Plant Manager in Kenosha WI

Plant Manager
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Kenosha WI
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Prod./Plant Manager

Do you have the appetite to Grow Your Magic?

Consumers everywhere are increasingly conscious of the quality of the food they eat. Puratos develops, produces and distributes a unique range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers who demand the very highest quality.

Founded in Belgium in 1919, Puratos is growing rapidly with over 8500 employees in over 70 countries. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This, coupled with our commitment to our communities, is what makes working at Puratos so magical.


Reporting into the VP, Operations for Puratos USA, the Plant Manager is a member of the Operations leadership team and is responsible for providing the direction and leadership for the Chocolate USA plant, covering the five strategic pillars: Quality, Cost, Delivery, Environmental-Health-Safety (EHS) and People.

The Plant Manager is the budget owner for all costs associated with the Kenosha plant (30MM lbs/$8MM) and has significant impact on the US P&L. The Plant Manager is a leader of people and is responsible for building a strong team within the Kenosha facility. This position also works cross-functionally in support of new product commercialization and business building initiatives.


  • The Plant Manager works with Operations, R&D, QA/QC, Procurement and Planning colleagues to ensure an optimal schedule and then safe, efficient, timely delivery of the schedule
  • Ensures production meets or exceeds quality standards by adhering to SOPs, FDA/FSMA, HACCP, GMP, SQF and OSHA regulations.
  • Monitors operating specifications of each workstation
  • Prioritizes and assists in defining maintenance requirements
  • Regularly leads employee meetings for regular business updates including safety, quality, cost and customer service performance and priorities with all production employees
  • Troubleshoots, identifies and assists in developing solutions for issues affecting production
  • Leads continuous improvement projects and activities as required. Utilizes TPM and Lean-Six Sigma principles and tools to drive a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Participates in the capital process to include identifying, developing, submitting and implementing CAPEX projects
  • Implements production control systems consistent with lean materials flow systems, including pull systems, Kanban, and level scheduling
  • Manages Daily/Weekly/Monthly reporting on Key Performance Indicators (KPI&##39;s) for Plant Performance
  • Sets goals, coaches and holds direct reports accountable for their actions and performance. Coaches and encourages direct reports to benchmark and implement industry manufacturing best practices to promote continuous improvement every day.
  • Report all food safety and quality issues to immediate Supervisor and/or head of Quality and take immediate action as appropriate within the team


  • Bachelor s degree in Engineering or Business
  • 6+ years of experience in Operations Management
  • Food/CPG Manufacturing experience is a plus
  • Demonstrated use of Continuous Improvement, TQM and/or Lean tools including six sigma, value stream mapping, root cause / corrective action, Kaizen events and Kanban work flows.
  • Knowledge of warehouse management systems, replenishment methodology and industrial engineering methods/techniques
  • Knowledge of master scheduling practices and capacity analysis
  • Strong experience in the areas of project management and maintenance
  • Proficient in spreadsheet, database and presentation including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Visio
  • Must be experienced in implementing and working with SAP
  • Exceptional written & verbal communication skills. Written and verbal Spanish is a plus
  • Proven team player, able to work collaboratively at all levels and builds partnerships with cross-functional teams
  • Excellent organizational, planning, influence, presentation and follow-up skills
  • Self-motivated and must be persuasive in presenting ideas and managing their implementation
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