Employment Opportunities

Regional Operations Manager

Location: The Dalles, Oregon

Status: Open


Oregon Cherry Growers, one of the top fruit packaging companies in the U.S., is seeking a Regional Operations Manager for two production facilities in The Dalles, Oregon.

Reporting to the Sr. VP of Operations, this exempt level Manager will be responsible for leading, planning, directing and controlling production, safety, engineering, environmental, and QA for operations at both the Downtown and Riverside plants.  These two facilities are involved in finished goods manufacturing including brining, pitting, infusion, and drying.  The Regional Operations Manager is responsible for meeting standards of quality, administering company policies and procedures, complying with Federal, State and local regulations, sustaining good manufacturing practices, manufacturing operations and production efficiencies via equipment and manpower.

Direct Reports:

Plant Superintendent-RS, Plant Superintendent-DT, Regional QA Mgr., Regional HR Manager, Environmental Mgr., Purchasing Mgr. and Maintenance Mgr.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage annual direct cost budgets, overhead budgets and capital expenditure plan / requests.
  • Track all capital projects and perform post installation return on investment analysis.
  • Insure that production plant, grounds, and equipment comply with all Federal, State and Local Regulations.
  • Conduct, or approve, training of all operational personnel.
  • Insure safety, company policies, and good housekeeping is being administered among direct reporting personnel.
  • Recommend to the VP of Operations equipment needs, repairs and capital expenditures for improved production operations.
  • Create and lead continuous improvement and internal investment initiatives.
  • Help ensure good relationships with Union representatives and prompt and fair resolution of issues.
  • Promote production efficiencies via use of equipment, adaptation, deletions or additions, and personnel management.
  • Provide production output in line with established requirements and customer service needs.
  • Inspect all physical assets for fire, safety, maintenance activity, replacement recommendation and cleanliness.
  • Maintain a clean, organized and hazard free work environment.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the VP of Operations.
  • Oregon Cherry Growers is a food processing facility and it is the responsibility of every employee to perform all job duties and other activities in a manner that upholds the safety and quality of the facilities and products produced.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Operation Management or related field
  • Eight or more years of progressive management experience in a food manufacturing environment.
  • Background in manufacturing methods, process/continuous improvement programs and procedures, and quality management systems including GFSI audit requirements.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to multi-task, manage concurrent responsibilities and meet established timelines.
  • A strong teamwork orientation and hands-on approach are critical.
  • Leadership and credibility: capable of generating a high degree of respect and trust.  Able to build strong relationships in the department, across the organization, with ownership, with union representatives, and with outside stakeholders.
  • Able to manage multiple projects and initiatives on tight deadlines and to delegate effectively.
  • Demonstrated track record of leading positive change.  Train, motivate, coach, and develop individuals and teams in a pleasant, consistent manner.
  • Knowledge of all governmental regulations concerning OSHA, FDA, HACCP, HARPC as well as good manufacturing practices for food processing.
  • Able to effectively handle conflict and stressful situations due to unforeseen issues that develop; operations, personnel, emergencies, etc.
  • Possess excellent communication skills; verbal, interpersonal and written.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish a plus.

Physical Requirements:

Frequent physical activity includes sitting, walking, hearing, talking, color identification, close and far vision.  Moderate physical activity includes using a keyboard, standing, lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds, touching, finger dexterity, climbing stairs and ladders and operating a lift truck.

Oregon Cherry Growers offers competitive pay and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and a 401(k). In addition, Oregon Cherry Growers offers equal employment opportunity to all applicants including females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

http://job-openings.monster.com/Regional-Operations-Manager-The-Dalles-OR-US-Oregon-Cherry-Growers/11/189151798

Production Superintendent

Location: The Dalles, Oregon

Status: Open


Oregon Cherry Growers, one of the top fruit packaging companies in the U.S., is seeking a Production Superintendent for its production facility (Downtown location) in The Dalles, Oregon.

This facility is involved in the finished goods manufacturing of fruit; including brining, pitting, infusion, and drying. Reporting to the Regional Operations Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for managing the operations of the Downtown facility including production, maintenance, labor relations, safety, quality, cost/budget, and compliance with both governmental regulations and company policies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the daily operation of the facilities and directs functions through production, maintenance, sanitation, and shipping managers.
  • Monitors and reports labor cost, yields, materials, and utilities on a weekly basis.
  • Provides a safe and positive work environment for all employees; ensure employees are current with safety training.
  • Drives continuous improvement projects and activities to improve safety, quality and productivity of operations.
  • Drives continuous improvement projects and activities to control and reduce operating costs.
  • Ensures the development and implementation of a plant wide preventative maintenance program.
  • Ensures all products are stocked and maintained at appropriate inventory levels to meet sales needs.
  • Introduces new systems and makes needed modifications to old systems to improve efficiencies.
  • Manages labor relations issues within the workforce; partners with HR to administer disciplinary actions in accordance with our union contract and policies.
  • Conducts plant tours and assists with regulatory and independent audits.
  • Works with Corporate Planning Manager on production scheduling.
  • Investigates customer complaints and provides relevant information to technical services.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility

Direct reports may include Production Supervisors, Maintenance and Warehouse Management.  Indirectly supervises all production employees at the Downtown production facility.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Operation Management or related field;
  • Five or more years of progressive management experience in food industry/manufacturing environment;
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to multi-task, manage concurrent responsibilities and meet established timelines;
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with others at all levels internally and externally;
  • Excellent communication skills; written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices, Standard Operating Procedures, and safety.
  • Proficient in MS Office; Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook.
  • Strong problem solving skills and ability to effectively handle conflict/stressful situations.
  • LTO certified.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment a plus.
  • Bilingual (Spanish speaking) a plus.

Physical Requirements

Frequent physical activity includes sitting, walking, climbing stairs, hearing, talking, operating a keyboard, color identification, close and far vision.   Moderate physical activity includes standing, lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds, touching, gripping, climbing ladders, and operating a lift truck.

Oregon Cherry Growers offers competitive pay and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and a 401(k). In addition, Oregon Cherry Growers offers equal employment opportunity to all applicants including females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

http://job-openings.monster.com/Production-Superintendent-The-Dalles-OR-US-Oregon-Cherry-Growers/11/189484390

Oregon Cherry Growers
a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Coast Producers

1520 Woodrow NE Salem, Oregon 97301
E-mail: sales@pcoastp.com

 

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