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Manager Production
Company: Nestle
Location: Richmond, VA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 10/13/2020
Expire Date: 11/03/2020
Job Categories: Arts, Entertainment, and Media, Finance/Economics, Information Technology, Legal, Manufacturing and Production, Sales, Executive Management, Research & Development, Environmental
Job Description
Manager Production

Production Manager


On June 30th 2020, Nestlé USA sold the rights to the Buitoni brand in the refrigerated pasta, sauce and cheese category to Brynwood Partners, a private equity firm specializing in consumer products.  As result of the transaction, Buitoni Food Company was formed.  This position is independent of Nestle USA or any of its’ related affiliates.  Started in 1984, Brynwood Partners has acquired over 50 iconic brands from a preeminent group of consumer products companies.  Current brands under ownership include the following:  Juicy Juice, Sunny D, Veryfine, Hugs, Daily’s, Pillsbury, Martha White, White Lilly, Hungry Jack and Arrowhead Mills.   Brynwood Partners seeks out niche market opportunities and partners with management to identify strategic initiatives, drive sales growth and operational improvements to create long-term value.  The Brynwood Partners’ organization offers tremendous growth potential in a fast-paced and collaborative environment. (Media Announcement)

Position summary:
Ensure the production plan is fully achieved on time and in full compliance for assigned areas across a multiple shift operation in a union or non-union environment. Ensures employee safety, product quality, hygiene, cost, and environmental needs fully meet all legal and other requirements and standards. This is accomplished by leading up to five teams, driving continuous improvement through TPM, empowering people, to motivate and develop their capability. Leadership of people includes communicating the vision & mission to gain the understanding & dedication of the people to achieve the objectives. Development of people through being a team builder with ability to recognize and develop the potential of all the production people. Proactive cooperation with other groups on site and within NUSA to ensure that their area and people are fully aligned with the organization. Modeling the way for others by practicing what is preached to build and maintain a workplace culture that engages and motives associates at all levels. Focusing on results through setting ambitious objectives and taking initiative to find ways to reach and exceed them.


Primary responsibilities:
  1. Ensure that finished products are consistently manufactured meeting prescribed standards (compliant) with quality, safety and good manufacturing practices, on time and meeting consumer expectations.
  2. Effectively run the DOR, ensure exchange of information (cascade Target/escalate issues) for alignment with the objectives in the short term and WOR, MOR for medium and long term to achieve production plan and to identify and achieve performance improvements. Motivate, guide, support and coach the resources to achieve objectives.
  3. Elaborate and execute workforce development program that will provide appropriate flexibility of workforce and assets. Focus on material availability, finished goods quality, and on time delivery through optimal resource allocation.
  4. Provide timely feedback and coaching to individuals and team in order to develop them to their full potential and to achieve objectives in accordance with NCE guidelines. Ensure succession plans and development - coaching of direct reports (where applicable) including development of specific training.
  5. Promote and enhance a positive labor management relationship including efforts to continuously improve teamwork and establish high levels of employee involvement.
  6. Lead a continuous improvement/employee involvement culture through NCE approach. Drive for perfection and support operators and staff in their tasks focusing on safety of people.
  7. Ensure the timely launch of new products to the Market as per agreement with the business unit.
  8. Any other tasks assigned by the Factory Manager.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Direct report of the Factory Manager. In large plants this position may report to the Operations Manager.

SUPERVISION GIVEN:  Will supervise a direct group of up to 6 Production Supervisors who hold span of control over approximately 120 or more  hourly employees.

Financial/strategic impact:
  • Delivery of all scheduled production, on time, within cost, and at quality level.
  • Lead role in developing the budget & capital plan for their areas and execution of Productivity Improvements.
  • Key role in leadership team to ensure delivery of plant objectives through metric delivery and reporting through NCE methodology.

Qualifications & Requirements
Requirements and minimum educational level:
  • Bachelor’s degree (Engineering, Business Management, Food Science, or Organizational Leadership/ Supervision) required.
  • Work extended days and/or weekends with flexibility to switch shifts as needed.
Minimum Five (5) years food industry production, purchasing and/or packaging experience with progressive responsibility leading people. Experience in different manufacturing environments. Success leading projects in different departments and functions. Exposure to implementing continuous improvement, employee involvement techniques, and change management. Implementation experience of TPM preferred.

Demonstrated leadership and problem-solving skills as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills are required. High energy level and excellent follow up skills. Creative problem solving, attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple priorities. Great people skills, maintaining a positive attitude, and the ability to motivate people are needed.
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