Wade Palmer & Associates, Inc


Job Reference Code: WP-239
Location: East Coast
Salary: $160-180,000 (no bonus)
Last Updated: 03/23/2024
Our services have been retained to recruit a DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS (multi-plant) for a U.S. food manufacturing division of major international corporation. They produce frozen bakery items with heavy emphasis in laminated dough. Incumbent is approaching retirement and they have begun search for that person’s replacement – there may be an overlap for training purposes.

Position reports to VP Operations and will be based most likely at their largest East Coast facility (near major metro) and will require roughly 50% travel nationwide. We seek a hands-on, roll-up-your sleeves baking industry professional with demonstrated track record of managing food manufacturing operation(s). Multi-plant experience helpful but not required. A current Plant Manager in medium to large size facility definitely of interest. Will be responsible for leading and inspiring plant management to improve profitability and consistently deliver high quality products to customers. The Director of Operations will establish metrics and will guide teams in meeting those objectives on a daily basis. This position directly supervises all bakery operations across four manufacturing plants (including four Plant Managers) including plant maintenance, production, packing, warehouse, quality assurance and sanitation departments and ensures that best practices are consistently applied in each of these departments.

Will be tasked with: • The implementation at each bakery of the requirements of BRCGS food safety standards and processes which facilitate continual improvement of food safety and quality management. Ensure products produced are of the specification and quality require of every customer. • Ensure budgetary, profit, GMP’s and food safety goals are consistently achieved. • Evaluating plant productivity and overall manufacturing performance; and establishing best practices to be consistently applied • Troubleshooting potential problems/issues in the plants that would interfere with attaining established goals • Coaching, developing and evaluating current plant management and planning for succession. Evaluating performance of field management. • Assist in the establishment of budgets, benchmarks and performance standards for the facilities. • Executing senior management direction with the plants and keeping senior management informed of status changes and progress. • Liaison with corporate departments: Distribution, Procurement, R & D, QA, Engineering and Human Resources focused on improving efficiencies and meeting objectives. • Special projects as assigned.

To summarize: the candidate most qualified for this role will… 1) Currently serve at least at the plant management level 2) Have solid bakery background (strong preference for frozen and, even more specifically, laminated dough) 3) Have BRC certification. 4) College degree preferred but not required.

Salary in the 160-180,000 base range, competitive benefits and limited relocation assistance ($7500 relocation stipend). There is no official bonus program.

Please send resume if any interest or questions. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

Phyllis Palmer WADE PALMER & ASSOCIATES, INC. 417-889-1025 pep@job-recruiters.com www.job-recruiters.com