Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent preferred
Experience: 5 years of supervisory experience in live bird operations preferred.
Summary: This role is responsible for the supervision of the Production operation (bird husbandry and care, barns sanitation and maintenance, manure removal, waste water and employee supervision), planning, directing and providing oversight to ensure safe and efficient operations, while providing necessary resources to members of the management team to assist in meeting customer expectations and hitting quality and profitability goals.
Production team members work in laying hen barns and their number one priority is caring for the hens. This includes ensuring the hens have constant access to feed and water, monitoring lighting, temperature and air quality, and checking the health of each hen. Production team members also maintain the egg belts that carry eggs from the barn to the processing facility to be washed, packaged and shipped. Hens are cared for 7 days/week.
Lead and develop a team of 25+ production staff demonstrating a never wavering commitment to safety and quality.
Support and lead activities at the farm in line with good management practices and standard operating procedures with the objective to protect birds and prevent accidents, injuries, and equipment and facility damage.
Supervise the daily/routine activities of the Production team to ensure animal husbandry and care responsibilities are performed consistently and effectively.
Plan work and production schedules and implement metrics for productivity, efficiency, customer service, cost, quality, safety, and employee engagement objectives.
Monitor and regulate live bird production operations, ensuring that the highest quality product is produced at the lowest possible cost, and in the safest manner possible.
Review production reports, conduct trend analysis and make decisions in order to maximize efficiency of production operation.
Interact with Quality Control and the USDA to support food safety requirements, quality and yield consistency.
Oversee and maintain the HACCP plan, SQF certification, FDA & USDA compliance for facility.
Conduct monthly reviews of quality programs and manage internal and external reporting.
Proactively identify and manage all production issues that may arise in order to minimize down time and production inefficiencies.
Lead continuous improvement activities for quality, safety, and bio-security.
Oversee and coordinate maintenance of barns, equipment and fans.
Ensure that an accurate inventory of all operation inputs is cataloged and updated regularly.
Work hands-on in the production facilities as needed to cover the work load, demonstrate expectations, and train employees.
Assist in the personnel management of the Production employees. Pursue opportunities to improve self, employees, and processes.
Coordinate training of new employees and the ongoing training of all employees.
Manage employee promotion, consideration, employee familiarization and compliance with all company policies and regulation, employee relations, employee grievances, and wage administration.
Enforce company policies and rules in a fair and consistent manner.
Regularly communicate with Complex Manager with regard to employee situations and problems.