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North America Operations Director

Requisition ID 6110
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Supply Chain 
Recruiter #LI-MQ1
Posting Type LI


Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role


The role is responsible for the overall Leadership of the Applied Health & Nutrition Fermentation North America manufacturing sites, which includes 8 plants. The role has overall accountability for all aspects of Operations performance including QHSE, customer service, total cost of manufacturing and responsibility for execution of relevant business strategies

Key responsibilities

Role Description:

  • Responsible for directing the operations of the division
  • Accountable for executing the relevant business strategies of the division
  • Ensure QSHE compliance of the division
  • Ensure manufacturing goals and targets are met in line with QSHE targets
  • Responsible for least cost of manufacturing for the plants in the division
  • Responsible for reducing the risk rating of the plants in the division
  • Lead, manage and develop a successful manufacturing team
  • Recruit, train, mentor, and develop team members
  • Drive continuous improvement methodology for each plant
  • Responsible for the identification and delivery of KerryExcel projects in line with business expectations.
  • Manage divisional performance through KPIs
  • Responsible for the implementation of relevant policies and strategies across the division
  • Responsible for setting and managing the divisions manufacturing budget
  • Responsible for capacity planning for the division in line with 5 year business demand plans
  • Responsible for talent management and succession planning across the division
  • Responsible for setting capital spend budgets from a strategic point of view for the division
  • Responsible for best in class implementation of capital projects, on time and on budget
  • Responsible for the overall divisional manufacturing footprint
  • Provide support to the global operations lead in the areas of policies, strategy and risk management
  • Provide support to In/Out sourcing decision making

Qualifications and skills


Qualifications / Experience:

  • BS/MS in Engineering, Business, Food Science
  • A minimum of 10 years senior operations experience with multi-site responsibility
  • 40-50% travel

Competencies (Critical Skills, Aptitudes & Personality):

  • Manufacturing Fermentation experience is a distinct advantage
  • People Leadership & Management
  • Operations Performance Analytics
  • Process control & compliance
  • Technical training & knowledge
  • Confident, assertive and persistent
  • Decision making
  • Change management
  • Strategic management skills.
  • Broad MFG and business knowledge.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Motivating, coaching & influencing others.
  • Dealing with & managing through conflict.
  • Building high performing & effective teams

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .                                                                                                         

Nearest Major Market: Madison

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