Assistant Production Manager

For more than 100 years, Purina has been revolutionizing pet food production, and its ability to enrich the lives of pets everywhere. By 1956, mastering new production techniques, we literally reshaped pet care, introducing Dog Chow as the first extruded dry food. We re still at it today, with Tidy Cats , the lightweight cat litter champion of the world and the leader in our category. Such leadership requires constant innovation and renovation, which is so often rooted in our world-class food production standards.
Our factory in Crete, NE is one of the largest wet pet food manufacturing facilities in the U. S. as a mass producer of over three million cans of wet pet food per day, which include our Alpo , Purina ONE , Pro Plan , Friskies and Purina Veterinary Diets brands. With the city of Lincoln just 25 miles from the plant, many of our associates find convenience in larger-city living in Lincoln and embrace the short commute to the quainter city of Crete.
As the Assistant Production Manager, you will provide analytical support to Production Management that will help facilitate continuous cost reduction and process improvement efforts at the plant level, using computer based technologies, statistical techniques, data analysis, and Nestle Industrial Performance tools. Your recommendations will impact efficiency, cost reduction, and waste reduction throughout the plant.

  • Responsible for the operation of all manufactured products, as well as managing safety, quality, and productivity across teams
  • Motivate and coach production team to attain high levels of performance
  • Work with plant manager to identify cost saving initiatives
  • Responsible to properly train all employees in areas of responsibility, which should include cross training within the departments
  • Coordinate all activities with Maintenance, Engineering, and Quality Assurance to ensure that all goals are achieved
  • Perform all duties in a safe manner, upholding safety standards across your team
  • Be fully involved and actively participate in all Nestle Purina Programs and Initiatives
Perform all job duties as required.
Basic Qualifications
Education: Bachelor s Degree in Business or Engineering field
Experience: 2+ years experience in manufacturing, factory, or plant leadership
Preferred Experience: 1+ years experience implementing continuous improvement projects or lean initiatives
To our veterans and separated service members you re at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestl Purina. The skills you ve gained while serving our country, such as adaptability, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. We hope you ll consider sharing in our mission you ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestl Purina home.

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