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Director of Operations in Los Angeles, CA at Lucas Group

Date Posted: 6/17/2018

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Director of Operations

Los Angeles, CA

The Lucas Group has partnered with a thriving, family owned food manufacturer in Los Angeles, CA  to find a Director of Operations.

As a member of the core management team, s/he is responsible for delivery of manufacturing, distribution, and logistics performance. This includes the 1) reliable production of quality products, while respecting regulatory, safety and food safety requirements; 2) timely delivery of products to customers with cost efficient management of an internal fleet and 3rd party carriers; and 3) efficient warehouse operation.

S/he determines mid- and longer term operational plans, in coordination with the core management team. This includes the creation and execution of integrated production, warehouse, and logistic processes, budget proposals, project commitment requests and base level spending plans. S/he will be responsible for standardizing operations processes and policies to ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulation and achieving business excellence. S/he will have three direct reports: DC & Logistics Manager, Production and Facilities Manager, and QC Manager. S/he interacts very closely with Sales, Supply Chain and Finance teams.



Education Requirements:

  • University degree in an Operations/Engineering/Science related discipline. MBA preferred.


Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum 10 year experience in managing manufacturing, distribution, and logistic aspects of a business – at least 5 of which at management level in a food manufacturing and distribution business.


Responsibilities:

  • Prepare site manufacturing and business plans, aligned with the BU strategy and business plan objectives;
  • Prepare and follow up on the annual manufacturing budget, in line with the annual business plan objectives;
  • Set annual target goals for KPIs in Production, Distribution Center, Logistics and Facilities, and perform gap analysis to reach the targets;
  • In coordination with EVP, ensure that resources & capabilities are developed, enabling effective execution of above plans;
  • Set budgets and priorities on all Base Level Capital Investments and follow up on delivery on promises made in the commitments to justify the capital spending. Review and approve Capex spending;
  • Responsible for standardizing operations processes and preparing for/implementing processes and policies, working in close relationship with leaders in the company;
  • Responsible, with the rest of the management team, for the local business performance and execution of the overall BU strategy, through close interaction with the HR, finance, purchasing, sales and marketing departments;
  • Support, promote and stimulate innovation, customer focus, and quality and cost improvement initiatives.

Functional and Asset Management

  • Responsible for the reliable production of quality products, while respecting regulatory, safety and food safety requirements;
  • Execute and deliver on all product supply commitments;
  • Set & maintain operational standards to ensure appropriate levels of customer satisfaction;
  • Be responsible for environmental health & safety, quality management, and reliability activities for the site.

Talent Management

  • Partner with HR on talent management, retention, and safety training (requirements and execution) for all associates in his/her organization. Prepare for succession planning and proper training in accordance. Complete performance evaluation and career development plans for the team;
  • Performance review: Complete performance reviews for production, distribution, logistics and facilities teams. Keep team members accountable for their performance, resulting in improvement plans/actions where needed. Prepare and suggest financial incentive proposals, in accordance with the shared gain principle;
  • Guide, coach, supervise and motivate employees;
  • Take lead of creating, stimulating “play to win” culture that drives continuous improvements;
  • Communicate effectively and properly with subordinates, peers and superiors;
  • Use Change Management techniques to overcome resistance to change.
  • Able to replace/backfill managers on his/her team as needed.


Skills:

  • Be a role model for Integrity, Courage and Conviction;
  • Excellent leadership skills: Communicate clear objectives, provide feedback, suggest improvement for individual performance, coaches;
  • Excellent change management skills: Adapts to changing business needs, introduces new ways of thinking and behaving, applies new ideas. Comfortable to manage ambiguity;
  • Professional fluency in English;
  • Be customer-focused and achievement-driven;
  • Fluent computer skills and knowledge of NAV ERP systems;
  • Practical/pragmatic approach to problem solving & timely solution execution;
  • Manage conflicting priorities within tight deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to lead, coach, engage and develop teams;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Strong collaboration skills to get things done within a matrix organization;
  • Excellent networking skill to build internal and external networks;
  • Excellent organizational skills to execute plans.


Benefits:

We are proud to offer robust benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, vacation leave, and 401k with employee match.

We are an Equal Opportunity / Drug Free Employer.



Education Requirements:

  • University degree in an Operations/Engineering/Science related discipline. MBA preferred.


Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum 10 year experience in managing manufacturing, distribution, and logistic aspects of a business – at least 5 of which at management level in a food manufacturing and distribution business.


Responsibilities:

  • Prepare site manufacturing and business plans, aligned with the BU strategy and business plan objectives;
  • Prepare and follow up on the annual manufacturing budget, in line with the annual business plan objectives;
  • Set annual target goals for KPIs in Production, Distribution Center, Logistics and Facilities, and perform gap analysis to reach the targets;
  • In coordination with EVP, ensure that resources & capabilities are developed, enabling effective execution of above plans;
  • Set budgets and priorities on all Base Level Capital Investments and follow up on delivery on promises made in the commitments to justify the capital spending. Review and approve Capex spending;
  • Responsible for standardizing operations processes and preparing for/implementing processes and policies, working in close relationship with leaders in the company;
  • Responsible, with the rest of the management team, for the local business performance and execution of the overall BU strategy, through close interaction with the HR, finance, purchasing, sales and marketing departments;
  • Support, promote and stimulate innovation, customer focus, and quality and cost improvement initiatives.

Functional and Asset Management

  • Responsible for the reliable production of quality products, while respecting regulatory, safety and food safety requirements;
  • Execute and deliver on all product supply commitments;
  • Set & maintain operational standards to ensure appropriate levels of customer satisfaction;
  • Be responsible for environmental health & safety, quality management, and reliability activities for the site.

Talent Management

  • Partner with HR on talent management, retention, and safety training (requirements and execution) for all associates in his/her organization. Prepare for succession planning and proper training in accordance. Complete performance evaluation and career development plans for the team;
  • Performance review: Complete performance reviews for production, distribution, logistics and facilities teams. Keep team members accountable for their performance, resulting in improvement plans/actions where needed. Prepare and suggest financial incentive proposals, in accordance with the shared gain principle;
  • Guide, coach, supervise and motivate employees;
  • Take lead of creating, stimulating “play to win” culture that drives continuous improvements;
  • Communicate effectively and properly with subordinates, peers and superiors;
  • Use Change Management techniques to overcome resistance to change.
  • Able to replace/backfill managers on his/her team as needed.


Skills:

  • Be a role model for Integrity, Courage and Conviction;
  • Excellent leadership skills: Communicate clear objectives, provide feedback, suggest improvement for individual performance, coaches;
  • Excellent change management skills: Adapts to changing business needs, introduces new ways of thinking and behaving, applies new ideas. Comfortable to manage ambiguity;
  • Professional fluency in English;
  • Be customer-focused and achievement-driven;
  • Fluent computer skills and knowledge of NAV ERP systems;
  • Practical/pragmatic approach to problem solving & timely solution execution;
  • Manage conflicting priorities within tight deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to lead, coach, engage and develop teams;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Strong collaboration skills to get things done within a matrix organization;
  • Excellent networking skill to build internal and external networks;
  • Excellent organizational skills to execute plans.


Benefits:

We are proud to offer robust benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, vacation leave, and 401k with employee match.

We are an Equal Opportunity / Drug Free Employer.



Date Posted: February 17, 2018

Valid until March 17, 2018

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