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Manager Prepared Technical Services

Description Position at Pilgrim's Core Roles and Responsibilities: Lead the Prepared Foods technical services team for Pilgrim's that includes multiple prepared chicken focused technical services staff that work closely with 4 prepared foods plants with multiple fully cooked and par fried lines Work collaboratively and develop strong relationships with cross functional teams including QA, plant operations, Engineering, R&D technologists, procurement, portioning as well as prepared BU leadership to solve key business issues and drive profitable growth Coach the team on data driven decision making, including effective collection and monitoring of metrics used to assess, prioritize and select improvement projects Work closely with R&D technologists and plant operations to ensure product specifications, quality, yield and throughput expectations are met post commercialization Lead the prepared technical services team in investigating and troubleshooting quality and manufacturing issues to drive cost reductions, improve quality, consistency and food safety Visit manufacturing locations and maintain regular communication with cross functional stakeholders Gain a solid understanding of prepared manufacturing assets including fully cooked and par fried lines to help troubleshoot throughput, yield and other product quality issues Work closely with customer and sales team to understand product quality issues, develop effective solutions working cross-fuctionally with operations and communicate solutions back effectively to customers Manage technical services resources to ensure appropriate allocation of time and effort to highest impact projects critical to the business Maintain a working knowledge of current USDA, FDA, FNS regulations as they relate to the food processing industry Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's): Results oriented, taking accountability for objectives, timelines and successful performance, to meet corporate objectives Demonstrated ability to manage and develop personnel via direct management experience Proven success working well with cross functional peers, especially Marketing, Operations, QA and Regulatory. Proven team leadership skills, including high-performance team-building, facilitation and consensus building Solid problem solving skills, well versed in formal problem solving methods such as DMAIC, Six Sigma, Fact Based Decision Making, etc. Skilled at speaking up regularly, with confidence and poise,  assertively, tactfully and respectively, to  influence and collaborate with cross functional peers, subordinates and executives Education and Experience: Bachelor in Food Sciences, Technology, or Chemical Engineering, Masters degreepreferred 10+ years' progressive experience in R&D and technical services leading teams Experience in prepared foods, poultry /protein highly preferred
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
11 - 15 years

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