Plant Manager

Kerry   •  

Saint Louis, MO

Industry: Food & Beverages


8 - 10 years

Posted 175 days ago

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Leading to better.

Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!


Leading to better, together. 

Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage.  Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

  • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action
  • Empowering our people
  • Promoting diverse thinking
  • Investing in innovation
  • Acting on sustainability
  • Embracing our differences

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Description and Responsibilities

The Plant Manager position is located in Affton, MO. This plant is in our Kerry Sweet division and has roughly 190 employees.The Plant Manager is responsible for the overall management of the site, reporting directly into the Director of Operations.

  • Control all costs that directly affect the plants performance
  • Direct and lead all operations within their plant
  • Mange a team of 6 direct reports 
  • Provide functional leadership within the plant
  • Accountable for all QHSE initiatives across the site
  • Responsible for all site capital projects
  • Develop and maintain qualified personnel within the all departments
  • Maintain plant infrastructure for future viability and growth
  • Accountable for providing a safe working environment
  • Set overall expectations/standards and motivate employees to perform
  • Drive a continuous improvement mind-set within plant environment
  • Support cluster leads around strategy, policy and risk management
  • Ensure talent management and succession planning strategy are executed
  • Build relationships with customers at all levels
  • Ensure plant inventory is managed appropriately


  • Degree in Engineering, Food Science or Business required 
  • Must have 7-10 years of experience in a Plant Manager role
  • Has been a part of starting up a plant and/or implement change and process within a plant 
  • Experience incorporating structure within a plant environment and driving forward 
  • Experience working in a fast placed plant environment; multi-tasking 
  • Must have experience managing a large number of priorities at one time
  • Someone who enjoys challenge 
  • Minimum 5 years of food industry experience is required
  • Minimum 10 years of management experience including hiring, training, performance reviews, career development and forming high performance teams 
  • Embraces new ideas and approaches while installing confidence in our employees and customers 
  • Builds relationships internally and with custsomers
  • Minimum 8+ years of experience managing a plant budget and P&L
  • Minimum 8+ years of experience developing and adhering to weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly KPI's
  • Must have experience presenting and working side by side with executive team 
  • Experience coaching, mentoring teams on how to be successful 
  • Experience and in-depth understanding of HACCP, ISO and FSAI
  • Experience with resourcing and long term planning 
  • Responsible for implementing and driving capital projects throughout the plant, as well as project budgets 
  • Uses mapping to to support Process Optimization 
  • Supports the development of PIDS for KDM

Requisition ID 2018-14502