Pinnacle Foods

  • Operations Manager

    Location US-IL-Centralia
    Job ID
  • Overview

    At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.


    The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.


    Scope of Position


    This position is responsible for planning and implementing all plant activities to assure optimum productivity, efficiency, and material utilization are obtained while conforming to all plant quality system specifications, standards, and policies in the manufacturing of all products.


    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following; other duties may be assigned.


    • Develop, implement and ensure manufacturing plan performance.
    • Perform regular analysis as a means for identifying variances, highlighting opportunities, and developing effective action plans.
    • Drive daily, weekly and monthly meetings and actions to address “Top 5” issues.
    • Identify major issues and determine most effective manufacturing strategy.
    • Develop, implement and monitor plans around relevant performance metrics.
    • Lead the Productivity Improvement Process in meeting cost savings goals.
    • Develop and maintain operating budgets.
    • Oversee plant expenditures, ensuring the plant meets its financial objectives.
    • Ensure direct reports are aware and understand corporate business and financial goals.
    • Drive cost containment initiatives and reductions.
    • Participate in Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) processes and meetings, as appropriate.
    • Ensure effective safety and environmental programs, systems, policies, training and audits.
    • Develop and participate in audits.
    • Develop and ensure accomplishment of safety targets and initiatives.
    • Champion all quality standards on the manufacturing floor.
    • Develop and ensure manufacturing plans that achieve service targets, align with inventory goals and support strategic deployment of resources in support of Sales and Operations Planning.
    • Partner with Research & Development and Marketing to identify ways in which to add brand value.
    • Promote an environment conducive to teams, teamwork, and accountability.
    • Foster a firm, fair and positive employee relations program in accordance with plant and corporate policy.
    • Administer performance management processes.
    • Identify critical areas for training and development.

    This position provides direct and indirect supervision, and is responsible for overseeing plant operations management.




    • Undergraduate Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or equivalent, required.
    • Master’s in Business Administration, or equivalent, preferred.


    •  Minimum of 7 years of management experience in a complex, fast-paced manufacturing environment. Both maintenance and operations management, preferred.
    • Implementing and leading a sustained continuous improvement culture in a manufacturing environment.
    • Driving business results in the areas of safety, quality, productivity, service and cost.
    • Working with a diverse group of people.
    • Management in a food manufacturing environment or food products industry, including familiarity with SQF preferred.


    • Act independently and proactivily to influence others and implement change.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to work with and influence all levels of the organization.
    • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills, with the ability to apply strong analytical concepts and innovative approaches to complex business problems.
    • Intrinsically motivated to achieve business results; has the ability to motivate others.
    • Strong knowledge of practical lean manufacturing principles.
    • Ability to teach and coach employees at all levels.
    • Excellent project management skills.
    • High personal standards of success; leads by example.
    • Microsoft Office skills such as PowerPoint, Project Manager, Excel and Word and various other business related applications







    Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer –
    qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to
    protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national
    origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any
    other legally protected basis.


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