Plant Operations Manager
Pioneer - Weslaco, TX

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Responsible for safe, effective and efficient management of plant production processes, typically at the location or country level. Plans for production resources (manpower, machinery, equipment and tools, facilities and raw materials) needed to develop high quality seed on-time to meet distribution, delivery and stock transport schedules. Manages internal and external relationships. Manages both plant production operations through subordinate staff having full accountabilities in their respective areas. Provides leadership and decisions to staff on operational questions related to their areas and responsibilities. May participate in field activities as determined by Production Location Manager. Duties/Responsibilities Leadership and Manager Accountability:
Coach, support and develop employees on your team in a manner that fosters effective collaboration and teamwork, demonstrating and modeling the Core Values. Enable and encourage direct reports to leverage their full potential and achieve business results.

Performance Management & Development:
Establish and support individual and team performance goals that are attainable and aligned with business strategy. Hold employees accountable for achieving performance results and demonstrating work behaviors that promote collaboration and teamwork in an effective manner while demonstrating and modeling the Core Values.

Coaching & Feedback:
Actively encourage and support employee and career development; coach staff in stretch assignments and skill development critical to employees’ jobs and overall career objectives.

Communicate effectively. Hold regular team meetings, providing timely business updates.

Manage Human Capital
Consult with Human Resources for guidance and to ensure compliance.Oversee and participate as needed in making or approving personnel decisions (hiring, promotion, discipline, status changes, merit and rewards administration, etc.).

Plan organize and direct the plant operations which ensure the most effective return on assets. Reviewing and approving plans for the control of planned production output, budget spending, material efficiency, engineering/maintenance effectiveness. Manage the daily plant operations which may include, but not limited to: receiving, harvest and drying, bulk management, conditioning, maintenance, inventory management, warehouse and distribution, ensuring on-time delivery to meet both business and customer needs.

Champion Business Improvement and Productivity Initiatives. Utilizing DuPont Production Systems (DPS) to identify and prioritize productivity improvement opportunities at location.

Tactical Planning (3-6 months). Participate in the labor planning needs assessment for all regular, temporary, and seasonal staff. Provide input and discuss proposals for the development of the plant business plan. Education and Experience Bachelor's degree in related area or equivalent required. Five to seven (5 -7) years experience in production operations. Supervisory or leadership experience important. Competencies Responsible for overseeing workflow and requires ability to look several months forward to anticipate labor needs, resource needs, space requirements, regulatory demands etc. Operations knowledge combined with priority management skills and the ability to supervise/handle multiple tasks at one time is critical. Must solve problems and make decisions in time sensitive conditions.

Core competencies include:
Ethics and values, Integrity and trust, change orientation, communications, work systems(DPS), building effective teams, driving for results, achievement of annual business and financial goals, oversight of plant operations, maintaining seed quality plan and standards, resource management and resource planning.

~cb~ 10/04/2012

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