Operations Management Memphis, Tennessee


Position at Empire Packing

Production Manager - Memphis 
Manages all activities associated with the production department for the facility. Responsibilities include cost efficiency, continuous improvement of processes, service, and safety for an entire production area across all shifts. The Production Manager will lead a team of hourly associates and salaried team members.

1. Develops and implements effective production, department planning, policies, and procedures.
a. Coordinates with Plant Management to develop goals and objectives.
b. Participates in developing and implementing department procedures and ensures that they support Companywide strategic objectives.
c. Exhibits expert knowledge for all positions on production floor.
d. Ensure all company policies and procedures are followed.
2. Assumes responsibility for the efficient, timely, and accurate completion of Production functions.
a. Identifies problems and resolves them quickly and effectively.
b. Completes related reports and records as assigned.
c. Ensures that production functions are completed in accordance with established production, safety, and quality standards.
d. Track operational output (i.e. efficiency, yield loss, product quality, inventory accuracy, transactional accuracy), anticipating and correcting trends which would compromise achievement of financial targets.
e. Flex production plans on a shift-by-shift basis to prevent service issues and operational inefficiencies.
3. Effectively supervises assigned personnel, ensuring optimal performance.
a. Trains and advises employees on current daily needs and production methods. Leads personnel to improve performance and productivity.
b. Manage the personnel schedule and assess staffing needs.
c. Provides leadership through goal setting, delegation, and communication.
d. Assists with personnel decisions including performance appraisals, hiring, terminations, wage decisions and promotions.
e. Exhibits Empire’s culture of respect for all employees, motivate, correct, and challenge personnel with a positive approach.
4. Maintains effective communication, coordination, and working relations with Company personnel and management.
a. Communicate cross-functionally to solve operational issues.
b. Drive business changes while minimizing people’s impact.
c. Maintains an open dialogue with the assigned team and Plant Manager.
5. Compliance
a. Ensure team compliance with all safety policies and procedures.
b. Maintain product quality and sanitation standards.
c. Ensure compliance with company policies, contracts, and procedures.
6. May assume other duties as assigned.

§ Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field or 3 – 5 years of operational management experience in a manufacturing environment
§ Safety, SQF, GMP, and HACCP training/certifications
§ Previous experience understanding of budgeting/expense management with a basic understanding of financial and accounting practices.
§ Ability to prepare spreadsheets and use Microsoft Office Products (Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point and/or Access) to analyze data and trends.
§ Experience using continuous improvement tools to drive improvement.
§ Experience enforcing safety rules and policies.
§ Ability to lead a team-based approach to decision making.
§ Demonstrated ability to work in a results-oriented, challenging environment.
§ Strong leadership skills with the ability to get results through mentoring others.
§ Ability to speak, read, and write English.
§ Bilingual (Spanish) preferred



Standing, walking, bending, lifting, stooping, crouching, and kneeling intermittently
Must be able to hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information.

Must be able to frequently and regularly use wrists, hands, and or fingers.

Average, ordinary visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents, products, or operate machinery.

Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds throughout the day.

Must be able to work for long hours in a no-kill food processing environment, where it is wet, damp, and cold (non-weather related). Temperatures are frequently below freezing, and employees are expected to remain in these conditions for most of their workdays.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The list of essential functions, other duties, mental and physical demands, requirements, and licenses is not meant to be exhaustive. Management reserves the right to revise job descriptions and to require other tasks be performed when the circumstances of the job change.

We offer a full range of benefits including health care, life insurance, and a 401 (K) plan. Empire/JBS USA is an equal opportunity employer.

The Company is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our team members and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct drug, alcohol, and background checks for all new team members post-offer and prior to the start of employment. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.