cooperative). .

  • Continue building Company?s ?culture of continuous improvement?, with attention to process controls, ?lean six-sigma systems? and ?balanced scorecards.?

  • Ensure achievement of the company?s ?annual productivity plan?, which entails cost reduction targets and process improvements.

  • Continue implementation of Company?s ?leadership approach to management? through use of effective people selection, development systems and processes.

  • Contribute to achievement of Company?s growth plan with special attention to long-term milk supply and on-going capital expenditure planning.

  • Achieve effective results relative to the Operations Scorecard, which identifies Key Performance Indicators, and related goals and month-to-date performance data.

Skills you?ll need:
Bachelor?s Degree or equivalent experience
1.? Several years of successful senior management of food products manufacturing, preferably dairy products, with emphasis on high performance organizations producing multiple products in multiple locations.? We prefer dairy experience relating to milk components and their uses and yields; pasteurization processes; food safety requirements; and cheese making processes and recipes.
2.? Experience with applicable leading-edge practices in production, logistics, information technology, human capital development and continuous improvement methodologies.? Of special interest are experiences in the following:
a.? Building a culture of continuous improvement
b.? Lean six-sigma systems
c.? Balanced scorecard usage
d.? Run-right processes
e.? Servant leadership concepts
f.? Employee selection and development, utilizing servant leadership principles
g.? Building credibility with front-line employees through proven touch-points
3.? Financial acumen, able to understand and improve production costs and efficiencies.
4.? Strong team orientation, with experience in culture and team development.
5.? Other requirements:
a.? Impeccable integrity, honesty and past behavior.? Nothing in a candidate?s history should embarrass Company or detract from the VP?s effectiveness as a leader and role model.
b.? Self-starter with a burning desire to get things done, with enthusiasm.? Must willingly seek and take accountability.? Strong work ethic is essential.
c.? A high-level thinker who can plan effectively and manage where details and disciplined execution are essential.? Must be comfortable coaching peers and team members, thus requiring professional maturity.
d.? A career record of stability and success.


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