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Plant Manager

Land O' Lakes

Land O' Lakes

Sales & Business Development
Iowa, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Plant Manager

The Plant Manager is responsible to oversee all aspects of the operation within the Clarence, IA facility. This position manages the daily activities of the plant and is responsible for the proper execution of all tasks associated with human safety, product quality and plant operations. The position will manage the plant costs to ensure spend is in alignment with set budget.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to the overall operation, including Production Supervisor, QA/Safety Supervisor, and Office personnel.
  • Coach and manage performance of all direct reports and entire plant team.
  • Be a change agent for the facility by influencing and inspiring all team members.
  • Ensure materials, equipment, and supplies that are needed to perform daily production are in place.
  • Manage the plant budget and communicate concerns when these are present.
  • Work with internal and external customers to ensure the plant is meeting set expectations.
  • Ensure that human safety is a core value for all team members by promoting a safe work environment and safe work practices.
  • Develop talent within the plant to ensure strong leadership is present at all levels.
  • Manage all plant capital spend by working closely with maintenance and submitting all capital requests and making sure that all projects are completed on time and within the authorized dollar amount.
  • Seek out cost savings initiatives and take action to ensure the plant is best serving the overall company.
  • Support product quality improvements by ensuring all EQMS requirements are in place.
  • In cooperation with Human Resources maintain strong employee relations.
  • Drive continuous improvement efforts via process improvement teams within the plant.
  • Create team engagement to find and resolve production limiters.

Required Experience/Knowledge (to be able to perform this job):

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and 3+ leadership experience in a feed manufacturing facility or Associates degree and 5+ years leadership experience in a closely applicable manufacturing facility.
  • Strong leadership skills and strategic planning skills.
  • Must be respected by peers, co-workers, vendors, and internal and external customers.
  • Must have strong customer relations skills in working with both internal and external customers.
  • Requires proven and demonstrated project management capabilities and the ability to diagnose operational inefficiencies.
  • Assignments will be broad in nature and require originality and ability to navigate complex problems and issues and utilize others to find resolution.


Physical Requirements for production positions regularly include:

  • Frequent movement including walking, standing, bending/stooping, turning, twisting, pushing, pulling, raising arms, lifting, climbing and other active movements
  • Performing duties while wearing personal protective equipment
  • Working across temperature zones that may include cold and/or hot environments for extended periods and may include work in environments where dust is present
  • Shift schedules that include days, nights, and weekends, some holidays and periodic overtime

Day Shift: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, must be flexible

About Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Join us and be part of a Fortune 250, farmer- and member-owned cooperative that is reimagining the business of food. We have been named a Top Workplace by Indeed and LinkedIn, and to the TIME 100 Most Influential Companies list.


We provide a broad portfolio of benefits to keep you and your family at your best. Land O'Lakes is Where Your Future Takes Root.

Land O'Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. The company maintains a drug-free workforce, including post-employment substance abuse testing pursuant to a Drug and Alcohol Policy.

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