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Leprino Foods Manager I, Processing in Allendale, Michigan

Leprino Foods’ history dates back over 65 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino is the largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose in the world, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that daring vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated individual who is the best at what you do. Three people in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to over 4,300 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

Within our almost 300-person Allendale, MI manufacturing facility, we are seeking a highly qualified Processing Manager. The Processing Manager manages the Processing Production Department to ensure the successful conversion of raw materials into finished products that meet quality and customer specifications in a safe and efficient manner.  Provides leadership to department supervisors and employees to develop a highly skilled and engaged workgroup.  Responsible for the people safety, food safety, product quality, and financials of the department. 

We Ask of You

  • Provides leadership in the Processing Production Department by implementing and maintaining programs in technical training, safety, quality, communications, performance recognition and internal employee development in order to ensure peak employee productivity.

  • Responsible for outlining and managing the work of the supervisors in the Processing Department.

  • Actively leads the processes for performance management, employee development and engagement.

  • Builds and fosters strong working relationships, collaborative teams and a positive work environment.

  • Implements company and plant policies fairly and consistently.

  • Manages the Processing production process to assure the highest quality finished products that meet company and customer specifications and government regulations.

  • Maintains high productivity and cost effectiveness through proper scheduling production operations, maintenance, and workforce.

  • Manages the department budget within established guidelines ensuring financial objectives are met.

  • Ensures production yields and efficiencies are met as defined by budgetary and Corporate standards.

  • Manages the departments financial performance to assure that a quality product is provided at the least possible cost.

  • Leads the department safety program to ensure a safe working environment.

  • Provides employees with the training, equipment, and tools to be able to safely perform their jobs.

  • Sets standards for safety involvement and accountability and leads by example.

  • Manages the department’s quality systems to achieve quality goals.

  • Oversees the sanitation program effectiveness to ensure food safety standards are met in the department

Offering You In Return

  • The opportunity to join a company that will invest in you for the long-term. Leprino couldn’t be where it is today without our incredible workforce. That’s why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring people who are in it for the long run with Leprino is our ultimate goal. Through competitive salaries, healthcare benefits, tuition assistance, vacation, holiday, and sick time, matching 401(k), annual merit, incentives, and our annual Profit Sharing plan – Leprino hires to retire.

  • A chance to reside in the greater Grand Rapids, MI area: a city of 1.3 million people (metro area), ten minutes from the splendor of Lake Michigan with its enchanting lighthouses, boating scene, festivals, restaurants, shopping, and wineries, as well as home to Grand Valley State University; Michigan’s fastest growing university with over 24,000 students.

You Have (Minimum Qualifications)

  • College Degree in Food Science, Dairy Technology or related field, or similar work experience in related industry

  • 8+ years of experience in food manufacturing

  • 2+ years of progressive leadership experience

  • Proficient computer knowledge, with familiarity or ability to learn SAP or other manufacturing computer systems

You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Dairy/Cheese manufacturing experience

  • Direct leadership experience over supervisors

A career with Leprino Foods means you’ll be part of a worldwide family of individuals dedicated to producing high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Your contributions will be noticed and rewarded as you work to further our company, our customers, and one another. Apply today to learn more about our EHS career path.

Leprino Foods Company utilizes the services of Psychemedics to perform our Hair Follicle Drug Testing. Additional information about this process can be obtained at www.psychemedics.com

Leprino Foods requires all individuals to wear the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as required by the role and location.

Requisition ID: 2020-6204

External Company URL: http://www.leprinofoods.com

Street: 4700 Rich Street