Plant Manager

Groupe Leclerc - Cornwall, ON (30+ days ago)

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Leclerc, a North American leader in the snack food manufacturing industry, is seeking a strong Plant manager to join its most recent production plant located in Cornwall, ON. Leclerc is 8 plants, 1200 employees and 115 years of experience, tradition, and know-how being passed on by good people who continue to satisfy appetites both large and small.
Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Operations, the Plant Manager’s primary responsibilities include the management and coordination of plant operations while ensuring profitability of operations and compliance with all labor, safety, environmental and corporate policies and regulations. This professional will also participate in projects to implement new production lines. More specifically and in collaboration with their management team this position oversees all activities related to operations, namely: production, maintenance, sanitation, capex projects, receiving and shipping. This key role provides leadership to his/her facility and ensures efficient communications between all departments under his/her responsibility, other plants when needed and corporate as well.


Strategic component:
With the Senior Operation manager, develop and execute annual plan, and budgets based on company goals and objectives;
Participate in policies developement, directs and coordinates safety activities in relation with the company corporate standards and WSIB-OSHA compliance;
Recommend and implement continuous improvement initiatives in order to increase quality, efficiency and safety;
Analyzes and controls plant expenditures to ensure conformity and budgetary requirements;
Works with Plant Supervisor in planning, budgeting, organizing resources, executing work plans, monitors production and quality, coordinates priorities, resolves issues and participates in special projects and work schedules;
Ensure site compliance to all labor, safety, and environmental regulations;
Prepare management reporting as required;
Collaborate with research and development as well as product management personnel to develop new product strategies.

Operational component:
Ensure that Health and Safety requirements are being met by supporting and participating in regular Health & Safety meetings;
Plans, organizes, implements and monitors work schedules/external suppliers consistent with the normal needs of the plant and special projects;
Lead plant production and maintenance personnel in day to day activities to ensure the safe and efficient maintenance of equipment and facilities;
Review established production schedules for all manufacturing departments to insure established inventory levels are met while operating at the highest efficiency possible;
Monitor and minimize plant losses;
Analyze problems in the production chain, identify their root cause and establish procedures to reduce or eliminate them;
Ensure effective preventive maintenance and repair of all material handling systems and equipment to minimize downtime;
Provide support to internal and external audits;
Ensure that Health and Safety requirements are being met by supporting and participating in regular Health & Safety meetings.

Team management component:
Hire, direct, coach and mentor staff to ensure performance targets are being met;
Ensure all staff reports are suitably trained/qualified/licensed for the various tasks and jobs they must complete;
Provide management of employees directly or through supervisors and managers.
Bachelor degree in Business/Finance/Management/Operations/Engineering or other related field is required;
Over 10 years of experience as Plant manager or Operations manager or General manager or any equivalent position;
Experience in food industry will be an asset;
Be comfortable managing in a structured and highly technological environment;
Knowledge of Good Management Practices (GMP) and experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP);
Previous experience/strong understanding of budgeting/expense management with a basic understanding of financial and accounting practices;
Previous experience/best practices implementing and using continuous improvement/lean tools to drive improvement;
Previous experience/broad understanding of safety systems and enforcement of safety rules and policies;
Communicate effectively in both official languages (English and French);
Demonstrated ability to motivate people, assess and develop employee skills;
Excellent planning and organizational skills, with the ability to balance production, sanitation and maintenance needs;
Excellent interpersonal communication and listening ability;
A strong ability to be adaptable and flexible;
Strong analytical and decision-making skills;
Ability to work with teams and lead decision-making processes in a team environment;
Highly motivated, results oriented, driven.

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