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Plant Manager

Date: May 4, 2021

Location: Carlsbad, CA, US, 92010

Company: Glanbia

Plant Manager


Supervisor’s Title:           Vice President, Specialty Operations

Department:                     Operations

Exempt Status:                 Salary Exempt


Job Summary

Provide strategic direction and leadership to engage entire plant operation in continuously improving Engagement, Safety, Quality, Productivity, Operational Excellence and Costs. Develop a leadership that ensures all plant employees can improve and sustain a zero loss work culture that drives out injuries and ensures products are safe and meet quality specifications. Manage all aspects of a 24/7 plant operation ensuring budget, output, and continuous improvement by engaging all employees. Directs, administers, and coordinates the activities of the organization in support of policies, goals, and objectives established by the company.


Essential Functions

  • Create an environment of strong team spirit, timely and effective communications, sense of urgency, high motivation and inspire teams to achieve goals in the immediate and longer term.
  • Be an active and visible change agent, promoting flexible and open mindsets to new opportunities.
  • Effectively executes the strategic plant and direction for all production initiatives and in conjunction with global initiatives.
  • Drive collaboration within site and across network activities, cross-functional planning, and decision making.
  • Accountable for overall budget and financial performance of product manufacturing operations.
  • Proactively promote positive Safety Culture and GMP operating principles.
  • Continuous improvement of manufacturing procedures and related equipment in collaboration with Production, Engineering and Quality.
  • Participate in the development of manufacturing, productivity, and financial goals and manage operations so that all departmental and site goals are met.
  • Ensure GMP compliance and inspection readiness for product manufacturing operations at all times. Actively support internal and external inspection activities.
  • Provides the leadership necessary to recruit supporting personnel as required and approved, manages the training and mentoring of new personnel, and directs their activities toward the achievement of all company key results and production programs and goals.
  • Continuously monitor deviations in the area of responsibility and define and implement sustainable measures to reduce deviations. Promote problem identification and a culture of proactive problem prevention.
  • Coach and develop supervisors and junior staff via effective development planning. Manage the performance planning process for all direct reports. Coordinate department level hiring and staffing plans. 
  • Optimize production operations through the startegic management of personnel, operational and mechanical resources.
  • Identify on-going opportunities for improvement that enables the facility to develop to its optimum profit potential and decrease the cost of production.
  • Utilizes GPS processes, driving zero losses and upholds the culture of Glanbia non-negotiables.


Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Ensure after hours response in the event of plant outage and emergencies.



  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in a related field; at least 10 years prior experience in the manufacturing industry or similar industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Knowledge of software applications in Aucad, Access, PowerPoint presentation, Excel Spreadsheets and MSWord Processing


Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, standing and walking, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Frequently involves reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling and/or climbing or balancing.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers, and perceives attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves moderate physical activity performing somewhat strenuous daily activities of a primarily product/technical nature.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, see clearly at 20 inches or closer and 20 feet or more, observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point, judge distances and spatial relationships, and adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to loud noise levels (i.e. manufacturing equipment).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat, and fumes and toxic chemicals.
  • May work in areas with mechanical moving parts, above ground with risk of fall, or areas with risk of electrical shock.


Travel Requirements

    • Minimal overnight travel (up to 10%) by land and/or air.



Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

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