Plant Manager in Mankato, MN at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 9/24/2018

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    Mankato, MN
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Job Description

Come Run with Sasquatch as our Plant Manager in Mankato, MN!

Jack Link’s Protein Snacks began with treasured family recipes passed from generation to generation, transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world. Over the years, as consumer demand for convenient, high-quality snack foods increased, so has the company’s product offerings. Today Jack Link’s is the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturer in the world, and sells more than 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries. The Link family principles and traditions remain the same: hard work, integrity and a commitment to earn consumer respect by delivering the best-tasting meat snacks in the world.

The Plant Manager is responsible for overall plant operations and maintenance. This includes ensuring production of a consistent, quality product on a safe, efficient and timely basis.  He or she is also responsible for maximizing profit while controlling cost, ensuring stability and growth within the company and achieving or exceeding personal and business goals.


  • Direct and coordinate plant operations within company policies and procedures
  • Manage the facility's safety initiatives, which includes cleanliness and sanitation
  • Establishment and direction of local facility policies and procedures
  • Ensure facility production goals and key performance indicators, such as giveaway, yields, labor, and floor loss are met
  • Establish and maintain positive employee relations and community relations
  • Foster and develop a trained and motivated team
  • Confer with department heads to ensure coordination of purchasing, production, and shipping
  • Select, develop and retain facility supervision, administrative professionals and non-exempt staff
  • Conduct employee performance reviews and implement appropriate development plans
  • Schedule and conduct regular plant meetings
  • Attend scheduled corporate training and meetings

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • 8-10 years at a Manager, Superintendent or similar level with multiple Supervisors reporting to the position
  • 5 years of experience with batch or continuous processing including sequential production with multiple inputs or processes.
  • 3 years of experience with responsibility for budgeting and operating budget execution
  • 3 years in a Managerial (or equivalent role) in some type of LEAN environment. This can include 6-sigma, LEAN, TPM or related discipline.
  • 5 years in a team-based operating environment. This can include participation in Pillar Teams, Cross-Functional Project Teams, Focused-Improvement Teams or Kaizen Teams. (Work in a strictly team-managed company is NOT required.)
  • 3 years of position experience with significant responsibility for working with Quality Assurance (or Control), Accounting, Scheduling and Human Resources
  • Previous successful leadership of 1 or more projects relating to purchase and installation of capital equipment
  • Previous successful leadership of 1 or more projects relating to improvement of quality, yield, productivity, safety or expense reduction
  • 3 years experience in an operation employing some type of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) such as SAP, BPCS or similar system
  • 4-year college degree or equivalent experience
  • Education in 6-sigma, LEAN, TPM or related discipline
  • Demonstrated leadership of improvement in at least 3 of these 5 performance measures:
    • Plant Safety
    • Product quality
    • Product yield (or scrap reduction)
    • Labor productivity
    • Expense reduction
  • Track record of increasing position responsibility over the span of his/her career
  • Leadership of operations at a plant or major process level
  • Public speaking / presentation skills
  • Oral and written communication accuracy
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to utilize MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

 Desired Requirements:

  • Currently at a Plant Manager level or above
  • Experiences shown above in the food industry
  • Experience working in a facility certified under the Global Food Safety Initiative such as SQF (Safe Quality Food) or BRC (British Retail Consortium)
  • Degree with close application to position requirements such as Engineering, Food Science, Chemistry, Accounting, Management or Quality.
  • Graduate degree
  • Track record of leading improvements over a wider breadth than noted above
  • Leadership of multiple capital and process improvement projects
  • Formal experience and training in team management

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