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Plant Safety Manager at Shearer's Foods

Plant Safety Manager

Shearer's Foods Perham, MN Full-Time
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You already love us – now join the team and be a part of something special!

Shearer’s is a privately held manufacturer of quality salty snack foods, cookies and crackers. Our focus includes both private label and co-manufacturer products, across our network of 12 state-of-the-art non-union plants. As a matter of fact, Shearers is the number one producer of kettle cooked chips in the world!

As the leader in North America, we private label and co-manufacture salty snacks and we are the second largest producer of cookies and crackers. We utilize our manufacturing expertise to serve as a strategic supplier to our partners, who are nationally recognized retail and restaurant brands. So, while you may not be familiar with our name, you likely eat the products we make on a regular basis. We have exceptional competence in supply chain, product development, manufacturing and business development, we continue to realize significant growth in each segment of our business. Headquartered in Massillon, Ohio, we have over 5,000 associates, and we are growing. You can visit our website at URL blocked - click to apply for more information, select “Manufacturing Careers” to apply online.

 Plant Safety Manager  

At Shearer’s, we provide the safest environment possible for our employees by providing proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), frequent and thorough sanitation practices, social distancing, daily temperature checks, as well as virtual interviewing options.  Safety is our absolute priority.

 Your seat at the table!

This role is a part of the senior team at the plant and is accountable for leading a comprehensive safety and wellness process using a proactive approach. Creating a Safety Culture, where our associates’ safety and well-being is always the #1 priority is the primary responsibility for this Safety Leader.  This highly energized, on-the-floor leader will engage with associates daily, help lead safety messaging and stretching exercises during shift meetings and work cross-functionally to ensure safety training and compliance is very effective.  Creation and implementation of a Safety Strategy for the plant will be required.  Sharing key learnings, issues, opportunities and best practices as an active contributor to the Safety Community across the plant network and building relationships with peers and cross-functional partners will be critical to success.

Reporting Structure:  This role reports both in to the Plant Site Director and the Director of Safety.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead a caring safety culture that is focused on people
  • Lead processes necessary to ensure a safe working environment – every shift, every day
  • Lead the facility to meet or exceed established corporate safety goals aligned with business needs
  • Lead processes necessary to be compliant with applicable federal, state and local safety requirements and remain current on changing requirements; handle any applicable audits or OSHA visits
  • Lead programs, training and messaging to recognize, reward and promote safe behaviors throughout the facility – catch our associates doing things right.
  • Drive strong accountability with leaders to be role models of safe behaviors.
  • Lead programs to correct unsafe acts and unsafe conditions with the workplace
  • Work collaboratively with the Site Director, HR and Worker’s Compensation/Leave Experts (both in the plant and at the support center) on all decisions related to injuries, leaves, reasonable accommodations/return to work, discipline and leave case management.
  • Strong sense of urgency around communication and proactive approach to issues and concerns.
  • Stay apprised on trends and best practices – both across the network and within the marketplace and the Safety Community
  • Ensure relevant data, compliance records & training, postings, procedures and reporting is complete, accurate and in compliance.  Extract insights from our data to identify trends/issues/opportunities and create a plan to address those insights (may be ergonomic, PM issues, training gaps, etc.)
  • Build high performing teams, develop and retain top talent
  • Financial Controls and Budgeting: Responsible for providing leadership and guidance to maintain a safety budget with an emphasis on practical business and financial responsibility
  • Coaching and Leading others
  • Caring positive approach, influencing and motivating others
  • Whole systems thinking
  • Managing projects and processes

What you bring to the table

  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety, Operations, Engineering, Business or similar
  • Experience influencing and training large manufacturing teams and management to promote and lead by example a safe work environment and to always remain in compliance with all legal and company safety regulations.
  • Minimum three years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Ability to lead others – servant leadership style is the best fit for our culture
  • Knowledge of OSHA, Logout Tagout, Machine Guarding and other State/Federal requirements
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible schedule
  • Experience in working with regulatory agencies
  • Priority setting – able to effectively direct the activities of others including establishing expectations, removing barriers, and managing performance
  • Comfort around leadership – able to influence others without formal authority including comfort with senior leadership
  • Managing peer relationships – able to work collaboratively with others and accomplish objectives
  • Influencing others – able to work effectively through others where there is no reporting relationship
  • Strategic agility – able to think through complex issues and develop solutions that deliver integrated and long-lasting results.
  • Action oriented – high level of energy and able to help others see the goals for safety, health, and environment
  • Approachability– able to present well and establish credibility
  • Drive for results – action oriented and able to produce results utilizing matrixed relationships throughout the organization

 We Offer a Feast of Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Flexible Spending Account, Retirement Savings Plan with Match, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Tuition Assistance, Adoption Assistance, Scholarships, Leadership Training, Group Critical Accident Insurance, Group Critical Illness Insurance, Employee Assistance Plan and numerous opportunities to volunteer in the communities in which we operate.

You will be considered for employment in our inclusive workplace

Because at Shearer’s, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

This is your invitation to apply now!

Note: Shearer’s does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to any recruiting alias or employee. Shearer’s is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.



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Self Motivation
Occupational Health And Safety Administration (Osha)
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