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PepsiCo Senior Operations Manager in Columbia, Missouri

Senior Operations Manager

Columbia, Missouri

Logistics Distribution and Supply Chain

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Auto req ID: 211703BR

Job Description

We are Quaker Oats Supply Chain. We are the game changers, innovators, collaborators, ground-breakers, and history makers. We win with purpose. We dream globally and act locally, constantly innovating to sustain our planet, our people, our communities and our business practices. Together, we raise the bar in lean manufacturing practices. We put forth new standards and stretch to reach beyond the goals we set. We are a think tank, bringing our ideas into action and are determined to find ways to drive efficiencies, improve processes and achieve the highest level of safety - all while meeting the demands of our customers and consumers to deliver the best products. At Quaker Oats, we are committed to performing well as individuals and in teams, and to strengthen the company as a whole.

The Senior Operations Manager in Columbia, MO is responsible for overseeing the full operation of the Production and Maintenance departments to maximize the contribution to the company’s profitability through efficient supply chain management. This would include but is not limited to: driving activities to achieve cost targets and improving performance in the areas of true efficiency, safety, quality, and supply chain capability. Ensuring compliance with quality and food safety standards are met. This position maintains positive employee relations while driving significant change.

Essential Functions:

  • Identify and handle improvements in the operations area necessary to meet the variance commitments for the plant and cost objectives. Ensure that cost gaps are identified, action plans developed, and adequate resources allocated to meet all financial objectives.

  • Drive overall supply chain capabilities by running plant-wide implementation of TPM, true efficiency, and team development.

  • Achieve all productivity, quality, cost, delivery, safety & motivation Key Performance Indicators (KPI) objectives.

  • Provide a work environment which adheres to all compliance and regulatory guidelines.

  • Evaluate business unit capabilities, skills, and resource alignment to ensure performance against objectives. Lead realignment and work redesign efforts as necessary to provide executional excellence.

  • Champion an environment of continuous improvement that meets or exceeds division expectations.

  • Establish clear performance and behavioral expectations for all employees.

  • Maintain an effective performance management process reviewing all direct reports’ progress against mid-year and annual plans and continually develop their effectiveness as leaders and technical practitioners, as well as providing an opportunity for career development.

  • Pursue day-to-day operational issues and reach short- and long-term performance goals.

  • Deliver effective change leadership, driving business changes while minimizing people impact.

  • Communicate and collaborate cross-functionally to assist the team to solve operational issues.

  • Builds people capability through effective employee relations, hiring, training, and communication for front-line hourly and salaried personnel.

  • Motivate team members to achieve plan goals.

  • Own the identification and elimination of losses resulting in improvements in costs, inventory, time and quality.

  • Provide active and positive leadership in the effort to improve the culture across the facility.

  • This role requires regular presence on the plant floor as well as occasional work in poor weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain, or snow.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Preferably in engineering, business, operations management, or similar field.

  • Lean Six Sigma Experience preferred, proven by successful completion of a major improvement project.

  • 8+ years of experience in manufacturing required.

  • Ability to lead multiple projects of varying priorities simultaneously.

  • Effectively partner with plant personnel, outside contractors and different functional groups within the business units.

  • Working knowledge of quality systems, finance, capital planning, and project cost tracking and forecasting, economic justification analysis, statistical process control, and manufacturing management systems.

  • Demonstrated leadership in safety & environmental compliance.

  • Experience in implementing TPM initiatives across multiple teams.

  • Strong innovative external focus with proven ability to affect sustainable change.

  • Effective working in a volatile and complex environment and ability to work with a sense of urgency that drives effective results

  • Strong influence, management, and interpersonal skills - ability to gain organizational consensus.

  • High levels of analytical and financial acumen to use data to identify and prioritize improvement opportunities and accurately assess financial impacts.

  • Ability to communicate and influence at all levels of an organization.

  • Validated ability to work in a results-oriented, challenging environment.

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to get results through mentoring others.

  • This position is limited to persons with indefinite right to work in the United States.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

  • Safe driving record strongly preferred.

Performance Measures (KPIs):

  • RIR & LTIR

  • % Shipped & FRQ%

  • $ Var to Plan

  • TE% & RE%

  • Attainment & Adherence

  • Fill Rate

  • Cultural Survey/Org Health

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Relocation Eligible: Eligible for Standard Relocation

Job Type: Regular

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

PepsiCo is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

Our Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable laws, including but not limited to, San Francisco Police Code Sections 4901 - 4919, commonly referred to as the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance; and Chapter XVII, Article 9 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, commonly referred to as the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the available EEO is the Law & EEO is the Law Supplement documents. View PepsiCo EEO Policy

Please view our Pay Transparency Statement