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Mgr Plant Sr



Location: Waukesha 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

To be responsible for controlling manufacturing location and distribution center activities to achieve company profit and growth objectives primarily through controlling product quality, quantities, and costs. This is to be done in accordance with all company policies and procedures and all federal, state, and local statutes. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assure all food products meet food safety standards and specifications of all jurisdictional entitles of Ventura Foods and its customers, i.e., FDA, city and county health departments
  • Manage and control assets to achieve and improve cost objectives while meeting or exceeding customer's expectations. The major cost areas being labor, oil, ingredients, and plant overhead expenses. Maintain facilities and grounds in good repair and consistent with high standards
  • Manage  location safety and health programs to meet OSHA and Ventura Foods’ standards with emphasis on reducing and eliminating employee injuries and worker's compensation claims
  • Manage and control facility equipment and processes to meet all environmental regulations of the federal, state and local governments including EPA, ADEM and NPDES. Manage to meet or exceed acceptable scores/ratings on all internal and external audits
  • Ensure that Ventura Foods’ HR policies are administered fairly and in accordance with company benefits and policies and this includes hiring, promotion and termination of employees.  Maintain and encourage employee participation in new and creative ideas for cost control, new products and process enhancements to aid in the longevity of Ventura Foods as a company
  • Prepare, implement, and manage capital and operating budgets timely and effectively
  • Manage to attain service levels of 99% case fill and 96% order fill ( preventative maintenance, foods and materials locator system, SIS programs, and work order systems)
  • Work with Sales and R&D to obtain and control projects that develop into production requirements for ongoing business. Eliminating low volume, low margin accounts to achieve higher efficiencies, less scrap and increase capacity
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Travel may be required

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Industrial Management, Food Science or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years of experience in food manufacturing

Knowledge and Skills:

  • High level of knowledge and skills relating to plant sanitation, GMPs, food manufacturing equipment and processes primarily related to oil products
  • High level of business savvy and ability to deal with both daily facility problems and the highest levels of management (internal and external)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel spreadsheets
  • Good working knowledge of product formulas, costing, and experience in bringing R&D endeavors to fruition 
  • Requires leadership and teambuilding skills with the ability to aggressively manage change, skilled at handling employee disputes and maintaining good employee morale


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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