Operations Manager – Dairy


Our client is one of the largest dairy producers in the US, their business supports a network of local cooperatives, independent dealers, and other large retailers serving producers, and animal owners throughout the United States. Through industry-leading R&D and committed partnerships, they innovate nutrition products and practices.

As they continue growing, they are looking for an Operations Manager to oversee a 24×7 operation, providing mentorship and training to develop efficient teams. They will ensure effective communication across departments and collaborate on strategic planning with the Plant Steering Team.

What YOU get to DO at this growing company:

  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of a 24×7 facility, ensuring seamless operations and addressing issues promptly.  
  • Mentor, coach, and train team members to foster effective teams and facilitate workforce agility. Communication within and across teams is ensured to foster collaboration. 
  • Collaborating with the Plant Steering Team, they develop and implement strategies, provide project leadership, and promote employee engagement. 
  • Quick decision-making, multitasking, attention to detail, and commitment to safety are key aspects of their role. 
  • Lead change initiatives, utilize Continuous Improvement methodologies, manage budgets, and may require occasional travel to support operational needs.

What you NEED to SUCCEED in this challenging role:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Industrial Engineering, or a related field, with at least 7 years of supervisory/management experience in food or dairy processing/manufacturing operations. 
  • Strong leadership skills, effective communication abilities, and proficiency in Microsoft Office. 
  • Quick decision-making, deadline management, and multitasking skills are essential, along with attention to detail and follow-through. 
  • Results-oriented mindset, foster a positive work environment, and prioritize safety. 
  • Experience with Continuous Improvement methodologies and ERP systems is desirable, and change management skills are crucial. 
  • Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree, dairy manufacturing experience, and proficiency in high-speed manufacturing. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in Continuous Improvement Processes and Lean Six Sigma certification is beneficial.

What’s in it for YOU? 

  • Work with one of the most recognized brands in the dairy Food industry that offers advancement opportunities
  • Attractive salary and wages, annual incentives, bonus plan and opportunities for recognition
  • Financial well-being by offering Retirement Plans, Income protection, HSA and more
  • Focus on Health and Wellness through a comprehensive Benefits package and counseling programs
  • All benefits kick in on day 1!