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Operations Manager

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Job ID 162923 Date posted 01/04/2022 Location : Harrisonburg, Virginia | Dayton, Virginia

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s protein and salt business, where we provide wholesome, high-quality food products to a wide range of customers, from foodservice operators and grocery stores to manufacturers and exporters.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Operations Manager will provide strategic operational guidance and direction for all Plant Operation.  In this role, you will oversee and hold operating facilities accountable to standards for safety, quality, operational effectiveness, and financial performance.

Key Accountabilities

  • Implement and monitor employee and product safety and environmental compliance program standards and goals.

  • Accountable for all internal and external operating and regulatory procedures on employee and product safety including strategic and tactical execution in alignment with corporate environment, health and safety and food safety, quality, and regulatory functions as well as government regulations.

  • Monitor general operations and maintenance of plant equipment and executes on operational priorities and monitors operations and quality management deliverables to ensure customer, product and quality standards requirements are met within specifications.

  • Prepares, administers, and controls operating budgets to achieve short- and medium-term financial performance objectives set by the business and ensure accountability for meeting and controlling operating expenses and established targets.

  • Accountable for the overall operational management to implement operational efficiency improvements including standardization of plant information manufacturing systems, quality control, safety, production reliability excellence and maintenance and operators’ best practices.

  • Develop plans and deliver results in a fast-changing business or regulatory environment, while leading and developing a team of experienced professionals and supervisors, coaching and making decisions related to talent management hiring, performance and disciplinary actions. You will also collaborate with managers and supervisors in your organization to ensure staff selections align with current and future needs.

  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of six years of related work experience

  • Safety and quality ownership experience


  • Eight or more years of supervisory experience or equivalent experience

  • Experience leading Continuous Improvement initiatives, tools, and techniques

  • Reliability and asset management experience

  • Budgeting and operations planning experience

  • Understands and can Demonstrate knowledge and experience with LEAN manufacturing principles

  • Digital fluency and acumen


US Covid-19 Vaccination Update: Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time. Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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