Sr Director Operations

Date: May 28, 2024

Location: Aurora, IL, US, 60504

Company: Glanbia

We are seeking an inspiring leader who can motivate and develop their team, driving operational excellence and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This dynamic leader will possess a strong operational background and manufacturing expertise, and is passionate about individual growth.


The Senior Operations Director will lead the Glanbia Performance Nutrition Aurora manufacturing plant, which employs around 700 team members. Our facility produces the leading sports nutrition brand, Optimum Nutrition, along with other products that support sports nutrition and healthy lifestyles.


Key Responsibilities

  • Operational Excellence: Lead cross-functional site departments to achieve operational goals, including throughput, yield, quality, cost control, safety, and profitability.
  • Collaboration: Align with cross-functional partners in product supply and commercial business to optimize production plans.
  • Efficiency: Review production schedules and collaborate to ensure targets are met while maintaining efficiency.
  • Culture and Leadership: Champion company values and foster a positive, confident leadership example for all team members.
  • Resource Management: Strategically manage personnel and operational resources to optimize production.
  • Continuous Improvement: Identify and implement opportunities to maximize profit potential and reduce production costs.
  • Facility Oversight: Manage plant assets, maintenance, repair, and capital expenditure projects.
  • Budget and Reporting: Report on budget costs and variances, addressing performance and operational margins.
  • Safety and Compliance: Ensure compliance with safety and food regulations.
  • Resource Planning: Proactively plan resources for short and long-term business requirements.
  • Team Development: Coach managers and supervisors to achieve performance goals and support succession planning.



  • Experience: 10+ years in production or related fields, with at least 7+ years leading others. Food manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Leadership Skills: Demonstrated ability to lead large organizations, prioritize tasks, and delegate assignments.
  • Commitment: Uphold safety and quality policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Financial Acumen: Understanding of budgeting and financial accounting practices.
  • Continuous Improvement: Familiarity with lean tools (Six Sigma, 5-S, Lean Manufacturing) to drive improvements.
  • Safety Knowledge: Broad understanding of safety systems and enforcement.
  • Manufacturing Expertise: Knowledge of manufacturing operations, food quality standards, maintenance, shipping, and engineering.
  • Bilingual: Fluency in both English and Spanish is highly preferred.


Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Operations, or related field
  • Six Sigma certification (Green Belt or Black Belt) preferred


At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

Nearest Major Market: Aurora
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago