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Assistant Plant Manager


Baltimore, MD, US

Req ID:  30023
Date:  Aug 3, 2022

ASR Group is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in Louisiana, New York, California, Maryland, Canada and Mexico. In the European Union, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in England, Portugal.  ASR Group also owns and operates mills in Mexico and Belize.  The company’s brand portfolio includes the leading brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle’s® and Sidul®.



The role is accountable for site operations facility with 150-500 union employees who refine, package and distribute a high quality food product.  Reporting to the site Refinery Manager, the Assistant Refinery Manager must ensure operations meet safety, food safety, quality, cost, volume and service criteria. Executes strategy to achieve short and long-term operating and profit goals.  Directs administration of policies for site within context of companywide policies.  Implements and drives execution of continuous improvement principles.  Helps to formulate short and long-term operating procedures in areas such as quality improvement, cost reduction and manufacturing/processing efficiency.  Develops and implements plans to achieve appropriate production volumes and profit projections.  Ensures that product quality and safety standards are met within budgetary limits.  Develops future talent and leadership.  Provides reports to Site Refinery Manager to review progress against goals. 



  • Ensures safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Leads manufacturing facility focused on continuous improvement and delivering world class sustainable performance.
  • Provides guidance to site leadership team for continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Provides adequate support, training and development of plant staff.
  • Directly supervises, motivates and evaluates site leadership responsible for refining and packaging activities, materials, and warehousing.
  • Creates reports for manufacturing cost controls, cost estimates, capacity plan, manpower and facility requirements.
  • Monitors manufacturing and financial performance and implements corrective action planning when needed to meet company objectives.
  • Implements Food Safety Quality Control functions to meet the Company’s Quality System requirements.
  • Assures continuously updated line standards, the identification of bottlenecks and the proposals to eliminate.
  • Helps develop, review, modify and implement operating systems in sanitation, safety, quality, preventative maintenance, general manufacturing practices and best management practices.
  • Develops and builds capability of plant personnel, including support of performance and talent management activities
  • Ensures that entire staff has the safety, customer, and quality as the overall focus.
  • Develops plans for implementing continuous improvement manufacturing principles.



  • Professional Experience – 10-20 years’ total professional experience with progressively responsible and growth.
  • Production Management Experience – 5+ years’ experience in production management having had responsibility for managing departments and a minimum of 50 direct and indirect reports with budgetary responsibility of at least 15M/ annually.
  • Food or Similar Industry Experience – Food, beverage, pharmaceutical  or CPG industry experience in a manufacturing environment preferred or a combination of food  manufacturing with manufacturing experience in other similar industries preferred
  • Continuous Improvement – Demonstrated track record of understanding and applying continuous improvement principles and practices including Lean Manufacturing, 5-S, and/or Six Sigma.
  • Safety – Responsibility for managing safety and environmental performance
  • Quality – Ideal candidate must have had a track record of responsibility for managing to high-quality standards including SQF in Food Industry or ISO in non-food industry.
  • Unionized Workforce – Experience with unionized workforce strongly preferred.



The candidate who will be a strong motivational/ cultural fit should demonstrate a high degree of the following leadership traits:

  • Adaptability – Ability to read and adapt to their environment and flex their style and approach based on the context.  Bring change in a steady, managed way vs. a forced manner.
  • Organizational/ Political Savvy – Understand and leverage organization networks and build alliances with key stakeholders throughout the journey.  Have a strong sense of organization politics and ability to avoid political pitfalls.
  • Teamwork/ Collaboration – Ability to partner with colleagues and teams in a collaborative fashion to deliver work output.
  • Strategic Perspective – Ability to maintain a strategic perspective, yet roll-up the sleeves and do work when necessary.  Build the strategic framework from which s/he will manage from and leverage key experts to utilize their talents to deliver within that framework.
  • Problem-Solving – Sharp and analytical problem-solving skills; Ability to break down issues/ problems methodically and develop sustainable solutions.
  • Communication/ Interpersonal Skills – Ability to be a comfortable and open communicator including proactively sharing information, bringing issues/ concerns to the table early and collaboratively working through solutions.  Candidate will also demonstrate level of comfort



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Related Discipline.
  • Masters or MBA highly preferred.



  • Assistant Refinery Manager has responsibility for 150-500 direct and indirect reports.



  • Candidate must be mobile for future assignments across ASR Group locations in 2-5 years. The length of time in the initial assignment will be dependent on the scope and responsibility of the vacancies that emerge across ASR Group.



  • The ideal candidate could come from a variety of employers within the broader food manufacturing industry. The individual could come from other similar industries.   There is no company from which the individual should be targeted.

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore