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Plant Manager

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Location: Oxnard, CA, United States

Job Function: Operations

Req Number: 266

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We are a global leader in food & beverage ingredients. Pioneers at heart, we operate at the forefront of consumer trends to provide food & beverage manufacturers with products and ingredients that will delight their consumers. Making a positive impact on people and planet is all part of the delight. With a deep-rooted presence in the countries where our ingredients are grown, we are closer to farmers, enabling better quality, and more reliable, traceable and transparent supply. Supplying products and ingredients at scale is just the start. We add value through our unique, complementary portfolio of natural, delicious and nutritious products. With our fresh thinking, we help our customers unleash the sensory and functional attributes of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices so they can create naturally good food & beverage products that meet consumer expectations. And whoever we’re with, whatever we’re doing, we always make it real.


Position Summary:


Reporting to the Vice President, Operations, the Plant Manager will be responsible for the production and logistics activities at the facility. This position will be the primary liaison to the Corporate Team and manage a multi-shift operation across various departments.  In addition, this role has responsibility for directing and controlling elements of the production operations within capital and operating budget parameters for the facility.  The Plant Manager will formulate strategic production plans that are consistent with company future planning in terms of facilities, equipment, machinery, and personnel. In addition, the Plant Manager will be responsible to lead, develop and mentor plant leadership and collaborate with supporting functions. 


The ideal candidate for this position will work effectively in a team environment. The Plant Manager will be able to delegate work, motivate a team, and adjust plans as needed to ensure production goals are met. This individual should have strong leadership skills and a proven track record of successful manufacturing management. 


Position Responsibilities:


  • Provide leadership, coaching, mentoring and guidance to plant management throughout floor level associates, focusing on talent acquisition, retention, and development. 
  • Responsible for safety, food safety, quality, product availability, customer service and cost performance within the facility by leading with a zero-injury mentality and partnering with Safety, Health and Sustainability (SH&S) representative to drive safety initiatives across the facility.
  • Provide leadership in delivering the world’s greatest food.
  • Collaboratively work to delight our customers every day.
  • Ensure that the facility is adding value to ofi every day.
  • Develop scorecards and metrics to ensure plant’s productivity meet targeted goals.  
  • Collect and analyze data to develop and implement continuous improvement initiatives to drive quality and/or production goals.
  • Approve and implement changes to production methods or material handling procedures.
  • Stay abreast of new and changing technology and regulatory requirements. 
  • Manage assigned teams to ensure they maintain plant and grounds in sanitary condition to achieve and assure ongoing Global Food Safety Initiatives (GFSI) certification. 
  • Provide insight and guidance to Finance teams to create annual operating budget. Adhere to the plant’s operating budget including standard output and compliance to budget reports. 
  • Partner with Engineering to introduce new products, programs, and capital equipment. 
  • Develop and implement labor strategies that are in alignment with demand and business priorities. 
  • Balance daily management with long-term strategic planning to ensure business success.
  • Set clear and meaningful performance expectations for direct reports as well as establishing performance objectives for dotted line responsibilities of manufacturing support and direct labor associates. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, major in Food Processing, Engineering, Food Science or Business Administration is preferred.   
  • Ten (10) years of progressive manufacturing management experience is required.  Experience in lean manufacturing/Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) or other operational excellence approach is required.  
  • Proven ability to effectively manage and train teams is required.  
  • Previous work experience managing budgets and production financial data is required.
  • Excellent planning and general management skills are required. 
  • Good computer skills are required.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint are required.    
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple demands in a team environment is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written, is required.
  • Bilingual, English and Spanish is preferred.



The pay for this role in the state of CA ranges from $170,000 - $221,000 and is based on the position responsibilities and geographic location. Actual pay within this range may be determined based on candidate’s experience, qualifications and/or other determining factors.


Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.


ofi provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. All employment will be decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us for support at: [email protected]


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