Dean Foods

Plant Manager

US-MN-Thief River Falls
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Manufacturing & Production
Bachelor's Degree
Relocation Assistance

Dean Foods is a key player in the 19 billion dollar industry of dairy and we pride ourselves on purity.  Our national branding of Dairy Pure white milk, TruMoo chocolate milk and other products combined with a local presence provides our employees with unlimited advancement opportunities while honoring our commitment to our customers through dairies within their communities.  Dean continues to honor its commitment to top talent with competitive compensation and benefits packages.

Job Description & Requirements

The Plant Manager II provides leadership and direction to the plant in all areas of responsibility including administration, production, processing, packaging, quality, maintenance, warehousing, shipping, purchasing, safety, and environmental.

 * Directs the overall activities of the manufacturing facilities of the plant to ensure customer orders are received, scheduled, produced and shipped at the lowest possible cost to meet the customers’ requirements while maintaining corporate established quality standards. 

* Analyzes plant operations to ensure that the facility maintains a leadership position in the industry and that it takes advantage of new processes and technologies that become available. 

* Is responsible for expense control, including shrink, labor and overhead costs utilizing Continuous Improvement techniques. 

* Develops annual manufacturing expense budget in accordance with forecasted sales volumes and planned inventory levels. 

* Develops and manages implementation of plant capital budget. 

* Provides reliable and accurate information to finance to ensure that end of month closing schedules are met. 

* Ensures that appropriate standard operating procedures (SOP’s) are developed and maintained for all aspects of the business. 

* Is responsible for expense management and control, including shrink, labor and overhead costs utilizing Continuous Improvement techniques and a Management Operating Structure (MOS). 

* Implements plant safety programs and ensure compliance with good manufacturing practices (GMP’s). 

* Is responsible for the Food Security Policy/Program to assess potential food security risks and to ensure food security preventive measures are being implemented and routinely audited regarding the manufacturing, handling and storage of all food ingredients as well as finished goods. 

* Is responsible for all corporate, customer and government audits to ensure compliance. 

* Is responsible for environmental compliance. 

* Collaborates with other plant managers within Dean Foods to share best practices. 

* Acts as a liaison with Distribution, Sales and Customer Service to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction in helping to address customer inquiries, problems and concerns. 

* Is responsible for maintaining proper staffing levels, employee performance evaluations, discipline, and employee commendation. 

* Is responsible for the overall succession planning and development of plant management staff. 

* For those facilities with a collective bargaining agreement, additional responsibilities will include assisting in contract negotiations, grievances and arbitrations and all aspects of contract management. 

* Ensures compliance with all Dean Corporate policies and procedures.  

* Engages in the typical responsibilities of a manager requiring planning, evaluating, organizing, integrating, and controlling.

* Has supervisory responsibility involving staffing, conducting performance appraisals, training and developing subordinates, promotions, salary increases, terminations, disciplinary actions, etc.

* Performs other duties as assigned.


* Bachelor’s degree (BS) required and a minimum of 7 years of hands-on experience, preferably in dairy plant operations or food industry managing a team or department. 

* Internal Candidates: A minimum of 7 years experience, with a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience.

* Must be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of regulatory laws and responsibilities as it relates to processing, filling and general facility standards. 

* Proficient understanding of budgeting and cost control.

* Proven track record of improved results in the areas of quality, safety, service and cost.

* Union (For Union Facilities), Safety, and Workers Compensation knowledge preferred.

* Ability to assess, evaluate, and solve problems.  

* Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and computer based applications.   

* Excellent verbal/written communication skills.

* Ability to adapt to changing organizational and operational needs; ability to lead others through change. 

* Strong team player with the ability to work across multiple functions and disciplines.

* Ability to successfully influence peers and senior leadership.

* Ability to recruit, hire, develop, coach, and mentor talent for current and future needs. 

* Ability to recognize opportunities to simplify processes and create efficiencies.  

* Must be able to pass all pre-employment screens (including drug, background and criminal checks).

EEO Statement

Dean Foods considers marijuana (including medical marijuana) to be an illegal drug.  Dean Foods will rescind offers of employment to applicants who test positive for marijuana (unless restricted from doing so by state or local law).   


Dean Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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