Production Manager
Alton IL
Full Time


Alton IL

Production Manager 


Your role: 


As Production Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring high performance execution of plant production activities across multiple shifts and/or departments to produce products that meet established quality, customer service, safety, innovation and cost metrics consistent with schedules and policies. You will ensure systems, processes, and resources are in place to provide optimal cost savings and efficient production of grain-based food products for our customers. To succeed, you must be able to: 

  • Deliver results in first-time situations by inspiring others and working to earn trust every day 

  • Serve others with understanding, respect, and care 

  • Operate with simplicity, clarity and transparency 

  • Deal with and drive change 

  • Organize, prioritize and own multiple tasks while meeting or exceeding deadlines 

  • Learn and apply new technology, and share your knowledge with others 

  • Above all you will be expected to carry out all your activities with reliability, integrity, compliance and in a safe, environmentally responsible, and efficient manner. 


Your responsibilities: 

  • Drive safety initiatives to ensure injury-free performance including monthly safety training, observation audits, daily employee toolbox meetings, and near-miss / first-aid root cause and corrective action 

  • Develops/supervises and provides coaching to salary and hourly operation team members using the Ardent Mills core values and guiding principles 

  • Maintain compliance with company policies, regulatory requirements, quality specifications, safety standards and sanitation practices 

  • Develop and execute plans on a weekly and monthly basis to achieve cost efficient and accurate packaging, warehouse operations and bulk loading processes 

  • Maintain asset reliability by working closely with the reliability team on preventative care as well as through operator care activities 

  • Develop, participate and lead process improvement initiatives including Centerlining, Preventative Maintenance, Pristine, 5S and ELEMEDS (Every Load, Every Mill, Every Day Safely) 

  • Drive improvement and efficiency through GAP analysis and metric based monitoring 

  • Participate in and lead team through customer issue follow-up and corrective actions 

  • Leverage computer systems and automation process across facility for production efficiency  

Essential skills and experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or High School diploma/GED equivalent with 4 years of production experience  

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience having leadership responsibilities in an industrial environment (milling, agricultural, food production, or equivalent) 

  • Demonstrated experience with leading others, including performance management, coaching, and development within a production environment 

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to implement LEAN practices and tools to improve processes   

  • Experience managing projects and driving data-based decision making process


Good to have: 

  • 3+ years of production leadership experience 

  • Experience managing in a Union environment

  • Knowledge and experience in continuous improvement methodologies, tools, trends and best practices 


Physical requirements and working conditions (with or without reasonable accommodation): 

  • Ability to perform work at a computer and other administrative/managerial tasks 

  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as is required by the operating areas (i.e. safety glasses, protective footwear, hard hat, hearing protection and, at times, a respirator or a harness) 

  • Ability to work a rotating schedule including nights, weekends and holidays 

  • Ability to work a machine-paced continuous process that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with conditions which include: 

  • Hot/Cold temperatures (inclement weather) 

  • Indoor/Outdoor environment 

  • Dusty environment (to include Wheat/Gluten allergens) 

  • Noisy environment 

  • Frequent moving/vibration/ or other motion of equipment/processes 

  • Elevated Places 

  • Ability to perform work safely which may require: 

  • Frequently standing, walking, rotating, bending/stooping, twisting, crouching, kneeling, balancing and reaching or lifting at varying heights and levels 

  • Frequently climbing stairs and/or ladders 

  • Occasionally lifting, shoveling and/or carrying  

  • Occasionally pushing and/or pulling   

  • Working in confined or elevated places 


Other considerations: 

  • Must be able to read, interpret instruction and technology and communicate effectively in English 

  • Must be willing to work alongside your team including long days (days, evenings, and nights) as well as weekends or holiday work.  

  • Must be authorized to work in the Unites states without sponsorship now and in the future 

  • Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test and pre-employment background check 

At Ardent Mills, everyone matters and everyone has a voice.  We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and team members and the decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, aboriginality, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, age, political affiliation, or any other non-merit characteristic protected by law or not.  Together, celebrating our differences, we make Ardent Mills. 


The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position.  It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills.   


Alton IL


145 W. Broadway Street, Alton IL, 62002

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