Agropur, Inc.
  • Production
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA/FSA plans; Life, Disability, and 401(k)

Agropur is currently seeking a Senior Director of Manufacturing 


Position Summary:

Develop, maintain and direct the operational, engineering and Quality Assurance functions (manufacturing) efficiently and profitably, while producing safe, quality products in a timely manner to meet customer expectations.


Main Duties:

  • Assure the development and execution of manufacturing programs and schedules to produce products in a timely manner while supporting the company's financial goals.
  • Responsible for cost control, waste reduction, food safety, quality, safety and on-time delivery
  • Recommend and implement strategic changes in the operations, engineering and innovation functions
  • Assure the development and implementation of the capital plan for manufacturing required for new product development & production, process improvement, and expansion of production facilities.
  • Primary oversight and responsibility for the engineering department to ensure equipment and facility needs are adequate to support the efforts of Sales, Quality Assurance and Operations.
  • Build, develop and manage operations, engineering and Quality Assurance leadership teams capable of carrying out needed business strategies and improving employee relations.
  • Work closely and communicate cross-functionally with management team to design and execute agreed upon strategies.
  • Provide leadership for problem resolution to facilitate faster improvements and excellent cross-functional teamwork and execution.
  • Establish & maintain manufacturing policies & best practices such as Lean Manufacturing, 5S, SQF, etc.
  • Ensure compliance with state, federal and customer audits and/or regulations.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in operations, engineering or related discipline required. MBA preferred.
  • Aseptic Manufacturing experience (beverages), along with a minimum of 8 years overall Operations/Manufacturing Management and leadership experience preferred.
  • Fluid Dairy experience is a plus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Solid computer experience including use of MS Office products.
  • Strong project management skills a plus.

Demonstrated experience with plant automation and plant-integrated ERP systems


Competency's Needed:

  • Action Oriented: Works hard, is action oriented and full of energy for challenges; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning to seize opportunities.
  • Building Effective Teams: Shares, wins and successes; creates strong morale; fosters open dialogue; lets people be responsible for their work; define success in terms of whole team.
  • Customer Focus: is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; act. with customers in mind.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably as well as decide and act without having total picture; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Developing Direct Reports: Provides challenging and stretching assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals and executes on development plans.
  • Drive for Results: can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is bottom-line oriented, steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Integrity and Trust: is widely trusted, seen as direct, truthful and can present the truth in an appropriate and helpful manner, keeps confidences, admits mistakes, does not misrepresent self for personal gain.
  • Managing Vision and Purpose: Communicates a compelling vision or core purpose; can talk about future and possibilities; create mileposts to rally support behind the vision and for everyone to share; can inspire and motivate entire units or organizations.
  • Motivating Others: creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many kinds of people or team members, empowers others, invites input from others, shares ownership and visibility, makes each person feel their work is important.
  • Total Work Systems (ie: Lean/Baldrige): Is dedicated to providing organization-wide systems for work processes; work towards reducing variances in processes; delivers highest quality products which meet all customer requirements; commitment to continuous improvement, empowerment of people and management by data; leverage technology; create learning environment.
  • Time management: uses time effectively and efficiently.


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