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Plant Manager - Iola, KS
Title:Plant Manager - Iola, KS
Location:Iola, KS

Russell Stover seeks an accomplished and experienced Plant Manager as the senior onsite leader in our Iola, Kansas manufacturing facility, and a key member of the company’s operations leadership team.  This individual is accountable for all aspects of plant performance to ensure business, operational, quality, and food safety objectives are achieved.  This dynamic leader will prioritize a safe working environment and be an advocate for ensuring talent retention, development, and engagement for the approximately 350 mployees onsite.

This critical role requires a confident leader with strong technical and communication skills with the ability to build relationships across the organization while balancing priorities in a fast-paced environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Your mission will be to ensure the production and delivery of quality products on time and in the safest, most efficient, and cost-effective manner. Specific areas of responsibility include: 

  • Leading and coordinating production operations, employee health and safety, manufacturing engineering, quality, and continuous improvement efforts for the plant. 
  • Manage daily operations within the plant to achieve production and business goals.
  • Ensure employee safety while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the plant.
  • Partner with Human Resources to develop programs and tools to drive a high performing and engaging culture within the plant. 
  • Test and monitor plant performance through production reports and analysis.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: You will be responsible for managing all resources related to production within the plant to ensure products are manufactured in the quantities required within the designated timeframes at the most efficient cost without compromising high standards for safety and quality.

  • Champion change to develop a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Lead the staff to identify and develop present and future capacities through manpower and machinery to ensure the most cost-efficient operations.
  • Ensure production is scheduled to meet plans and schedules are executed effectively and on time.
  • Establish and maintain an organized system, optimize processes and methods to ensure maximum and steady output, increase efficiency and reduce waste.
  • Develop and improve production and sanitation processes to maintain and improve quality standards as well as minimize waste and inefficiencies.
  • Fully understand the Manufacturing budget and manage to expectations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with functional support departments.
  • Maintain effective communication of company goals and relevant information to employees. 
  • Develop and encourage effective working relationships within department and with support organizations.
  • Ensure safety programs are followed and in place, and effectively executed.
  • Hire, train, motivate and develop staff and create a high performing, engaged workforce.


  • Minimum 5+ years of proven experience in a leadership role within a manufacturing environment, preferably in a process oriented, food manufacturing environment.
  • 5+ years food/quality/safety experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Proven experience in continuous improvement using lean tools (5S, TPM, Six Sigma or similar)
  • Experience with SAP in a manufacturing environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in industrial, mechanical, food science or business administration – advanced degree preferred.
  • Training in engineering standards, “Lean” sanitation, food safety and regulatory preferred.

OUR COMPANY: Russell Stover has been an American classic since 1923. Crafting delicious treats, made from scratch with the finest ingredients, Russell Stover Chocolates has been known for its gifting chocolates for generations. Founded in Denver by Clara and Russell Stover, the company moved its headquarters to Kansas City in 1932. With factories in Kansas and Texas, Russell Stover Chocolates includes the Russell Stover, Whitman’s, and Pangburn’s brands. The company was acquired by Swiss chocolatier Lindt in 2014 and is now part of the Lindt & Sprüngli family of companies.

Employment by Russell Stover Chocolates is contingent upon I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, passing the urinalysis drug screen, education verification, and satisfactory reference and background checks.

Russell Stover Chocolates is an EOE/MINORITY/FEMALE/VET/DISABLED employer.

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