Director of Operations / USDA Plant Manager

Wyoming Authentic Products

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JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Title: Director of Operations & USDA Plant Manager

Reports To: CEO (307) 587-9841

Location: Wyoming Authentic Products Production Facility / Cody, Wyoming

About Wyoming Authentic Products:

  • COMPANY:  Founded in 2011, Wyoming Authentic Products (“WAP”) is a Premium All Natural Gourmet Angus Beef company based in Cody, Wyoming. 
  • MARKET:  The Company sells fresh beef to local and regional markets via Sysco and value-added products (beef sticks & jerky) to large regional and national chains and distributors including 7-Eleven, Cracker Barrel, Walmart (regional), US Navy Exchanges, Natural Grocers, McLane, Core-Mark and others.
  • VISION:  To be the premiere company for All Natural, food-traceable branded beef products for the US and internationally, with cattle sourced exclusively from Wyoming’s pristine ranches back to the 1800’s. 100% of WAP’s beef is sourced from Wyoming ranches and all value-added products are processed in its own USDA processing plant. This model currently provides consistent high-quality, value-added products to over 7,500 retail locations across the US and Canada.

 

Job Purpose Summary:

  • This position is responsible for the successful management and completion of all aspects of value-added beef production (beef sticks, bites, jerky).

 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Inventory and plan ingredient needs from sales projections and production capacity.
  • Inventory and plan packaging needs from sales projections and production capacity.
  • Plan production needs from sales projections and current sales.
  • Source and purchase ingredients.
  • Gather, record and organize paper work for USDA HAACP and SQF Certification compliance
  • Purchase factory supplies
  • Hire, train, manage and inspire production employees.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate levels of product inventory.
  • Maintain financial oversight of production process
    • Budget
    • Cost of Goods Sold
  • Oversee and continually improve entire production process.
    • Processes / Work Flow
    • Grinding / Stuffing / Cutting / Cooking-Smoking / Packaging / Shipping
    • Inventory
  • Quality Control. HACCP. SQF Certification
    • Processing and Packaging procedure monitoring for maximum quality per specifications by SKU
    • Product recall traceability
    • Food Safety Plan

       

      Reports To (by title):

  • CEO

 

Travel:  Estimated at 5% or less

 

FLSA Employment Status: Exempt

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education and Experience
    • College Degree Required
    • Experience creating, evaluating, managing, and improving systems and processes in value-added meat processing
    • Experience hiring, training, managing, & inspiring people
    • Experience creating and managing budgets and financial models
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Must be adaptable and flexible (e.g. occasional work in plant as needed)
    • Must be able to assess equipment for needed maintenance and/or repair needs
    • Must be organized and analytical
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team
    • Excellent recordkeeping / documentation skills

     

    Materials and Equipment Directly Used:

    • Office equipment including: computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, etc.
    • Cookers/Smokers and their respective computerized control panels
    • Value-added meat processing equipment (e.g. beef/trim grinders, beef stick stuffers, beef jerky tumbling equipment, Multivac roll stock and vacuum/gas flush equipment)

     

    Working Environment / Physical Demands:

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions.

     

    Physical Demands:

    • Ability to work in wet and cold (40 t0 45 degrees F) environment for extended periods of time, as needed
    • Requires prolonged sitting and standing, bending, stooping and climbing.
    • Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity
    • Requires lifting of 50 to 90 pounds of box beef cases, as needed. Requires exposure to machines, chemicals and solvents.

     

    Work Environment:

    • Must understand vague and implicit instructions and react favorably in all work situations.
    • Must be mentally adaptable and flexible in dealing with a variety of people.
    • Emotional stability and personal maturity are important attributes in this position.
    • Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make decisions under pressure.
    • Ability to give, receive, and analyze information, formulate work plans and prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans.
    • Must understand people and be able to communicate effectively.

     

    Compensation commensurate with experience.

     

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