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Production Manager

Company: Appalachian Producers Cooperative
Location: Jonesborough
Posted on: July 2, 2024

Job Description:

Position Overview.The Appalachian Producers Cooperative (APC) is a farmer-owned cooperative that is building a new, state-of-the-art, USDA inspected livestock processing facility located in Washington County, TN.-- The facility will process approximately 6,000 head annually of cattle, hogs, and lambs.-- The APC is seeking an experienced Production Manager who will oversee the pre-opening, opening, and daily management of the harvest and fabrication rooms for the facility.--Duties will include overseeing the facility's USDA Grant of Inspection process, installation of harvest/fabrication equipment, and the hiring and training of technicians.-- Once the facility is open, duties will include overseeing quality assurance, order fulfillment, workflow, staffing and scheduling, and maintaining compliance with Federal and State regulations. The successful candidate will develop processes that maximize safety, quality, productivity, and profitability. This is a full-time position that reports to the General Manager and works closely with other Management people.Appalachian Producers Cooperative prioritizes a work environment built on mutual trust and respect between colleagues and where professional communication, teamwork, dedication, and creative problem-solving are highly valued. This position provides an excellent leadership opportunity in a newly constructed, state-of-the-art processing facility and a chance for career growth with a dynamic local business. The Tri-Cities area of Northeast Tennessee offers a high quality of life with a low cost of living.-- The region boasts access to numerous outdoor recreation opportunities and convenience to urban amenities like arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.-- You can visit-- for more information about the region.ResponsibilitiesOversee compliance with USDA inspection process and regulations, OSHA regulations, EPA regulations, and ensure compliance with any third-party certification requirements (e.g. Animal Welfare Approved).Oversee the installation of harvest and fabrication floor equipment and work with industry representatives to learn the usage and basic maintenance of the equipment.Oversee all harvest and fabrication activities including but not limited to slaughter, boning, and breaking, finished fabrication, packing, labeling, sanitation, HACCP, and recordkeeping.Assist in the development and implementation of staff training programs for worker safety, food safety, sanitation, standard operating procedures, HACCP, humane livestock handling, and meat processing.--Establish worker and food safety as the top priority in training, equipment operation, facility workflow, job design, work assignments, and regulatory compliance.Ensure high performance standards in cleaning, sanitation, good manufacturing practices, regulatory compliance, HACCP procedures, and care for personal effects and workstations.Organize and manage daily production requirements to consistently meet customer expectations in a cost-conscious manner.Evaluate team performance and help staff work effectively and safely.--Address employees' issues or grievances and administer policies and procedures.Ensure completion of annual performance reviews for team members and provide ongoing performance feedback.Assist the General Manager with hiring for vacancies.Assist with financial performance, including budgeting, costing, expense and direct labor tracking.Lead and/or organize facility and equipment maintenance efforts through PM program, oversee in-house repairs when possible and outsource repairs when necessary.Manage inventory of necessary supplies (packaging supplies, labels, ingredients, etc.)TravelThis position will require 4-8 weeks of travel in the pre-opening stages to a facility in Charleston, WV for staff training.-- Accommodation provided and staff will return to East TN for the weekends.Very occasional overnight travel will be required annually for industry conferences.Qualifications, Education and ExperienceHigh school Diploma. (Required)Bachelor's or Master's degree in Meat Sciences or closely related degree in an applicable agriculture or food manufacturing field of study. (Preferred)Five+ years of experience in USDA Meat Processing plant. (Preferred)Two+ years of management experience in the meat processing industry. (Preferred)Two+ years of experience in HACCP work environment. (Required)HACCP Certification (Required within 6 months of selection)Commitment to personal growth, as well as the proven desire/ability to develop those around you to higher levels of responsibility. (Required)Professional communication experience (phone and email) including Excel, Microsoft word, QuickBooks, and industry-specific software platforms. (Preferred)Working knowledge of regulatory bodies and compliance expectations, including OSHA/Safety, FSIS/USDA, and EPA/Environmental. (Required)Interest and experience in value-added product development including flavor profiles, recipe development, cost modeling, retail marketing, etc.). (Preferred)Other ConsiderationsPlease note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.Applicants must have the ability to physically complete all the essential functions of the job including being on your feet for extended periods of time while standing, walking, reaching, bending, twisting, etc. on possibly wet, slippery surfaces, and frequently lifting and/or moving 50-60 lbs.The work environment includes office environments; extended periods of working all day in the processing area, cooler, and freezer area; exposure to raw materials or airborne particles; moving mechanical parts, loud noises, and vibration; food plant cleaning and sanitation chemicals; sharp knives and hand tools; and live animals.CompensationSalaried position with competitive wages and bonus opportunities. --The salary range is $65,000 to $80,000 annually, commensurate with experience.Benefits include health insurance, paid time off and holidays, 401(k) with employer contribution.A stipend for moving expenses may be offered.To apply:Fill out the application and submit your resume.--Only applications received through Indeed will be considered.For questions or more information please contact Mark Zinnanti. 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Keywords: Appalachian Producers Cooperative, Johnson City , Production Manager, Professions , Jonesborough, Tennessee

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