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POSITION: Plant Manager - Onsite - Ferndale, WA

Plant Manager – Onsite – Ferndale, WA


Director of Operations


This position will manage the successful operation of production, maintenance, and warehouse operations at a premium meat processing and packaging facility. Responsible for the leadership, development, and safety of teammates. Overall responsibility for food safety compliance to USDA and third-party audit standards and ensuring food safety practices.

Continuous Improvement
• Responsible for continually improving the processes and increase the overall efficiency of the operation in the following areas of focus:
o Safety
o Quality
o Productivity
o Service
o Cost Reductions
• Utilize lean manufacturing or other process improvement techniques to provide an
organized and process-oriented approach to improvement initiatives and problem solving.
• Define and implement objectives in each area of operation for continuous improvement.
• Work cooperatively with others to implement best practices leading to improvements at the facility.

Operations Management
• Establishing and delivering on plant efficiency goals.
• Managing cost of production.

Teammate Development
• Work to develop the leadership team at an individual and team level.
• Develop individual development plans with each team member and foster an environment that encourages life-long learning.
• Utilize organizational resources to accomplish development needs.

Performance Management
• Develop clearly defined goals and objectives and communicate effectively to all teammates to ensure alignment.
• Balance attainment of short-term goals and daily management while continuing to work on long-term improvement strategies.
• Provide focused and organized leadership to lead the plant management team toward attainment of goals.

Teammate Relations
• Drive the overall business culture of balancing the drive for results with the drive for teammate morale.
• Communicate frequently and effectively with the organization.
• Communicate, enforce, and lead by example all company values, policies, and procedures.

• Maintain compliance with and improve performance toward Health, Safety and Environmental regulations and established goals.
• Provide and promote a safe work environment.

• Deliver customer-acceptable products by enforcing quality standards and developing on-going continuous improvement plans.
• Provide leadership to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and enforcement of GMP’s and HACCP program requirements.

Strategic Leadership
• Develop manufacturing organizational strategies by contributing manufacturing information, analysis, and recommendations to strategic thinking and direction, establishing functional objectives in line with
organizational objectives.


  • A proven track record of successful and cost-effective management of a manufacturing facility, which includes the overseeing of all production, safety, and operations management responsibilities.
  • In depth technical knowledge of food processing and packaging systems/equipment.
  • Results oriented; seeks to accomplish critical tasks with measurable results.
  • Well-developed business analytical skills including budgeting, financial management, understanding of margin, and business analysis.
  • Ability to analyze key performance indicators and develop action plans based on results.
  • Well trained and knowledgeable in performance management techniques including, expectations and goal setting, coaching, problem solving and progressive feedback.
  • Ability to understand the dynamics and needs of a diverse workforce while motivating them to achieve ongoing improvements in business results.
  • Positive leadership and communication style – approachable, able to influence others.
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate within the operations team, as well as all other functional areas.
  • Comprehensive project management skills, including project prioritization, resource allocation, follow-up, and communication.
  • Creative thinking skills – identification of issues & opportunities with the ability to develop creative solutions.
  • Seeks out information, learning, and education to develop oneself and the plant leadership team.
  • Well-developed writing skills
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish) preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, Operations Management, Engineering, Food Science or related required or experience in lieu of education is acceptable.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience progressively increasing responsibility in production management, with at least 5 years as a senior level production manager and/or plant manager in the food processing industry.
  • Experience with meat products and meat processing preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of FSIS/USDA/FDA regulations
  • Training and experience in continuous improvement techniques, i.e. Creative Problem Solving, Lean Manufacturing, and related approaches.


  • Hours will be 5:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.


  • Sitting in normal seated position and standing for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.


$120,000.00 - $150,000.00 annually, subject to all required taxes and withholdings.


• Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, prescription coverage.
• 10 Paid holidays, generous paid time off.
• 401K
• Life Insurance
• Wellness Plan
• Employee Discount

This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude any other reasonably related duties as assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

Hempler's is an equal opportunity employer (minorities/females/disabled/veterans). We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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