Sherman, TX   /   Production Operations Manager

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Job Code: 1346
Job Title: Production Operations Manager
Location: Sherman, TX
Job Category: First/Mid Level Officials & Mgrs.

Job Description:
Position Summary:

The Production Operation Manager is vital in meeting the expectations and needs of customers related to the production process. This expectation can only be met by efficiently and sustainably leading, hiring, organizing, training, and coaching high performance work teams who are charged with operating and maintaining high speed beverage production and packing equipment. The Production Operation Manager insures that all safety, quality and food safety standards are met while relentlessly removing waste from the operation by applying appropriate lean tools and practices. The Production Operations Manager directly impacts the bottom line of the operation by insuring that the equipment is maintained and operated using standardized work systems and practices that improve productivity, by interacting with all areas of the Plant and the Company, while operating within or below budget.
The Production Operations Manager reports directly to the Texas Plant Manager.

Key Responsibilities / Essential Functions:

The Production Operation Manager for TX Plant provides leadership for the teams who are charged with transforming goods into sellable products. He / she is responsible for planning and executing the operation's daily activities for the benefit of employees, management, and customers. The Production Operation Manager TX Plant is part of the Leadership Team for the Site and as such will be participating in decisions related to the organizational aspect for the site. Key responsibilities / essential functions are listed below but not limited to:
• Set direction and drive Results Improvement for the Make/Pack/Ship production operations and all resources supporting the Core Operations, including inventory accuracy in transactions related to the Production of goods.
• Clarify priorities and use appropriate Lean processes and tools to drive out Waste(s) and improve the Cost Structure for the Site.
• Ensure the Right people are in the Right roles with the Right skills doing the Right work with the Right sense of urgency to Improve Results.
• Ensure Technicians are delivering Maintenance expectations for the Plant, for instance delivering Proactive Maintenance.
• Ensure appropriate Communications throughout the organization (Plant and Corporate) that drive Action and support Organization Priorities.
• Engage heavily in Daily Management Activities with Teams and Individuals through Hands-On Leadership, Coaching and Execution of Work, physical labor will be required occasionally.
• Use/Implement adequate and regular Review Processes to Track and reinforce progress vs plans to Close Gaps.
• Be a Champion and a role model for People Development across the site.
• Hold self, individual employees and collective teams Accountable do deliver Improved Results.
• Personally own and role model Safety and Quality systems and expectations. Active Leadership in these areas is a must.
• Work effectively and appropriately across Plant and Functional boundaries to ensure best solutions and practices for the Company as a whole.

Quality / Safety:
• Lead and manage to ensure Safe, Quality production of products that add Value to the Customer.
• Personally lead and own appropriate Safety and Quality systems to role model behaviors.
• Coach, teach and develop the plant Safety and Quality leaders as a member of the plant Safety Committee.
• Ensure that all plant, legal and/or regulatory practices and procedures for Safety, Quality, and Production are properly followed and implemented.
• Maintain a clean and orderly work environment for self and the plant
• Report immediately to your Site Quality Leader all conditions that may pose a risk to product food safety and/or quality. Food Safety is everyone's Responsibility.
• Responsible for maintenance safety and regulatory compliance, including record keeping.

Site leadership and direction setting:
• Drive Improvements in Plant Manufacturing Operations
• Continually drive OEE improvement to meet and sustain targets for each Value Stream
• Lead/manage improvements across all aspects for Making, Packaging and Shipping
• Lead, drive, use Lean resources and tools to drive out Waste(s)
• Ensure Standard Work Processes are followed and continually improved
• Ensure Kaizens are done daily, weekly and ongoing to build skills and improve results.
• Ensure systems and processes are used to track and develop operational and technical skill improvement and utilization.
• Serve as a key contributor to site direction setting as co-facilitator of the site leadership team.
• Support and help drive overall results for the plant: Productivity, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety, and Morale.
• Coordinate, prepare and deliver site performance reports as required.
• Make recommendations for positive change, involving process redesign and supply chain effectiveness.
• Be prepared to serve as the back up to the plant manager in his absence.
• Support day-to-day results by flowing to the work in addition to the medium and long-term project work.
• Other duties as may be assigned.
• Lead/own individual and team Performance Management and accountability systems for their direct reports.

Cost Responsibility:
• Lead/manage in a way that continually focuses on Cost reductions.
• Drive our Waste(s) daily and coach/teach others to do the same.
• Own Operations budgeting and Cost Center accountability for the Make/Pack/Ship operations.
• Manage Cost to deliver the Budget. Budget is considered maximum spend.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

Proven experience leading and driving results improvement through:
• Using Lean systems tools
• Working knowledge of FDA regulations, SQF, HACCP and GMP manufacturing requirements
• Working knowledge of OSHA Safety regulations and requirements
• Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint and order applicable software
• Experience in managing and coordinating multiple complex projects
• Strong planning and organizational skills
• Being a Lead Change Agent
• Coaching, leading and developing leaders in the organization to ensure results improvement, focus and contribution
• Continually assessing and evaluating skills and contributions of employees to understand gaps vs. required results.

Educational Background:

The person should have +10 yrs. of experience in related technical areas (Mechanical, E&I, Operation) with successful track record of achievement, commensurate work and leadership experience with progressive and expanding roles and responsibilities or completed a bachelor's degree, demonstrated knowledge of Lean / Six Sigma across the supply chain.


• Minimum of 5 yrs. of managerial experience in Food and Beverage, experience in project management, and working knowledge of FDA, SQF, HACCP, OSHA and GMP regulations, working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
• Proficient in maintenance systems implementation and execution focusing on preventative and predictive maintenance.
• Experience in high speed beverage production and automated packing equipment.
• Preferred Rockwell and Wonderware programming software for controls and instrumentation.
• This position may require periodic travel to other sites to assist on kaizens or projects and may require in certain occasions physical work, such as moving cases, carrying change over parts, maintenance tasks.

Business: Harvest Hill Beverages Company ("HHBC") markets, produces and sells beverages under the SunnyD, Juicy Juice, Little Hug, Veryfine, Fruit2O, Nutrament and Daily's brand names in North America. The beverages are sold through grocery, mass, club, dollar, convenience and other similar retail outlets. SunnyD is located primarily in the chilled dairy section of retail outlets while Juicy Juice and Hug are located in the ambient juice section. Revenue of HHBC is approximately $800 million. The companies generate solid cash flow, which is used to pay down debt, invest in innovative products and return cash to owners. Brynwood Partners, the private equity owner, expects to stabilize revenue while reducing costs. Once the goals are accomplished, the owners will attempt to the sell the company as platform for future growth to a domestic or international strategic investor, another private equity investor or to the public.

Sunny Delight Beverages Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans & the disabled are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or national, permanent resident, refugee or asylee, or temporary resident under the legalization program of the 1986 Immigration Act. Sunny Delight Beverages Company does not offer practical training positions nor sponsor foreign citizens to obtain work visa or permanent residency (except for certain highly specialized roles such as some R&D positions requiring Doctorate degrees.)

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