SPU Associate Production Manager; IA

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Type: Permanent

Experience: Standard Management (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Category: Manufacturing / Production

Industry: Natural Resources / Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

Company: Management Recruiters of Chattanooga-Brainerd

Reference ID: oTGakU

Date Posted: 12/02/2022

Shortcut: http://jobs.mrinetwork.com/NCjrJf

SPU Associate Production Manager; Corn Wet Milling/Ingredient; IA


An international family-owned company provides a positive and attractive work and career environment, in which everyone can learn, develop, contribute to the overall company performance and be recognized for doing so.


Job Description

The SPU (Starch Production Unit) Associate Production Manager, reporting to SPU Production Manager, at the company’s Iowa corn-wet milling and bio-refinery facility and requires interaction with both Salaried and Union workforce.



The incumbent will be responsible for leading SPU bargaining unit and salaried employees to ensure safe actions, environmental compliance and quality production in a Good Manufacturing Practice food-grade operation.  This position requires candidates to demonstrate excellent operational leadership, clear communication skills, strong people development and coaching abilities, and experience in effectively managing short-term activities and long-term projects.  Additional responsibilities include troubleshooting of the manufacturing process, recommending and implementing effective solutions, overseeing multiple improvement projects, and consistently achieving production plans.


Main Responsibilities

  • Is the second in command of the SPU Department, acts as the SPU Department Manager in their absence
  • Act as the leader of large midterm (1- 3 yr) projects for the SPU, this position is designed to move the department forward.
  • To be the primary technical resource for the department.  Technical understanding of the process and equipment is a must.
  • Lead technical and non-technical troubleshooting. Engaging team members and technical resources, as needed, in addressing moderate to complex issues.  Innovates to remove barriers to operational improvements.
  • Manage, communicate and achieve targets of the SPU.  This may be yields or other KPI’s. 
  • Translate departmental targets into action plans and development plans.
  • Support overall site manufacturing by leading SPU production, maintenance and yields to maximize efficiency while achieving quality and performance targets.
  • Develop and execute programs to improve safety, environmental compliance, quality, reliable production performance, asset health, yields, capacities and costs. Draw innovation from employees, other team leaders, engineers and other departments.
  • Implement and maintain sound process controls.
  • Develop production employees through training, coaching, document development, objective setting, evaluation and/or administering personal performance reviews.
  • Lead operations teams’ activities with clear, consistent communication.  Assure that short to medium term plans are communicated to maximize operating efficiencies.
  • Monitor operations’ performance and lead multiple rotating shifts’ production priority setting and activities planning/assignments to ensure actions result in safe, compliant and quality work achieving scheduled production to meet customers’ needs and assure desired yields are met.  
  • Manage spending within area budget requirements.  Work closely with Maintenance to balance meeting Maintenance budgeted spending and maximizing plant asset health and availability to meet business needs.
  • Assure team knowledge, understanding, and compliance of all policies, procedures, work instructions and adherence to quality control standards. 



  • BS Engineering degree; Mechanical or Chemical preferred
  • >5 years’ experience in a food and/or chemical continuous processing plant ; >10 years desired
    • Previous experience in a corn wet mill and/or by products processing desired, similar processes considered
  • >5 years leadership and/or supervisory experience desired; >10 years supervisory experience preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in project and/or program development, execution, and success – multiple examples expected.
  • Demonstrated technical ability through successful advanced troubleshooting and problem solving – multiple examples expected.
  • Effective organizational and planning skills with the demonstrated ability to multitask and lead cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute against short-term and medium-term plans to meet output requirements
  • Demonstrated sound, assertive, positive leadership skills, as well as strong and effective coaching skills
  • Demonstrated clear, informative and persuasive (verbal, written and presentation) communication skills, and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated strong working understanding of chemical unit operations and mechanical aptitude of processing equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute against production short-term and medium-term plans to meet output requirements
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications of Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Word. Experience with SAP, Aspen and minor programing ability a plus.

The duties, responsibilities, and requirements identified by this posting should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by management as deemed appropriate.

Salary: $110-125K w/ 15% bonus; 401K 6% match; Relo Assist, Strong Benefits; EOE; NO Sponsorship;  “AAP, EEO, M/F/H/V/D, Drug-Free Workplace”


A successful job applicant will be required to submit to and pass a post offer pre-employment physical, which includes a drug test.

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