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Schwan's Company Plant Director - Food Manufacturing in Salina, Kansas

Schwan’s Company, a U.S. affiliate of the global lifestyle company CJ CheilJedang Corporation, is a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of quality foods offered through retail-grocery and food-service channels. Its many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony’s®, Big Daddy’s®, Villa Prima™ and Freschetta® pizza; Mrs. Smith’s® and Edwards® desserts; and Pagoda® Asian-style snacks. To learn more about Schwan’s, visit www.schwanscompany.com.

We are hiring a Plant Director at the largest pizza plant in the world and home to our famous Red Baron and Tony’s brand frozen pizzas. This critical leadership role, together with the Sr Dir of Manufacturing, is responsible for managing all aspects of a large scale, highly automated food manufacturing facility and all aspects of the business in regards to safety, quality, service, cost, productivity, and people.

What you will get from us:

  • Opportunity to work on exciting, strategic projects in partnership with key leaders: showcase your technical skills to make a big impact on the profitable growth of Schwan’s Company

  • Opportunities for career growth with a well-established food company. For the right candidate, the Plant Director role is a starting point on the path to a Sr. Director of Manufacturing and ultimately a Regional Vice President.

  • A culture focused on ensuring the health, safety and well-being of its employees

  • Support and mentorship from team members who are authentic, good-natured and highly skilled

  • Competitive wages, incentive pay and a comprehensive package of benefits


  • Responsible for the manufacture of safe quality foods that meet the requirements of all regulatory agencies and our customers

  • Directs, develops, and implements a working safe mindset that engages the workforce in the initiative of zero injuries

  • Ensures everyone understands that working safely is everyone’s responsibility and a condition of employment

  • Responsible for the manufacturing of safe quality foods that meet all regulatory agencies and our customers while reducing product variability and foreign material to achieve the business goals

  • Implements, plans, and schedules aligned with strategies to improve working conditions to achieve the appropriate volume of production ensuring product meets established targeted return on assets employed and contribution to sales and profits

  • Defines and directs the administration plant or facility policies within the framework and intent of the company's manufacturing charter

  • Develops and approves short- or long-term operating objectives in areas such as cost reduction, quality, and new product integration as undertaken at the plant level

  • Oversees development of and implementation of capital plans related to production improvement, repair, maintenance, and expansion

  • Establishes and maintains favorable plant/facility company and community relationships through active participation in community affairs

  • Directs the maintenance of a safe and healthy working environment by eliminating hazards training employees and promoting safety awareness

  • Manages and/or provides appropriate support for functions such as accounting/finance, human resources, information technology

  • Responsible for all aspects of the business and manufacturing within the facility and is the key decision maker

  • Hires, directs, trains, and develops employees

What we need from you:

Years of Experience: 10-12 years related experience in manufacturing environment

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred.

  • The desire to make a meaningful difference. Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently. We need someone who competes to win!

  • Authentic leader: direct communicator, able to build strong relationships across the company, with all levels

  • Must have great collaboration skills, with the ability to effectively work closely with cross-functional teams

  • Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Good PC skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.

  • Solid technical knowledge of manufacturing operations

  • Must have strong financial understand of manufacturing and display skills in people development

  • Strategic skill set needed; able to develop strong teams; change agent a must; understands lean and six sigma basics and has been trained and experience in this type of environment

The employing subsidiaries of Schwan’s Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.