Plant Operations Manager

Michael Foods, Inc.
Gaylord, Minnesota
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Plant Operations Manager – Gaylord, MN – Negotiable Annual Base Compensation w/full benefits – Annual Bonus Eligibility – Relocation Package Offered


Site operations lead for the Gaylord, MN facility. The Plant Operations Manager oversees all daily operations of the plant from production and manufacturing while insuring policies and procedures are followed. This position develops processes that maximize ownership, stewardship, safety, quality and productivity.



  • Provide overall leadership, direction and coordination for plant operations.

  • Ensure adherence to all safety policies and procedures promoting a world-class safety culture.

  • Ensure all plant personnel are operating in compliance with plant and corporate procedures as well as compliance with customer and governmental regulations

  • Identify and implement strategies to improve performance, meeting and exceeding plant Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

  • Provide coaching and development of plant staff to insure effective leadership, collaboration and balance in achieving KPIs focused on safety, quality, customer service and productivity.  

  • Monitor and set standards for operations and help identify and correct bottlenecks

  • Increase production asset capacity and flexibility while minimizing unnecessary costs

  • Plan and supervise the design and progress of capital projects

  • Develops and implements financial and non-financial objectives including annual budget that serves as the plants operating plan.

  • Adhere to safe work practices, follow GMP’s, maintain sanitary conditions & ensure product quality is maintained.

  • Responsible for Food Safety and Food Quality of MFI products.

  • Identify and address conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety, food quality or personnel safety.

  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level. 


  • 10 or more years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • A demonstrated track record of achieving results against a comprehensive set of KPIs.

  • Bachelor's degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university, preferably a B.S. in Food Science, Engineering, or Management;

  • Excellent problem solving and reasoning skills required

  • Ability to analyze downtime and financial variance trends, identifying actions to deliver expected performance.

  • Adequate knowledge of organizational effectiveness and operations management.

  • Working knowledge of budgets, forecasting and metrics.

  • Ability to effectively present information to all levels of the company; plant floor to executive leadership.

  • Excellent time management, and strong attention to detail, verbal and written communication skills, listening, decision-making, and organization skills required.

  • Excellent computer skills required, including Microsoft Word and Excel skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills needed, including coaching, team-building and training skills.


  • Master's Degree in Engineering or Management

  • Food manufacturing experience preferred. USDA experience beneficial.


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Plant Operations Manager

Michael Foods, Inc.
Gaylord, Minnesota

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