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Site Leader

Ashton, Illinois 61006 | Direct Placement

Post Date: 03/20/2018 Job ID: 75486 Category: General and Operations Managers

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The Site Lead/Operations Manager leads the Site Leadership Teams supporting plant & field operations, Environmental Health & Safety, Quality & Compliance, and Continuous Improvement. You will have overall leadership responsibility for all site personnel and direct reporting responsibility for several other supervisors/managers, including Production, Quality, and Compliance. This leader is expected to drive results through high personal proficiency, delegation of tasks, coordinating the work of others, developing/coaching others, developing the team and collaborating cross-site and crop to innovate and improve processes.  The ability to lead and champion initiatives to drive change  is a  key competency for this role.

You  will maintain a strong relationship with Crop Leadership and other Crop Site Leads to set strategic direction for each site and across sites. The successful candidate will need to be able to adapt quickly to changes in business, aggressively face new challenges and opportunities and leverage the talents, skills and resources of team members and peers.

  • Lead a team of professionals to deliver a reliable supply of quality seed and service to our customers, prioritizing safety, quality, service and cost in that order.
  • Optimize  people' s performance and development through mentoring, coaching, training, recognition, creation of progression plans, appraisals/reviews, discipline, documentation, follow-up, and providing developmental opportunities
  • Engage Site Leadership Team to create KPI’ s and track metrics to ensure budgets, schedules and performance requirements are met.
  • Work with colleagues to provide organizational and operational strategies for the North America Supply Chain organization.
  • Manage a best-in-class safety program to ensure all activities are completed safely, both on and off-the-job.
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement through innovation, focused on cost efficiency, speed of product delivery, and quality of product delivered.
  • Guide and facilitate site involvement to cultivate trust within the community.

Required Skills/Experience:
  • Bachelor’ s degree.
  • 10+ years progressive work experience in manufacturing, production, operations management, or related area.
  • 5+ years of people management experience leading technical and non-technical teams.
  • Demonstrated track record of continuous improvement and leading employees to success.
  • Highly developed people leadership, talent management, interpersonal skills including influencing, coaching, facilitation, conflict resolution, relationship management, and project management.
  • Must be able to provide timely and useful feedback within and outside the department.
  • Ability to interact and work with senior management meeting business deliverables.
  • Ability to manage change and multitask as necessary to meet business and/or customer deadlines.
  • Results-oriented with the ability to make effective decisions after careful consideration of various courses of action and impact on various individuals and/or groups.
  • Practice candid dialogue to resolve differences of opinion and build stronger solutions.
  • Ability to promote new ideas for improving team performance.
  • Strong work ethic including initiative, honesty, integrity, and commitment to task.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have strong analytical skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Take appropriate action to address performance management issues.
  • Ensure appropriate goals are established for all direct reports and teams completing periodic reviews.

Desired Skills/Experience:
  • Degree discipline in Agronomy, Ag Business, Business, Engineering, Accounting, Finance, or related area.
  • Experience leading a production/manufacturing site.
  • Experience in seed production; preferably in corn, soybean, cotton, etc.
  • Experience working in a matrixed environment.
  • Ideal candidate will be open to future relocation.

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