As Production Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring high performance execution of plant production activities across multiple shifts and/or departments to produce products that meet established quality, customer service, safety, innovation and cost metrics consistent with schedules and policies. You will ensure systems, processes, and resources are in place to provide optimal cost savings and efficient production of grain-based food products for our customers. To succeed, you must be able to:
Deliver results in first-time situations by inspiring others and working to earn trust every day
Serve others with understanding, respect, and care
Operate with simplicity, clarity and transparency
Deal with and drive change
Organize, prioritize and own multiple tasks while meeting or exceeding deadlines
Learn and apply new technology, and share your knowledge with others
Above all you will be expected to carry out all your activities with reliability, integrity, compliance and in a safe, environmentally responsible, and efficient manner.
Drive safety initiatives to ensure injury-free performance including monthly safety training, observation audits, daily employee toolbox meetings, and near-miss / first-aid root cause and corrective action
Develops/supervises and provides coaching to salary and hourly operation team members using the Ardent Mills core values and guiding principles
Maintain compliance with company policies, regulatory requirements, quality specifications, safety standards and sanitation practices
Develop and execute plans on a weekly and monthly basis to achieve cost efficient and accurate packaging, warehouse operations and bulk loading processes
Maintain asset reliability by working closely with the reliability team on preventative care as well as through operator care activities
Develop, participate and lead process improvement initiatives including Centerlining, Preventative Maintenance, Pristine, 5S and ELEMEDS (Every Load, Every Mill, Every Day Safely)
Drive improvement and efficiency through GAP analysis and metric based monitoring
Participate in and lead team through customer issue follow-up and corrective actions
Leverage computer systems and automation process across facility for production efficiency
Essential skills and experience:
Bachelor’s degree or High School diploma/GED equivalent with 4 years of production experience
Minimum of 2 years’ experience having leadership responsibilities in an industrial environment (milling, agricultural, food production, or equivalent)
Demonstrated experience with leading others, including performance management, coaching, and development within a production environment
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to implement LEAN practices and tools to improve processes
Experience managing projects and driving data-based decision making process
Good to have:
3+ years of production leadership experience
Experience managing in a Union environment
Knowledge and experience in continuous improvement methodologies, tools, trends and best practices
Physical requirements and working conditions (with or without reasonable accommodation):
Ability to perform work at a computer and other administrative/managerial tasks
Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as is required by the operating areas (i.e. safety glasses, protective footwear, hard hat, hearing protection and, at times, a respirator or a harness)
Ability to work a rotating schedule including nights, weekends and holidays
Ability to work a machine-paced continuous process that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with conditions which include:
Hot/Cold temperatures (inclement weather)
Dusty environment (to include Wheat/Gluten allergens)
Frequent moving/vibration/ or other motion of equipment/processes
Ability to perform work safely which may require:
Frequently standing, walking, rotating, bending/stooping, twisting, crouching, kneeling, balancing and reaching or lifting at varying heights and levels
Frequently climbing stairs and/or ladders
Occasionally lifting, shoveling and/or carrying
Occasionally pushing and/or pulling
Working in confined or elevated places
Must be able to read, interpret instruction and technology and communicate effectively in English
Must be willing to work alongside your team including long days (days, evenings, and nights) as well as weekends or holiday work.
Must be authorized to work in the Unites states without sponsorship now and in the future
Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test and pre-employment background check
At Ardent Mills, everyone matters and everyone has a voice. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and team members and the decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, aboriginality, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, age, political affiliation, or any other non-merit characteristic protected by law or not. Together, celebrating our differences, we make Ardent Mills.
The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills.
Address:145 W. Broadway Street, Alton IL, 62002
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Employment Type:Full time
“When I first joined Ardent Mills, I was new to food and flour production. I wanted to learn everything I could, and the team was ready to teach. As a result, I have received more responsibility and ownership of my job”Chris Rivas - Pack Load Warehouse Utility
While the experience of applying for a job at Ardent Mills may vary from mill to mill and from role to role, it almost always involves following the same basic process outlined below:
Our talent acquisition team will review your resume to check you have the experience and qualifications we are looking for. Everyone who applies for a job at Ardent Mills receives a response from us, so we will email you to let you know the outcome whether you have been successful or not.
A member of our talent acquisition team may speak to you on the phone to find out more about you and determine whether you are potentially a good fit for the role.
If the hiring team thinks you could be the person they are looking for, you are likely to be invited to an interview.
As the successful applicant, you will be made a verbal offer followed by a written one. Once you have accepted our offer, you will need to go through a background check and potential other pre-employment contingencies, which can take up to 10 business days.