JOB OPENINGS

Operations Manager

POSTED DATE

July 10, 2019 

LOCATION

Rochester, NY

JOB SUMMARY

Currently, we are looking for a motivated, interdisciplinary individual to help complete assembly and launch production of our new French fry manufacturing facility in Rochester, NY.  The Operations Manager would have a range of responsibilities from line instillation and optimization to overseeing product production.  For the right candidate, the position would serve a pivotal role within the organization, coordinating closely with the R&D, Food Safety, and the management teams to realize commercialization of new products and technologies.  We are seeking a dedicated, thoughtful individual with the creativity to tackle novel projects that come with innovative food processing, an attraction to the high-paced, multifaceted start-up environment, and enthusiasm to join the organization at this early stage.

 

WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE

  • Farther Farms’ processing facility is successfully constructed and launched according to targeted milestone deadlines;

  • The organization is able to sell a food safe, consistent product into the market;

  • The manufacturing facility is maintained in a clean, organized, and functional state, and all food safety plans, regulations, and schedule processes are followed;

  • Through your leadership you have created a safe work environment, and prioritized a culture of growth opportunities, training, and development with your team;

  • With your organization, leadership, and knowledge, you are seen as an indispensable member of the company; in addition to the smooth operation of the manufacturing facility, you bridge the gap between concept, research, and commercialization with your knowledge, functional expertise, and insight.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • 5+ years of broad-based food manufacturing operations management experience;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of HACCP, GMP’s practices, USDA and FDA regulations, GFSI schemes, SGF/PCQI/BRC and/or Better Process Control;

  • Lean, Kaizen, Six Sigma experience in a manufacturing environment;

  • Supervisory experience, management education, and/or demonstrated planning, organizing, goal setting, controlling, self-development, decision making, and presentation skills;

  • A Bachelor's degree is required.  A Master’s degree or higher is preferred.  Degree in engineering or sciences preferred;

  • Experience with potato processing preferred.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee and manage completion of Farther Farms’ process facility:

    • Facilitate processing line equipment installation and optimization;

    • Manage, coordinate, and direct all activities with external consultants, engineers, and contractors;

    • Lead efforts with utility suppliers, environmental agencies, raw material suppliers, and secondary ingredient suppliers necessary for the completion of the facility and launch of production;

    • Oversee trial runs in anticipation of go-live;

    • Coordinate openly with the management team and participate in strategic decision-making.

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of Farther Farms’ potato processing plant:

    • Oversee and ensure production output, product quality, and on-time shipping and delivery;

    • Build and manage a team of employees - including hiring, assignment of responsibilities, and scheduling – and foster an environment of growth opportunities and development, consistent with company culture;

    • Provide effective training to your team to enhance performance; establish a safety-first culture;

    • Develop meaningful, actionable metrics to accurately record quality, safety, and efficiency performance, and develop comprehensive plans for improvement against these metrics;

    • Participate in the development and implementation of food safety and regulatory plans including assisting the Chief Technology Officer and Food Safety team with the build-out of food safety plans and associated production-level SOP' s;

    • Lead implementation of and ensure continued compliance to food safety plans, regulations, and sanitation plans; reassess adequacy of HACCP Plan continually and whenever any changes occur;

    • Report food safety and quality problems to the food safety and management teams immediately;

    • Identify field and plant problems for corrective action and ensure actions are properly carried out;

    • Identify processes, implement improvements, and communicate on a regular basis plans that support the goals of the organization;

    • Ensure materials, manpower, and equipment are utilized in the most efficient manner;

    • Prepare milestone-driven plans, timelines, and budgets to ensure a focused, streamlined execution of projects;

    • When needed, interface with the public, lead facility tours, and participate in conversations with customers and strategic parties as identified by the management team. 

 

COMPENSATION AND POSITION DETAILS

This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits.  Compensation commensurate with experience.

Candidates must have valid work authorization and be able to work in the U.S. without company sponsorship

Farther Farms is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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