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Business Unit Leader / Plant manager succession

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Plant manager, the Business unit leader is responsible for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of production by providing effective, empowered leadership to the Production line assigned to them. This key role provides leadership amongst the management team and ensures efficient communications between his team and other departments. Provide training opportunities to the production staff; and performing several other tasks. The Production manager/Business unit leader position requires the ability to be action oriented with demonstrated ability to lead teams. The individual should be proficient in leading/managing manufacturing key performance indicators.


The candidate must have the potential and desire to become a plant manager.

  • Manage and coordinate activities with supervisors and/or employees in production to maintain plant efficiencies and standards;
  • Observes daily operations and alerts appropriate supervisor of problems or opportunities;
  • Train and mentor team members; motivate them for effective performance and growth of the company;
  • Responsible for unit compliance in all safety standards and quality regulations, policies, training requirements;
  • Follows quality and safety programs and policies to ensure products made follows to the highest standards possible;
  • Develops and implements operating methods and procedures designed to eliminate operating problems and improve product quality;
  • Develop and communicate the expectation levels and vision of the company to members of her/his unit. Coordinate with other heads of departments, integrating objectives and ideas for organizational growth;
  • Provide training to team leaders and supervisors in proper procedures, standards, policies, handling of employees, equipment procedures;
  • Provide guidance and leadership directly to team leaders, supervisors/hourly staff/temporary workforce within the department;
  • Observe employee performance and follows up with supervisor on changes needed;
  • Review all performance reviews for accuracy, fairness, and consistency prior to being given to employees;
  • Recommends or initiates promotions, transfers, and disciplinary action;
  • Review personnel action with Human Resources department, as necessary, to insure consistency with policy;
  • Track key performance indicators on an ongoing basis; revises production schedules and priorities as result of equipment failure or operating problems;
  • Coordinate production activities with maintenance, quality control, and sanitation activities to obtain optimum production and utilization of human resources, machines, and equipment;
  • Active participation in Safety Audits, Quality Audits, 6S Audits, and other Audits;
  • Bachelor Degree (Business Management, Food Science) or equivalent education/experience in food industry;
  • 5 years experience in manufacturing management/supervision is preferred;
  • Knowledge of GFSI / BRC, SQF, GMP and other food safety standard including HACCP or similar food industry regulations;
  • Experience in Continuous Improvement environment (Lean Manufacturing, 6S, Six Sigma, etc.);
  • Experience using Microsoft Office and other computer based application (I pad, One Note, etc.);
  • Strong Leadership/interpersonal skills; Strong analytical/critical thinking; Strong accountability and follow-through skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight schedule;
  • Ability to identify new opportunities; Ability to develop specific plans and goals to help in accomplishing tasks efficiently;
  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate results to make the best decision in solving problems;
  • Motivating skills: Ability to encourage and build team spirit among team members, bringing about mutual respect and cooperation;
  • Must have a flexible schedule including some evening & night if needed;

Cornwall, ON, K0C, CA