Director – Cheese - Baraboo, Wisconsin
TITLE: Operations Director – Cheese
REPORTS TO: Operations Sr. Director
This position is responsible for planning, managing, and coordinating cheese
manufacturing activities to maximize supply chain and facility productivity
and profitability and finished product quality, in accordance with company
policies and procedures.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each
essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions. The job description is not designed to cover or contain a
comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are
required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities
may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. The
essential functions of this job include, but are not limited to:
• Overseeing the revision and execution of strategic and tactical plans
that provide the direction and focus needed to successfully achieve our
business objectives, including employee safety and quality.
• Formulating and implement manufacturing policies and procedures that
support divisional and corporate objectives, including conducting periodic
reviews while taking corrective action as appropriate. Participation in
divisional meetings, investigations, and strategy development is required.
• Adopting proven and cost effective technologies and processes, which
have acceptable return on investments to make the supply chain efficient,
environmentally responsible and safe for all employees.
• Planning, directing and coordinating manufacturing activities toward
the accomplishment of company safety, quality, service, value and teamwork
goals, while executing production plans as provided. Behavior based
coaching methods are expected by all leaders within the function.
• Insuring that problem solving, other formal continuous improvement,
planning and operational excellence activities, are active at each of the
plant locations, creating results with real “return on investments” and
sustainability of the changes needed as a result of solving the root causes
of problems. Cross functionally and in conjunction with the Operational
Excellence group it is expected to create a pursuit of waste elimination to
achieve the financial responsibilities laid out in the strategic plan.
• Cooperating with supply chain and sales to identify and implement the
product mix for the individual plants and for the multiple plant system that
maximizes profitability and product quality goals.
• Developing, implementing, standardizing and sustaining a set of key
measures that can apply universally to each of the production
facilities. Cascade these measures in a meaningful way to all
associates at all levels.
• Identifying asset reconfiguration needs and creating and executing an
action plans accordingly, including eliminating bottlenecks at current plants
for the purpose of creating flexibility, agility and least cost service
• Identifying key quality attributes and key process variables and
setting up statistically valid measurement and control methods, while
ensuring proper documentation is in place to adhere to current and future
quality and food safety requirements.
• Assessing current variances to expected performance, studying the
factors behind poor variance management, and implementing appropriate steps
to improve variance management at each production facility.
• Performing process constraint analysis studies at each plant on an
ongoing basis or after major process changes.
• Developing active succession plan for each plant and coordinating with
other Director of Operations to address manufacturing needs are met overall,
including overseeing and participating in the Leadership and Talent
developmental training for all plant management personnel.
• Assisting Human Resources function in collective bargaining compliance
and negotiating labor agreements.
• Assisting Quality Assurance and other functions with items such as new
product development and improved customer relations and customer
• Maintain the standards outlined in the beliefs and values.
Ensure a relentless culture of disciplined execution is fostered through
proper assignment of task ownership, expectation setting and verification to
maintain expected behaviors.
• Regular and punctual attendance and physical presence in the
• Properly plan, prioritize and execute maintenance capital needs at all
facilities over the time horizon of the strategic plan.
• Timely and accurate completion of duties.
• Continually travel for work, over 67% of the time.
The following are required competencies of the position that must be met by
the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job:
• Computer Skills: Ability to operate all information technology
related business systems, programs and applications in a manner that achieves
efficiency, accuracy, and relevancy of information processing and reporting
as it applies to this position.
• Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and conduct research
relating to manufacturing topics. Ability to write effective reports,
and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information
and respond to questions from management, employees, and customers regarding
• Mathematical Skills: Ability to correctly add, subtract,
multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common
fractions, and decimals. Ability to correctly compute rate, ratio, and
• Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding
to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in
• Other Skills & Abilities: Requires the ability to operate a
variety of standard business machines. Must have the ability to drive a
motor vehicle, and maintaining a valid driver’s license.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this
job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Physical Demands – Employee is frequently (more than 75% of time)
required to: use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or
controls, sit; to verbally communicate; and to hear. The employee is
occasionally (up to 33% of the time) required to walk and stand. The
employee must occasionally (up to 33% of the time) lift and/or move up to 10
pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
vision and the ability to adjust focus.
• Work Environment – Employee is occasionally exposed to risk of
electrical shock wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne
participles. The noise level in the work environment is usually
• Protective Equipment – Protective equipment is generally required in
manufacturing environment, consistent with the job being performed.
This position requires a Bachelors Degree in food
science, dairy manufacturing or related field of study, knowledge related to
the job and five to ten years of job-related experience. Dairy
manufacturing management experience is preferred.
This position plans, directs and coordinate production operations and 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; directing General and Plant Managers as they maintain
work rules, offering encouragement and/or issuing violation warnings and
disciplinary actions, as necessary; appropriately administering
collective bargaining agreements.
It is the policy of Foremost Farms USA to provide equal employment
opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, creed, color,
religion, sex, age, national origin, disabilities, veteran status, marital
status, sexual orientation, military status, genetic information, or any
other characteristic protected by state or federal law.
Foremost Farms USA, headquartered in Baraboo, Wis., is a farmer-owned milk
processing and marketing cooperative with annual sales of $1.5 billion. The
nation’s eighth-largest cooperative and number 25 in annual sales among the
Top 100 U.S. dairy processors, Foremost Farms is a leading manufacturer and
marketer of cheese, specialty whey ingredients, butter and bulk fluid milk to
customers around the world.
looking for employees who challenge the status quo, innovate and aim for
excellence. Because we’re working to be the world’s best – to Be Foremost –
we’ll bring out the best in you. We’re already one of the nation’s top 10
dairy cooperatives, making Wisconsin cheese and dairy ingredients for the
global marketplace. But we’re not satisfied. Are you?
Are you ready to Be Foremost?
Please apply at: www.foremostfarms.com
Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled are encouraged to apply.
completion of pre-employment testing which could
include a drug test, physical, background check, education check
and credit check required.