Director, Plant Operations

Position Locations US-ID-Wilder
Posted Date 2 months ago(1/8/2024 12:08 PM)
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CTI Foods Overview

Welcome to CTI Foods, where quality, service, and people are at the heart of everything we do. We are a leading food manufacturing company, dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible products and our employees with a rewarding career. 


At CTI, we passionately believe that people are our #1 ingredient. We provide a positive and supportive work environment, opportunities for growth and advancement, and a competitive compensation package. We value our employees' contributions and strive to create a culture of respect, teamwork, and excellence.


Whether you're interested in a career in production, quality control, or management, we have a variety of opportunities available. We believe that our success is a result of our focus on quality, service, and people, and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers and employees with excellence.


If you're looking for a rewarding career in the food manufacturing industry, look no further than CTI Foods! Join our team and become a part of a company that values quality, service, and people. 

Job Overview

To lead and direct production and maintenance functions for the respective location, while supporting and adhering to the efforts of safety, food safety, supply chain, human resources, and commercialization, in order to meet location’s business objectives as established by the Senior Leadership Team.


  1. Direct daily operations while maintaining compliance to quality and regulatory standards.
  2. Execute all plans and initiatives as directed by safety, supply chain, food safety, HR and other cross functional areas.
  3. Achieve all location KPIs.
  4. Achieve budget for all operating costs including manufacturing, maintenance, and labor.
  5. Champion and model the CTI culture and the necessary mindsets to (3Fs) to deliver optimal results.
  6. Actively participate and engage with other plant leaders for best practice sharing and replication for areas such as network optimization and asset efficiency.
  7. Lead continuous improvement efforts around plant performance, people and processes to execute on current goals and to prepare for future growth.
  8. Lead team by effectively utilizing CTI’s Operating Principles.
  9. Attract, hire and lead the supervisory teams throughout the location, ensuring that all team members are knowledgeable with operating processes and procedures.
  10. Ability to develop the maintenance department into a pro-active / asset life management model.
  11. Identify, study and determine the processing equipment that best meets production needs from a product quality and productivity standpoint.
  12. Play a key role on major CAPEX project budgeting and large project management to ensure timely completion and on budget.
  13. Define and model the overall facility capacity to have an overall understanding of bottlenecks and limitations.
  14. Knowledge of USDA-FSIS regulations and ability to work with USDA inspectors on an ongoing basis to ensure compliance to all USDA regulations and HACCP and SQF requirements.
  15. Knowledge of other regulatory requirements, including OSHA and EPA/DNR. OSHA experience covering worker safety in a protein processing environment as well as ammonia-based refrigeration. EPA/DNR as it pertains to plant discharges either by air or water.
  16. Maintains continuity among work teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.
  17. Any other duties as assigned.



What we need from you:

  • Minimum of 10 years of operations management experience, food manufacturing preferred.
    Bachelor’s degree in Business, Food Science, Engineering, or related field preferred.
  • Ability to apply understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Track record of strong performance as a senior operations manager with demonstrated operations and management talent and a desire to participate in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational and process improvement, ideally with using Lean, Kaizen, and Six Sigma concepts.
  • Long term and short-term planning skills.
  • Budget development and presentation skills.
  • Ability to effectively analyze and evaluate new equipment and new processes and assign a value for reduced labor, yield improvement, or quality improvement.
  • Negotiating strategy and skills, for dealing with vendors, union, or government personnel.
  • Must be able to adapt to and become an advocate of the company mission and vision statements.
  • Team member who will quickly earn and maintain the personal and professional respect of people inside and outside the Company.
  • Articulate and effective communicator with the ability to influence others through the employment of sound judgment.
  • Maintains professional demeanor, high standards of integrity, honesty, loyalty, and ethical values.

What you'll receive from us:

  • Unlimited PTO*
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Telehealth Services
  • 401K Matching
  • FSA & HSA available
  • EAP and wellbeing support
  • Tuition reimbursement program available


*The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range of candidates hired. Factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include your specific skills, how many years of experience you have and comparison to other employees already in this role. Most candidates will start in the bottom half of the range. Unlimited PTO requests are subject to approval and is subject to the current business needs of CTI Foods. 


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