Caseinate Plant Manager

Wautoma Newspaper

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Norfolk, NE
Multiple Shifts

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

At Milk Specialties Global, our focus is to create high-quality ingredients designed to optimize health and nutrition. We are passionate and dedicated people. Each day, we collectively explore new, innovative ways to enhance product performance and value through our broad human and animal nutrition portfolios. We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance as well as a healthy 401(k) company match program.

The Caseinate Plant Manager is responsible for the product safety, quality and regulatory compliance for the Sodium Caseinate department. This includes but is not limited to developing sanitation procedures, production goals, safety procedures, SOP creation and implementation.

Essential Functions: 

  • As part of the leadership team help drive culture change by leading as example with positive attitude and innovative thinking to contribute to the business strategy.
  • Coordinate activities of all manufacturing functional areas to assure continuity towards plant goals, communicating priorities as necessary. Develop SOP’s for all production processes.
  • Recruit, develop, coach, lead and motivate personnel, constantly raising the standards of performance. Develop and improve technical and manufacturing management skills at the plant.
  • Lead and supervise all production personnel in functional areas constantly raising the standard of performance. Establish education and development programs for employees including SOP’s, quality specifications, safety and job expectations.
  • Work with Operators to organize and maximize inclusion of all raw materials and rework to be utilized in production process.
  • Ensure that physical characteristics are monitored hourly. Evaluate products for specs, grits, flavor, density, mix abilities and moisture, ensuring finished product meets all quality specifications.
  • Implement and enforce safety and regulatory programs to ensure long term safe operation of the facility.
  • Ensure inventory accuracy and timely completion of all shift reports including Inventory levels as the plants KPI matrix. Coordinate all record keeping with Production Manager such as production, quality assurance, inventory control, production planning and administrative personnel.
  • Ensure compliance with all company, state, federal and international safety and regulatory policies and practices as appropriate.
  • Establish appropriate scheduling and employee work schedules in line with customer orders and plant performance requirements.
  • Work with Quality/ R&D develop new products/processes and improve current products/processes. Establish procedures and supervise all experimental and test runs, reporting all results.
  • Work with QA to release product according to specifications.
  • Assist with GMP and HACCP education of the employees.
  • Maintain FDA compliance, HACCP and GMP programs.
  • Manage inventory of off-spec materials, including the scheduling and reworking of products as needed.
  • Maintain and improve all production log data and keep the OEE system updated. Work with operations, maximizing OEE through World Class, Six Sigma and other appropriate tools.
  • Responsible for maintaining formulation data system including entering all new product formulations.
  • Remain current on matters relating to production methods, formulations, analytical techniques and federal regulations as they relate to the Company’s products. Make recommendations for improvement as necessary.
  • Assist with the education of production personnel in the monitoring of product quality. This includes the proper cleaning of production equipment and warehouse areas, performing sanitation audits and monitoring proper closure of bags and storage methods
  • Assist with period-end and year-end balancing of inventories.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent preferred 
  • 5+ years’ experience, preferably in dairy processing plants
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, working knowledge of computer software applications, mechanical and troubleshooting abilities.
  • Strong partnership with Quality Management Team.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Experience in a food grade manufacturing preferred
  • Prior Sodium Caseinate experience a plus.
  • Filtration and drying experience preferred.