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Production Manager

Posted: 09/01/2021

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for ensuring the safe, responsible, and efficient production of Verdesian Life Sciences products at the Cape Girardeau, MO manufacturing site by providing vision, leadership, and direction at the site.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the safe and cost-effective operation of the assets in Cape Girardeau to meet the associated business supply plans by providing leadership for the implementation and adherence to site safety, quality requirements, production requirements, and maintenance programs.
  • Plan, organize, and direct all aspects of plant operations including, but not limited to, production planning and execution, quality control, inventory accuracy, maintenance, engineering/capital management, and site security
  • Direct and implement site strategic plans to support the plant and Company goals, such as budgets, forecasts, capital plans, operating reviews, facility plans, succession planning, etc.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) for safety, environmental, manufacturing, and maintenance
  • Develop, implement, and manage processes to ensure accurate inventory (e.g., timely and accurate inventory posting, cycle counting, etc.)
  • Partner with key stakeholders (e.g., Supply Chain and Procurement) to ensure proper alignment with production goals
  • Site contact for changes to existing products and efficient production scale-up of newly developed products
  • Continuously improve Verdesian Life Sciences’ cost position by championing and leading productivity improvements, cost reduction, and process change initiatives
  • Consistently lead the people at the plant to higher standards by facilitating their development and professional growth and ensuring leadership and technical talent base for the future
  • Create and foster a supportive work environment through the appropriate and consistent use of human resource systems and ensure a productive working environment through collaborative employee relationships
  • Direct and manage all plant operations for efficient production, maintenance, quality, and packaging, as well as coordinate plant activities through planning with departmental heads to ensure the total manufacturing objectives are accomplished in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Provide leadership and direct the activities of the hourly production staff, monitor KPI performance with periodic feedback communication meetings, monitor and correct job performance, lead daily safety and production execution meetings and maintain OSHA standards
  • Maintain housekeeping practices in the plant to a high standard to be ready at any time for customers or management tours of the facility
  • Project support for new start-ups of products specifically assigned by Plant Manager
  • Quality – right the first time by verifying physical properties, labels and pallets on the floor are checked while product is being made
  • Oversee Plant safety program on the floor to ensure employees are working in a manner consistent with training, injury reporting, and assuring plant environment is accessible and safe for employees, customers, and public
  • Ability to be fit tested and don a mask
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment  
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and confidence
  • Perform role of a leader by motivating and inspiring others to perform well, while displaying passion and optimism regarding the business
  • Exhibit superior safety practices every day evidenced by outstanding housekeeping at all times
  • Exercise maximum care to protect the environment by fostering and supporting responsible operating procedures
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in driving change and improving the integrity of applicable processes and systems
  • Extend treatment to all other employees of the Company as individuals with the courtesy and dignity shown to customers
  • Exceed customer quality and service expectations through attention to detail
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in driving change and improving the integrity of applicable processes and systems
  • Exceed customer quality and service expectations through attention to detail  


  • Minimum work experience of 4 years full time exempt
  • Minimum education of BA or BS degree in related field (engineering preferred), or equivalent experience.