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Operations Manager

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Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Swedesboro, NJ, US, NJ 08085

Company: Bonduelle

What if your job had a real impact? 

By joining Bonduelle, the world leader in ready-to-use plant-based food, you are deciding to make a positive and sustainable impact on yourself, others, and the planet. You will play an active part in our mission: "inspire the transition toward a plant-based diet to contribute to people's well-being and planet health". Bonduelle is a family-run company of 14,600 people which provides over 100 countries with vegetables. 

Well established in the United States, our business unit includes 4 production facilities with more than 3,200 associates. We process fresh vegetables, salads and meal solutions with our own brands: Ready Pac Foods®, Bistro®, Ready Snax®, Cool Cuts® and Bonduelle Fresh Picked™. Join us at Bonduelle to start an adventure where people come first and contribute to a better future through plant-based food!

The Manager of Operations is responsible for their team’s success in Ready Pac’s Swedesboro, NJ manufacturing facility. This position ensures production of high quality products within financial guidelines.  The Manager of Operations will focus on continuously improving operational performance and driving strategic initiatives that deliver financial results to the business for the overall success of Ready Pac Foods.  The ideal candidate will have experience managing an operations team in a large, highspeed consumer packaged goods manufacturing plant with a focus on quality, safety, continuous improvement, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction.  This high-energy and impactful leader will be a key contributor to the overall plant success and a member of the plant leadership team.  


  • Direct Plant Manufacturing Operations. Leads production and logistics aspects for Processing and Packaging, including planning/scheduling, staffing needs, production, autonomous maintenance and sanitation of related equipment.  Ensure that systems and processes are consistently executed to produce a safe, quality product and a superior customer/consumer experience
    • Seek and implement process and packaging improvement opportunities to ensure that safety, quality, and cost requirements are met
    • Initiate and facilitate continuous improvement kaizens to eliminate losses in the operation
    • Champions the Operational Excellence/Continuous Improvement operating system, including 5S/Workplace Organization, Key Process Indictors (KPI), and a passionate pursuit of waste elimination. Ensures the repeatability and reliability of operational systems and processes through peer collaboration, employee development, and coaching/mentoring
    • Ensure that personnel develop and utilize technical skills to continuously improve throughput and reduce scrap
    • Develop and implement Continuous Improvement projects addressing productivity, quality, safety, and on-time delivery at the lowest possible cost
  • Plant Safety and Quality
  • Work collaboratively with Quality Manager and HSE Manager to coach and develop the plant safety and quality leads
    • Ensure that all practices and procedures for safety, SQF, Food Defense,

Quality, and production are properly followed and implemented

Ensure compliance with Company, State, and Federal safety and quality requirements

    • Ensure plant personnel adhere to safety, SQF and quality procedures.
    • Maintain a clean and orderly work environment
  • Departmental Cost Responsibility
  • Cost center accountability for Make/Pack/Ship operations
  • Develop operations budget o Manage cost to deliver the budget
    • Deliver against ongoing Cost savings efforts and challenges
  • Organizational Development
  • Comply with annual training requirements for the Operations Department
  • Ensure all team members know that Food Safety is everyone's responsibility
  • Continuous development of personnel for succession planning through proper training and guidance
    • Develop the leadership technicians to the next level of effectiveness
    • Ensure team has required skills to deliver against business needs


Ideal Experience:

  • 5-10 years of experience in a Consumer Product Manufacturing environment
  • 3-5 years of experience in a management role
  • Experience assessing, hiring, and developing employees. Experience delivering training and coaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage a frontline workforce and develop supervisors who communicate effectively to deliver best in class results
  • Demonstrated experience with implementation of continuous improvement tools to drive efficiencies
  • Knowledge of FDA regulations and GMP manufacturing requirements
  • Knowledge of OSHA safety regulations and requirements
  • Strong business acumen and analytical capability to drive profitable business results

Ideal Personal Profile:

  • Possesses the ability to work effectively both cross functionally and within function across multiple sites
  • Entrepreneurial, hands-on, with a strong bias for action and drive for results
  • Change agent – Industry leader with a proven track record of establishing an environment susceptible to change and thinking outside the box
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, and presentation skills
  • Innovative problem solver with a focus on Continuous Improvement
  • Open to relocation across the USA and ideally internationally

Ideal Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in supply chain, engineering, operations or business
  • Master’s in engineering, supply chain or business preferred.



Bonduelle Fresh Americas is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe in hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a workforce that truly reflects our communities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to veterans and individuals with disabilities or special needs during the application process and employment. If you need assistance, please contact us at (626) 856-8686 or bfa-info@bonduelle.com.