• Operations Manager

    Columbia Grain
    Job Description

    Reports To: Vice-President, Pulse Division

    FLSA: Exempt


    Organizational Background

    Columbia Grain International, LLC. is a long time established full service grain company in the grain and pulses business. We are headquartered in Portland, Oregon and own/operate over 50 elevators and offices throughout WA, ID, MN, MT, NE and ND to support our domestic and export sales program.

    We are a mid-size company with just over 450 employees overall. The employees at Columbia Grain, at all levels of our organization, represent some of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the industry. We are proud of our ability to attract and maintain talented, efficient, long term, community minded employees who can develop lasting relationships with producers and customers both domestic and around the world.

    Position Description

    The Edible Bean Plant Operations Manager is responsible for the general management and performance of a special crop processing facility including processing, warehousing, distribution and maintenance operations to ensure the most efficient, cost-effective and safe use of labor and equipment. The Edible Bean Plant Operations Manager will work with the other members of the team to work toward operational goals while maintaining quality and efficiencies.


    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    • Engaging project leader with strong team skills.
    • Continuous improvement of manufacturing process and methods to generate improved plant performance and workflow optimization and efficiencies.
    • Manages and overseas daily records of the receiving, grading, binning, cleaning, packaging, inventory, and shipping of products and materials ensuring optimal use of facility space and equipment to meet shipping commitments.
    • Coordinates effectively with Merchandising and Transportation logistics to maximize throughput and profitability including maintaining an up-to-date understanding of end-use requirements in order to plan for and meet specifications.
    • Monitors overall receiving and shipping to avoid long line-ups, demurrage on railcars, containers and trucks.
    • Collects, monitors and analyzes facility operations data to anticipate potential problems and recommend solutions and/or prevention activities.
    • Responsible for pulling product samples and working with local quality control to ensure specifications are met.
    • Partner with inbound logistics to ensure the proper quality and quantity of product arrives at the facility as needed.
    • Inventory and materials ordering and management.
    • General housekeeping and upkeep of working area to include sanitation.
    • Ensure all safety policies and procedures are followed and in compliance with the HACCP and appropriate SQF programs
    • Must have open availability to work a flexible schedule when production requires including; ability to work at different area facilities and extended shift hours.
    • Fosters a team environment of continuous improvement in health and safety business process and creating a positive company culture.
    • Other duties assigned

    Skills, Knowledge, Education and Experience

    • High School diploma or equivalent, supplemented successful completion of an Agribusiness certificate
    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in and industrial or manufacturing environment preferred.
    • Proven leadership and experience managing a plant 2+ employees
    • Demonstrated project management and process improvement management.
    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instruction, and procedure manuals.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Demonstrates integrity, flexibility, sound judgement and strong critical thinking skills.

    Benefits Offered

    • Comprehensive Health, Dental, and RX benefits
    • Company paid Life Insurance and Disability
    • Flexible Spending Plans
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • 401K Retirement savings plan
    • Paid Holidays, Vacation and Sick leave

    Successful completion of initial and ongoing employment screens, including but not limited to criminal background and vehicle record as required.

    Columbia Grain is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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