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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Manager - Essentia - Lytton in Lytton, Iowa

We offer:

  • Competitive salary

  • Medical, dental, and vision eligibility first of the month following date of hire

  • 15 days of PTO your first year, prorated based on hire date

  • 401(k) with employer match

  • Paid holidays

To oversee the production, shipping, and maintenance processes, ensuring the safe production of a quality product in a cost-effective and timely manner.


Education :

High School diploma or G.E.D. required. College degree in industrial technology, business, management, or related field preferred.

Experience :

3+ years’ supervisory experience required; experience in a food processing or non- edible food processing environment required.


  • Coordinates production area workflow with the help of supervisors.

  • Troubleshoots production process including:

  • Coordinate weekly production with corporate scheduling to insure customer needs are met and product can ship in a timely manner.

  • Assists maintenance personnel with repairs on equipment /machinery breakdowns or notifies appropriate personnel to coordinate outside repair services.

  • Ensure the flow of production, redirecting production employees to areas of the process needing immediate attention.

  • Acts as the Safety Coordinator for the plant.

  • Provides safety training, including all mandated sanitary policies and regulations, according to established procedures.

  • Participates in the communication, training, and development of new employees.

  • Generates and directs work orders to maintenance personnel for equipment repairs.

  • Documents and understands required data to control production processes.

  • Assists in the development and updating of standard operating procedures.

  • Responsible for the discipline of production personnel according to company policies and procedures. Communicates with the corporate HR team as necessary.

  • Maintains a clean production area for safe working conditions.

  • Assists the Plant Manager in the development of the plant budget, forecasting personnel needs, equipment/machinery repairs or purchases, and facility improvements/additions.

  • Assists in verifying requirements for OSHA and USDA standards. Makes sure that standards are maintained, necessary logs are up-to-date, and reports are prepared.

  • Has complete understanding of lean principles and uses them in day-to-day activity.

  • Practices continuous improvement in the manufacturing process.

  • Ensures fundamental food safety and quality practices are maintained to achieve food safety and quality objectives and to support the development, implementation and maintenance and ongoing improvements of food safety programs.

  • Operates forklifts and non-motorized pallet jacks as needed.

  • Assumes responsibilities of Production Supervisor(s) in their absence.

  • In the absence of the Plant Superintendent, the Plant Manager or a Production Supervisor will cover the duties of the role.


  • Ability to troubleshoot malfunctions in equipment/machinery and perform repairs.

  • Specific knowledge of industrial production processes in an edible or non-edible food processing plant.

  • Ability to operate and train personnel on equipment and machinery used in the processing of product.

  • Ability to change bags in the baghouse.

  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality related to all duties and responsibilities

  • Ability to monitor the production processes, anticipate production concerns and make effective decisions while striving for continuity of the production process.

  • Knowledge and ability to analyze, forecast, and plan production objectives.

  • Ability to remain calm and professional at all times.

  • Ability to maintain good employee work ethic and provide a positive attitude among employees.

  • Ability to perform basic and complex mathematical calculations.

  • Ability to work daily, overtime and weekends as necessary.

  • Ability to assist in other work-related areas as requested.

  • Ability to work in a team environment and implement continuous quality improvement.

  • Knowledge of organizational methods and the ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.

  • General knowledge of OSHA standards and safe work practices.

  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with personnel, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and other business-related contacts.

  • Ability to operate all necessary office equipment required to accomplish job duties, such as computer, telephone, fax machine, etc.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Ability to adhere to USDA recordkeeping requirements.

  • Knowledge of the industry, dryer, cooker operation processes.

  • Leads continuous improvement activities and works to implement permanent solutions for downtime.

  • Effectively manages a team of direct report supervisors, providing coaching and feedback with regard to performance and leadership of their respected teams.


Approximate: 8-Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)

Key: Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Frequent

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Continuous

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Occasional

Reaching Above Shoulder - Frequent

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Occasional

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Heights - Frequent

Lifting Weights from 0 to 55Pounds - Occasional

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials - Occasional

Weighing from 0 to 100 Pounds

Being Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Office Equipment - Occasional

Operating Computer - Occasional

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Frequent

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Vision: Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to

Access Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Color Definition Required: Yes

Hearing: Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to

Communicate/Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Mobility: Ability to be mobile throughout required work areas.

Office - Occasional

Multiple Locations - N/A

Plant - Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Continuous

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Other - N/A


This job requires the mental capabilities to analyze the production processes to develop manufacturing techniques/procedures to attain a quality finished product produced in a safe, timely and efficient manner. Furthermore, the incumbent for this position must have the abilities to solve problems as they arise, strives to improve upon current processes, and excellent communication skills in conveying the production process to plant personnel.


General manufacturing working conditions exists. Exposures include, but are not limited to chemicals, caustics, temperatures ranging from freezing to extreme heat, noise, dust, and moving equipment and machinery. Additionally, the incumbent for this position may be required to stand for an extended period of time on slippery tile and/or concrete floors.