Plant Manager - Sweet & Cereal
Mecca , California
October 21, 2017
Company Overview

We are Kerry. The Taste & Nutrition Company. We make products people enjoy and feel better about. And, we are growing. We need talented, passionate people who want to help us make the business better. People who expect better from themselves. People who care about delivering better for customers, their colleagues, the company and their own career. People who take pride in paving new paths to lead the business forward. We need great people who want to do great things. People like you, perhaps.

If you are high energy, self-motivated, creative, collaborative, and enjoy executing against the demands of a fast-paced high growth organization, then consider joining our team to help drive your career and Kerry forward. Learn more and/or apply at

Kerry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics.

Description and Responsibilities

If you are looking to join a company with advanced career advancement opportunities and cutting edge food processing technology, then Kerry is right for you! With over 41 plants across North America and actively growing, and with a wide product and customer portfolio, Kerry is one of the top organizations to work for. We currently have an exciting Plant Manager opportunity located in Mecca, CA. This plant is one of five plants within our Kerry Cereal division with approximately 60 employees onsite. The Plant Manager is responsible for the overall management of the site, reporting directly into the Director of Operations. Responsibilities include:
  • Control all costs/budget that directly affect the plants performance
  • Direct and lead all operations within their plant
  • Provide functional leadership within the plant
  • Accountable for all QHSE initiatives across the site
  • Responsible for all site capital projects
  • Develop and maintain qualified personnel within the all departments
  • Maintain plant infrastructure for future viability and growth
  • Accountable for providing a safe working environment
  • Set overall expectations/standards and motivate employees to perform
  • Drive a continuous improvement mind-set within plant environment
  • Support cluster leads around strategy, policy and risk management
  • Ensure talent management and succession planning strategy are executed
  • Build relationships with customers at all levels
  • Ensure plant inventory is managed appropriately
  • Manage 4 direct reports (Supervisor/Manager level)
  • Hiring, performance reviews, training, career development
  • CI initiatives and projects
  • Installation of new line

Leadership Competencies


How it's demonstrated :

Role modelling 1 Kerry

  • Leads by example

  • Advocates and role models the adoption of 1 Kerry global ways of working

  • Acts in a way that is both trustworthy and trusting, champions the values of the organisation and challenges unacceptable behaviors

  • Displays passion for 1 Kerry and seeks opportunities to maximize value from it

  • Shares knowledge and recognizes success

    Vision & Strategic Thinking

  • Creates and communicates a clear vision for the future of Kerry

  • Displays confidence, energizes and inspires others

  • Develops strategies for growth, acts with courage

  • Takes a stand for what is right and makes tough decisions on priorities

    Leading and Managing Change

  • Actively and visibly sponsors the need for change

  • Leads and implements positive change

  • Demonstrates an ability to identify and drive continuous improvement initiatives

  • Demonstrates the flexibility and adaptability to be successful in a changing environment

  • Embraces new ideas and approaches

    Customer Engagement & Relationships

  • Inspires confidence in our customers

  • Builds relationships with customers at all levels

  • Positively & constructively engages customers to defend/ win business for Kerry

  • Ability to engage and "sell to" customers

    People & Self Development

  • Manages talent for a Global organization

  • Invests time in people development for optimum performance, thus creating high performing teams

  • Sets context, coaches and mentors teams, empowers others to be successful

  • Develops next generation of Kerry leaders, fosters continuous development, builds self-awareness

  • Seeks feedback, is open to ideas of others

    Matrix Management/ Business Connect

  • Actively engages across the organization

  • Builds partnerships based on trust and integrity

  • Engages effectively across business, functional and geographic boundaries

  • Demonstrates an ability to lead virtual and cross-functional teams

  • Collaborates to maximize value from cross functional working

  • Aligns deliverables across a global matrix organization

    Technical Competencies


    How it's demonstrated :

    Technical Expertise

  • Demonstrates a firm command of technology deployed and end use applications

  • Understands HACCP, ISO, FSAI & Kerry QSHE standards and Systems

  • Relevant scientific knowledge & experience of food & processing technologies

  • Technical understanding of cost levers & drivers

  • Continuous improvement & problem solving skills

  • Project management skills


  • Gathers ideas and solutions to problems

  • Supports all relevant ideas to wider audience

  • Gains support and commitment from others

  • Motivate others to meet goals

  • Strong HR & IR skills

  • Negotiation skills, motivating, coaching & influencing others

    Critical Thinking

  • Logical thought process

  • Cool under pressure

  • Crisis management

  • Ability to manage projects through established methodologies

  • System oriented

  • Resource and long term team planning

  • Keeps an eye on "the bigger picture"

    Processing & Organizational Knowledge

  • Leverages process and organizational knowledge to support business goals

  • Builds relationship within Kerry organization to optimize available resources

  • Builds strategic relationships outside organization to keep up with best practices

  • Uses processing knowledge to help impact Kerry's bottom line

  • Shares processing and organizational knowledge across the Business

    Process Optimization

  • Understands management accounting in detail

  • Uses established KPIs to manage processes

    Helps to establish and promote Performance Management initiatives

  • Offers expertise in development of any new process manufacturing KPIs

  • Uses process mapping to support Process Optimization

  • Root cause analysis

  • Initiates capital application based on sound principles and investigation

  • Supports the development of PID's for KDM




    BS/MS in Engineering, Business, Food Science and/or Operations


    Good business knowledge

    Technology understanding of unit of operations

    Process and procedurally oriented

    Change management

    Knowledgeable in continuous improvement

    3-5 years of experience in a Plant Manager role managing a plant of 50+ employees

    Minimum 8+ years of production/plant environment experience

    At least 5+ years of experience within food industry

    Analytical skills

    HACCP and food safety experience

    Safety and OSHA knowledge


    Customer service orientated

    Problem solving

    Motivating, coaching & influencing others

    Dealing with & managing through conflict

    Building effective teams

    Communication skills

  • A little about us:
    To delight and nourish consumers across the globe.

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