Geneva, IL, US, 60134



You may know McCormick as a leader in herbs, spices, seasonings, and condiments – and we’re only getting started. At McCormick, we’re always looking for new people to bring their unique flavor to our team.

McCormick employees – all 14,000 of us across the world – are what makes this company a great place to work.


We are looking to hire a Plant Manager immediately from our FONA Plant in Geneva, IL


What We Bring To The Table:

The best people deserve the best rewards. In addition to the benefits you’d expect from a global leader (401k, health insurance, paid time off, etc.) we also offer:

• Competitive compensation

• Career growth opportunities

• Flexibility and Support for Diverse Life Stages and Choices

• We prioritize our communities and the planet we share. We are proud to be awarded as a Diversity Inc. Top 50 company for Diversity and have multiple Sustainability awards (ranking #22 in the World and #1 in Food Products)

• Wellbeing programs including Physical, Mental and Financial wellness

• Tuition assistance



Position Overview:


Under the general direction of the Senior Operations Director, the Plant Manager is responsible for all operations within the assigned facility, leading the operational direction of manufacturing to assure Company delivers lowest possible cost, developing a culture of continuous improvement through process improvement and enhancing employee skills and capabilities. As a member of the ASC Extended Leadership Team, the Plant Manager participates with other Supply Chain Leaders in the overall planning, coordination and control of business initiatives and will be a critical leader of the Journey to Excellence (JTE); the integration of High Performance Work Systems (HPWS) and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) into both the assigned facility and the broader Supply Chain Organization. The Plant Manager is accountable for the budget for all plant activities. He/she is also responsible for maintaining the physical site, equipment, materials and employee welfare. This is to be done in accordance with McCormick standards as well as State, Federal and local regulations. As senior site manager, he/she represents McCormick & Co Inc and as such is responsible to interface with the local community, customers, and auditors in a fashion consistent with company procedures, policies, guidelines and stated values.



Principle Areas of Management and Operating Responsibilities:


  • Prepares and submits annual expense and capital budgets.
  • Development of short and long range (5 years) facility and equipment plans to meet projections and goals of the business.
  • Understands and applies Lean / Sigma/ TPM skills and methodologies with the goal eliminating losses, building capability, and delivering results
  • Assures that the site is operating in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s)
  • Directs the resolution of plant controllable complaints and SLOB.
  • Assures that all plant activities are conducted in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and McCormick Company Policy & Procedures
  • Operates within the approved budget for the plant.
  • Oversees the development, submission and execution of plant related CAAP’s.
  • Identify, prioritize, plan, and direct the execution of operational related issues through Operations leaders (Operations Managers/Department Managers/Team Managers).
  • Designs strategies, procedures, and people utilization for improving reliability of equipment, efficiency, productivity, and performance while reducing inventory and waste. Also maintains product quality and meets operating expenses.
  • Create an empowered culture to ensure that organization and its people understand the goals and objectives of the business and that they have the resources and leadership support to accomplish them. Provide an environment which ensures and provides for open and healthy communications.
  • Analyze manufacturing performance and initiate actions to correct deviations from schedules, cost, and other factors.
  • Assure effective customer service and relations through timely delivery of quality product. Ensures strong relationships are developed and maintained with key customers and venders.
  • Establish and maintain comprehensive continuous improvement processes that maximize productivity, reliability, quality and safety.
  • Develop and maintain strong functional relationships with Procurement, Planning, Finance, Logistics, Sales and Marketing, etc. to ensure new products are manufactured on time and in specifications to meet customer demand.
  • Selects and develops key leadership roles within the Plant to develop internal candidates for succession planning. Oversees that training programs are in place to develop skill levels of all employees in the organization.
  • Assures compliance of all plant operations with organizational policies and procedures and national, regional and local regulations. Assures a safe working environment ensuring that all employees understand their role and commitment to the safe operation of the facility.

Required Qualifications: 


  • BSc in relevant discipline
  • A minimum of 12 years of relevant experience in a manufacturing facility, with a minimum of 7 years leading in a TPM or Lean manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated ability building and sustaining relationships at all levels required, promoting a high-performance organization, demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to resolve issues with strong influencing, diplomacy, and partnering skills in order to grow business relationships and guide business partners to the best solutions.
  • Experience working in a High-Performance Work Systems (HPWS) and/or Self-Directed Work Team environment
  • Knowledge of SAP, manufacturing methods and related equipment.
  • Experience in the food and/or pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
  • Experience working in a TPM environment.
  • Experience with Food Safety and GMPs






McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a general policy, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future. 


United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago