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Plant Manager


Chicago, IL, US

Req ID:  31709
Date:  Jun 22, 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 Plant Manager is accountable for providing leadership to site operations with union-free employees who manufacture and/or package and distribute a high quality food product. The Plant Manager is responsible for all facets of leading the site(s), including leading/developing people, managing effective processes, and delivering performance. The successful individual must be strategic in the sense of being able to think broadly with perspective, as well as tactical in the sense of being hands on when necessary. This position manages two locations in the Chicagoland area and will split their time accordingly across both locations. 




  • Ensures environment, health, and safety (EHS) compliance
  • Directly supervises site leadership team(s) who are responsible for manufacturing and packaging activities, maintenance, materials, and warehousing.
  • Provides adequate support, training and development of plant staff and supports performance and talent management activities.


  • Tracks and reports data for manufacturing cost controls, cost estimates, capacity plan, manpower, and facility requirements.
  • Implements Food Safety Quality Control functions to meet the company’s Quality System requirements
  • Helps formulate short and long-term operating procedures in areas such as manufacturing/processing efficiency, quality, and customer service.
  • Drives a culture of continuous improvement (Lean, Six Sigma, 5S) across the plant(s)


  • Executes strategy to deliver on performance objectives related to EHS, Financial/Budgeting, Operations, and People
  • Ensures that product quality and safety standards are met
  • Ensures site team delivers on customer requirements relative to food quality and customer service.
  • Monitors manufacturing and financial performance and implements corrective action planning when needed in order to meet company objectives.



  • 5-10 years’ total professional experience with progressive growth in responsibility
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in production management with responsibility for managing a department with a minimum of 10 direct and indirect reports and budgetary responsibility of at least $3M/annually.
  • Food, beverage, pharmaceutical or CPG industry experience in a complex manufacturing environment preferred; or a combination of food manufacturing with manufacturing experience in other similar industries preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of understanding and applying continuous improvement principles and practices including Lead Manufacturing, TPM, and/or Six Sigma.
  • Demonstrated responsibility for managing environment, health, and safety performance.
  • Idea candidate must have a track record of responsibility for managing to high-quality standards including GFSI in Food Industry or ISO in non-food industry.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline required
  • Masters or MBA preferred



  • The Plant Manager has responsibility for at least 3 direct and 30 indirect reports



  • 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
  • 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.
  • Ability to partner with colleagues and teams in a collaborative fashion to deliver work output.
  • 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.
  • Sharp and analytical problem-solving skills; Ability to break down issues/problems methodically and develop sustainable solutions.
  • Ability to be 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 with all levels in the organization.
  • Experience managing a multi-site operation strongly preferred



  • Chicago, IL



  • Candidate preferably will be mobile for future assignments across ASR Group locations in 3-5 years. The length of time in the assignment will be dependent on the scope and responsibility of the vacancies that emerge across ASR Group.



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

Nearest Major Market: Chicago