Production Manager/Business Unit Leader
The Hershey Company - Robinson, IL

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United States - Illinois - Robinson - Global Operations - Full-time

Location: Robinson, IL

Responsible for the financial planning, as well as directing and managing the activities of hourly production personnel while safely and effectively meet the needs of their departments / areas in the plant. Responsible for adhering to contract / handbook, and complying with regulatory requirements, company / plant policies, procedures, rules in his / her area of responsibility. Responsible for coordinating, planning and providing direct leadership to the area Business Unit Team, area subordinates and shift counterparts.

Independently performs all assignments except the most complex or unusual only being given instructions as to the general results expected.

With minimal direction and input from senior leadership, independently proposes, plans, and executes projects to eliminate the root cause of manufacturing problems. Possesses the ability to assess the need, value the opportunities, implement the direct intervention of and lead Task Forces or Problem Solving Teams when complex, unresolved operational issues are encountered.

With minimal direction independently executes projects of extremely high complexity which have a large impact on the on the company's current and/or future business interests.

Possesses the ability to delegate necessary tasks to Team Members when required.

Independently provides guidance, direction and leadership to shift counterparts to ensure the overall success of their respective operations. Identifies and implements opportunities that enhance the competitive advantage of the department and plant. Meets and works directly with Plant Continuous Improvement Integration Manager and Industrial Engineering to analyze and provide cost justification for potential cost savings initiatives with your respective areas.

Ensure that the area of responsibility meets or exceeds line / department job performance standards, and all plant goals. Daily and weekly reviewing results with subordinates and shift counterparts. Using data or statistics to analyze data value opportunities, initiate recommendations / action plans for improved performance and monitor ongoing progress. Investigate root causes of substandard performances across all three respective shifts. Develop and implement plans with shift counterparts. Leading focus team efforts.

In support of the Business Unit Team, effectively and timely communicate appropriate information daily, weekly and monthly to all direct reports and peers by utilizing informal and formal communications - one on ones, huddles, meetings, postings, Business Unit communication boards, Team meetings, etc. Lead/coordinate preparation of communications for area/plant. Develop and present monthly Business Unit/CI Progress updates to Plant Staff each month. Fulfill the role of the lead Coordinator / Communicator to all department employees and shift counterparts.

Through Business Unit support, ensure compliance with established standards and procedures involving safety, sanitation, good manufacturing policies, housekeeping and other plant programs. Identify value and implement opportunities for improvement. Plan, schedule and conduct weekly Business Unit meetings that may include a cross functional group of Plant personnel. Directly involve subordinates from all three respective shifts and plant support groups. Delegate as necessary. Following the plan/process during the business unit meetings, manage the BU KPI boards. .

Coordinate labor staffing on a daily basis in coherence with budgeted staffing. Document exceptions and pursue approval if cost justified. Champion, coordinate and implement opportunities for improvement. Review weekly and monthly variance reports to identify potential opportunities. Work directly with Accounting to resolve any issues that may be uncovered and make recommendations for budget improvements.

Ensure compliance with administrative and reporting procedures, to include LPR, SAP (including SAP PM), and overtime, while adhering to the seniority provisions of the contract / handbook. Complete Q/A, Safety incident reporting, and action plans with 24 hours. Managing and improving line documents.

Education: B.A./B.S. Business Management or equivalent combination of formal supervisory training and experience strongly preferred.

Experience: Minimum 5 years manufacturing experience, preferably consumer packaged goods, including 3 years first-line supervisory role.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities:

  • Knowledge of production systems.
  • Managerial ability (communication skills, delegation, motivation, etc.).
  • Problem solving and decision making abilities.
  • Knowledge of provisions of Union contract.
  • Knowledge of product quality standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to work with and relate to all levels of personnel.
  • Ability to read/interpret production performance reports.
  • Experience in manufacturing supervision.
  • Cost accounting background (general understanding).
  • General engineering understanding.
  • Knowledge of Standards and Budgeting Process
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
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The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world...