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Operations Director – Cheese   - Baraboo, Wisconsin
Foremost Farms





JOB TITLE:  Operations Director – Cheese    

LOCATION:   Baraboo, Wisconsin
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 advancement.
• 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 satisfaction.
• 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 workplace.
• 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 manufacturing operations.
• 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 percent.
• 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 non-standardized situations.
• 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 moderate.
• 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.


We’re 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:

Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled are encouraged to apply.

Successful completion of pre-employment testing which could  include a drug test, physical, background check, education check and credit check required.


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