Plant Manager

Kerry   •  

Portland, ME

Industry: Manufacturing / Diversified


11 - 15 years

Posted 393 days ago

Description and Responsibilities:

The Plant Manager position is located at our liquid beverage facility in Portland, Maine. This facility has around 40 employees, is non-union and runs 24/5. The Plant Manager will provide leadership and direction for all plant operations to achieve continuously improving results in the areas of quality, cost, service, and safety. They will also oversee the Plant Operations which include Production, Warehousing, Quality, Maintenance, Materials Management, Safety, etc.


Key responsibilities of the role are summarized below and are subject to change according to business needs:

  • Create and communicates a clear vision for the future to inspire and drive the business to achieve and surpass business goals and objectives (such as Safety, Productivity, Inventory levels, etc)
  • Develop strategies for growth, set stretching but achievable targets and monitor performance to target for each functional area: Operations Engineering/Maintenance, Planning, Purchasing, Quality, Inventory Control, Safety
  • Responsible for production improvements and efficiency of operations, demonstrate an ability to identify and drive continuous improvement initiatives. Use process mapping to support Process Optimization 
  • Seek opportunities to optimise cost and demonstrates an understanding of all cost drivers and their impact
  • Work closely with Human Resources on staffing needs and budget
  • Responsible for corporate and plant level safety, quality and financial initiatives and on-going training and compliance
  • Understand the key success factors of the business, exercise sound judgement and inspire confidence in our customers. Learn EUM and gain an insight understanding of customer strategic objectives 
  • Interact with external parties including government agencies. vendors, and insurance companies
  • Foster a successful, accountable 1Kerry oriented work environment
  • Manage 4 direct reports
  • Hiring, performance reviews, training and career development of staff 


  • Bachelor’s Degreerequired, Mechanical/Chemical Engineering or Food Science preferred
  • Understanding of USDA/FDA regulations, as well as HACCP, GMP’s, SOP’s, AIB, Organic, and Hazard Analysis
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive experience in manufacturing environment
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of otherlanguages is a plus
  • Openness to the opportunities in developed and emerging markets is a plus
  • Minimum 5 years of food industry experience is required
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a Plant Manager role is required
  • Knowledge in regards liquid processing; liquid processing environment background and experiencerequired


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