Our purpose at The Little Potato Company is “Save the potato. Feed the world, better.”
Because we believe everyone, everywhere deserves to eat good, healthy food. And it all starts with our little Creamer potatoes – one of the most economical, energy efficient, and highly nutritious food crops available.
We are a dynamic team that embraces diversity and unique differences, holding every employee in the highest regard, while fostering an award-winning workplace where health, safety and fun combine to create an environment where everyone feels like family.
Come join our rapidly expanding company and help us transform the entire potato industry – one little Creamer at a time!
The Assistant Plant Manager will contribute to the success of The Little Potato Company by ensuring the continued improvement of day to day tactical efforts as well as establishing and developing strategic production initiatives. This role will also be responsible for leading and directing supervisory staff and managing all operations within their areas of responsibility including the Receiving, Production, and Sanitation Departments. The Assistant Plant Manager will report to the Plant Manager and the role will be located in our DeForest, WI facility.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.
- Assume personal responsibility for a safe and healthy workplace for all employees by actively participating in the leadership of plant safety programs and ensure adherence to all safety policies and procedures that promotes a world-class safety culture.
- Adhere to Quality work practices, follow GMP’s, maintain sanitary conditions and ensure that product quality is maintained. Report to senior management any conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety and quality.
- Provide coaching and development of plant staff to ensure effective leadership, collaboration and balance in achieving KPIs focused on safety, quality, customer service and productivity.
- Encourage the professional development of subordinates by establishing goals, motivating, monitoring and providing guidance on individual employee performance.
- Facilitate implementation of employee engagement initiatives across the entire production department, to drive higher levels of employee engagement for improved operational excellence.
- Continuously develop and maintain adherence to Health, Environmental and Safety legislative requirements and internal standards within the plant.
- Lead production commitments and working with maintenance to plan and schedule equipment overhauls, installations or other special projects to minimize downtime to manage cost to produce.
- Analyze all customer requirements and maintain optimal level of quality for all production activities.
- Prepare all paperwork and reports for plant activities, assist supervisory staff in overseeing all activities of production employees, and evaluate all plant requirements.
- Coordinate operations to meet sales and planning activity.
- Collaborate and develop effective relationships with internal departments to support the development and implementation of new manufacturing processes, strategies, plans, objectives, and new product development.
- Strive for continuous improvement, make recommendations, and encourage employee feedback and suggestions.
- Work in partnership with the Plant Manager to implement operational improvements, processes, and drive cost-reduction initiatives.
- 5 to 10 years of work experience in a Management or Superintendent role.
- 5+ years’ experience in a high-speed manufacturing environment required, preferably consumer packaged goods.
- Post-Secondary education or Certification in a manufacturing discipline.
- Lean Six Sigma Certification an asset.
- Health and Safety Certification an asset.
- Health and safety focused.
- Strategic thinking and goal oriented.
- Strong leadership and supervisory skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, decision-making, and communication skills.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
- Strong computer and organizational skills.
The Little Potato Company is an innovative, fast-growing company in a unique niche market. Our future looks very bright, and so could yours. Not yet passionate about potatoes? No worries – it’s inspiring around here.
We’ve worked hard to build an award-winning workplace where people feel like a family. If you share our people-centered values, we’d love to talk.
If you’re an innovative leader looking to transform an industry, we want to hear from you.
Please submit your information to us at [email protected].
While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
To learn more about us please read Our Story.