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Job Number: 2159350

Operations Manager - Food Manufacturing
Hayward, CA

A leading manufacturer of innovative and healthy frozen foods, with over 50 years of combined experience in premium branded frozen foods. We are passionate about what we do, what we make, and the people who make us great. Our products -- which range from Asian snacks and entrees, to quick and convenient steamed organic vegetables -- are distributed in every channel of retail, club and food service. Our nationally recognized brands continue to experience spectacular growth as our company expands its product offerings and flavor profiles.

Our work environment is creative, high energy, and driven to success. Every employee -- at every level - has the opportunity to have a significant impact to drive growth in our business. We believe in sharing the success of the business with every contributing employee. We are a diverse, committed team who welcomes those who are achievement oriented and share our values of measuring results with a "can-do" attitude.

Through leadership and support of quality initiatives the Operation Manager will ensure the consistent production of a high quality product in a high speed food manufacturing facility to achieve safe and efficient operations with maximum profitability.


  • Coordinates plant activities through the planning with departmental managers to insure the total manufacturing objectives are accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Monitors, exceeds, and maintains production standards for efficiencies, material waste and quality.
  • Develop and control profits, plans and budget.
  • Implement cost effective systems of control over capital, operating expenditures, manpower, wages and salaries.
  • Ensures employee productivity and facility safety, while working in conjunction with other managers and supervisors.
  • Directly supervise, train, coach, mentor and evaluates Production Supervisors and provides support and guidance to improve quality and total production output.
  • Establish and monitor overall plant performance for production and quality standards.
  • Implements and executes the weekly production plan and schedule to provide for a 100% sales order fill on a daily basis.
  • Familiar with HAACP, USDA, OSHA and solid GMP practices.
  • Observes and enforces safety, GMP, and allergen programs
  • Manages production start-up
  • Participates and lead Continuous Improvement Initiatives.
  • Controls production costs and downtime, monitoring production and finished products.
  • Develops and implements short and long range cost reduction programs, labor efficiency improvements, and prepares studies and cost justification
  • Recommends improvements in production methods, equipment, operating procedures and working conditions.
  • Participate in Production decisions concerning new product lines
  • Promote and ensure positive relations with Customers and Vendors by ensuring quality, service and delivery requirements
  • Work with support groups to facilitate plant performance.


  • Bachelor's degree preferred, at a minimum, with 5-7 years of direct hands-on experience in Operations/Productions.
  • Will have a thorough knowledge of all manufacturing methods, techniques, and related equipment.
  • Should be detail and performance oriented, with high level of accuracy, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership and team building skills
  • Recommend capital equipment needs and methods of improvement to maintain and improve competitive production efficiency.
  • Articulate communicator, who will have a positive and stimulating influence on others with strong communication up and down the organization
  • Work independently; be competitive, flexible, exacting, demanding and able to respond well to pressure and challenge.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to set and meet goals and demonstrate responsibility for own work as well as that of others.
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities and easily adapt to changing situations.
  • Must be able to read and interpret drawings and specifications
  • Understands how to prioritize and plan department's work flow and its relationship to the overall plant operation.
  • Good working knowledge of project management.
  • Computer skills in report generation and Microsoft applications required.

About Nelson:

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