Soybean Crush Plant Manager

  • Agricruit
  • Waupun, WI, USA
  • Apr 14, 2024
Full-time Agronomy Executive Management Other

Job Description

Position Summary:   

As Plant Manager, you will provide leadership for all aspects of the plant operations. This position will be responsible for ensuring the safety, quality, and productivity of all operations, equipment, and production of our high-quality feed grade soybean meal in our Certified facility. As a self-directed, quality and safety-minded hands-on team leader with a strong mechanical aptitude, you will lead and work alongside our team of Mill Operators to oversee the monitoring, operating, and troubleshooting of our milling process, testing product quality, inventory control, and ensuring safe and accurate loading and unloading of soybeans and finished product.  

 Duties & Responsibilities:

  • With strategic focus, leads and directs all aspects of the day-to-day operations in the plant including daily production, maintenance, quality control, planning and logistics and project execution.
  • Provide operational efficiencies of the mill including parts inventory and bean inventory and product quality.
  • Oversee all Mill Operator activity and performance including, but not limited to, scheduling work shifts, reviewing and approving timesheets and time off requests, and addressing any performance and/or employee relations concerns.
  • Lead, coach, and mentor all Mill Operators to achieve goals and ensure the safe and efficient operation, production, and continuous improvement of our mill.
  • First point of contact on a 24/7 basis to resolve any operational, logistical, or technical issues, including any mechanical breakdowns.
  • Maintains and adheres to quality standards in the plant that satisfy the requirements of ISO standards along with working closely with the Quality Assurance Manager and Quality Assurance Technician.
  • Maintain designated sanitary schedule to Soybean Roasting standards.
  • Advise the President and CEO of any staffing requirements, operational issues or shortcomings that could affect the operations. Work closely with the Human Resources Director to recruit, onboard and train new team members and provide performance management standards and execute any Learning and Development Management Programs.
  • Provide leadership that promotes customer service, teamwork, personal accountability, cooperation, and career development.
  • Work closely with the Safety Director to monitor and validate the Workplace Safety Program
  • Direct plant operational policies and procedures and leads plant safety initiatives and instills safety-based behaviors in constant pursuit of zero lost-time and incidents. Is the primary contact with local authorities and ensures adherence to all legal and regulatory aspects of running the operation: OSHA, EPA, Department of Ag, etc.


  • Associate or bachelor’s Degree in a business management related discipline or equivalent work experience as a manager in a manufacturing/production setting is required.
  • 5+ years’ manufacturing experience in feed/food/chemical processing plant knowledge preferred.
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to train, coach, motivate and manage performance of team members.
  • Ability to be on call 24/7 as the first point of contact for any operational issues that may arise.
  • Must have effective oral and written communication across different levels and departments.
  • Desire and ability to contribute to a team environment across departments and shifts.
  • Strong knowledge of quality specifications using identification and data gathering skills
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Must have good computer skills.

Business Acumen:

  • Technical Knowledge and Skills – Experience with bioprocessing or related industrial production (crushing, refinery, roasting production, etc.); experience with large scale production equipment, automation, troubleshooting, repairs, and oversite of key vendors; combined technical and process (chemistry, bioprocess) understanding important to have success in this position.
  • Building a Successful Team - Using appropriate methods and a flexible interpersonal style to help build a cohesive team and facilitate the completion of team goals; facilitates goal accomplishment and provides necessary resources or helps to remove obstacles to team accomplishments; listens to and fully involves others in team decisions and actions; values and uses individual differences and talents; models commitment and demonstrates personal commitment to the team.
  • Planning and Organizing - Establishing courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently. Prioritizes, determines project/assignment requirements by breaking them down into tasks and identifying types of equipment, materials, and people needed; leverages resource and takes advantage of available resources (individuals, processes, departments, and tools) to complete work efficiently; coordinates with internal and external partners.
  • Decision Making - Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Innovative - Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to frequently bend, squat, climb, sit, stand, walk, handle objects, reach above shoulder level, use fine finger movements and push/pull.
  • Ability to occasionally kneel.
  • Ability to frequently carry/lift light to heavy loads of up to 50 lbs.

 We Offer:

  • Competitive salary and benefits program
  • Health Insurance – HRA/HSA programs.
  • Health Reimbursement Account
  • 401(k) plan with up to 5% company match
  • Paid Time Off
  • Vacation
  • Holiday Pay
  • Long- and Short-Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Ongoing Training and Development
  • Much More!