Director of Manufacturing

Skokie, IL 60077

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Production Management Job Number: Js15974231 Compensation: 180000

Job Description

Title: Director of Manufacturing

Location: Skokie, IL



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Hire Type:  Direct hire


Job Summary

This Director position is responsible to plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee all production, sanitation, warehouse, and distribution activity through an operations management and supervision team. The Director is accountable for results in terms of employee safety, GMP & food safety adherence, production efficiencies, material usage variances, production/warehouse inventory accuracy, sanitation effectiveness, and the training/development of production, sanitation, and warehouse associates. The position is responsible for overseeing and leading the work of several groups of associates in both direct and indirect labor positions covering production, warehouse, distribution, and sanitation within a 24-hour / 7-day-a-week operation. The Director is also responsible for policy & procedure adherence within production, warehouse, distribution, and sanitation and the KPI measurement results.


Job Duties:

  • Make decisions for operational activities and set strategic goals.
  • Plan and monitor the day-to-day running of the business to ensure smooth progress.
  • Evaluate regularly the efficiency of business procedures according to organizational objectives and apply improvements.
  • Review financial information and adjust operational budgets to promote profitability.
  • Revise and/or formulate policies and promote their implementation.
  • Evaluate overall performance by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data and metrics.
  • Ensure that the company runs with legality and conformity to established regulations.
  • Responsible for maintaining an OSHA-compliant facility with the support of HR.
  • Continuous Improvement - finding improvement opportunities and implementing change to realize those opportunities.
  • Lean Principles – the continuous development of lean concepts and principles including 5S, root cause analysis and Kaizen events.
  • Leadership – creating a culture of ownership and accountability through employee expectations, empowerment, and development.
  • Financial accountability for production material and labor variances, budget adherence, and margin enhancements
  • Associate Staffing Structure – defining the various roles, responsibilities, and expectations of both the direct and indirect labor associates within operations.
  • Associate Training & Development – developing and enhancing the skills of the supervision team and pushing that same expectation to supervision enhancing and developing the skills of our associates.


  • 20+ years of increasing management responsibilities within a food manufacturing environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business / Production / Operations Management
  • Prepare and analyze budgets; complete financial understanding; strong mathematical and analytical skills
  • Ability to create a future vision and implement strategies towards accomplishing that vision - continuous improvements
  • Ability to analyze a process flow, identify root cause process breakdowns, and implement process changes/improvements / corrective actions
  • Experience with ERP / MRP programs / systems
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team concept (employee empowerment/engagement) management style
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to measure/monitor production processes to create efficiencies - reduce cost, waste, and downtime; eliminate material consumption variances
  • Develop, coach, train, and mentor personnel across all levels
  • Develop goals and objectives; monitor/measure with key performance indicators (KPI’s
  • Excellent organizational and leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in excel, word, PowerPoint, and outlook
  • Strong leadership skills – providing clear expectations and responsibilities


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information 

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