Dean Foods

Production Mgr

Requisition ID
# of Openings
Manufacturing & Production
Bachelor's Degree
Relocation Assistance
Available to Qualified Candidates

Production Manager

Opening due to Retirement


Dean Foods in Rockford is a dynamic food manufacturing facility with a wide array of formulations and very high-profile customers.


We are seeking a degreed individual with at least 4 years of experience leading people and managing tasks within high-speed packaging operations. 


The ideal candidate will have an obsession with product safety and efficiency.  Experience in CI/Lean/6 Sigma is preferred.


This is a professional role at a stable company that is part of the nation’s largest dairy processor.  


Do you have at least 4 years of Operations Management experience where critical product is produced and packaged rapidly?



No Recruiters, Walk-Ins, Mail-Ins or Phone Calls please.


Job Description & Requirements

The Production Manager provides leadership and direction to the plant in areas of responsibility including administration, production, processing, packaging, scheduling, sanitation, quality, purchasing, safety and environmental.  He/she works with the Plant Manager and/or Operations Manager as the liaison between the Plant and other departments including Sales, Distribution, Corporate, and State and Federal Regulatory Personnel.

* Directs the overall activities of the manufacturing facility to ensure customer orders are received, scheduled, and produced at the lowest possible cost to meet the customer’s requirements while maintaining established safety and quality standards. 

* Analyzes plant operations and key metrics to ensure that the facility maintains high quality and safety standards to continue to maintain our leadership position in the industry.

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

* Ensures that Standard Operating Procedures are developed and maintained for all aspects of the business.

* Cooperates in a cross-functional manner as a change agent with all departments within the Company.

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

* Provides management of employees directly or through supervisors to ensure effective selection, retention, development, disciplinary action and performance management.  If a collective bargaining agreement exists, may participate in negotiations, grievances or other contract related activities and discussions.  

* Leads by example with the Dean Foods Code of Ethics.  This includes following Company policies, standards and specifications.

* Performs other duties as assigned. 


* Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience. 

* Internal Candidates: A minimum of 5 years hands-on plant experience in the dairy plant or food industry operations, with a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience.

* Familiarity with Good Manufacturing Practices.

* Union (for union facilities), Safety, and Workers Compensation experience preferred.

* Experience leading and following Safety/Security Policies and Procedures.

* Ability to follow all Sanitation and Quality Policies and Procedures, and report and follow through on any deficiencies.

* Ability to follow Continuous Improvement (CI) Processes in the Management Operating Structure (MOS).

* 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. 

* Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

* Skill in organization and prioritization, and attention to detail.  

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

* Ability to select, coach, develop, engage, and retain a team of employees. 

* 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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