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Director of Operations - Nutrition (Buhl, ID)

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Director of Operations - Nutrition (Buhl, ID)
Wilbur-Ellis Company

Do you have animal feed, pet food, or aquaculture extrusion experience? Do you have experience successfully managing multiple production facilities remotely? Are you a strong leader who can positively motivate a large team? Have you had the opportunity to manage an older facility and direct multiple CAPEX projects? If you answered YES to these questions, we’d like to hear from you!  

General Purpose and Scope of Position:

The role will be responsible for the facility oversight and all manufacturing aspects of multiple locations, including Facilities Management, Project Management, Facility Operation, Logistics, Food Safety, Quality, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Health, Safety, and Security, Indirect Spend and Business Process and Transaction Support. Will oversee warehouse, inventory control, material handling, customer service, transportation, and planning. Responsible to ensure the efficient and safe operation while also ensuring compliance with all regulatory, quality, safety, operations, and financial/accounting standards and policies. To succeed in this role, the holder must have a thorough knowledge of feed manufacturing operations and a clear understanding of elevating the interactions between manufacturing and other areas of the overall business including customer interactions. Must have and hands-on can-do attitude to lead by example as much as thru coaching.

As a member of the Operations Leadership team, you will be responsible for the development and execution of the strategic plan for the operations components of an animal feed nutrition company that supports the overall business strategy. This role oversees all internal operational functions ensuring all processes are efficient and effective in the use of resources to meet customer and business requirements. Responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and managing/training. Responsible and authority for ensuring food safety, quality, and regulatory. Oversight and maintenance of personnel issues and records.  Fully responsible for all operational activities.

Key Skills and Abilities Include:

5-10 years’ experience in management in a feed mill/manufacturing setting
Strong technical knowledge of feed manufacturing and feed production practices; extruded feed (aqua and/or pet) manufacturing experience will be a strong differentiator
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant industry-related field (can be supplemented with significant experience)
Ability to efficiently manage multiple operations across a wide geographic footprint. Experience in designing and managing optimally a network of facilities is desired
Experience in all aspects of logistics operations with an eye for efficient processes, logistics method and an understanding of industry best practices
Demonstrated capacity to manage projects, facilitate training, process development, and problem solve in a decentralized work environment
Experience in successfully implementing cost savings activities and programs
Ability to collaborate with cross-functional departments using strong communication skills to drive buy-in and performance objectives
Ability to lead the team to find solutions and the ability to assess the impact of change and manage it
Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced and changing work environment
Demonstrated understanding of the location’s financial performance and capability to develop a vision and supporting strategies and to translate these into operational initiatives
Deep understanding of customer and a solid commercial understanding and ability to help grow the business

Key Personal Attributes Include:

An individual with a high level of integrity and transparency
A “working” leader, able to lead a team of professionals but also able to directly take over specific areas of work
Learning agility, ability to learn more than taught and to deliver more than asked
Resourceful, ability to “do more with less” but also able to recognize when “more leads to more”
A critical thinker who can analyze complex situations, look at them from different angles and can seamlessly change gears into a “can do” attitude to drive practical action leading to desired results
A keep eye for selecting and retaining talent

Specific Responsibilities and Key Deliverables Include:

Direct and coordinate activities of managers or departments concerned with the production, purchase, distribution of products, food safety, and customer service
Ensure the absolute best quality under requirements for the product manufactured as the customer evaluates it
Assure and enforce compliance with all Food Safety Guidelines, FDA and OSHA guidelines, as well as Federal and State laws governing the workplace. Support development, implementation, maintenance and on-going improvement of SQF Systems
Establish administrative controls and metrics to evaluate and maintain performance objectives. Determine areas needing cost reduction and program improvement
Operating Expense Management, to include the establishment of operating budgets, cost control and asset optimization, price negotiation and vendor management
Providing guidance and oversight in preparation of project understandings, schedules, budgets, fee proposals and negotiations
Prepare annual expense and capital budget for all operational and administrative activities
Champion engagement among his team: mentoring, developing, and coaching team including designing and/or promoting established programs to achieve objectives in this area
Asset Management, including purchasing and leasing of vehicles and CapEx strategic deployment pertaining to the transportation and logistics areas
Identify, Develop, Implement and Maintain Operating Procedures that drive efficient utilization of company assets
Oversee all infrastructure for the location as they related to operations, such as offices, warehouses, rail sidings, and land lots. Monitor the facility to ensure that it remains safe, secure, and well maintained
Oversee the use and operation of all rolling stock, including DOT requirements and compliance management
Determine staffing requirements, interview, hire and assure appropriate training of new employees and oversee all other personnel processes
Representing the business with key customers and suppliers as necessary
Other duties customary of such a position and other responsibilities as assigned

Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive annual salary (to be determined based on experience and other factors)
Benefits package (medical, dental, vision, 401k, Employee Assistance Program, vacation, sick time, life insurance, + more); Pension Plan, 401k match up to 3%
Drug-Free Workplace

If you are a current Wilbur-Ellis employee, please notify your Manager prior to applying for this position. Thank you!

Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, and is a marketer and distributor of value-added feed ingredients in North America and Asia-Pacific. Wilbur Ellis provides feed solutions to our customers and suppliers in the Livestock, Pet Food, and Aquaculture Industries. Providing a complete supply chain, including logistics, warehousing, and customer service, in addition to expertise in import/export and regulatory, sets Wilbur-Ellis apart from our competitors. We understand the importance of providing on-time delivery of specified products and honoring our commitments to suppliers and customers.


Wilbur-Ellis is a company you can be proud to call your employer

Wilbur-Ellis markets and distributes agricultural products, animal feed, and specialty chemicals and food ingredients. A privately held and consistently profitable company, we employ more than 4,000 people throughout North America and Asia-Pacific.

Wilbur-Ellis is for and about people

Wilbur-Ellis has enjoyed over ninety-three years of success and growth, all thanks to our people. Our employees are both leaders and team players who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a dedication to quality work, our customers, and each other.

Wilbur-Ellis invests in the industry’s best workforce

Wilbur-Ellis invests heavily in our employees by offering skill development and training, competitive compensation and benefits, and a tradition of promoting from within for a broad range of career opportunities. And we foster a supportive, people-first work environment.

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Bachelors or better in Agribusiness or related field.


5-10 years: Management in a feed mill/manufacturing setting
Competitive salary and benefits
Job Type
Full Time Experienced
Buhl, Idaho United States
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