• Production Manager

    Job Locations US-MO-Saint Louis 63123
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  • Company Overview

    Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.


    Leading to better.

    Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!


    Leading to better, together. 

    Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage.  Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

    • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action
    • Empowering our people
    • Promoting diverse thinking
    • Investing in innovation
    • Acting on sustainability
    • Embracing our differences
    • Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

    Description and Responsibilities

    The Production Manager will be located at our plant located in Affton, Missouri. They will direct and coordinates activities concerned with production of company products by performing the following duties.

    • Confers with Plant Manager on a daily basis to provide status updates regarding production, staffing, materials, maintenance, safety and quality.
    • Any written correspondence (emails, letters to municipalities, vendors, etc.) pertaining to Affton operations, must be reviewed with the Plant Manager prior to submission. In addition, the Plant Manager must be made aware of, in advance, of any visits or audits.
    • Confers with supporting department managers to establish production and quality control standards, develop budget and cost controls, and to obtain data regarding types, quantities, specifications, and delivery dates of products ordered.
    • Develop a continuous improvement culture within the Production Department and support and drive related plant initiatives, such as Kerry Excel, ISO14001, 5S, LSW (Leader Standard Work), Visual Management, and OEE (overall equipment effectiveness).
    • Develop a strong working knowledge of the financial reporting structure for the site and be able to present information during monthly financial overview (Accounts Pack Review).
    • Responsible for conducting Lock Out-Tag Out verifications for all production staff.
    • Create and facilitate training programs for the production staff. The training programs are to include but not be limited to, safety, quality, continuous improvement, etc., utilizing the Alchemy training system, OJT, and cross training.
    • Plans and directs production activities and establishes production priorities for products in keeping with effective operations and cost factors.
    • Coordinates production activities with procurement, maintenance, and quality control activities to obtain optimum production and utilization of human resources, machines, and equipment.
    • Conducts Root Cause Analysis (RCA) for production, quality control, maintenance, and operational issues to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications, and operating or production problems.
    • Develops, implements and updates operating methods (Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions, Process Flow Diagrams) designed to establish a consistent process which will eliminate operating problems and improve product quality.
    • Revises production schedules and priorities as result of equipment failure or operating problems.
    • Consults with Maintenance personnel relative to modification of machines and equipment in order to improve safety, production and quality of products and prioritization of outstanding work orders.
    • Coaches and mentors Production Shift Leaders and Production Operators in order to develop strong, well informed project teams.
    • Responsible for addressing employee concerns and escalating issues to Human Resources as needed.
    • Understand all Job Safety Hazards and comply with all department and plant Safety, GMP, Sanitation, Quality, and Environmental policies and procedures.
    • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of production staff. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Must demonstrate the ability to lead and develop employees into future leaders and create a culture of growth and development for all team members.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Associate degree required; Bachelor’s degree recommended; minimum of 6-8 years of related experience in a FDA/GMP manufacturing environment. Food manufacturing experience is a plus.
    • Strong supervisory skills, preferably in managing hourly non-exempt employees.
    • Strong organizational and planning skills, must exhibit a sense of urgency in order to maximize job efficiency.
    • Proven ability to lead through vision and values, and is comfortable communicating difficult messages to direct reports.
    • Ability to perform gap analysis, identifying areas of opportunity and development for staff within the production department.  Ability to develop an action plan and execute to close the gaps identified.
    • GMP, SQF, and HACCP experience required.
    • Project management and continuous improvement experience required.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office, with strong skills in Excel, MS Word, Powerpoint, and Kronos.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a team to meet and surpass manufacturing KPI’s.
    • Ability to write routine reports, SOP’s and correspondence.
    • Ability to speak effectively before groups of internal customers such as employees, other department managers and Kerry executive leaders.
    • Must be able to resolve conflict, lead daily meetings, and participate in town halls meetings.
    • Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
    • Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
    • Reasoning:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with variable factors in situations where only limited standardization exists.
    • Learn and practice the 8 Step Problem Solving Method and other Continuous Improvement principles.
    • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


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