Culinary Chicago, Illinois


Position at Swift Prepared Foods


Job Title:  Plant Manager – Culinary Solutions Business Unit

  Location: North Aurora, IL



Our Company, Your Opportunity:      


Swift Prepared Foods is a company with an 80-year history of providing high quality, great tasting fully cooked sous vide proteins, Italian meats, sliced meats, bacon and ham.  Swift Prepared Foods is a division of JBS, the world’s leading provider of beef, chicken and pork, with a vision of building the company into a leader in Protein Centric Prepared Foods.  This is a unique opportunity to be in a start-up environment, with the backing of a Global CPG Powerhouse.  This is a role for someone who is looking for an entrepreneurial challenge in a company with aspirations to be leaders within the CPG world. The position will have both strategic and tactical elements and the person may wear different hats. This is an opportunity for people who want to think Big, dream Big and work to make Big ideas a reality.


Our Mission:


To be THE BEST in all we do.  We are completely focused on our business, ensuring the BEST products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers and profitability for our shareholders.  All this, we do to provide an opportunity for a better future for all of our TEAM MEMBERS.


Our Values:





This role will be responsible for managing the day to day operations of the new state of the art food manufacturing facility we are building in North Aurora, IL. The position will be part of the team building the new plant and make sure it is built on time and on budget. Once the plant built, the position will be responsible to oversee the successful production of fully cooked sous vide proteins, while ensuring safe working environment, preventing injuries and accidents remain compliant with Process Safety Management (PSM), OSHA and other safety and environment regulations.


  • Lead with the engineering team the building of the plant, equipment selection, product flow, team selection
  • Overall owner of Plant KPIs, including but not limited to:
    • Team member safety
    • Quality & Food Safety
    • Schedule adherence
    • Financial metrics
  • Provide supervision, training, development, and performance management of direct reports
  • Coordinate the development of RCA’s and Action plans to solve problems and make improvements
  • Face of Swift Prepared Foods in the local community
  • Responsible for setting the culture for the facility and upholding JBS Values
  • Give work directions, resolve problems, prepare schedules, and set deadlines to ensure timely completion of work
  • Monitor and analyze costs and help prepare annual budgets
  • Manage and work closely with Plant functional leads including Safety, Quality, HR, Finance, Maintenance & Engineering

Working Conditions:


Work 45+ hours per week in production areas.  Exposed to all hazards present, including slippery floors, machinery, noise, extreme temperature variations, etc.


Skills and Qualifications:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field; work experience will be considered in lieu of educational requirements
  • 7+ years of experience in food processing management
  • Experience with change management
  • Proven track record of high performance in a food processing plant, preferably sliced deli meats
  • Basic understanding of OSHA and EPA regulations and requirements
  • Team player with effective communication skills
  • Strong math & reading/comprehension skills
  • Sous-Vide, fully cooked protein experience a plus
  • Continuous Improvement & Supply Chain experience a plus
  • Computer skill such as Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Track recommendations and action items, work with senior leadership to implement proposed changes in a timely manner
  • Able to provide in-field support on a daily basis
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) a plus


If interested, please apply at We offer a full range of benefits including health care, life insurance, and a 401 (K) plan. Swift Prepared Foods is an equal opportunity employer.