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Operations Manager

Bridgeton, NJ

At Danone, manufacturing the best products and supplying them to meet demand is a key driver for our plant teams.   We have an opening for an Operations Manager based in our Bridgeton, New Jersey, beverage manufacturing facility.


This role will be responsible for overseeing the manufacturing operations and directly supervise work of all plant supervisors and line leaders and will work closely with the Plant Director to direct and manage the day-to-day operation of the facility. 


Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide sound administrative direction of subordinate departments including, Distribution, Operations, Production, Purchasing, and others to ensure that objectives and goals are met and that employees are managed effectively.
  • Responsible and accountable for Production Facilities quality compliance, inventory control, efficiencies – with respect to labor, overhead, packaging and ingredients, operational budget, and profit and loss statements.
  • Coach and counsel subordinate managers without “over managing” or “micromanaging” their decisions. Works with this focus to define plant goals and plans to meet these goals with this group. 
  • Create, develop and sustain a “can-do” climate and high levels of frequent communication, cooperation, rewards, training and mutual support among departments.
  • Demonstrate an adequate understanding of plant machinery; equipment; processing; blending; extraction; shelf-stable products, quality, and/or other requisite technical knowledge to engage in overall direction, meaningful conversation across functions, and leadership of managers across the plant.
  • Demonstrate clear integrity and a sense of ethics and responsibility to the plant and its employees on daily basis, serving as a model for others.
  • Manage relationships with neighbors, community leaders and regulatory agencies
  • Respond effectively and work cross-functionally within the organization particularly with other plants and corporate leadership.
  • Coordinates production, distribution, warehousing and sales in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Company. 
  • Effectively partner with Human Resources and others in a union environment
  • Perform in a variety of capacities related to employment decisions throughout the employment life cycle. i.e. hiring, firing, performance evaluation, salary recommendations, employee relations issues as appropriate etc.
  • Understand and manage as appropriate capital project expenditures and/or the implementation of capital projects.
  • Effectively implement, improve, and reinforce the company’s environmental health and safety programs and product food safety programs.


About You: 

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, food science or related field, required. If no bachelor's degree completed, equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.  
  • You have 8-12 years operational and management experience in food production environment, preferably within a consumer packaging environment, required. Three years UHT dairy processing experience is a plus.
  • You have prior planning, scheduling and/or project management experience required. 
  • You have familiarity with how basic plant equipment functions (pumps, hydraulics, electricity, boiler, compressors, chillers etc.)
  • You have excellent communication skills, verbal and written, and can effectively communicate with all levels of the organization. 
  • You have the ability to prioritize plant operations in light of multiple priorities and conflicting demands.
  • You have strong knowledge of GMP’s - to include regulations which govern food products.
  • You have familiarity with TQM and or statistical process control concepts.
  • You have knowledge of safety policies and procedures regarding chemicals, equipment/machinery.
  • You have a strong mechanical aptitude.

At Danone North America, you’ll work with some of the best-known food and beverage brands in the world like Activia, Silk, Horizon Organic, Two Good, Oikos, evian, and Happy Family. You’ll be part of one of the largest Certified B Corp™ in the world, working together to make sure our brands create real benefits for people, communities, and the planet. We have 6,000+ employees across the U.S. and Canada. Come join our movement for a healthier world: One Planet. One Health BY YOU.


Danone North America doesn’t just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other protected status. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all our employees share in the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect.

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