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OPEN POSITIONS - Nebraska City, NE

Factory Manager


WayFare Health Foods is an innovative manufacturer of plant-based, dairy free foods. Headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, this progressive plant-based food company exists to improve the lives of people, the environment, and animals.  We believe plant-based living can reverse disease and enable longer, healthier, and happier lives. The current line of products includes plant-based, ready-to-eat cream cheeses, dips, sour cream, butter, and puddings that are sold in retail locations in many parts of the U.S. and used as ingredients by restaurants and bakeries in the U.S. and Canada.

The Factory Manager plays a pivotal role in ensuring the success of WayFare products in the US and internationally. The Factory Manager is responsible for leading, developing, and enabling the plant and its employees to achieve the strategic, cultural, and operational objectives set forth with the goal of establishing and maintaining a world-class operation.

Key Functions:

  • Prepares an operational plan for the plant and its operations.
  • Prepares an annual operating expense budget and monthly forecast and tracks facility’s ongoing performance against the budget.
  • Prepares and manages a capital expenditure budget for each fiscal year.
  • Establishes site goals and strategies; measures, controls, takes corrective action, and reports results as appropriate in all areas of responsibility.
  • Builds a best-in-class culture to become an employer of choice; focusing on innovation, high performance, accountability, autonomy, a make-it-happen mentality, and whole person health.
  • Drives continuous improvement activities to achieve world class manufacturing excellence by leading, modeling, and embedding into the culture an innovative, “can do”, and LEAN approach.
  • Recommends and implements changes in methods, equipment, systems, and organization as needed to assure that the objectives of the plant are achieved.
  • Assures the timely and efficient production of high-quality products to meet customer requirements while improving the value chain with respect to inventories and manufacturing frequencies.
  • Assures and supports employee safety, food safety, and product quality initiatives for the ongoing production of safe and defect-free products.
  • Manages a continuous improvement system that engages employees in systematic, data-based improvement activities and succession planning.
  • Supervises plant’s preparation for GFSI, Kosher, Organic, CFF, and other third-party audits.
  • Works closely with Quality to ensure the highest standards are maintained and that all relevant certifications (BRC, Kosher, Organic, CFF, etc.) are in place and current
  • Assures the appropriate systems and resources exist to protect all factory employees and associated partners while safeguarding the environment.
  • Leads and develops plant team of 25+ to ensure they accomplish company objectives, do their best work; constantly strive for excellence, are treated well, and understand the value they create and their importance to the team.
  • Provides resources and training needed to execute the plant’s operational plan.
  • Assumes total responsibility and accountability for profitability of the facility.
  • Works directly with state, local, and national regulatory agencies, and the Quality Manager, to ensure ongoing compliance with all regulatory requirements; also serves on the recall team.
  • Maintains plant equipment, buildings, and structures to a high standard and ensures the maximum availability and efficient use of all production equipment and services.
  • Works with the CEO on Employment Law requirements and Labor Relations issues.
  • Performs other duties as required. This list of responsibilities and duties is not all inclusive and may change over time.

Core Deliverables Required:

  • Ability to effectively lead organization and personnel and utilize human assets in accomplishing bottom line focused objectives to improve operations and achieve and maintain customer satisfaction.
  • Ability to identify, assess, and develop business development / process improvement projects and appropriate financial justification.
  • Ability to develop personnel competencies and provide clear and concise understanding of objectives for the organization.
  • Capability to prepare subordinate/s for transition to position of Plant Manager or other higher-level position/s in the organization.
  • Ability to handle conflict and display excellent diplomacy skills in addressing situations which can be disruptive to the organization’s business development.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills.
  • Good technical understanding of manufactured dairy products’ operations and equipment.
  • Effective, skilled, and professional English written and verbal communication; additional Spanish verbal and written skills a plus
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Computer literate Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and other common PC-based applications.

Core Competencies Required:

  • Internal Drive – the desire for excellence
  • Service Orientation – actively looking for ways to help people and function as a team player
  • Accountability – the ability to follow through on an established obligation and a willingness to accept responsibility of the outcome
  • Ability to multitask in a high paced work environment
  • Active Learning – understanding the implications of new information for current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Service Orientation – actively looking for ways to help people and function as a team player
  • Initiative – the ability to originate new ideas or methods; to think and act without being urged
  • Integrity – the ability to adhere to moral and ethical principles
  • Professionalism – adherence to courtesy, honesty, and responsibility in one’s dealings with co-workers and customers
  • Communication – the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented in writing, through spoken words and sentences, and the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing and speaking so others will understand
  • Interpersonal - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do; being flexible; and, listening to others with full attention, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Problem Solving - Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Outstanding Time Management Skills- Managing one's own time and consistently reporting to work, meetings, or other scheduled events in a timely manner; and, notifying others appropriately of planned or unplanned absences and tardiness.


  • Five (5) years in a management position in a high care manufacturing facility preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, industrial management, logistics, or related field
  • Certification in production and inventory management as well as quality control
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead people
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask in a fast-paced, quickly changing, and innovative environment
  • A background in capital project management
  • Proven project and process management experience
  • Outstanding time management skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft suite
  • Supply chain and business financial reporting expertise
  • Strong knowledge of food safety, HACCP, BRC, Organic, and Kosher certification processes