VP, Manufacturing


This position will serve as the strategic and tactical leader for the Manufacturing functional area. The Vice President of Manufacturing will have primary responsibility to deliver balanced operating results (growth, cost, quality, service, and safety), build increased capability in both the people and technical assets, and integrating needs of all other CM functions that interface with the plants.

Essential Functions: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
  • Provides Manufacturing and Engineering leadership in support and alignment with company goals and initiatives. Understands company and business priorities and assures the proper resources and assets are available to support each initiative.
  • Responsible for establishing goals, metrics and action plans to achieve Manufacturing results in support of overall company profitability and growth. Delivers on these goals.
  • Provides leadership and coordination for Total Productive Manufacturing (TPM) to significantly improve operating results.
  • Provides support for intermediate and long-term plant capacity planning and execution in alignment with/in anticipation of company growth and acquisition plans.
  • Ensures strong Manufacturing representation on one or more of the Strategic Business Teams.
  • Develops and maintains strong alignment with significant cross functional initiatives including but not limited to acquisition activity, co-pack strategies, quality systems improvements, growth plans, cost reduction, organizational development, and external benchmarking. Leads cross functional teams in support of significant initiatives as appropriate.
  • Serves as a positive change agent within the organization and a role model of The Krusteaz Company's core values.
  • Builds individual and team capabilities within and across the Operations organization.

Position Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals qualified with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Thinks and acts strategically at the functional and enterprise level. Creates a compelling vision for the future
  • Skilled mentor and coach; proactively develops organizational depth
  • Collaborative work style, works well horizontally and vertically across the organization, with a strong ability to connect with all levels within the plant environments
  • Communicates effectively
  • Sets clear expectations and holds people accountable
  • Embodies the company philosophies and guiding principles
  • Strong financial acumen, consistently delivers functional and enterprise results
  • Proactive with ability to effectively set priorities, manages time effectively
  • Process and systems orientation
  • Strong technical skills in all Manufacturing, Demand/Supply Planning, and Engineering functions
  • Systemic problem-solver
  • Demonstrable TPM understanding of all pillars and tools
  • Strong technical and operational understanding
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Strong organizational design and development understanding
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time depending on project load or office location

Supervisory Responsibilities

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business or related program. Master's degree preferred. Or, equivalent experience/training.
  • Food industry experience preferred
  • Proven experience developing high performing teams that objectively contributed to achieving bottom line company results
  • 15 years of experience in leadership positions requiring strategic thinking and increasing levels of accountability.
  • 15 years of experience in senior management and leadership positions

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone along with reaching. Specific vision abilities include close vision requirements due to computer work. Moderate noise, ability to work in a confined area, and ability to sit at a computer for an extended period of time are also included.

The policy of Continental Mills, Inc. is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or military status, national origin, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.

Get to know us:
  • A people-focused company that cares​: We're a 90-year-old company with the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup and a focused eye on the future. As a midsized, privately-held company with a portfolio of beloved food and beverage brands, our people are the most important ingredient in our success.
  • A valued and supported workforce​: We place tremendous value in our employees and provide competitive pay and comprehensive benefits to ensure our employees can create the best life for themselves. Benefits include a top tier health insurance plan with lower than average employee cost share, generous PTO, 401(k) match, and more.
  • An engaged and energized culture​: At The Krusteaz Company, collaboration and ingenuity drive our fierce commitment to creating extraordinary product experiences that people love.
  • A place to grow and make a difference: An entrepreneurial spirit has been at the core of our company since the beginning, attracting self-starters who are curious and love to learn and to share ideas.

Hybrid Work Model: At The Krusteaz Company, we have in-office "core days" of Tuesdays and Wednesdays where all corporate employees are expected to be onsite. Monday, Thursdays, and Fridays are flexible remote days to allow for work/life balance. You may be asked to come in outside of a core day from time to time, based on business needs. We have found aligning our scheduled in-office days provides opportunity for employees to build connections and collaborate together.

Benefits: We are proud to offer generous benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance (starting at $45/month for employee only coverage), 401(K) matching, 3 weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, company provided life insurance and disability insurance, flexible spending account and tuition reimbursement.

Salary Information:
  • An employee in this position can expect a salary range between $221,450 and $365,365. The actual salary offered will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including internal equity, experience, education, certification, training, and location. All positions are eligible for additional incentives based on business performance.