Plant Director, food production

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Plant Director, food production
Salary Range
Depends On Experience (likely $150-190k base salary range + 25% bonus)
Extended Health Benefits, RRSP, Cellphone/Laptop, 4 weeks vacation plus 48 hours of discretionary time
Production & Operations Jobs
Food & Beverage
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Our client is an award-winning food maker who has been offering high-end, quality products for many years. They are one of the top 5 companies in the world in their niche market and boast a great reputation and continuous growth.

They are currently in need of a Plant Director who will have overall accountability for our client’s state-of-the-art, purpose-built manufacturing facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The position delivers on the annual operating plan, including safety, operating costs, quality, environmental requirements, capital projects, and organizational development to help ensure the facility’s business objectives are met.


· Oversee manufacturing and shipping operations across 3 shifts with a team of 5 direct reports – Health & Safety Manager, Operations Manager, Warehouse Manager, Maintenance & Facilities Manager, and QA Manager, their supervisory teams, and approximately 200 non-union hourly staff.

· Responsible for all aspects of operations and achieving key performance measurements related to safety, quality, and food safety and cost, while continually improving process reliability and performance.

· Leads through influence in a matrix organization in relation to additional functions that occur at the facility, such as Supply Chain, Finance.

· Empower and develop teams while continuing to build a culture of mutual respect, teamwork, and professionalism

· Develops and ensures all procedures and best practices are documented.

· Creates an atmosphere of 100% compliance to operational processes, procedures, and continuous improvement using problem-solving methodologies and established principals, including GMPs and other guidelines to ensure safety and sanitation.

· Develop, implement, and measure innovative programs for cost and quality improvement.

· Provides input in the development of production plans and schedules required to meet agreed-to production targets.

· Develop and assist in the implementation of capital projects to ensure success in delivering expectations within budget and timelines.

· Provide a detailed review of monthly performance reports and variance explanations.

· Manage the facility operating budget by determining and assisting in the preparation of the annual budget, obtaining approval, reviewing monthly spending variances, and taking appropriate action when necessary.



· 10+ years experience in a food processing or manufacturing environment including cost management, production planning, inventory control, quality; and continuous improvement at site leader level.

· 5+ years leading a high-performance management team and developing staff.

· Encourages employees to identify improvement opportunities; sets realistic challenges for the team; influences others, internally and externally, to drive change efforts; encourages collaboration and innovation.

· Demonstrated track record leading the improvement of operations while delivering day to day performance.

· Highly professional demeanor and diplomatic skills. Ability to create effective partnerships at all levels of the organization as a collaborative team player.

· Experience in developing, reporting, and analyzing financial measurements of plant performance

· Experience in food processing technologies.

· Knowledge of regulatory codes and regulations (HACCP, Health and Safety, etc.), food industry, and food science.

· Strong organizational, analytical, presentation, and problem-solving skills.

· Results orientation in setting and pursuing aggressive goals, demonstrating a strong commitment to organizational success and managing resources.

· Strong work ethic; highest standards of ethics and compliance with governing regulations, standards, and laws.

· Extended hours an

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Alessia Pagliaroli

Senior Recruiter at Goldbeck Recruiting Inc.

Alessia takes a consultative approach with all her placements. She feels that, as a recruitment specialist, she is the “eyes and ears of the market” for both the client and candidate. She enjoys bringing value to her clients by being completely transparent, knowing the industry, and providing a competitive point of view.

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