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Production Manager

Albert Lea, MN

Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide.

Our corporate headquarters is located in Montvale, New Jersey and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ – “BCPC”) with annual revenues over $900 million and a market cap exceeding $4.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions.

Manage and coordinate all Production activities on a rotating 24/7 operation. Use problem-solving techniques to correct process deviations. Utilize best manufacturing practices to improve yield and Production capacities. Directly reports to the Plant Manager for proper direction, interpretation, and evaluation. Maintains and guarantees Balchem quality and safety standards.


  • Manage, motivate, monitor, and evaluate the performance and responsibilities of Supervisors, Leads, and Operators on their shift. Supervise Production activities including sanitation on each shift.
  • Carry out mandatory responsibilities in accordance with Balchem policies and applicable laws.
  • Train Operators on various equipment and processes including: extruders, dryer, and ingredient blending, Quality Assurance sampling and testing (moistures, temperatures, bulk densities, matching controls, etc.); good manufacturing practices, OSHA safety training, lockout/tag out, Sanitation, Master Sanitation Schedule, general housekeeping, general equipment maintenance, line cleanup/set up, and batching
  • Monitor inventories and ingredient usage; ensure all paperwork is complete (including time cards) in an accurate and timely manner; ensure the documentation is in compliance with Balchem standards
  • Keep a neat, clean, and orderly work setting by completing the cleaning tasks as assigned; complete the Master Sanitation Schedule and monthly food safety inspection as necessary
  • Observe safety and security procedures, determine appropriate action beyond guidelines, and report potentially unsafe conditions
  • Monitor product quality to meet Company standards; report to President any deviation from scheduling or quality of service that may become a potential liability; maintain professional knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, and establishing personal networks
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Adhere to all Company policies and procedures, i.e. personnel, safety, and equipment maintenance and upkeep
  • Become proficient in areas of production and safety policies and procedures (accident/injury reporting, blood borne pathogens, confined spaces, emergency evacuation, equipment operation/maintenance, hazard communication, ladders, lockout/tag out, personal protective equipment, etc.)


  • Must possess excellent problem-solving skills
  • Must possess a High School Diploma or general education degree (GED); one to three years related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • Previous supervisory experience is required
  • Must be equipped with strong motivation, organization, time management, documentation, and communication skills (both orally and written)
  • Must have excellent attention to detail and have the ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Demonstration of strong work ethics (punctual, dependable, and trustworthy) is necessary
  • Proficiency with computer systems and software programs, especially ERP systems and Microsoft Office (Excel and Word) are needed
  • Individual must be quality oriented and process oriented
  • Ability to utilize common sense and skills in completing responsibilities and operating equipment conforming to Company production, personnel, and safety procedures is required
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos, as well as be able to write simple correspondence is needed
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization is necessary
  • Must be able to communicate and handle conflict in a professional manner
  • Ability to give and welcome feedback and contribute to building a positive team spirit is required

Balchem is committed to a workplace culture that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities, and a work environment free of harassment and hostility.

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