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Vice President of Operations in West Liberty, IA at West Liberty Foods, L.L.C

Date Posted: 6/26/2019

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Job Reference Code: 007110-Corp



About West Liberty Foods

West Liberty Foods was formed in 1996 under the guiding principles of the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative. Carrying on Iowa’s rich farming tradition, our grower/owners are committed to animal health and welfare while delivering superior-quality turkeys — a philosophy that has helped family farms grow and thrive for generations. The continued success of West Liberty Foods is due to the dedication, enthusiasm and support of our grower/owners.

Our mission is to be a leading food manufacturer by converting needs, ideas and expertise into value for our members, business partners and consumers.

West Liberty Foods manufactures hundreds of meat and poultry products that can be found in well-known grocery stores and top restaurant chains nationwide. Recognized as one of the top protein processors in North America, we have the capacity to produce over 650 million pounds of food products per year across our facilities. We are The Surprisingly Big Company®, and we’re right in your backyard.

Build your career with West Liberty Foods and be a part of an exciting, collaborative team environment! 

We are currently searching for a Vice President of Operations for our corporate offices in West Liberty, Iowa.

Job Summary: 

The Vice President of Operations is responsible for developing a long term operational plan by working collaboratively with cross functional departments.  This position will builds, fosters and create vendor and supplier relationships to further advance innovative solutions. Is a strong advocate of continuous improvement principles.  Sets clear objectives and targets for the team and holds them accountable in achieving these goals through successful mentoring/coaching. Demonstrates a high level of business and financial acumen in managing budget and capital projects.   Provides exceptional guidance to the team by consistently modeling leadership excellence.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively develop and formulate short and long term planning, policies, programs and objectives.
  • Establish and maintain superior Vendor and Supplier relationships to the extent they are an extension of the operating unit.
  • Recommend solutions to improve the company's competitive and profitable position.
  • Develop and maintain manufacturing operational business plans to leverage the ideal costing and capacity utilization.
  • Ensure all established safety, quality, cost, efficiency and delivery commitments are met.
  • Determine and execute improved solutions by suppliers, competitors and customers.
  • Research and recommend cutting edge facility and equipment technology to enhance productivity, yield, food and team member safety.
  • Coach and support Direct Reports to hire and develop high performing leaders.


Job Requirements

  • Effective leader who is committed to professional development.
  • Manages optimum efficiency to meet budgetary goals.
  • Develops budget and cost control measures.
  • Coordinates manufacturing activities across multiple facilities.
  • Committed and proven leader in continuous improvement and change management strategies.
  • Entrepreneurial problem solver and builder of partnerships.
  • Innovative and technically savvy.
  • Ability to identify systematic improvements and provide solutions.
  • Experienced in project management principles.
  • Minimum of 4 years related experience is preferred in a plant manager or like role with progressive work history.
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent is preferred.
  • Meat Science certification or education is preferred.
  • Results driven leader - uses metrics and indicators to drive business decisions.
  • Project Management experience.
  • Experience managing a diverse team of developers, system administrators, security, etc.
  • Must be able to travel between facilities.
  • Previous experience in a commodity manufacturing organization.
  • Computer experience - Google Suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and develop others.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment of continuous change and challenges.
  • Coaching and performance management experience a plus.
  • Candidates must successfully pass post-offer/pre-employment drug test and background screen.

West Liberty Foods/Liberty Cold/Crystal Lake Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

To be considered an applicant for this position, you must apply online on our careersite at


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