Job: Director of Operations

Title Director of Operations
Categories Consumer Packaged Goods, Engineering, Operations and Supply Chain
Location Plymouth, MN
Job Information


  • Plans, directs and participates in the hands-on activities of maintenance function, equipment sourcing/installation, building projects to ensure that goals and objectives within prescribed time and funding parameters, and the facilities function.
  • Directs planning and execution of facility design changes to compliment operational needs while staying in compliance with procedural, GMP and customer requirements.
  • Directs the planning and execution of all HVAC projects and trains facility staff on appropriate HVAC processes.
  • Investigates new equipment, technologies and facility structure in the pre-planning stages of a project and determines the appropriate equipment and facility design for the application.
  • Directs and participates in activities supporting equipment receipt, installation, testing and verification and/or validation to conform to GMP and customer requirements. In particular, developing and executing FAT, IQ, OQ and PM protocols.
  • Actively participates as a leader on the tech. transfer team.
  • Provides technical support and solutions to MFG groups regarding the best utilization of equipment and MFG/packaging processes.
  • Reviews and/or authors technical reports and documents for accuracy content and approve final documents.
  • Manages project capital spending within established guidelines.
  • Manages documentation program for maintenance and facilities documents.
  • Reviews and implements necessary changes to support preventative maintenance program to include management of spare parts inventory.
  • Ensures safety regulations are followed and properly documented to provide a safe work environment for employees.
  • Manage, review and write appropriate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to support GMP operations in supervised departments.
  • Coaches and mentors department managers and supervisors, increasing the performance of the entire team.
  • Prepares and executes within department budgets.
  • Supports all departments with other projects as necessary
Desired Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related manufacturing field.
  • 10 years’ experience working in a regulated environment at a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility.
  • 5-10 years’ experience with various dosage forms including tablets, powders and liquids or gels. Including, packaging formats of bottles, tubes, sachets and sticks.
  • 5-10 years management experience directing maintenance and facilities operations and supporting research and development activities at a dietary supplement (or related) manufacturing company.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing and executing FAT, IQ, OQ and new equipment related PM protocols.
  • Experience interacting with the FDA, 3rd party firms (NSF) and customers during audits.
  • Experience participating in resource planning and other planning initiatives.



  • Demonstrated knowledge of 21 CFR parts 111 and/or 211.
  • Proven ability to work independently and make solid decisions with little supervision and direction.
  • Ability to make decisions based on the appropriate scientific (fact based) approach and risk assessment.
  • Ability to clearly articulate directions, maintenance and facilities processes, formulations (to support R&D as needed) etc. to staff and customers verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and execute career development plans for individual employees while coaching, mentoring and training on a regular basis.
  • Ability to be innovative and think creatively while maintaining budgets.
  • Ability to plan large scale and small scale projects and to change project plans to meet immediate needs with little notice.
  • Excellent knowledge of current engineering, manufacturing and research and development practices.
  • Working knowledge of cGMP, SOPs, protocols and validation.
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Job ID# 1381
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