Manager, Plant

Date: Oct 15, 2021

Location: Sylmar, CA, US, 91342

Company: Dover Corporation

Our Story:


Dover Food Retail (DFR) is a leading manufacturer of Display Cases, Specialty Products, Refrigeration Systems, Power Systems and Comprehensive Services; and leading our industry by Innovating What’s Next in glass doors and intelligent merchandising technologies that keep food safe under brands such as HillPhoenix and Anthony.


DFR is part of the Refrigeration and Food Equipment segment of the Dover Corporation® (NYSE: DOV). Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues in excess of $7 billion.


DFR is built on creativity and customer-centric innovation delivered by people invigorated by a strong sense of responsibility to help our customers win in their marketplaces. The relationships we build with our customers are as important to our success as the products we manufacture. This collaborative environment delivers FRESH THINKING, reassuring our customers that they choose the best when they choose to work with the people of Dover Food Retail.



Job Title:        Manager, Plant            

Location:        Sylmar, CA             


What we’re looking for:


Seeking a Plant Manager for Sylmar, California manufacturing location. 

Summary: The primary responsibility of this position is to drive profitability and growth of the Sylmar manufacturing plant (~600 employees) through strategic and daily tactical management, driving a culture of functional manufacturing excellence and continuous improvement.  The Plant Manager will drive initiatives aligned with short and long-term business plans. This position will foster a culture that promotes employee involvement and engagement in creating and sustaining a safe and secure work environment.


What you’ll be responsible for in this role:


  • Provides strategic leadership, vision and sets clarity of direction for the Sylmar plant.  Assigns responsibilities for tasks and results, setting clear goals and objectives. Establishes performance metrics, standards, and measurements for direct reports and the Sylmar operations as a whole and delivers timely, objective, and actionable feedback on performance to plan.  On-going report-outs to Executive team on established results and progress.
  • Manages operation to achieve/exceed agreed-upon growth, revenue, and operating income objectives. 
  • Provides dynamic leadership while changing the culture and implementing continuous improvement processes.
  • Implements and maintains visual management standards identifying and reporting problems and issues for resolution.
  • Champions a continuous improvement culture infusing Lean methodology and knowledge, and supporting continued cost reductions, waste reductions, process automation, quality improvements and on-time delivery.
  • Ensures that products are delivered on time to customers and that products meet all customer expectations regarding quality and performance.
  • Works proactively with and effectively engages functional counterparts to ensure overall organizational success.
  • Acts as a coach, mentor, and role model for his or her direct reports and the Sylmar facility, maintaining the highest corporate governance principles. 
  • Develops talent across the Sylmar facility, enhancing bench and operational leadership pipeline.
  • Supports creation of safety goals for the site and appropriate activity-based goals for the leadership team, functional managers, and front-line supervisors to drive a safety culture, compliance, and results. 
  • Unwavering commitment to driving an open reporting environment with focus on EHS and Quality compliance.
  • Manages disciplinary issues including corrective actions as needed.
  • Collaboratively works with the Executive Leadership Team to establish a future state road map that will be used for capital, labor, and facility requirements.


What are the basic qualifications?


  • Bachelor’s Degree in applicable Engineering discipline, Business Administration, Production or Operations Management, or other applicable disciplines.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ leadership experience in a manufacturing setting with a proven track record in leading culture change and improving performance.



To be a great fit for the role:


  • Strong strategic thinking skills with ability to develop long-term strategic plans and follow-up action plan to execute on these deliverables.
  • Solid and proven background in the application of production/inventory control, procurement procedures and techniques, and logistics desirable.
  • Experience utilizing project management tools necessary.
  • Lean training and experience, examples of implementing successful lean evolutions.  Must be able to demonstrate a history of sustained results in a plant setting.
  • Strong financial acumen with key knowledge of financial levers to pull in order to achieve results
  • Must have excellent facilitation/coaching skills; strong leadership and communication skills with the proven ability to: drive and influence change, manage conflict, accountability, and foster an environment of excellence at all levels of the organization.
  • Must deliver all communication with clarity, impact and passion, and tailored to the audience.
  • Must display high ethical standards of conduct; ability to handle confidential information with great sensitivity; works well under pressure.
  • Must possess skills and behaviors that foster positive relationships with employees, peers, management, and other levels within the organization.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Suite products as well as utilization of company system for managing and reporting data and information a must.


How We Define Our Values and Why You Should Join Our Team:


The backbone behind our collection of outstanding businesses is a team of dedicated employees who protect and enhance our valued reputation for quality and delivering what we promise. It’s our values that define Dover to all of our key audiences: our shareholders, customers, prospective employees and especially to ourselves.


These values must be expressed in our work and embody our actions, as they form the basis by which we do our jobs, make decisions and measure our performance. It’s our unwavering commitment to maintaining our values that defines who we are as a Company.


  • Collaborative Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Winning Through Customers
  • Respects and Values People
  • Expectations for Results
  • High Ethical Standards, Openness, and Trust


What’s in it for you? (Comprehensive Benefit Package)


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • HSA Flexible Spending
  • Paid Holidays









The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company.


Dover Food Retail is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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