Operations Manager in Fort Smith, AR

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

Simmons Pet Food   •  

Fort Smith, AR 72905

Industry: Food & Beverages


5 - 7 years

Posted 15 days ago


Plans, directs and coordinates the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.


Responsible for quality and food safety. Directs production, processing, and packaging operations. Ensures supervisors and first-line employees are following all FDA and USDA requirements in a way that meets or exceeds customer specifications. Works with the QA department to ensure production, packaging, and canning departments are following processes and procedures in a proper manner. Understands industry regulations (both current and expected changes) relevant to all company services. Works with QA on the weekly sanitation audit ensuring requirements are met.

Promotes a safe work environment. Promotes a "safety comes first" philosophy across all areas of production. Inspects facilities to identify any hazardous conditions. Works with the Regional Safety Manager and the Director, Operations in the improving and changing of equipment, policies, procedures, etc. Enforces security and safety measures to include: lockout/tagout practices, OSHA compliance, safety awareness, and equipment safety. Responsible for the proper use, care, reporting, and preventative maintenance of all equipment.

Fosters a Continuous Improvement culture. Suggests and develops methods for area and process improvement in regards to efficiencies that will serve internal and external customers. Follows and applies principles of LEAN manufacturing to everyday activities in order to reduce waste. Leads and encourages supervisors to use LEAN tools to educate and motivate team members to follow a continuous improvement culture.

Plans and implements plant costing strategies. Tracks different entities to identify plant waste. Analyzes various operational reports and develops strategies to drive out waste and increase efficiency. Responsible for the development of plant costing programs and waste reduction. Ensures correct amounts of materials and ingredients are used based on customer specifications in order to maximize yield. Allocates resources in a cost effective way.

Responsible for inventory control. Monitors raw inventory including meats and ingredients to identify any discrepancies. Analyzes inventory losses and develops processes to prevent further losses. Takes the appropriate steps to ensure inventory and processes are in place to drive down costs.

Develops and recommends a budget for the operations department. Negotiates prices of factory supplies. Reviews processing schedules and production orders to determine staffing requirements, work procedures, and duty assignments. Demonstrates commitment to cost reduction.

Involved in the advancement and training of direct reports. Ensures direct reports have a development program and that they attend the proper training within Simmons or third party providers. Makes recommendations based on Simmons needs. Works with HR and the Director of Operations to develop advancement programs.

Manages employees. Directs and supervises employees' work activities and monitors work performance. Collaborates with Human Resources to screen, interview and hire candidates. Administers disciplinary actions and recommends performance improvement actions in collaboration with the HR Manager. Monitors work performance and recommends compensation decisions based on guidelines. Follows Simmons values to develop and maintain a favorable working relationship with all employees. Promotes a cooperative and harmonious environment in order to facilitate positive employee morale, productivity, and continued improvement.

Physical Activities: Enters and locates information on a computer. Visually verifies information, often in small print. Communicates with Customers, Vendors, or Employees via telephone, in person, and/or electronic mail. May present information to small or large groups. Must be able to work in various temperatures. Move about in a manufacturing environment and surrounding property. May travel via car or plane to various work locations.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): As required by visiting facility.

Travel: Minimum to and from multiple facilities. Occasionally requiring overnight stays.

Technical Experience: 6 years experience, including 2 years in a manufacturing management role. Must possess knowledge of costs, LEAN principles, yield, OSHA regulations, safety practices, GMPs, and HACCP. Basic knowledge of Kaizen events and 5S programs. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suit. Must be able to obtain Thermal Processing certification if managing pet food operations.

Industry Experience: Preference for food processing and/or manufacturing experience.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree in Business or related field, or 4 years experience in lieu of degree.

Valid Through: 2019-10-30