Operations Manager in Fort Madison, IA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 1/18/2022

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Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for an Operations Manager who will join our Global Supply Chain team in our largest liquids manufacturing plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. 

If you enjoy leading in a fast-paced and high energy manufacturing environment, then you will fit in well as our Operations Manager.  You will be responsible for driving safety, quality, manufacturing, associate development and continuous improvement activities across the facility. 

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Oversee the production and assembly operations for six production lines and three manual assembly lines.

  • Directly lead a team of 4 salaried and indirectly lead 200-250 hourly full-time and 100 seasonal associates across a three-shift operation.

  • Ensure a best-in-class Safety, Environmental, and Health culture by leading by example and adhering to and improving upon existing processes and programs.

  • Develop and maintain positive associate and community relations. Participate in community events and activities and organizations to promote goodwill and a positive company image.

  • In partnership with Human Resources, develop associate recognition, succession, and training programs.

  • Analyze and improve upon key production metrics that will impact plant performance and efficiencies.

  • Accountable for the department budget, including labor utilization, overtime, and material variance costs as well as new product costing.

  • Provide leadership direction and support to the facility through participation on the plant leadership team and by positively interfacing with production support teams such as Safety, Quality, Maintenance, Shipping, and Scheduling.

  • Support the development of new products, facility improvements, and capital projects by aligning with the corporate partners and coordinating with internal departments to provide input, resources, and collaboration.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s degree focused in Engineering (highly preferred), Supply Chain, Manufacturing or other related field.

  • Minimum 5 years of manufacturing/production leadership experience in a plant environment (preferably in a packaging operation).

  • Experience in initiating and leading continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Proven leader who thinks and leads with the enterprise in mind. This means breaking down silos, having shared goals, and considering the impact of decisions across all of our functions.

  • Exceptional communication skills and a passion for leading people.

  • Personal drive, and focus on continuous improvement

  • Ability to help develop/drive strategic improvement initiatives and the willingness and desire to grow into future manufacturing positions and the ability to relocate to other Scott Miracle-Gro locations.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • 401K match (up to 7.5%). No waiting period on vesting or match.

  • Discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • 13 paid holidays and a generous vacation policy.

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350) 

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, Scotts Associates for a Greener Earth (SAGE), TREE (Together Respecting, Empowering, and Encouraging Families) and Scotts Young Professionals


Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts. With the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring certain associates to get a COVID vaccine*. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

*Except where prohibited by state or local law


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