Blend Manager

Business & Operations Analysis Souderton, Pennsylvania


Position at JBS USA Food Company

Position title:                      Blend Manager

Position summary:          Ownership for performance of manufacturing processes related to the blending operation of ground beef.

Significant duties and responsibilities:

  • General Responsibilities for Blend Manager
  • Manage the Blender Operators to adhere to current processes
  • Leverage Lean Point Calculator and other tools to optimize blends
  • Develop options to improve raw material cost, quality, availability, accuracy, etc
  • Develop business cases for each option
  • Work cooperatively with other functions as part of our continuous improvement efforts
  • Work cross-functionally to reduce variation of key parameters (e.g. lean point measurement)
  • Manage inventory and staging area to improve accuracy and efficiency of material handling
  • Define lean point check process and verification plan on each line
  • Establish coordination with Fab to determine optimal trim lean points
  • Frozen trim usage optimization and tracking
  • Verify Execution and documentation of quality checks (e.g. temperature checks)

Reporting relationships:

Reports to:                          Plant manager

Direct reports:                    Blender Supervisor/Operator

Job Requirements/Qualifications:  

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, technical preferred
  • >5 years management experience
  • Cross-functional experience (operations, maintenance, materials, quality, etc)
  • Has demonstrated ability to implement and maintain manufacturing process improvements and controls on-technical skills:
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Initiative and objectivity – willing to drive change
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Understanding of the need for process discipline Other desirable characteristics:
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Works well in a team setting - good listening skills, able to build rapport
  • Open to new ideas and experimentation
  • Practical, with a bias for action
  • Enjoys spending time on the shop floor (as opposed to office)
  • Strong customer service orientation towards production, passion for driving service levels, productivity and quality
  • Understanding of production equipment
  • Understanding of operation and sanitation of production equipment
  • Understanding of key regulatory requirements impacting plant and equipment (OSHA, USDA, …)
  • Understand Lean principles, and know what “good” looks like in plant operations  

    Key Measurements:
  • Blend Accuracy
  • Productivity
  • Quality