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Plant Senior Operations Leader

Company Name: Michigan Dairy
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Supervise and control all planning, coordination and direction of production activities, ensuring maximum operating efficiency and product quality. Develop operations resource leaders to maintain and improve plant performance. Perform all jobs safely, efficiently and accurately to maintain and improve the performance of the entire plant in the areas of Safety, Quality, Reliability (SQR) and our Customer 1st strategy. Provide leadership that embodies our 7 Kroger Manufacturing High Performance Work System principles. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain and communicate awareness of industry trends, including new developments in equipment, ingredients and customer needs
  • Support and participate in the plant safety process
  • Apply analysis and knowledge of plant processing and operations to develop and maintain department structure to satisfy production needs and objectives
  • Advance recommendations on policies, procedures, techniques, facilities, production planning and all other matters related to effective plant and department operations
  • Prepare production portion of operating budgets; implement and control approved budgets
  • Communicate effectively with plant leadership to ensure efficient and timely policy implementation
  • Communicate and coordinate responsibilities with all plant supervisory staff, including maintenance, sanitation, quality control and the plant office
  • Maintain close contact with sales and marketing activity, keeping abreast of all sales and marketing activities that may affect production distribution
  • Develop and implement methods for enabling all employees to achieve plant production goals
  • Develop department managers and associates to the fullest extent of their ability, while maintaining positive engagement
  • Follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe, quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements
  • Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems
  • Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field supporting food manufacturing operations
  • 7+ years of experience in manufacturing operations
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Thorough knowledge of plant operations and procedures
  • Strong attention to detail, with a high degree of accuracy and precision
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to comprehend complex oral and written instructions
  • Must be highly organized and systematic in approach
  • Essential math skills
  • Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office

Desired Previous Job Experience/Education:

  • Previous experience as superintendent or other mid-level management position in food manufacturing plant
  • Working knowledge of Total Process Control (TPC) or lean manufacturing practices


Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time

Regions: Midwest


Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

 Posting Notes:  MI || Livonia || 29601 Industrial Road || 48150 || Michigan Dairy || None || Management; Manufacturing || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Livonia
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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