Production Manager - Woodbridge, ON
Rich's - Woodbridge, VA

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Rich Products Corporation is known around the world as the founder of the non-dairy segment of the frozen food industry and the leading supporter and solutions provider to the Food Service, In-Store Bakery and Retail marketplaces. We are one of the world's premier family-owned food companies with more than 9,000 associates worldwide.

We currently have a great opportunity as a Production Manager to work at our Woodbridge, Ontario - CANADA manufacturing plant. To be considered for this position, candidates must be eligible to work in Canada. Please visit our website at www.richs.com/careers to apply for this position or view other exciting opportunities.

The Production Manager manages all plant operating units responsible for converting raw materials into finished product in a safe, sanitary, cost-effective, and efficient manner that meets company quality standards. Develops and implements short-term and mid-term business plans for the plant, and assists in the development of the strategic plan for the plant.

Approves and ensures adherence to production schedules. Monitors manpower to ensure that production quotas are met for finished goods inventories. Oversees operations to ensure that waste and production costs are minimized and there is conformance to safety and quality standards.

Develops, implements and communicates short-term and mid-term (1 - 2 years) business plans for operations, ensuring associates understand the link to the Woodbridge's, North Region's and the corporation's business plan priorities and understand their role in accomplishing these plans. Assists in establishing the longer-term strategic plans for the Woodbridge plant.

Development of overall improvement plans related to efficiencies, product quality, food safety, customer complaints, corrective and preventive actions.

Develops operating policies and procedures as necessary.

Mentors and motivates associates, providing training and development to optimize their performance and personal growth. Communicates performance standards to associates, recognizing and rewarding individual and team accomplishments and counseling performance problems. Ensures all associates have the resources and capabilities to effectively accomplish their responsibilities.

Serves as a member of the Woodbridge Plant Steering Team.

Directs requisitions for maintenance and repair of production equipment, and for machine parts and manufacturing supplies. Implements improvements in machinery and equipment and in manufacturing methods.

May organize the crews necessary for re processing product removed from the freezers, or from production, for reprocessing or repackaging, and ensure these functions are performed in an efficient manner. Ensures Company standard practices and procedures are followed.

Develops, maintains and reports production-related information through the SAP system regarding yields, efficiencies and labor utilization to management, eventually utilizing the Manufacturing Line Optimization (MLO) system.

Ensures that all GMP and safety standards are in compliance.

Reviews and approves the temporary staffing needs of department for the following day or week, and ensures the necessary staffing arrangements have been implemented.

Participates in weekly GMP, sanitation and safety inspections throughout the production departments and corrects, or issues work orders to correct, any identified deficiencies. Follows up on work orders, with the appropriate Associates to ensure expeditious performance of the requested work.

Keeps abreast of latest manufacturing technologies and systems.

Performs other related responsibilities, as needed, to support Rich Products Corporation's business objectives.

What do I need to be considered a candidate?
A Production Manager must have:

BA/BS degree in Business, Supply Chain Operations, Food Science, Engineering or related field

5-15 years supervisory experience in a food-processing, pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing organization, preferably using computerized manufacturing equipment

Working knowledge of FDA/CFIA regulations, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), sanitation processes/procedures and HACCP

Demonstrated understanding of production scheduling and other production variables such as run-rates, processing times, change-over times, etc.

Knowledge of Dairy standards and the Dairy Establishment Inspection Manual would be an asset.

Demonstrated knowledge of efficient and safe manufacturing operations to include product and associate safety, OSHA /MOL standards, product quality (success rates), throughput delivery and cost control (minimizing downtime and waste, optimizing yield)

Demonstrated ability to direct, coach, and train associates as well as plan, monitor and schedule work

Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems

Demonstrated mechanical and spatial aptitude, including the ability to disassemble and reassemble equipment

Demonstrated ability to formulate and understand complex mathematical equations

Proficient using Excel, SAP , Microsoft Office Suite or other software

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and invite qualified candidates to apply. As part of our efforts to provide a safe and productive environment and hire talented and qualified associates,we perform pre-employment background investigations.

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