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Manufacturing Specialist

Location: Orleans County (Western New York)

Reports to: Plant Manager

Compensation: Competitive base salary and package (including upside bonus potential and full benefits). Relocation assistance (if required) will be considered.


This is an exceptional opportunity to join the rapidly growing team for an innovative manufacturing producer, supplier and marketer in the food processing and specialty products industries. The company is always seeking ways to improve its efficiency and customer base by growing with new initiatives, new customers and new opportunities.

This position is conveniently located in Western New York (Orleans County). For the "right" candidate this situation has wonderful long term potential with a trusted, well respected, quality minded and customer focused company that has been serving clients for over 45 years. The Manufacturing Specialist will develop new ideas, manufacturing / warehousing approaches and techniques to increase efficiency and productivity. This individual must work well with others and be highly self-motivated.

The company always has demonstrated unwavering dedication to customer service and a commitment to teamwork and high integrity. To this end, they have established a fun, respectful workplace in which their employees, intelligent, creative, open-minded individuals, can thrive. They have created a safe, healthy, professional culture that consistently encourages and educates their employees in a challenging and rewarding environment. The “right” candidate will have an important voice in shaping the company’s current and future manufacturing plans with autonomy and freedom to grow with a growing organization.

The Manufacturing Specialist will oversee special projects and all warehouse operations including budget management, staffing, inventory control, distribution of product to outside customers and re-direction of product for in-house customers, and safety compliance. The Manufacturing Specialist interacts directly with and must ensure excellent outside and inside customer satisfaction through efficient and timely coordination of order receipt, scheduling, shipping and record keeping accuracy.

Key Responsibilities:

Staff, organize, and directs operations within a warehouse and manufacturing setting to effectively manage the receipt, storage, selection, packaging, loading, and shipping of products to customers.
Follows established operational procedures for activities such as verification of incoming and outgoing shipments, handling and disposition of materials, and keeping inventory current
Plan department functions to schedule the prompt delivery of finished products and receipt of raw materials (in the amount ordered) ensuring that products, parts, (or supplies) are shipped, distributed, or received in an efficient and timely manner
Confers with department heads to ensure coordination of manufacturing and warehouse activities such as production, records control, and purchasing.
Coordinates the logistics of materials movement for production purposes with the Materials Coordinator and outside warehouses (as needed)
Reviews documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, distribution orders and procedure manuals ensuring that all activities are carried out as per documents and instructions.
Screens and hires manufacturing and warehouse personnel
Issues all appropriate work assignments
Controls costs through productivity of personnel, efficient utilization of operations, storage space, and proper protection of stored materials
Maintains accurate records of inventories and location for production control and cost accounting purposes
Recommends manufacturing and warehouse material storage handling equipment needs and replacement (as needed)
Responsible for enforcing company policies of conduct and safety and initiates disciplinary action and terminations when needed
Identifies the root causes of any product loss and takes corrective action
Responsible for sanitation and cleanliness of responsible areas as well as all outside areas of the facility (i.e., best practices in facility management)

Work Experience Requirements

Food manufacturing experience is preferred (but is not mandatory)
5-10 years in a manufacturing environment related to Plant Operations, Warehousing, Inventory Control, Facility Management, Sanitation and Logistics
Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office; Excel, Word and Outlook
Knowledge of SAP is beneficial
Knowledge of Microsoft “Dynamics” and “Navision” is beneficial
History of working with vendors during installation of new operations/warehouse software including barcode scanning and RF implementation
Excellent math and analytical skills
· Proven advanced leadership and development skills

· Cultivate and maintain favorable relationships with vendors, work crews, employees, and industry contacts.

· Support the supervision, hiring, development and training programs for new manufacturing / warehousing recruits and employee additions

Ability to manage and react to day-to-day operational requirements in a professional and timely manner
Excellent communication, problem-solving and analysis skills along with the ability to provide clear and concise details regarding cause and effect, both verbally and in writing
High degree of attention to detail in all job functions
Ability to follow instructions and set the example on the safe use of all industrial and warehouse equipment (e.g., forklift)
Ability to work effectively with all levels of the workforce and management
Self-starter with the ability to work with minimal supervision

Education Requirements

Bachelors’ degree (i.e., engineering or equivalent) desired along with a minimum of 5 years experience working in a manufacturing environment. Training in HACCP and GMP (i.e., Good Manufacturing Processes). A combination of education and work experience may be acceptable in lieu of a degree.

Description of the Ideal Candidate:

· Experience in manufacturing / warehousing accountability, multi-channel product distribution, planning and organizational management.

· Accomplished professional with proven experience in leadership, as well as growing, managing and mentoring superior manufacturing / warehousing teams.

· Results-oriented, intelligent, decisive leader with proven success in continuous improvement, strategic thinking, conflict resolution and problem-solving.

· Ability to think "outside the box", to sell ideas and to make things happen.

· Strong understanding of food ingredients manufacturing, biotechnology solutions with knowledge and experience in warehouse operations and plant construction.

· Highly organized, detail oriented with follow through on commitments

· Excellent communication skills – written and oral

· Engineering background is a definite plus.

Why This Company is a Great Place to Work:

The company has a strong history of providing quality service and commitment to excellence to its customers They differentiate themselves from the competition, by doing the job right and always putting the customer and customer needs first. They develop lasting relationships by listening to clients and partnering with their clients.

The company places a very high priority on attracting and retaining quality people by providing competitive salaries, excellent benefits and a safe, respectful work environment. The company prides itself in working very hard at having the best communication skills in the marketplace with the CEO and President leading the way by setting the right tone and direction. Outstanding employee contributions are rewarded in kind.

The company remains committed to providing the best possible climate for development for all employees while seeking to maintain a spirit of teamwork where individuals continually work together to attain a common goal. Whenever possible, the company will continue striving to improve its workforce by promoting capable and qualified employees (from within) and, hiring and retaining the best and brightest people available.

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