A leading contract manufacturer of various snack food products located in Pittsburgh, PA is currently seeking a Manufacturing Manager. The position reports directly to the Director of Operations and will lead the operations activities for a 24 / 5 day manufacturing facility.

Job Summary

The Manufacturing Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations leading a team of Production Managers and Production Supervisors with a focus on safety, quality, delivery and cost metrics. The position works closely with all functions of the business to drive continuous improvement and ensure production goals are met.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prioritize safety through leadership, work procedures and employee safety programs
  • Foster a collaborative working environment across all functions of the organization
  • Hire, mentor, train and coach an innovative, data driven, team-oriented culture that is engaged and embraces continuous improvement
  • Lead the management and performance improvement of Key Performance Indicators relating to safety, quality, crewing, production to standards and yields
  • Lead overall Good Manufacturing Practices throughout the facility to maintain a safe and clean working environment
  • Collaborate with the Quality Department to ensure compliance to food safety programs and initiatives
  • Collaborate with the Maintenance Department to track and reduce downtime
  • Collaborate with production planning and materials management to optimize scheduled attainment and customer service
  • Initiate cost savings measures relating to crewing, standards, and yields
  • Report key financial metrics to standard
  • Prepare and submit operating reports to include safety, quality, delivery and cost metrics and recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness

Key Competencies

  • Customer Focus: Understands and monitors the needs of internal and external customers
  • Adaptable / Flexible: Open to change in response to new information, different or unexpected circumstances
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Ability to work in a dynamic team environment
  • Self-Starter: Takes initiative in developing programs to conform with set standards, ensuring the development of a robust culture
  • Problem-Solving: Prevents and solves issues, understand and mitigates problems, recognizes cause and effect relationships between functions
  • Project and Time Management: Plans tasks and deliverables accurately, prioritizes tasks and adapts as needed and is responsive to requests and accountable for actions


  • 5 – 7 years Manufacturing experience with 3 – 5 years Management / Supervisory experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Industrial Management, Engineering, Food Science, Management, Product Operations or equivalent field of study or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills: Must be able to look at the numbers, trends, and data and come to new conclusions based on their analysis
  • Knowledge of BRC / SQF requirements
  • Strong maintenance background preferred
  • ERP / OEE system experience preferred
  • Experience and understanding in 6 Sigma, 5S, Lean, GE preferred
  • Creativity in developing new ways of working / methodology
  • Proficient in MS Office suite including Excel and PowerPoint

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