Processing Manager - Nights

Operations
Coopersville, MI
Full Time

About fairlife, LLC

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fairlife, LLC, is a Chicago-based health food company with a mission to enrich lives by sustainably providing nourishment and vitality to the world. We produce and market nutritious and great-tasting lactose-free milk beverages made using a patented cold-filtration process that removes lactose and sugars while maximizing the natural proteins, nutrients, and minerals found in cow’s milk. The company was founded in 2012 by Mike and Sue McCloskey of Select Milk Producers, Inc.®, a group of dairy farmers dedicated to using exceptional cow care and sustainable farming practices to yield higher quality milk.

Our line of delicious and lactose-free fairlife® products includes: fairlife® ultra-filtered milk, the only cow’s milk with 50% more protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk for the whole family; Core Power®, a high protein milk shake for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to help build lean muscle and support healthy recovery; fairlife® with DHA, an ultra-filtered milk with DHA Omega-3 fatty acids to support brain health; fairlife® YUP!™, a line of flavored milks; fairlife® smart snacks™, a snack sized beverage  that blends fairlife ultra-filtered milk with honey and oats; and the newly launched fairlife® Nutrition Plan™, a high protein, low sugar weight management drink. In partnership with The Coca-Cola Company®, fairlife ultra-filtered milk and Core Power high protein shakes are distributed throughout the United States (U.S.) and Canada; all other fairlife drinks are available nationwide in the U.S.

To learn more about fairlife and its collection of products, please visit fairlife.com or follow the company on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

job purpose: The Processing Manager is responsible for overseeing the daily/nightly operations of the Coopersville Product Processing Department. The Processing Manager oversees the supervisory staff, and implements operations programs and policies.  

responsibilities:

  • Review daily inventories and the daily production plan with the Material/Scheduling Manager, develop production and efficiency reports, and coordinate schedule demands with staff and product movement personnel
  • Accountable for third party Food Safety and GMP audits/results as well as internal Quality and Food Safety programs
  • Review plant quality through the review of microbiology test results, investigation and eradication of high or repeat area or product counts
  • Review product and equipment specifications to ensure conformance to product specifications are realized
  • Review all nonconforming product or ingredients with Quality Assurance Manager
  • Monitor processing department throughout shift and assure employee compliance with GMP’s, sanitation, and safety. Review daily audit reports
  • Verify that all plant processing equipment is in good working condition and all preventative maintenance is being performed on a scheduled basis by reviewing Preventive Maintenance schedules with the Maintenance Manager
  • Review all work orders and daily maintenance reports
  • Manage processing department’s budget within financial guidance
  • Manage processing teams on different days and schedules
  • Perform other duties as necessary

food safety responsibilities:

  • Notify supervision of any repairs or adjustments that are required that may affect product quality or food safety
  • Understand, observe, and comply with the handling and usage of the color-coded container policy while in the Production Areas
  • Perform all duties necessary to meet Company, Customer and/or Government requirements/standards as prioritized by the Company
  • Ability to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of nonconformities relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the product, processes, quality system, or safety system
  • Identify and record any problems relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the ingredients, processes, quality system, or safety system
  • Control further processing or delivery of nonconforming product in terms of Food Safety and Quality issues until the deficiency or unsatisfactory condition has been corrected
  • In the event of absence, ensure the preparedness of another employee with the same skill level to assume your duties and responsibilities as required

skills/qualifications required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Food Science, or Dairy Science preferred, with proven knowledge of process flow and fluid mass balance
  • 5-10 years’ experience in Fluid Milk or Value-Added processing required
  • Working knowledge of PMO
  • Proven experience working directly with FDA/USDA and/or other Federal/State regulatory agencies
  • Proven experience working in a 24/7 operation with customers both upstream (Producers) and downstream (Packaging and Supply Chain)
  • Ability to implement fundamental Lean Principles including 5S
  • Ability to meet production schedules with shifting priorities
  • Understanding of basic CIP operations, functionality and chemistry
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of the business
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills
  • Ability to work all shifts including off shifts
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and work in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment

position location: Coopersville, MI

reports to: Sr. Processing Manager

Why fairlife



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  • “What I like most is the sense of family around me. It’s hard to leave your family daily, but to feel that you are walking in to see your second family makes the daily routine easier.”
    Erica Peppers
    Corporate Controller
  • “The pace at which we move here is invigorating! I can catch someone in the hall, share an idea, and three days later they will show back up to share how we could do it. It’s thrilling!”
    Perri Gordon
    Director of Marketing
  • “fairlife is fast-paced, exciting, and growing quickly! This company is all in on innovation, and the support I’ve gotten for my own ideas has been incredible. We truly live out our credo of better values.”
    Lauren Knight
    Communications Manager
  • “What I like most is the sense of family around me. It’s hard to leave your family daily, but to feel that you are walking in to see your second family makes the daily routine easier.”
    Erica Peppers
    Corporate Controller
  • “The pace at which we move here is invigorating! I can catch someone in the hall, share an idea, and three days later they will show back up to share how we could do it. It’s thrilling!”
    Perri Gordon
    Director of Marketing
  • “fairlife is fast-paced, exciting, and growing quickly! This company is all in on innovation, and the support I’ve gotten for my own ideas has been incredible. We truly live out our credo of better values.”
    Lauren Knight
    Communications Manager

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fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.