Production Manager - CP Kelco

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Date: Nov 11, 2023

Location: Okmulgee, OK, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: CP Kelco 

CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty ingredients which are added to improve texture, consistency, and stability in food, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Our products are derived from renewable raw materials found in nature for use in jam, fruit and milk drinks, confectionery products as well as industrial applications. We work across the whole value chain from natural raw materials to customers’ end products. CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the United States.  With approximately $3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

The Production Manager will provide guidance and technical direction for the operation of Utilities, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Packaging and Warehouse. They are responsible for establishing and meeting production schedules, standardization of process operations, reduction of costs, maintenance of equipment and facilities, troubleshooting, team development and the safety of all area team members.



  • Directs the daily activities of the Utilities, WWTP, Packaging and Warehouse area through verbal and written instructions to Engineers, Team Leaders, Area Specialists, Warehouse Supervisors and Operators.      
  • Utilizes technical background and experience to implement changes to the process, equipment or procedures leading to improved rates, operating efficiencies and product quality.  
  • Provides the production leadership on the Utilities, WWTP, Packaging and Warehouse area and is involved with plant productivity improvement teams.
  • Responsible for safe operation of production equipment, assures that the area operates within Good Manufacturing Practices and ISO standards; assures that good housekeeping standards are established and maintained. 
  • Responsible for the resolution of operating problems and process upsets.  Utilizes line management and technical staff to restore processing to expected performance levels. Works with Quality Control Process Optimization and other teams in resolving product quality problems. Establishes priorities and directs the efforts of the manufacturing teams toward accomplishing the cost reduction objectives of the Plant.
  • Operates in compliance with all local, state and federal regulatory agencies.  Keeps up-to-date on all regulations governing the quality of products, Good Manufacturing Procedures, the condition of the work area and process equipment and the effect upon the environment of discharges from various processes.  Works with the Plant Engineers, Quality Control Manager and Environmental Manager in preparing responses to requests from the regulatory agencies.
  • Responsible for protecting all proprietary information and property against loss of any kind.  This includes, but is not limited to, confidential reports and memos, process and product knowledge, equipment and research methodology.
  • Responsibilities may include additional assignments such as special cost studies, analysis of work assignments, college recruiting, interviewing of potential employees and planning both short and long range for the effective use of personnel and equipment.  Reviews and/or initiates process and equipment changes under management of change procedures.
  • Works with business teams as required to provide manufacturing input into marketing and general business decisions involving manufacturing
  • Participates in special assignments as requested such as conducting cost studies, planning for short and long range use of equipment and personnel, and assisting other areas of the Plant in troubleshooting operating problems.  The depth of the job is such that effective communications must be maintained with management in order that deviations, trends, and problems can be anticipated and a response developed
  • Ensures Utilities, WWTP, Packaging or Warehouse are not process bottlenecks
  • Monitors WWTP permit requirements to ensure compliance
  • Participates as a member of the Strategic Team to assist in the development of long range plant goals and strategies.
  • Administers company and personnel policies and is responsible for the development of all the subordinates in the department. Initiates all personnel actions including salary actions, promotions, disciplinary actions, separations, etc. Responsible for the development of area succession plans.
  • Reviews and provides comments on all engineering estimates for repair or modification of existing equipment and installation of new facilities. Works closely with all engineering areas to assure that equipment modifications are installed safely and efficiently.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology or Engineering preferred. Other degrees will be considered with demonstrated manufacturing experience.
  • 5 years technical experience.
  • 2+ years production management experience and/or supervisory experience
  • Working knowledge of FDA, OSHA, and EPA regulations.
  • Working knowledge of GMP and HAACP
  • Ability to effectively communicate (written, verbal, presentation skills) at multiple levels
  • Proven experience in creating a culture of accountability and creating a high performance culture
  • Strong Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)
  • Six Sigma or Lean manufacturing experience is a plus
  • Working knowledge of SAP is a plus
  • Demonstrated team building, leadership, employee development, and conflict resolution skills is a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership in driving a high personal safety culture - Safety training, BBS, Audits, etc.


J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO/AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required.


Nearest Major Market: Tulsa
Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma

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