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Manufacturing Manager - Harvard, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2024

Plant Manager – Harvard, IL


IL - Illinois

Operations: Manufacturing, Production, Maintenance, Utilities

Job Description

Plant Manager – Harvard, IL
This is a full-time, exempt level position.

Position Summary:
Provide leadership and execution of site strategy delivering on business objectives, continuous improvement processes and day to day operations of the Harvard, CO PetDine pet treat plant. This position is responsible for the safe, successful and progressive day-to-day operational activities and maintaining compliance with company policies, government regulation and regulatory agencies (OSHA, EPA, DNR, FDA, USDA, FRA, HACCP, etc.). The facility blends, mixes, extrudes, bakes, packages and warehouses various raw materials into animal treats with approximately 400 ADM-PetDine and temporary colleagues.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Actively work to ensure that all employees, visitors, vendors and contractors understand and align with the ADM safety policies and procedures
  • Require safety and compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations not limited to lockout/tagout, hot work, confined spaces and working at heights.
  • Work closely with Food Safety and Quality personnel to ensure continuous audit readiness in a Food Safety plant
  • Utilize assets efficiently to meet production and quality goals
  • Lead site in establishing policies, procedures and plant priorities
  • Lead plant operations in a manner that results in a cohesive, focused, positive climate to achieve organizational goals driving high employee engagement and morale.
  • Provide mentorship to department superintendents and engineers to achieve short term and long-term department performance through use of KPI’s, continuous improvement, and Performance Excellence concepts
  • Embrace an owner’s mentality by managing costs and continuously focus on efficiency improvement
  • Ensure training and development of all plant employees
  • Provide mentorship, accountability, and disciplinary support as necessary
Minimum Requirements:
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher of Science, Continuous Improvement, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial Engineering or similar area of concentration
  • 5+ years of experience leading a production environment in food, pet food processing or similar industry
  • Excellent leadership ability including a vision for strategic direction, delegation and leading others in work execution
  • Knowledge of GMP, HACCP, & Food Safety Standards is vital
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Proven track record as a phenomenal teammate
  • High energy level and clear customer focus emphasis
  • Ability to prioritize workload
  • Make decisions in a fair and professional manner
  • Possess the ability to climb stairs, lift up to 55 lbs, prolonged periods of standing and sitting, computer work, providing calculated information, working from heights, bending, kneeling, working adjusted hours, and in various climates
Preferred Requirements
  • 8+ years of experience leading a production environment in food, pet food processing or similar industry
  • Continuous Improvement leadership and application of CI processes in a production environment.
  • Demonstrated scale-up experience and/or new technology development experience in a production environment
  • Knowledge of multiple processes and unit operations in a full-scale production plant not limited to mixers, blenders, extruders, SURP and jar packaging system, and finished goods warehousing applications

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.


Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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