Dean Foods

  • Sr. Director of Operations

    Job Locations US-CA-City Of Industry
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Supply Chain/Logistics
    Bachelor's Degree
    Relocation Assistance
    Available to Qualified Candidates
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    Dean Foods is excited to announce our Sr. Director of Operations opening supporting our plants along the western corridor.  We offer competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and great growth potential. 

    We are seeking a strong leader with continuous improvement, organizational management as well as food and beverage manufacturing background.  This candidate will lead and develop tenured teams with dynamic leadership.  

    Job Description & Requirements

    The Senior Director Operations is accountable for directing a group of manufacturing plants to meet short- and long-range divisional objectives with optimum efficiency. He/she represents the plants as a cross-functional liaison to coordinate all phases of operations and provide optimum services. She/he also reviews operating results, evaluates progress at each plant, and controls expenses related to budgets and inventory capital.  

    • Directs and reviews operating results, evaluates progress at each plant, and controls expenses related to budgets and inventory capital.
    • Manages performance of Operations to meet and exceed Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Contributes to the KPI target setting process for Supply Chain. 
    • Implements Continuous Improvement to generate improvement plans that feature both short and long-term improvements, with and without capital investment.
    • Drives key initiatives in the areas of Quality, Safety, Sustainability, Cost, and Service through Continuous Improvement Management Operating Systems.  
    • Manages group budget and expenses.  
    • Participates in strategy and tactics for labor relations (both union and non-union). 
    • Aligns with and supports other corporate staff functions in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term plans to meet business objectives.
    • Determines long- and short-range requirements of personnel, material and facilities to meet sales demands and optimal network optimization.
    • Drives consistency and standardization throughout Supply Chain.  
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
    • 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.

    Job Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree business, operations management, or related field required.
    • Minimum of 12 years’ progressive experience in operations, including a minimum of 4 years in a Plant Manager and/or Director-equivalent leadership role. Experience leading multi-site operations preferred.
    • Experience in both Union and Non-Union environments preferred.
    • Demonstrates a passion for learning and a willingness to build new skills. 
    • Must be able to define, diagnose, and resolve problems. 
    • Ability to have an organization-wide perspective and understand how the business operates.  
    • Ability to understand the vision of the organization and translate it into specific plans and actions that achieve desired results.  
    • Must be a strong executor who has the ability to assist with strategy development at all levels of the organization to drive business performance.  
    • Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
    • Ability to adapt to changing organizational and operational needs; ability to lead people through change.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with all departments, management levels within the company, and external stakeholders.
    • 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 medical exams, drug and background checks (including criminal).

    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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