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Job Location: Santa Maria, CA

Job #: 8122
Title: Plant Manager
Job Location: Santa Maria, California - United States
Employment Type:
Salary: $125,000.00 - $175,000.00 - US Dollars - Yearly
Other Compensation: Annual bonus eligibility
Employer Will Recruit From: Nationwide
Relocation Paid?: Yes


The Plant Manager will lead a large fruit processing operation for a global non-GMO, organic foods company. Very high visibility role in the organization with opportunity for growth. This position provides overall plant leadership and directs the Manufacturing, Packaging, Warehousing, Distribution, Quality, Human Resources, Safety, Customer Service, and purchasing functions at the plant level. This position is also responsible for insuring that products are produced in a safe, sanitary environment conforming to recognized industry GMPs and delivered in accordance with industry standards and customer specifications.


  • Establish cost savings and goals involving staff, vendors and customers to achieve the lowest possible manufacturing costs.
  • Develop and implement effective supply chain management programs linking procurement, processing, packaging, and distribution into a seamless process and insuring that adequate programs are in place in all disciplines to ensure maximum efficiency.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all business functions internal and external to the plant. Efficiently utilize all equipment, raw material, packaging materials and staff to insure the lowest possible cost.
  • Establish plant quality programs that insure the compliance with all federal, state, local and customer requirements. Insures that in line quality controls are established to detect and correct quality failures and reduce out of specification product. Insure that adequate reporting is in place to facilitate continuous improvement programs and provide efficient tractability and recall requirements.
  • Insure that all Health and Safety programs comply with state and federal regulations. Conduct monthly progress and training meetings. Insure that all accident reports and records are timely and in compliance.
  • Insure compliance with all company GMPs, local, state, and federal regulatory agencies; organic certifying organizations and, Kosher organization and third party certifying agencies.
  • Work with current and existing customers to develop an environment of mutual trust and understanding assuring the company as the supplier of choice for manufacturing and packaging.
  • Coordinate all plant purchasing activities establishing and delegating accountabilities and signing authority as may be appropriate.
  • Work closely with the Maintenance Manager developing preventative maintenance programs and procedures to reduce mechanical downtime and insuring that breakdowns are repaired with a minimum of processing disruption.
  • Conduct weekly meetings with the Maintenance and Production Manager to develop corrective action plans and assigns priorities relative to improving production reliability and reducing downtime.
  • Establish effective communication practices that provide operating information to operators, staff and upper management on a daily, monthly basis insuring that all parts of the company have the information necessary to affect continuous improvement. Items to be covered; identify issues, production schedules, cost controls, budget compliance and implementation of corrective action plans.
  • Insure that Human Resources programs are in place addressing the selection, training, development, motivation, and cultural expectations of all plant employees and the company. Insure that job descriptions are up to date and that reviews are conducted on a periodic basis, at a minimum annually.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Responsible for direct reports: Production Supervisors, Maintenance Manager, Warehouse Manager, Quality Manager, Planner/Buyer and other plant management roles. Indirect reports consist of multiple shifts for production operators, warehouse operators, maintenance techs, and other operational positions.


  • Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering, operations or related field.
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of experience in production engineering, production supervision and plant management in the foods industry
  • Strong preference for experience in produce and/or agribusiness operations.
  • Must have experience leading a site with seasonal workforce.
  • Bilingual Spanish required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage human relations issues in a non-union environment.
  • Must be a self-starter capable of developing and maintaining a team environment.

University - Bachelor`s Degree/3-4 Year Degree

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