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Schwan's Company Plant Director in Salina, Kansas

Schwan’s Company, a U.S. affiliate of the global lifestyle company, CJ CheilJedang Corporation, is a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of quality foods offered through retail-grocery and food-service channels. Our many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony’s®, Big Daddy’s®, Villa Prima™ and Freschetta® pizza; Mrs. Smith’s® and Edwards® desserts; and Pagoda® and Bibigo Asian-style snacks. Schwan’s is a place for people with an appetite for more. To learn about joining a team where you can belong, contribute, and thrive, visit www.schwanscompany.com

We are hiring a Plant Director for our largest pizza manufacturing facility in Salina, KS, where our delicious Red Baron and Tony’s products are made. This is an opportunity to lead our most complex facility, which spans over 500K sq feet, employs 900+ team members and makes over 200 million lbs of product annually. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the manufacturing facility to provide products that meet quality, safety, cost, service, regulatory and volume requirements.

What you will get from us:

  • Opportunities for career growth with one of THE fastest growing frozen food companies in the US.

  • A culture focused on building trust, challenging assumptions, and continuous transformation.

  • Support from team members who are experts in their functions.

  • Competitive compensation including strong incentives and a flexible time off program.


  • Responsible for the manufacture of safe quality foods that meet the requirements of all regulatory agencies and our customers

  • Implements plans and schedules to assure achievement of appropriate volume of production, ensuring product meets established targeted return on assets employed and contribution to sales and profits.

  • Defines and directs the administration plant or facility policies within the framework and intent of the company's manufacturing charter.

  • Formulates or approves short- or long-term operating objectives in areas such as cost reduction, quality, new product integration as undertaken at the plant level.

  • Ensures product quality meets established standards and that costs are within budget.

  • Assists in the development of and implementation of capital plans related to production improvement or expansion.

  • Establishes and maintains favorable plant/facility company and community relationships through active participation in community affairs.

  • Directs the maintenance of a safe and healthy working environment by eliminating hazards, training employees, and promoting safety awareness.

  • Manages and/or provides appropriate support for support functions such as accounting/finance, human resources, information technology.

  • Enthusiastically motivates, develops and inspires a team of site based professionals in production, quality, maintenance, engineering and more.


  • Minimum 8 years of operations leadership experience in a large scale, highly automated environment. Consumer packaged goods or food experience strongly preferred.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred.

  • Experience achieving business growth objectives in fast pace, highly complex environment.

  • Authentic leader: direct communicator, able to build strong relationships across the company, with all levels.

  • Strong knowledge of continuous improvement techniques (ie TPM, OPEX, Lean) and ability to use data and systems to inform decisions. SAP experience a plus

  • Must have great collaboration skills, with the ability to effectively work closely with cross-functional teams.

  • FDA/USDA and OSHA experience highly preferred

    The employing subsidiaries of Schwan’s Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin, or other protected class.