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At Novolex, we take pride in supporting our families across the globe. Our team is rich in diversity and our entrepreneurial culture encourages continuous personal growth and teamwork. Our careers include manufacturing, engineering, procurement, supply chain, finance, HR, product development, sales, marketing and an ever-expanding array of others to support our continuing rapid growth.



Job Title:

Product Manager


Position Summary:

This person will report to the Plant Manager. Direct and manage plant operations with overall responsibilities for production, quality and other production related activities.  This position requires that the incumbent spends a significant amount of time on the production floor.  In doing so, he/she will work with direct reports to uncover opportunities for process improvement, cost reduction and quality enhancements. 


Essential Functions & Key Responsibilities:

Function: Plant Management

  • Commit to overall safety of the plant and procedures.
  • Plan, organize, direct and run optimum day-to-day operations to exceed our customers’ expectations.
  • Increase production, assets capacity and flexibility while minimizing unnecessary costs and maintaining current quality standards.
  • Be responsible for production output, product quality and on time shipping.
  • Allocate resources effectively and fully utilize assets to produce optimal results.
  • Implement strategies in alignment with strategic initiatives and provide a clear sense of direction and focus.
  • Monitor operations and trigger corrective actions.
  • Share a trusting relationship with work group and recruit, manage and develop the plant staff. Provide leadership and drive training initiatives for all plant employees. Develop future talent by coaching and mentoring direct reports.
  • Collect and analyze data to find areas of waste or overtime and implement an improvement process.
  • Develop systems and processes that track and optimize productivity and standards, metrics, and performance targets to ensure effective return on assets, quality and safety.  
  • Participate in the development of the annual operations budget; monitor and control expenses throughout the year.
  • Perform strategic thinking and actively participate in all company planning processes. 
  • Conduct meetings with employees to communicate company goals, objectives, initiatives and progress to date.
  • Build and retain a “customer focused” environment; including internal and external customers.
  • Adhere to all plant Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and food safety standard operating procedures (SOPs).  Follows all Food Contact Packaging Safety requirements as outline in the SQF Quality Manual.
  • Develop, drive and oversee the implementation of a Lean Initiative and other continuous improvement programs. 


Ensure Plant Operations meets or exceeds all safety goals by:

  • Knowing, communicating and ensuring compliance will all OSHA standards that are applicable to Novolex.
  • Allocating funds in the Operations Budget for safety to include a monthly allocation to the Safety Committee.
  • Participating on the Management Safety Team.
  • Promoting safety as a key strategic initiative for Plant Operations and providing direction to the plant.
  • Holding Plant Operations managers accountable to meeting their safety expectations and the expectations of their direct reports.
  • Acting as a role model and setting the example for working safely.
  • Proactively drive continuous improvement for safety throughout all of Plant Operations.


  • Communicate the needs of all plant operations functions to the Senior Management team on an as needed basis.
  • Develop and analyze new methods of reducing/avoiding costs, improving products and assuring a safe working environment.
  • Develop new avenues to use more recycled resins into new or existing products.
  • Create a departmental vision and translate into action items with specific completion dates and delegation of responsibilities to appropriate direct reports. 


Candidate Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, engineering or a related field preferred or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 5 years related experience and or training in a manufacturing environment
  • Blown file extrusion, plastic bag converting experience is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience with SQF, TQM, ISO, Lean or other quality programs is preferred
  • Proven technical and leadership ability to utilize structured problem solving to deliver results
  • Demonstrated competence to work with minimal supervisor effectively at all levels within the organization
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels of the organization
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, with the willingness to learn new systems.
  • Superior problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to relate to people at all levels of an organization
  • Ability to create accountability and to lead by example
  • Strong team building, decision making and people management skills.
  • Adequate knowledge of business and management principles (budgeting, strategic planning, resource allocation and human resources)
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents and statistical information
  • Request and/or build computer generated reports that measure and track performance of one or more departments
  • Exceptional organizational, priority setting and time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills

Please no recruiting agencies

Following GMP in compliance with all food safety requirements.

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Novolex™ is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices, including but not limited to, selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, handicap or disability, genetics, citizenship status, service member or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. Any individual, who because of his or her disability, needs an accommodation in connection with an aspect of the Company’s application process should contact Jamie Wells at hrcompliance@novolex.com.